February 20, 2011

 

 

Hotel Balneario San Ramón

It is apparent that La Siesta, San Miguel's big rig RV park is about to close. Rumors have it that there is going to be a Sam's Club built on the location. That leaves only one big rig park to service the city, the San Ramón.

We spent a night at the park just before leaving the San Miguel Area. Here are some pictures:

Entrance Sign

Entrance Sign

 

Office

Office

 

Parked at San Ramon

Parked Rigs

Editor's Note: La Seista did indeed close effective April 4, 2011. See page 290 of Traveler's Guide to Mexican Camping, 4th Edition for more about the Hotel Balneario San Ramon.

 

La Cañada de la Virgen, Guanajuato

Just before we left San Miguel the Mexican government opened a new Archeological site to visitors nearby. Apparently it has been under excavation for 10 years. It's not a large site, but it does have a pyramid.

When we arrived it was apparent that the opening date arrived a little too soon. The museum was open but with no lights unless a small generator was running. The generator was started each time someone approached the museum, and was shut down as they left.

Access to the site itself is via a 10 km cobblestone road running through a desolate high plateau region. It's just a one-lane road so rather than letting visitors drive their own cars there is a shuttle bus system from the visitor center/museum at the highway.

At the site the busses did not drive to the end of the road near the pyramid. Instead, there was a 2 km walk from a wide spot in the road. Eventually the busses will probably park much closer to the site.

Visitors are not allowed to walk around the site unescorted. Everyone travels in a group with the guide. Ours had been working as a guide for only a week. She was local, and delightful.

More about La Cañada de la Virgen

Museum

Museum

 

Parked at The Museum

Parked at the Museum

 

In The Van

In the Van With Our Guide

 

Shuttle Van

The Shuttle Van

Don't you wish they sold these Volkwagens in the States. What a great rig for a Class B conversion!

 

Hiking From The Van

The Hike from the Van

That speck in the sistance is the van. We're almost at the site.

 

Approaching the Ruins

Finally, The Ruins!

 

Map of La Cañada de la Virgen

Map of La Cañada de la Virgen

 

La Cañada de la Virgen view

First Good View of the Pyramid

 

Pyramid at La Cañada de la Virgen

Pyramid at La Cañada de la Virgen

 

View From Top of Pyramid at La Cañada de la Virgen

View from Pyramid

 

Guanajuato

It's hard to leave the state of Guanajuato without spending a few days in the city of Guanajuato itself.

Since we're in a small rig we can stay in a campground within walking distance of the city center. Just walk down the hill, throught the tunnel, and you're in the middle of town.

For more about the campground see Morrill Trailer Park on page 250 of Traveler's Guide to Mexican Camping, 4th Edition.

 

Morrill Campground in Guanajuato

Morrill Trailer Park in Guanajuato

 

Tunnel to Guanajuato

Entrance To the Tunnel Leading Downtown

 

Delivery Burros in Guanajuato

Delivery Burros in Central Guanjuato

 

Jardin de la Union

Jardin de la Union in Guanajuato

 

Teatro Juarez, Guanajuato

Teatro Juarez

 

Inside Guanajuato's Teatro Juarez for Concert

Inside Guanjuato's Teatro Juarez for a Concert

 

Diego Rivera Museum in Guanajuato

Diego Rivera's Home Museum in Guanjuato

 

Guanjuato Plaza

Guanajuato Plaza

 

Guanajuato Street Scene

Guanajuato Street Scene

 

Guanajuato Street Scene

Guanajuato Street Scene

 

Guanajuato Street Scene

Guanajuato Street Scene

 

Guanajuato Street Scene

Guanajuato Street Scene

 

Guajajuato Street Scene

Guanajuato Street Scene

 


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