Guanajuato is a city of Mexico and is the capital of the state bearing the same name. Guanajuato is located in 390 miles northwest of Mexico City. The city’s name means “Place of Frogs” in the local indigenous Idoma and therefore the frog is the mascot ofical. Guanajuato is a beautiful, colonial and mountainous. Many tourists and local residents consider the most beautiful city in Mexico. It was an important city of silver mining, and many mines are still active. The city was built on very hilly ground, while virtually every point in the city is on an incline. The city has a network of underground tunnels that serve as roads that make this place truly unique in the world.
Unlike other Mexican cities that have an exact date of the foundation, Guanajuato was the result of encampamientos miners after the silver veins were discovered between 1540 and 1558 and which eventually lead to a larger facility. In 1558 a large silver vein was discovered in Guanajuato and produced nearly a third of all the money in the world for the next 250 years. The town was granted city status in 1741 by King Philip V. of Spain. The historic city of Guanajuato and adjacent mines were granted World Heritage status by UNESCO in 1987 and has been ranked by several travel magazines as one of the top destinations in the world of travel.