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Guanajuato is packed full of too-pretty-to-believe colonial beauty — impossibly narrow cobblestone streets wind through its hilly terrain.

The dense warren of streets that makes up Guanajuato’s center are part of its inimitable atmosphere. Leafy plazas seem to appear out of nowhere, ringed by colorful buildings. The city is dominated by its baroque churches. Explore more by following a callejoneada — a roving band of musicians that sing ballads, drawing crowds with their tales of the town.

A fair number of university students makes the town’s center lively — you’ll find bars, cafes and restaurants all buzzing with locals on most nights of the week.

The city also hosts the month-long Festival Cervantino, celebrating “Don Quixote” author Miguel de Cervantes. Or, opt for the Mummy Museum which — as its name implies — has fascinating exhibitions of mummies.

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This Friday, March 2, 2012 photo shows the colonial city of Guanajuato, Mexico. It is the cradle of Mexican independence, a city with underground passageways and narrow winding streets that resemble medieval Europe. Guanajuato, where the pope will visit, is one of the most picturesque places in Mexico. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)


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