Leon Guanajuato-Off the Beaten Track

posted on 18th of november, 2010

My wife and I just came back from our vacation in Mexico and one of the new places we visited was Leon Guanajuato. Leon is Mexico's 7th largest city and is somewhat off the beaten track as it is quieter than its more popular neighbors such as Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende. We found this out when we tried to take a tour of the city only to find out that the tour bus was not running due to lack of business. So we were on our own. We decided to visit the center of town where there were numerous vendors selling candy for halloween. Children will no doubt like this part of the town. After lunch at one of the numerous restaurants we visited several churches as well as the Templo Expiatorio which is a spectacular cathedral built in the 19th century. This cathedral and the triumphal arch are the main landmarks in this city. The triumphal arch celebrates Mexico's independence from spain.

We found that this town has additional attractions such as a zoo, botanical park and theatre but did not have time to visit these. Next morning we would visit the leather market district to shop for some clothes. Little did we know that we would buy six or seven items owing to the low prices for clothing here. The leather clothing industry is big business here and people come from all over to take advantage of the discounted clothing. A leather jacket or shoes can be purchased here for a fraction of what it would cost in Europe or the United States or even Mexico City. We liked Leon Guanajuato owing to its quiet nature. If you have a chance to visit you will not be disappointed-this city has a lot to offer.

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Posted by Noonie on November 25, 2010
Posted by Onime on November 21, 2010
Thanks for your Interesting blog.
Posted by Laurasinelle on November 19, 2010
Great shots!!
Posted by Sobek85 on November 19, 2010
beautiful shots there
Posted by Egomezta on November 19, 2010
Hi Richard, I'm glad you used some of my images. Let me know if you plan to come back, there are many more places to enjoy here.
Posted by Dmccale on November 19, 2010
Very nice.
Posted by Cristalloid on November 19, 2010
Nice images!!
Posted by Scottysally2 on November 19, 2010
Beautiful shots, and beautiful place, wish you many sales. :)
Posted by Shootalot on November 18, 2010
Hi Enrique, I decided to add your night shot of the cathedral as well as the leather factory. We would be glad to meet you if we come back. My wife likes the shopping there. I heard that the botanical gardens are really pretty. We missed that attraction.
Posted by Egomezta on November 18, 2010
I'm glad you had a great time here in Leon (my hometown) it is a nice city, that has many attractions, and mostly lives out of the leather and shoe market. It would be nice to meet you if you come back.... Your images are great.

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