Much of the state’s robust growth is thanks to its strong manufacturing sector, with an especially strong automobile industry.
Metals, leather goods and processed foods also make up a significant portion of the state’s GDP, and Guanajuato is also one of Mexico’s top tourism draws.
Temperate, with average temperatures in the mid-60s (10ºC).
Fly into Guanajuato International Airport (BJX) in Leon nonstop from Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and Los Angeles, then drive 30 miles (48 km) to Guanajuato.
Look for boutique hotels in renovated villas and haciendas, including the Quinta Las Acacias, a Four-Diamond 19th-century beauty with 16 rooms and suites, and the elegant 33-room Hotel Villa María Cristina. Larger groups can be booked at the 155-room five-star Camino Real, a renovated 17th century hacienda with 6,243 ft² (580 m²) of meeting space.
The El Maya Convention Center offers 43,056 ft² (4,000 m²) in 6 rooms and a grand hall for up to 1,000 attendees. The Guanajuato Convention Center has 17,222 ft² (1,600 m²) of flexible space.
Guanajuato was built over a maze of subterranean tunnels, but above ground it has one of the most picturesque and colorful displays of architecture in the world. Consider booking during the yearly October Cervantino Festival, Latin America’s most important arts festival.
Coming Up: The 120-room Staybridge Suites Silao has broken ground in the Guanajuato Inland Port next to the Del Bajío International airport and is slated to open in late 2017.