Marfil Mexico: Tourist and Traveler


I finally decided to go check out some of the sights around Guanajuato since I’ve been here almost two weeks. Travis (commenter extraordinaire and fellow bootsnall‘er) was here in GTO last year and tipped me off to the San Gabrielle Barerra Gardens outside of town. He remembered that I’m a confirmed zoo/aquarium/museum/botanical garden nut and thought I’d like it. That is an understatment. Michael (29, Swiss) and I had a leisurely breakfast on Sunday and then took a taxi out to the Gardens (60 pesos = $6 roundtrip). The entrance fee was 22 pesos=$2.20 and you can really get your money’s worth if you have time, a camera or a picnic.

The garden is divided into various styles: Italian, Roman, Mexican, English, etc. in this meandering way that sucks you into a dream like state. We went on probably the most perfect day. It was sunny but there was a nice breeze. It was Dia de los Ninos so most everyone was in town for the festivals so the Gardens were virtually deserted. This is one of my favorite pics from the day. The only thing better than a great tourist attraction is having a fellow traveler to share it with.

You can also check out a short video of how the local grown-ups spend some of their sunday afternoons. Safe for work viewing, just adjust your volume.


5 thoughts on “Marfil Mexico: Tourist and Traveler”

  1. The price for this adventure was great. Glad you could have a fellow traveler to share your experiences with.

    Garden pics were beautiful, and Michael is easy on the eye too!

    P.S. Told you I read your posts everyday that I work. 🙂

  2. I’m so glad you liked it! Isn’t it a great place? It was deserted when I was there, too. So beautiful, and a great spot to spend a quiet, chill day, nice break from exhuberant GTO.

    Dunno what your travel plans are, but if you’re making your way to Michoacan, there’s a really nice botanical garden/park in Uruapan.

    ¡Buen Viaje!

  3. yo chica. what a beautiful garden.

    we’re here preparing for this weekend’s festivities (engagement party). wish u were here!!!

    live life and love.


  4. mom told me, i am soooo jealous! i wish i was there too. but check it. jamaica 2007! holla! congrats and have sooo much fun that you pass out and people talk about you behind your back.


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