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Comment by C. Bower on March 21, 2010 at 1:44pm
Hi Mandy,

Yes to both questions. Thanks for buying one of our books! We appreciate it!

Doug had a new book published last year called, "A Walk Through Mexico's Crown Jewel: A Guanajuato Travelogue," which is a guidebook for Guanajuato and different from the two books we co-authored and published previously.

I hope you can visit Guanajuato in person. It is an interesting place with lots of history and cultural events (most are in Spanish). The historic center is fairly compact and is very walkable.

Guanajuato is fairly dry and the humidity is generally low except during the rainy season (June through mid-September...though it doesn't usually rain all day or every day). It's usually never too warm or too cold here and most days are sunny.

Guanajuato has more expats than when we moved here 7 years ago, but not nearly as many as there are in nearby San Miguel de Allende. Relatively few people speak English here, so being able to speak at least a little Spanish goes a long way toward making life more enjoyable.

Thanks again for buying our book! I hope you find it helpful.

Comment by Mandy Saffery on March 21, 2010 at 11:03am
Note to Cindi: are you married to Doug Bower? Have you written a couple books on Guanajuato? If so I just a bought your book at Barnes & Noble.. I hope you are the Cindi Bower and I am so looking forward to reading your book.
Comment by Mandy Saffery on March 21, 2010 at 10:41am
I've been away for awhile as family issued made me wonder if or when I'll ever be able to relocate. I have been infatuated with city after city but the reality is that I need an affordable place with low humidity and some but not a lot of expats. I discovered Guanajuato by accident. It is beautiful in pictures; is it that beautiful in real life? What is life like there?
Comment by C. Bower on March 18, 2010 at 1:46pm
One of Guanajuato's newspapers, Correo, had an article announcing the dates for this year's International Cervantes Festival will start on October 13th and last through November 12th. The Mexican state of Michoacán will be featured along with the aforementioned Querétaro and Chihuahua.

Here is the link to the article (in Spanish):

I hope many of you will be able to come for the festivities!

Comment by C. Bower on February 25, 2010 at 6:00pm
Hi everyone,

I just found out that this year's International Cervantes Festival will last for 26 days (normally, it is 18 or 19 days). It will feature the countries of Columbia, Argentina and Chile and the Mexican states of Querétaro and Chihuahua. The dates have not yet been announced, but should be in the next week or so.

I hope many of you can come and enjoy the festival. It's a lot of fun!

Comment by C. Bower on June 15, 2009 at 7:37pm
Hi Gloria,

How far do you want to be from the Jardín? My husband and I can walk to the Jardín in about 25 minutes from our apartment and the way is fairly flat. The closer a place is to the Jardín, the more likely it's going to be on steep callejon and/or have some steps as the downtown area is in a ravine with the houses/apartments built up on the sides of the mountains that surround it.

Here are a few web sites with apartments and houses for rent:

(I'm not affiliated with any of the above web sites....just passing along what I found in a Google search for Guanajuato rentals)

There is also a weekly newspaper in Guanajuato called "Chopper" that always has lots of rentals. The newspaper does not have a web site, but it is possible to get a subscription to the paper. The e-mail address is (I don't think anyone speaks English at the newspaper, so you will have to write in Spanish).

Hope that gives you a place to start.

Comment by Gloria Harrison on June 15, 2009 at 6:57am
I would like to rent a small,inexpensive, furnished apartment in Guanajuato, GTO for the month of Oct. 2009. It needs to be within walking distance of the Jardin that doesn't require me to climb lots of stairs or hills. Thanks, Gloria Harrison
Comment by C. Bower on June 13, 2009 at 7:25pm
Hi everyone,

My husband and I moved to Guanajuato (the state capital) six years ago. Please feel free to ask if you have questions about the city. I'd be happy to try to help.

Comment by Fred Stuart on June 9, 2009 at 10:56am
I'd be looking in the city, but plans have changed and I have had to postpone a move to Mexico.
Comment by C. Bower on June 5, 2009 at 9:07am
Have you found an apartment yet? If not, where are you Guanajuato, the capital, or elsewhere in the state?

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