El Pipila statue

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Guanajuato, Mexico
El Pipila statue - El Pipila
El Pipila statue - El Pipila from the Jardin

El Pipila statue Guanajuato Reviews

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An important hero to Mexicans Oct 02, 2011
El Pipila was the nickname for Juan Jose de los Reyes Martinez. In the beginning of Mexico's fight for independence, he tied a stone slab to his back to protect himself from being shot by the Spanish while he set fire to the doors of the Alhondiga. There are other statues of him outside of Guanajuato, but this may be the biggest. You can see it on top of the hill from the Jardin downtown.

To get there, I've heard you can walk up there. I tried but got lost and just took the funicular. If you go behind the Teatro Juarez, you can buy a ticket for the funicular right next to the tunnel entrance. It costs 15 pesos one way.

The visit to the statue itself is free. Of course there are plenty of street vendors up there selling souvenirs and snacks. The views are awesome, and you can stay as long as you want. Getting back down is easy, don't bother paying for the funicular. Just find the sidewalk (on El Pipila's left side) and walk downhill. It will take you right back to the Jardin and Teatro Juarez.
El Pipila from the Jardin
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