The presidency of Porfirio Díaz saw the launch of a grand plan to modernize Mexico which included projects such as public parks and gardens and the introduction of electric street lighting.
Guanajuato benefited greatly from this nationwide project, and towards the end of the nineteeth century saw the construction of beautiful avenues such as the one leading up to the La Olla reservoir. One of the gardens on the avenue was the Parque Acacias, described in the early 1900s as “curling verdant carpet” with a colossal statue of Miguel Hidalgo rising amid the rugged scenario of the surrounding mountains. The park lies between the San Renovato and La Olla reservoirs.
One of its major attractions are the giant crocodile and snake that lurk at the foot of the San Renovato dam. These were constructed along with the Rincón Brujo restaurant and the lighthouse on the mountaintop towards the end of the 1930s.
The statue of Miguel Hidalgo was unveiled in 1903, coinciding with a visit to the city by President Porfirio Díaz. The figure of Hidalgo poses with one hand outstretched and the other on his breast, depicting the moment of his proclamation of national independence. The two-meter bronze statue is the work of sculptor Guis Trabacchi.