Jardín de las Embajadoras

For any person going to the historical downtown area of Guanajuato through Pozuelos and through “el Barretero” tunnel, the Embajadoras garden offers a pastoral welcome. First, you will notice a road with trees along it that hardly let the sun rays to go through and then you will see a circular garden, with a stone carved fountain. In the middle, on a column, there is a representation of Liberty (“La Libertad”), made by artist Jesús Fructuoso Contreras, who also made the statue of La Paz.

There is also a monument in honor of the national flag, escorted by a soldier and a miner, and a few steps away from it there is a rectangular kiosk surrounded by trees.

In the past this land was part of the San Agustín smelting hacienda.  In 1741, when Guanajuato is officially entitled as a city, this was the limit of the inhabited area.

Through the Embajadoras garden, designed by engineer Ponciano Aguilar, you gain access to the streets of Padre Belaunzarán and Sangre de Cristo ―both of them leading to the downtown area― or also into the traditional neighborhood of Pastita. In you walk in the opposite direction you will get to Paseo de la Presa.

For those approaching the historical downtown area of Guanajuato through Pozuelos and the Barratero tunnel, the Jardín Embajadoras offers a picturesque welcome. Embajadoras consists of an avenue of trees with foliage so thick the sun barely penetrates. At the end of the avenue is a small circular park with a carved stone fountain and, in the middle of the lawn, a column topped by a statue of the spirit of Liberty by artist Jesús Fructuoso Contreras, who also designed the statue of Peace in the Plaza de la Paz. There is also a monument to the Mexican flag, flanked by a soldier on one side and a miner on the other and, a few short steps away, a rectangular bandstand ringed with trees.

Originally the land belonged to the San Agustín Hacienda and foundry, and in 1741, when Guanajuato was granted city status, this area was actually on the outskirts. From the Embajadoras park, which was designed by local engineer Ponciano Aguilar, you can continue on into the city center along Calle Padre Belaunzarán or Sangre de Cristo. Alternatively you could head up into the venerable neighborhood of Pastita or turn back and explore the Paseo de la Presa.