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About Silao

Silao is the picturesque city of the state of Guanajuato in Mexico. This Mexican metropolis has a population of 147,123 people, and is the seventh largest community in the state. Silao is the centre of agricultural and industrial activity in the state of Guanajuato. Touristic attractions of this beautiful city include Cubilete Mount and Guanajuato Historic District.

Cheap flights to Silao are now available for a limited period of time, so prepare to be dazzled by this humble city! Silao is the home of Del Bajío International Airport (BJX), and is a 10-minute drive from the city centre. Del Bajío International Airport serves a multitude of airlines, including Aeromexico, United Airlines, Delta Airlines and KLM. Popular international flights depart from Cape Town and Johannesburg. The flight duration from Johannesburg to Silao is approximately 25 hours.

Why visit Silao

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Mexican Cuisine

Food in Silao incorporates a mix of dishes from neighbouring cities. Explore flavoursome Mexican specialties such as pambazos, carnitas and tender lamb meat covered with maguey leaves.

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Handcrafts and Folk Art

Shop for incredible indigenous handcrafts at the notable Silao markets. Profound crafts includes glazed and unglazed pottery with marveling detail, traditional toys as well as cotton and wool textiles.

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Religious Shrine

The vastly important Cristo Rey (Christ the King) is situated on the Cerro del Cubiete which is a magnificent mountain. It is one of the most frequented sites as national pilgrimages pay homage to this symbolic statue.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Mexico
Currency Mexican Peso
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 1.44 MXN
Language Spanish
Hub Airport Del Bajío International Airport
Airline Aeromexico
Time Zone GMT -6
Travel Adaptor Type A / B

Best time to visit Silao

Silao enjoys a mild climate all year round. The hottest months are April and May with temperatures soaring above 25 degrees Celsius. The best time to visit Silao is during spring (April to early-June) and autumn (October to November) as this is the shoulder season, you can find cheap flights to Silao and reasonable room prices. You can also avoid the rush of peak season which occurs during winter (January to March).

Weather & Climate in Silao

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall level (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 7°C 8°C 10°C 12°C 14°C 15°C 14°C 14°C 14°C 12°C 9°C 8°C
High °C 22°C 24°C 27°C 29°C 31°C 29°C 27°C 27°C 26°C 26°C 24°C 23°C
Rainfall (mm) 16 12 9 8 42 137 180 149 123 36 10 8

Overview

Silao is the mesmerising city located in the west-central part of Guanajuato. This Mexican metropolis houses numerous temples and religious sites which draws many people. These symbolic establishments add to the naked beauty of the city. Upon your travels to Silao be sure to visit José y Tomás Chaves Morado Museum and Guanajuato Bicentennial Park, where you will be able to immerse yourself in the city’s history and culture.

Enjoy a day of exploring the colourful neighbourhoods while interacting with the beautiful local people. The cuisine to be found in Silao is sure to ignite the greatest excitement, exquisite dishes include carnitas (pork fried in lard) and pambazos (sandwich stuffed with potatoes and chorizos, covered in a chilli sauce).

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Visa & Customs

South African passport holders require a visa to visit Silao, or anywhere else in Mexico. Leave plenty of time for visa processing, and remember to check that your passport is valid for six months after your return date, and that you have two blank pages available for entry stamps.

The South African Embassy in Mexico is located in Mexico City at:

Andres Bello 10 Forum Building, 9th Floor Colonia Polanco C.P. 11560 Mexico DF

Phone: + 52 55 1100 4970 Fax: + 52 55 5282 9259

Health & Safety

There are no specific vaccinations required to travel to Silao and the rest of Mexico, however, it is recommended to have vaccinations for tetanus, typhoid and hepatitis A.

Silao is a safe city with police actively patrolling and locals are extremely friendly to tourists. You should still remain cautious as with every major city.

Safety tips for travelling in Silao:

• Carry your cellphone with all you at all times.

• Pay close attention to your personal belongings at all times.

• Always be extra cautious at tourist destinations – as this is where pick-pocketing and bag-snatching is prevalent.

• Only used authorised taxi services.

• Do not wear flashy jewellery while walking around the city.

• Avoid using the ATMs at night.

• Never leave your bank card out of your sight to avoid bank card cloning.

• Always keep your important travel documents safe.

Cost of Living

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Silao
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R100 R100 R59
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R25 R25 R25
Cappucino (regular) R23 R23 R24
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R10 R22 R7
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R40 R40 R34
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