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One of Mexico's "colonial cities", Guanajuato is astonishingly beautiful, built into narrow canyons connected by pedestrian/auto tunnels. Within four hours of Mexico City, this proximity attracts people wanting to escape DF for a week or weekend. The Festival Cervantino and 30,000 strong Autonomous Univeristy of Guanajuato add dynamicism. According to an article in the NY Times the 2006 Festival Cervantino involves over 2000 musicians, artists, dramatists, dancers, etc., from twenty-nine countries.