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Distance

4.36 mi

Elevation gain

1,365 ft

Technical difficulty

Moderate

Elevation loss

1,385 ft

Max elevation

7,736 ft

Trailrank

53 4.7

Min elevation

6,883 ft

Trail type

One Way

Moving time

2 hours 15 minutes

Time

4 hours

Coordinates

1269

Uploaded

February 3, 2018

Recorded

February 2018
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7,736 ft
6,883 ft
4.36 mi

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near Loma de Zaragoza, Guanajuato (Mexico)

"La Bufa" is the probably the prominent geographic feature in Guanajuato city and the most climbed. It is a relatively easy climb and the panoramic views from the top are outstanding.

While I start at the Colonia Universitaria, just above the Panoramica, There is a more commonly used parking lot next to an Electrical Substation a further west on the Panoramic near the Hospital.

And, while this destination is usually done as an 'up and down', after climbing the summit, this route returns by traversing east along a series of small hills, then following a trail down to Pres de la Olla, just west of 'El Faro', the lighthouse. Alternatively, you can hike to Calderones, easily visible from the traverse and return by bus to Guanajuato. More adventurous hikers can follow the steep canyon to the southeast of Presa de la Olla but there is one tricky section near the bottom of get around a waterfall.
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Start of the trail in the Colonia Universitaria. Head up into the Colonia, keeping left at the first fork and look for a fence next to this yellow home (and usually a few cars parked here). The trail traverses to the right.
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Hitting access road from panorámica below.

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The trail is following a gravel road/track until it turns sharply left just after the caves and a shrine dedicated to San Ignacio.
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A shrine dedicated to San Ignacio (Catholic Saint Ignatius). Every July 31, a mass is held here. Sometimes this day is referred to as "Dia de la Cueva" (Cave Day) in Guanajuato.
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Cave at start of steep ascent to southeast.

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Part way up the ascent up east side.

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Guanajuato in the distance.
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Saddle before final ascent back towards north.

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Looking south. This knoll is the highest point in this area. It is a little tricky to get up but worth it (although I haven’t mapped it yet).
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From the peak looking west towards Guanajuato and the State Finance building complex.
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Summit

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Final route to the summit

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While I photographed these returning, these stairs are carved into the rock, offering easy access to the summit.
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Looking across Guanajuato with "La Crucera" on the other side.
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Guanajuato from the ridge
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Two Sisters

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These can also be accessed easily from Calderones.
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Looking back west at one of the hills to the east of La Bufa. Our road veered a little away from the edge at this point but, there are great vistas from there if you choose to take a ten minute sidetrip. You can see an access to an abandoned mine in the side of the hill.
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Looking back up the route showing it had been 'carved' out of the hillside many years ago.
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Just above Presa de la Olla

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Looking west towards Guanajuato
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Parque Las Acacias at the Presa de la Olla.

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Arriving at Presa de la Olla and the Parque Las Acacias with a statue of Don Miguel Allende.

7 comments

  • Balazs S. Oct 14, 2018

    Was a nice track! Thanks for sharing :)

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    Decortz May 14, 2019

    ¿Se puede hacer solo esta ruta? ¿O sabes de un guía?

  • David McConnell Dec 22, 2019

    I have followed this trail  View more

    Start was short walk from bus, finished by lakes. Saw donkeys, horses, a hawk, some cows. Great views easy to follow to summit trail is less worn from summit to lakes.

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    POKES May 25, 2020

    HOLA. LA RUTA LA.PODRAN HACER PRINCIPIANTES o sea yop

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    Arturo Diez 2 Aug 29, 2020

    Muy buena ruta. Sólo me asusté un poco porque cerca de comenzar a subir la cima me encontré a un cholo que se veía muy sospechoso, por lo que tuve que ladear una parte.

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    Arturo Diez 2 Aug 30, 2020

    I have followed this trail  View more

    I've done almost all this trail. I started from a different point, the one that starts at Isste, but then followed the whole trail. It has very nice views and it's not to hard to follow. I have an advice though if you, like me, go alone. Watch out your surroundings cause not often but sometimes there are robbers around this area. This was my four time here and this time I saw a very weird and sneaky guy following me with a mask and gap and when I saw him and said hello, he acted very strange and trying to chase me. I had to run for a while until I found another two hikers (the only ones there plus me); then I didn't see the guy again.

  • luisemezeta Sep 7, 2020

    I have followed this trail  verified  View more

    Muy buena ruta, la única parte moderadamente difícil podría decirse qué es el inicio ya que tienes que escalar un poco para subir el cerro de la bufa. Es muy recomendable estacionarse cerca del ISSSTE, eso acortaría un poco la ruta pero hay más espacio, ya que donde se marca el inicio de la ruta es una cuadra cerrada con casas en donde está complicado estacionarse. Muy buena ruta para los que iniciamos en este mundo del senderismo.

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