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One color to describe the second-biggest city in Guanajuato? That'd be red.
Irapuato, after all, markets itself as the Strawberry Capital of the World, and whether that's statistically true or not there's no question that area farms grow an awful lot of those luscious crimson fruits. Numerous roadside stands give you the opportunity to sample the local product fresh as can be--and maybe go the sweet-tooth route with any number of strawberry-based confections.
When you're not relishing the bounty of regional agriculture, take in some of Irapuato's best-known sights in and around its historic core of Miguel Hidalgo Square. The plaza's named, of course, for the "Father of Mexico" who played such a pivotal role in the Mexican War of Independence, and it comes graced by a statue of the man himself. The nightly lit-up Fountain of Dancing Water makes a centerpiece of the square, also home to the great Baroque-style Irapuato Cathedral from the 1500s.
Other highlights of the city include the Florentine Fountain--graced by some bronze dolphins gifted Guanajuato by the Emperor Maximilian--and the Municipal Presidency with its Mural of the Revolution. We'd be remiss not mentioning the City Museum, which with its pre-Columbian collections takes the long view of Irapuato history.
Experience the city in high-energy mode at one of Irapuato F.C.'s home matches at Sergio Leon Chávez Stadium, which hosted some of the action during the FIFA World Cup in 1986. (Take note of Irapuato F.C.'s insignia, by the way: a soccer ball and a strawberry, appropriately enough, take center stage.) Or take in topnotch performances at venues around the city during November's Irapuato International Jazz Festival.
Irapuato: Stop for the strawberries, stay for the history and culture!