The estudiantina groups and callejoneadas are a tourist activity that a lot of Mexican tourists know about and expect to see when they travel, but a lot of American, European, and Australian tourists miss out on these events just because they don’t understand what’s going on or how to get involved. If you’re visiting Guanajuato capital in Mexico, the callejoneadas (which are performed by estudiantina groups) shouldn’t be missed. Buy tickets from the sales people in the centro early in the day and specify whether you’d like to participate in the 7:30 PM or 9:00 PM show. Then show up on the steps of the church that’s right next to Teatro Juarez a the specified time.
There are 17 estudiantina groups in Guanajuato capital. Lydian auditioned for the black and silver group which begins its performance every night of the year at 7:30 PM and again at 9:00 PM. The performers take ticket holders on a tour of the city through the twisted back alleys which involves some sing-alongs, theatrical skits, and other fun stuff (like piñatas for example, though the performance varies from night to night and it’s always different). Alcohol is served in special souvenir glasses that ticket-holders get to take home with them. The tour ends at the Callejon del Beso where a short (but entertaining skit) is played out to portray the tragic legend from which the Callejon del Beso gets its name.
As mentioned above, visitors to Guanajuato can buy tickets downtown from estudiantina sales people or feel free to contact Lydian at [email protected] and she can hook you up! Or, if you decide to buy tickets at the centro, be sure to buy from someone wearing a black, silver, and white costume like the ones shown in the video. Otherwise, if you buy tickets from a group wearing a costume with different colors the performance times will be different. Arrive at the church that sits next to Teatro Juarez about 5 minutes before the time when your callejoneada is scheduled to perform and wait for the black, white, and silver group. The callejoneadas are a tourist activity that give foreigners a chance to see something authentically Mexican. And the callejoneadas are interactive and fun! Don’t miss out!