It is said that in Guanajuato, a city of legends, there existed in colonial times a gambling house, where the favorite game, a very risky “trick” , had left some few in complete ruin. However, the story of Martin Padilla was the one that has survived the test of time.
La calle del Truco
La calle del Truco takes its name from the legend that originated there. In that street there was a gambling house, a place frequented by a certain Don Ernesto, an avid gambler. One night, in which fortune seemed to smile, our character was challenged to play by the mysterious knight. Unable to refuse, Don Ernesto was betting the cards, all his possessions, quickly losing his home and his fortune. Trying to recover, he begs his opponent for one last opportunity.
The mysterious knight, then comes up and offers you the latest betting whispering in his ear. Don Ernesto and pales, however, accepts the offer. The player loses again and cries out: he had bet his beautiful wife against the mysterious rival who was making all night trap, but could not be found because it was the devil himself.
The locals that since then, every night a shadow cloaked crosses the street, hitting every door is Don Ernesto, calling for a final play to get his wife.
Callejón del Beso
The Callejón del Beso is really famous in the city of Guanajuato because it has an entire story of love…the story talks about a girl called Ana that was the only one in her family and she only had a dad who was rich.
Ana was in love with Mr. Carlos who was poor and lived in front of her house. The only thing that separated the house was the Callejón, which is like a tiny street.
Ana`s father didn’t let her love him, so he told her that if he saw her again with Carlos he would kill her. So one day she was talking with Carlos and her dad knew about this. Suddenly, with a knife he killed his daughter. Carlos who was taking the hand of Ana didn’t know what to do so he kissed her hand. That’s why is called Callejón del Beso, and the story says that if you kiss your boyfriend or girlfriend there, you will love him/her the entire life.
These are 2 of the hundreds of stories and legends that keep Guanajuato city of cultural diversity.
By: Roberto, Maribel, Pamela, Francisco, Alejandro