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  • San Miguel de Allende Day Trip from Mexico City

    1. San Miguel de Allende Day Trip from Mexico City

    Depart Mexico City in the morning and take in the views of the countryside en route to the colonial city of San Miguel de Allende. Upon arrival, join a 1.5-hour guided tour to see attractions such as the parish church of San Miguel Arcángel and the contemporary art museum of the Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery. Admire the typical Spanish-Baroque façade of the San Francisco Church, and see the former home of Ignacio Allende, notable for his role in the Mexican War of Independence. Purchase typical handicrafts at the craft market and learn more about the history of Mexico outside the Municipal Palace, where statues of Miguel Hidalgo and Ignacio Allende are located. Get some free time to stroll the streets at your own pace. Use the time to visit galleries, or find a nice restaurant or local market to eat lunch. Drive back to Mexico City in the afternoon, with an estimated time of arrival at 9...

    This city is beautiful but it is located too far from Mexico City. It's about four hour drive to get there and it took us six hours to get back (we hit some really heavy traffic). I also think that our tour guide could have told us more about the city, its architecture and history.

  • San Miguel: Cañada de la Virgen Archaeological Site Tour

    2. San Miguel: Cañada de la Virgen Archaeological Site Tour

    The archaeological site of Cañada de la Virgen is located just 25 kilometers west of San Miguel de Allende. Occupied between 540 and 1050 A.D., it is perched upon a small mesa surrounded by canyons. The site is made up of four patio/pyramid complexes, an ancient, artificial pond and a ceremonial causeway covering the 16 hectares. Your highly specialized guide will share their knowledge of the Otomi people and of other cultures of the Bajio region, as well as the Mesoamerican cultures in general.  After the tour, you will head to a small village located just 10 minutes away to enjoy a real ranch-style meal prepared by the ladies of the community. The meal consists of fresh ranch style cheese prepared on site daily, fresh tortillas al comal, organic cheese, rice, beans, fresh salsas, and guacamole. Also on the menu are quesadillas, nopales (cactus), salad, potato patties and fresh fruit.

    Our guide Lino was outstanding. He was knowledgeable and made the experience fun. The lunch at a nearby ranch was delicious and enjoyable.

  • San Miguel: Landmarks and Lunch Walking Tour

    3. San Miguel: Landmarks and Lunch Walking Tour

    Explore San Miguel's main sights and hidden treasures on a guided walking tour for up to 12 people. Learn about the history of a town founded in 1542, and replenish your energy after with a 3-course Mexican meal in a traditional family-run restaurant. Begin your tour at San Francisco Church. From here, discover the stories and histories of 6 different landmarks in San Miguel with a certified local guide. Find out how the city has developed from humble beginnings into a world-class destination. As you walk through the town, visit a range of sights like markets, schools, and churches. Learn about local merchants who breathe life into San Miguel and make some new friends along the way. To finish your tour, savor some fantastic food, including an appetizer, main course, dessert, and a drink.

    The tour was informative, with some practical information, useful for those thinking of living in SMA. I would have liked more historical context, ie dates, when talking about significant buildings and events. The guide talking about the his tip during the tour was awkward.

  • San Miguel Allende: Half-Day Horseback Riding Adventure

    4. San Miguel Allende: Half-Day Horseback Riding Adventure

    Begin down in the mouth of the canyon along the edge of the river as you start to explore the landscape around you on horseback. Receive instructions on riding and an overview of your adventure. Have the opportunity to cross the river and gallop through traditional cattle ranches. Take a short rest on the top of dramatic cliffs, and admire the views as you snap some great pictures. Continue over the plains and amongst the cattle, reaching a further edge of the canyon and begin a 40-minute descent back down to find the winding river. Choose to add on either a hot springs or rappelling experience, for a touch of relaxation or some extra adrenaline. Opt for a soothing soak in some healing pools to reward yourself after your adventure. Select the rappelling experience to finish your adventure with a kick as you descend down 150 feet cliffs.  For the grand finale, when you get back to the ...

    This was such a fun experience and the staff was very welcoming and nice. Highly recommend, would definitely go again! :)

  • San Miguel de Allende: Full-Day Ranch Adventure

    5. San Miguel de Allende: Full-Day Ranch Adventure

    Meet your guide in San Miguel de Allende and head towards a small community that is 30 minutes away by car.  Once arrived, visit the ranch animals, collect the eggs for your breakfast and learn how to prepare hand-made tortillas and Mexican sauces before enjoying a delicious home-made breakfast. After breakfast, your guide drives you to the canyon where the horseback riding will start. Explore the beautiful area with a river and the traditional cattle ranches. Enjoy the amazing views to take some memorable photos. During this adventure, you will also have the possibility to do activities such as hiking, swimming or get some roping lessons.  Witness a delicious campfire meal prepared by the cowboys on the trail and expand your knowledge about daily ranch activities.  This is a great family-oriented adventure that is a very special experience for everyone.

  • San Miguel de Allende: Chocolate Tasting and Walking Tour

    6. San Miguel de Allende: Chocolate Tasting and Walking Tour

    Satisfy your sweet tooth with a guided chocolate tasting tour in San Miguel. Learn about the history of chocolate in Mexico, its humble beginnings and the surprising ways to use chocolate in Mexican cuisine. Sample 5 different chocolates carefully chosen to highlight the best regional flavors San Miguel has to offer. Between the locations, wander through the beautiful colonial sights in town and marvel at the amazing landmarks. Enjoy the company of fellow chocolate lovers and meet local merchants for a delicious sampling of chocolate treats. Your guide will also tell you stories about how Europe has shaped the Mexican chocolate culture.

  • San Miguel: Evening Food Tour

    7. San Miguel: Evening Food Tour

    Enjoy a 3-hour guided food tour through downtown San Miguel. Learn about the cultures which have come to define Mexico as a country - Aztec, Mayan, Toltec, Moorish, Spanish, and even French - through a series of 5 tastings at carefully selected restaurants and vendors. Discover why in 2010, UNESCO added Mexican cuisine to its list of the world’s 'intangible cultural heritage'. Enjoy how the aromas, textures, and colors create a memorable experience you won’t soon forget. This foodie adventure showcases the city's highlights and hidden gems. Learn about the real local merchants who breathe life into the city with their powerful personal histories. Experience San Miguel’s history and beauty unfold through its stunning architecture, impressive natural terrain, and fascinating locals. Walk away armed with new knowledge and a host of recommendations so you can explore San Miguel further on y...

  • San Miguel de Allende: Tacos and Tequilas Tour

    8. San Miguel de Allende: Tacos and Tequilas Tour

    Begin at the La Cocina Restaurant for a taco and a cocktail. Then, head to the next spot, along the way taking in the beautiful sights of San Miguel. Cultural sites include the Jardin, San Francisco Church, the Plaza Civica, and the Oratorio Church. This 3-hour guided food and city walking tour features 6 food-tasting spots carefully chosen to highlight the best regional flavors that San Miguel has to offer. Savor local delicacies at off-the-beaten-path eateries with their lively owners and staff.  Enjoy a sampling of mouth-watering food at family-owned restaurants and stands, all the while sipping on refreshing local drinks and picking up some insights into the city's history and culture from your passionate tour guide. You can look forward to San Miguel’s best tacos and most delicious cocktails. All the snacking adds up to be enough for a satisfying dinner, and all the food and drinks...

    Oscar is very knowledgeable about the city and it’s monuments. Gives you enough history, as well as goves you great food knowledge about what you are about to eat and drink. I would highly recommend it.

  • From San Miguel de Allende: Guanajuato City Tour

    9. From San Miguel de Allende: Guanajuato City Tour

    Discover the incredible city of Guanajuato, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a full-day tour from San Miguel de Allende. Explore the history of the city, visit wonderful churches and the Diego Rivera Museum, and savor lunch at a local restaurant. After pickup from your accommodation in San Miguel de Allende, drive toward Guanajuato and make your first stop at Pípila Monument. Delight in views of the city from above from the lookout as your private guide introduces you to Guanajuato's history. Then, ride a cable car to the downtown area and visit the first church built in the city. Next-door, marvel at the Juarez Theater, one of the most emblematic buildings of Mexico's Porfirian era. Go inside to see its unique architecture, and learn about the history of both buildings with your certified guide. After exploring the Juarez Theater, walk the colorful streets of Guanajuato to the Church...

    Our guide was knowledgeable and the driver navigated all the twists and turns of San Miguel and Guanajuato traffic with aplomb. A great trip for our last day in mexico. Really enjoyed it!

  • From San Miguel de Allende: Hiking in the Canyon with Lunch

    10. From San Miguel de Allende: Hiking in the Canyon with Lunch

    Begin the adventure by meeting your guide at the meeting point in downtown San Miguel. Head off on a 30-minute drive to reach the canyon. Once there, enjoy a maximum 2.5-hour hike accompanied by a Spanish and English-speaking, specialized guide, as well as a local of the area who will share some fun facts about this beautiful location.  The hike will take place on the same trail used for horseback excursions, and is recommended for intermediate hikers. Walk along moderately rugged paths and take in the dramatic scenery unfolding before you. Afterwards, head back to the ranch, where the ladies will have cooked up the best organic, ranch-style meal you'll ever have. This authentic meal will include handmade tortillas, organic cheeses, beans, quesadillas, nopales (cactus), rice, salad, guacamole and salsa, fresh fruit, among other traditional dishes. Settle in and feast on this m...

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 62 reviews

I met my tour guide Leslie, who has been living in San Miguel de Allende already over 10 years and became a citizen of Mexico as well. From talking to him, I understood, how much he loves the mexican culture and how much he likes to share his great knowledge of local history, architecture and living style. These 3 hours went super fast while listening to him and laughing about his jokes. He gave also the answers to my practical questions. Great tour and wonderful tour guide. I enjoyed it a lot!!!

Oscar is very knowledgeable about the city and it’s monuments. Gives you enough history, as well as goves you great food knowledge about what you are about to eat and drink. I would highly recommend it.

This was such a fun experience and the staff was very welcoming and nice. Highly recommend, would definitely go again! :)

Knowledgeable friendly guide made for a great tour of San Miguel de Allende. Lunch was delicious!

Oscar is the best tour guide. Wealth of information, lovely guy. Terrific evening Kiwi