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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 9:00 PM.

From Mexico City: San Miguel de Allende Instagram Tour

2. From Mexico City: San Miguel de Allende Instagram Tour

Spend the day exploring San Miguel de Allende with your guide. Stop at picture-perfect spots to capture photos, see the city’s best attractions, and enjoy some free time before returning. Voted the world’s best city in 2021 by Travel + Leisure, the city is a must-see on your trip to Mexico. Start the day’s adventure with an early pickup from your accommodation. Settle in the air-conditioned vehicle for three and a half hours and take in the scenic views as you make your way to the colonial highland town.  Once you reach the city, begin the guided walking tour. During the day, visit famous landmarks such as the Chapel of Jimmy Ray, The American Hispanic Academy, The Temple of San Francisco, The Casa de Allende, and the Civic Plaza.  Discover this colorful city’s must-see attractions and listen as your guide tells you stories of its history and charm. At each location, your guide will make time to snap photos for you.  Make a stop at the Artisan Market, where you will get the chance to shop for handmade goods and authentic food. A perfect place to browse for souvenirs. After immersing yourself in the city’s best sites, have some free time to go for lunch and explore the city at your own pace, before boarding the vehicle and making your way back to Mexico City.

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.

San Miguel de Allende: Tacos and Tequilas Tour

4. San Miguel de Allende: Tacos and Tequilas Tour

Start the tour off right with a taco, a shot of tequila, and a shot of mezcal at Baja Fish Taquito. 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. On this guided food and city walking tour you'll get to try out 5 food-tasting spots carefully chosen to highlight the best regional flavors of San Miguel. 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 are included in the tour price. End at the corner of Hidalgo and Insurgentes Street, just two blocks from the main square. You can walk downtown to continue your evening or your guide will help you find a taxi home.

San Miguel: Cañada de la Virgen Archaeological Site Tour

5. 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.

San Miguel Allende: Half-Day Horseback Riding Adventure

6. 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 ranch, you will have an organic ranch-style meal, freshly prepared for your arrival. This authentic meal includes freshly hand-made tortillas, organic cheese, beans, quesadillas among other traditional dishes.

San Miguel de Allende: Tour of 2 Vineyards with Wine Tasting

7. San Miguel de Allende: Tour of 2 Vineyards with Wine Tasting

Discover 2 of the best local vineyards in the San Miguel de Allende area. Wander around the vines, learn about the winemaking process, and taste the wines with delightful food pairings of local cheeses and other organic products. After pickup from your accommodation in San Miguel de Allende, leave the downtown area to visit the first vineyard. Explore the family-owned vineyard, and learn about its distinctive personality, decoration, and small production of different types of grapes. Next, head underground to the wine cellar where the wine is aged, and find out the winemaking process while enjoying the delicious smells of the wine. After visiting the cellar, savor some of the wines with a delicious food pairing in a medieval-style room, also underground. A visit to the second vineyard, which has a very different concept but also has a small and exclusive production, follows. See the labs and shops where wine, as well as olive and lavender oil, are processed at this vineyard. Take a walk around the beautiful gardens and plots before sampling the wines with an expert oenologist, who will explain the different properties of each wine and how to better appreciate them. Enjoy this incredible learning experience surrounded by picturesque landscapes, and awaken your senses as you taste and smell the wines.

San Miguel de Allende: Horseback Riding Cantinas Tour

8. San Miguel de Allende: Horseback Riding Cantinas Tour

Start off with an intensive riding class and explore San Miguel de Allende on the back of a horse. Riding through the urban landscape of this 450-year old colonial town you will stop in three cantinas for drinks.  You will first head to the Colonia San Antonio neighborhood, where the ride will go past its colorful houses and beautiful church. Once downtown, the group will ride right through Benito Juárez Park, before riding down one of the town's most emblematic streets. It finishes at the illuminated Parroquia Church, a gothic-style church located in the El Jardin main square. On the ride you will visit three of the most historic and traditional cantinas in town. Riding from one to the other you will have the opportunity to hear funny anecdotes that the bartenders and locals have to share.

San Miguel: Evening Food Tour

9. 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 your own.

From San Miguel de Allende: Guanajuato City Tour

10. 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 of Jesus' Company to see its beautiful facade and unique style. Enter the temple to discover paintings from the 17th century, then make your way to the university, another unique architectural landmark, and learn about its history. A visit to the Diego Rivera museum comes next. View the art show that always has Mexican artists on display, and explore Diego's life, murals, portraits, and cubist paintings. From there, head to the Plaza de la Paz, the aristocratic center of the city to admire its architecture. Marvel at the Basílica of Our Lady of Guanajuato, where you'll find the oldest statue of the Virgin Mary in the Americas, which dates from the year 714. Lunch at a local restaurant follows. Enjoy great regional food with high-quality options for everyone. After lunch, take the cable car back up to begin your return journey to San Miguel de Allende. On your way back to San Miguel, you can stop at the San Cayetano church, one of the most adorned and beautiful churches that represents the golden age of the city of Guanajuato.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 88 reviews

Our guide, Les, was fabulous. Very Knowledgeable about chocolate making and Mexican chocolate history (as well as Mexican history in general). Charming storyteller and great “host” made for a perfect afternoon — tour included premiere chocolate tasting from chocolate drinks to pastries with chocolate to truffles to churro with chocolate at all the best local spots. Highly recommend!

One of the best hikes I have ever done.The View Amazing.My best friend and I we always go hiking so we consider this one to have been the best ,because The trail is in between the mountains you can enjoy the nature the smell the greenery as you’re climbing up to the top

Les/Alex was wonderful. Each chocolate and food experience was combined with fantastic stories that captured Mexican and local culture and history!

We so enjoyed our tour with Oscar. We learned so much about San Miguel- a perfect way to start our stay. Our best to you, Oscar!

Great view on top of canyon, great riding experience even for beginners, great lunch, wonderful guides