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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.

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San Miguel de Allende: Horseback Riding Cantinas Tour

2. 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.

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San Miguel Allende: Half-Day Horseback Riding Adventure

3. 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.

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San Miguel: Cañada de la Virgen Archaeological Site Tour

4. 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.

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San Miguel de Allende: Tacos and Tequilas Tour

5. 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 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.

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San Miguel: Landmarks and Lunch Walking Tour

6. 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.

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San Miguel: Downtown Food Tour

7. San Miguel: Downtown Food Tour

Your tour will begin as you meet your guide at Los Lavaderos Park at the end of Recreo Street. This guided food and city walking tour features 6 food-tasting spots carefully chosen to highlight the best regional flavors San Miguel has to offer. You can savor regional delicacies at off-the-beaten-path eateries, complete with their colorful owners and staff. You will enjoy a sampling of mouth-watering food at family-owned restaurants and stands and sip on refreshing local drinks. You can look forward to San Miguel’s best mole enchiladas, traditional ceviche, fresh fruit water, authentic tacos, and two desserts. It adds up to enough for a satisfying lunch, and all the food is included in the tour price. At the conclusion of the tour you will end up just one block off the Jardin (main square). You can then choose to walk downtown to continue your afternoon, or alternatively your guides can help you find a taxi home.

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

8. 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 meal in the company of your group and guide, guaranteed to be one of the best you can find in the San Miguel de Allende area. 

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

9. 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.

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San Miguel de Allende: Overnight Horseback Riding Excursion

10. San Miguel de Allende: Overnight Horseback Riding Excursion

After heading to the meeting point, a guide will take you first to a ranch where you will visit the farm animals and search for eggs for breakfast. After having a traditional home-made breakfast prepared by local women, the guide will take you to Boca de la Cañada, where the horseback riding adventure will start. You will receive a brief introduction about how to ride the horse, before riding to the deepest part of the nearby Coyote Canyon, crossing the river and enjoying the flora and fauna of the area on the way. There will be different opportunities to gallop, rest and search for quartz in the river. You will reach the highest part of the canyon from where you will enjoy a spectacular view. The cowboys will set up the tents here, so you will be able to admire the stars at night. Comfortable tents, sleeping bags and camping chairs will be provided. In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to rappel down the 150-foot cliffs of the canyon. This horseback trail riding excursion gives us enough time to take a midnight ride all the way to a neighboring village, where you can stock up on some essentials, or pick up a good tequila to help keep the stories flowing around the campfire. For the more extreme riders, this horseback riding excursion also includes a section where you can gallop or even race full speed at nighttime. The next day, after breakfast, you will continue discovering the great canyon and the natural landscapes before going back to San Miguel. If you are not ready to go back to reality, you can choose to add on a visit to a local hot springs.

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What people are saying about Guanajuato

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 15 reviews

Great guide. It was just the two of us, so it was a nice private tour. The only disappointing part is that we are no longer allowed to climb to the top of the pyramid, but the grounds are beautiful and the history is amazing!

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.

Les is knowledgeable and engaging with many insights into life as an American expatriate, and many suggestions for getting the most from a short visit.

We had a small group go to see the ruins with Lino. He was great, gave us a lot of information and we thoroughly enjoyed our tour. Highly recommend it!

Oscar was a wonderful guide through the city and to the best food!