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

4. 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: Overnight Horseback Riding Excursion

5. 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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From San Miguel de Allende: Guanajuato City Tour

6. 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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San Miguel: Romantic Horseback Riding at Night with Dinner

7. San Miguel: Romantic Horseback Riding at Night with Dinner

Ride a horse at sunset in the colonial town of San Miguel de Allende. Explore the local hillsides and the town’s most emblematic streets. Round off your experience with a romantic, candlelit dinner in a favorite local restaurant. Meet at the local partner’s office in San Miguel downtown, just 10 minutes walking distance from the main square, “El Jardin” (The Garden). From there, a guide will take you by car to the stables, located 10 minutes away by car. Once there, receive a brief and intensive introduction about how to manage a horse before starting your 2-hour horse ride. The first part takes place in the surrounding area of San Miguel. After the sun has set behind the mountains far off on the horizon, head down the hillsides and into town. As night falls, first cross the 'Colonia San Antonio' neighborhood and admire its colorful homes and beautiful church. Once in downtown, ride right through Benito Juárez Park until reaching the illuminated, Gothic-style Parroquia (cathedral) in the main square named 'El Jardin' (the garden). At the end of your ride, you’ll be serenaded by mariachis while still seated on the backs of the faithful horses, with the illuminated Parroquia as the backdrop. Finally, make your way to the restaurant where a sumptuous dinner awaits.

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What people are saying about Guanajuato

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 13 reviews

Very good service from both the guide and the bus driver. I would recommend specifying that you need to have cash, since in very few businesses they have a point of sale and specify that the city is very cobbled and that you always have to walk on foot in case someone has any type of injury. regards

Beautiful location and a very active guide

San Miguel de Allende is breathtakingly beautiful. enjoyed every moment spent there, albeit the hot weather. guide (kevin) is a very lively man and he helped to make the long day feels a lot shorter with his high level of energy.

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!

Nice tour, it's long and it's like 8 hours in total trip, but the town of San Miguel is very beautiful, if I recommend it

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