A colonial jewel tucked into Mexico’s central highlands, San Miguel de Allende’s rumpled cobblestoned streets, antique buildings and unique variety of Mexican culture is very different compared to the state’s capital Guanajuato City.
The following are some San Miguel de Allende tours and experiences that lean towards the unique, the original and off the beaten track.
1. Take a tour to the Cañada de la Virgin ruins
A mere 15 mile journey west of San Miguel, this astonishing thousand-year-step back in time provides an unparalleled view of the Otomi people, who lived in the valley of San Miguel during ancient times.
2. It’s a great place for horseback riding
Horseback riding through the countryside.
Venture to a local ranch, where you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities, such as cattle herding, cow milking, cheese-making and rope lessons.
3. Visit the beautiful botanical gardens
This ecological preserve and botanical garden – the largest of its kind in Mexico – is home to hundreds of rare and endangered species, cacti, and succulents. There are walking paths, steam baths, picnic areas, a cafe, a shop, a nursery, and a greenhouse. Full moon, equinox, and other cultural ceremonies and Mexican festivals take place periodically, and it’s a long hike from downtown, so get a cab up and walk down.
4.Take a guided walking tour of the town
A rather convenient way to acclimate yourself to the city and its fascinating history. The walking tour is offered by volunteers representing Patronato Pro Niños. It is held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and departs from the Jardin across the Parroquia at 10:00 am.