San Miguel De Allende is a beautiful town in the heart of Mexico with a thriving art scene, rich culture, amazing baroque-style architecture, and so much to see and experience. This amazing hidden gem still manages to fly under the radar of many ecotourists despite offering fantastic hiking, open-air markets, organic coffee shops, vegan restaurants, and peaceful botanical gardens. San Miguel de Allende is a must for the traveler who seeks a true immersive adventure experience.
You may be asking yourself “where is San Miguel de Allende?” Located right in the heart of Mexico and just two and a half hours North of Mexico City, San Miguel de Allende is both remote and bustling at the same time. San Miguel de Allende is located in the State of Guanajuato, which is known as an ecotourism destination for people from all over the world because of its mountain ranges, volcanic hot springs, 1,500 bodies of water, diverse climates, and amazing natural reserves. Adventure minded tourists love hiking and zip-lining in the nearby mountains, rappelling in the canyons, and horse-back riding through the plains.
San Miguel de Allende is surrounded by beautiful farms and ranches, many or which offer a chance to experience some of the true culture and history of the region. Horseback riding San Miguel de Allende style is a true culturally immersive experience. Meeting and observing the local people as they make their own tea, raise their chickens and cows, or share their amazing home-made food with you is a wonderful way to spend a day that will totally change your perspective forever.
The Mexican Cowboy for a Day adventure is one of the most memorable tours in San Miguel de Allende and will give you a day that you will truly never forget. This ecotourism gem will take you horseback riding through the biggest canyon in the region, allowing you to explore working cattle ranches, and take you rappelling down 120 foot (36 meter) cliffs. You’ll get to learn about milking, cheese making, cattle-herding, and roping on a real, working Mexican cattle ranch, and then cap off the day with a delicious meal prepared by the cowboy chefs on the ranch.
One of the best things to do in San Miguel de Allende is to simply wander the streets of this beautiful town and immerse yourself in the beautiful chaos of bustling crowds. The city is alive with fantastic artisans, shops and boutiques, outdoor markets, and excellent restaurants and coffee shops. The Mercado Sano is a great place to indulge in a variety of local delicacies such as gorditas, tamales, and pozole, surrounded by live music. The local produce abounds at the markets in the city, and you’ll definitely want to try some of the fresh-pressed juices or smoothies.
The architecture of some of the city’s historic churches and museums will absolutely take your breath away. You will have to see La Parroquia de San Miguel Archangel and the Courtyard of the Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramirez just to take in take in the beautiful old-world architecture that San Miguel de Allende is known for. To learn about some of the amazing history of the area, visit the Case de Allende museum.
If you’re in need of a true ecotourism getaway that will reignite your passion for life and fill your heart, you need to visit Guanajuato and spend some time in San Miguel de Allende. You will truly fall in love with this gorgeous town, it’s lovely people, and all that there is to do. This is the ultimate vacation destination for those who love exploring authentic local Mexico culture.