San Miguel de Allende is a city and municipality located in the far eastern part of the state of Guanajuato in central Mexico, about a 2-hour drive from Peralta.
The archaeological site of Cañada de la Virgen is located just 15 miles west of San Miguel de Allende. Occupied between 540 and 1050 A.D. the site is perched upon a small mesa surrounded by canyons and is made up of four pyramid complexes, an ancient artificial pond and a ceremonial causeway covering the 16 hectares that is now government property.
Tula is a Mesoamerican archaeological site, which was an important regional center that essentially reached its height as the capital of the Toltec Empire between the fall of Teotihuacan and the rise of Tenochtitlan. It has not been well studied and disparities continue to be debated as to its political system, area of influence and its relations with contemporary Mesoamerican cities, particularly Chichen Itza. The Pyramid of the Sun was restored to celebrate the centennial of the Mexican War of Independence in 1910, and further excavations at the Ciudadela were carried out in the 1920’s.
Teotihuacan is thought to have been established around 100 BC, with major monuments continuously under construction until about 250 AD. The city may have lasted until sometime between the 7th and 8th centuries AD, but its major monuments were sacked and systematically burned around 550 AD. The ruin site is about a 3 hour 30 minute drive from San Miguel.
Although better known for its horseback riding opportunities than ruin discovery, San Miguel has essentially established itself as a staple visit for uncovering Mexican history, and continues to be a thriving community to experience the Mexico of yesteryear.