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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.

San Miguel de Allende: Tacos and Tequilas Tour

2. San Miguel de Allende: Tacos and Tequilas Tour

Start the tour off right with a taco, a shot of tequila, and a shot of mezcal at Baja Fish Taquito. 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. On this guided food and city walking tour you'll get to try out 5 food-tasting spots carefully chosen to highlight the best regional flavors of San Miguel. 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.

San Miguel: Cañada de la Virgen Archaeological Site Tour

3. 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.

San Miguel: Landmarks and Lunch Walking Tour

4. 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.

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

5. 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.

San Miguel de Allende: Horseback Riding Cantinas Tour

6. 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.

From Mexico City: San Miguel de Allende Instagram Tour

7. From Mexico City: San Miguel de Allende Instagram Tour

Spend the day exploring San Miguel de Allende with your guide. Stop at picture-perfect spots to capture photos, see the city’s best attractions, and enjoy some free time before returning. Voted the world’s best city in 2021 by Travel + Leisure, the city is a must-see on your trip to Mexico. Start the day’s adventure with an early pickup from your accommodation. Settle in the air-conditioned vehicle for three and a half hours and take in the scenic views as you make your way to the colonial highland town.  Once you reach the city, begin the guided walking tour. During the day, visit famous landmarks such as the Chapel of Jimmy Ray, The American Hispanic Academy, The Temple of San Francisco, The Casa de Allende, and the Civic Plaza.  Discover this colorful city’s must-see attractions and listen as your guide tells you stories of its history and charm. At each location, your guide will make time to snap photos for you.  Make a stop at the Artisan Market, where you will get the chance to shop for handmade goods and authentic food. A perfect place to browse for souvenirs. After immersing yourself in the city’s best sites, have some free time to go for lunch and explore the city at your own pace, before boarding the vehicle and making your way back to Mexico City.

San Miguel: Downtown Food Tour

8. 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 5 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.

San Miguel de Allende: Chocolate Tasting and Walking Tour

9. San Miguel de Allende: Chocolate Tasting and Walking Tour

Satisfy your sweet tooth with a guided chocolate tasting tour in San Miguel. Learn about the history of chocolate in Mexico, its humble beginnings and the surprising ways to use chocolate in Mexican cuisine. Sample 5 different chocolates carefully chosen to highlight the best regional flavors San Miguel has to offer. Between the locations, wander through the beautiful colonial sights in town and marvel at the amazing landmarks. Enjoy the company of fellow chocolate lovers and meet local merchants for a delicious sampling of chocolate treats. Your guide will also tell you stories about how Europe has shaped the Mexican chocolate culture.

San Miguel de Allende: Full-Day Ranch Adventure

10. San Miguel de Allende: Full-Day Ranch Adventure

Meet your guide in San Miguel de Allende and head towards a small community that is 30 minutes away by car.  Once arrived, visit the ranch animals, collect the eggs for your breakfast and learn how to prepare hand-made tortillas and Mexican sauces before enjoying a delicious home-made breakfast. After breakfast, your guide drives you to the canyon where the horseback riding will start. Explore the beautiful area with a river and the traditional cattle ranches. Enjoy the amazing views to take some memorable photos. During this adventure, you will also have the possibility to do activities such as hiking, swimming or get some roping lessons.  Witness a delicious campfire meal prepared by the cowboys on the trail and expand your knowledge about daily ranch activities.  This is a great family-oriented adventure that is a very special experience for everyone.

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4.8 / 5

based on 15 reviews

This tour was the highlight of our trip to San Miguel de Allende. our guides (Nicolas, Layo and one other young man whose name I can't recall) were very professional and took very good care of us. They provided thorough training at the beginning and assisted us throughout the tour. The horseback ride through the cobblestone streets with the city lights all around was unforgettable. I highly recommend this tour to anyone regardless of whether you have ridden before or not. And the authentic cantinas were well chosen and provided a wide variety of atmospheres. We had no favorites as all were unique experiences. I will do this tour agasin when in San Miguel de Allende again.

Amazing experience in San Miguel de Allende. Our guide, Ariushka, was excellent. She is very knowledgeable and passionate about history which made for a great tour. She also gives plenty of suggestions of things to do and paces to eat during your free time. While there are many great sights and things to take photos of, calling it an instagram tour is a bit of a disservice as you also learn about the history and details of the city and not just take a few photos. The driver also did an excellent job of getting us there and back. Would definitely recommend it as a day trip to see and learn about San Miguel de Allende.

Sooooo much fun! A must while in SMA!!! Our tour guide OSCAR was the absolute best!!! Had some of the best taco’s, cocktails, tequila, and mezcal! The price is insanely low for how much food and drinks you get!!! Can’t recommend this tour enough!

Our guide, Veronica, was amazing in every way! We enjoyed the hike, the views, the food, and the people. We highly recommend this tour!

Samuel was an excellent guide, very informative. I hope to remain friends.