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San Miguel de Allende

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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: 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.

From Mexico City: San Miguel de Allende Instagram Tour

3. 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.

From San Miguel de Allende: Guanajuato City Tour

4. 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.

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.

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

6. 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. 

San Miguel: Romantic Horseback Riding at Sunset

7. San Miguel: Romantic Horseback Riding at Sunset

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).

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What people are saying about San Miguel de Allende

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 13 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.

My family had a great time on our half-day hike in Coyote Canyon! The terrain was interesting and diverse—and more challenging than expected, which we enjoyed! Our guide, June, was terrific, as were the brother and sister duo (Araceli and her hilarious brother who both guided and entertained us! Unfortunately, I never quite caught his name!) Lunch afterward was lovely as well...one of our daughters said it was the best meal she had all week! We highly recommend this tour...don't hesitate to book!

Diego was an amazing guide! We enjoyed the history and the stories and his passion for the city of Guanajuato. He was amazing and patient especially with my 6 yr old son who wanted to hold his hand walking through the streets. Thanks for everything.

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