Sadly our time in San Miguel, for this year at least, has come to an end. Honey and I are heading back to the San Francisco Bay Area for the holidays and have just made a decision on where to base our nomadic selves for early 2018 (Cartagena, Colombia, anyone?).
I reckoned, for those of you considering a visit, I’d share my top must-not-miss experiences in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. This is in addition to my favorite activity which will always be hanging in the rooftop bars. I wrote a popular post on the Best Rooftop Bars in San Miguel de Allende.
Due warning: this post might also be an excuse to share the best of my photos from the last ten months!
Bask in the Colors
This might be my favorite part of San Miguel. Just wander the town and enjoy the colors and seasons. It seems like every day is a festival here and often you’ll come across some random parade. Sometimes even the locals don’t know why today is a party.
Cañada de la Virgen Pyramids
Yes pyramids, in Northern Mexio. Archaeologists didn’t count this area as within the zone where they would find pyramids and yet just recently… tada! We took the tour with Albert Coffee with one of our guests and I thoroughly recommend it.
Murals and Street Art
This is a part of San Miguel that many miss, but in the last seven years the neighborhood of Guadalupe has come to life with amazing murals covering the sides of houses and warehouses, some by world famous artists who come to San Miguel just to paint.
You can start at Via Organica cafe and wander from there, but the absolute best way to see and understand the murals is a tour by Muros en Blanco given by Colleen Sorenson, who has been one of the biggest proponents of supporting street art in San Miguel (ten years ago it was forbidden).
Horseback Riding through the Cactus
Just amazing to see the seasons change from flowering cactus to waterlogged rivers to dry again. There are lots of outfitters around town, but we’ve been loyal to Beth of Leisurely Country Horseback Riding who runs a great half day ride up to the top of a mountain ridge with friendly local guides and horses.
Doors and Door Knockers
A bit like the colors, if you wander around Centro you’ll come across the most fascinating doors and door knockers. There’s a reason that Doors of San Miguel gives you hundreds of results on google images!
If you follow my blog you may have seen my post admitting to a VW Beetle Obsession.
I finally got a photo of the gringo who drives around town in a car piled high with plush toys that changes by season. For Easter the car was piled high with bunnies and eggs. Valentines brought pink bears and hearts, and this photo has red, green and white for Mexican independence day in September.
Below are a few more of my favorite shots from the last months including a bug on top of a bug?
Rent a Car and Get out of Town
As if the items above weren’t enough to keep you occupied for a week or two (add in walking tours, museums, great dining and rooftop bars), there also the option to rent a car and get out of town.
We visited Queretero (quaint downtown), Guanajuato (colorful and fun), and the Sierra Gorda mountains and Huasteca Potosina (need a few days for this trip but amazing waterfalls and very different food). Bajigo rents car for a reasonable price per day, all insurance included.
To finish, here’s two shots of gorgeous Guanajuato.