This may apply to music lovers or musicians most,but this bar has an open stage 7 nights a week,and can stay open way until the early A.M hours.If your into it,you'll be willing to pay for slightly higher drink prices than normal.
Many nights it is a small intimate crowd.
Just outside of San Miguel there are many balnearios, or spas built around natural springs. I visited one called 'La Gruta' which was about a 12 minute taxi drive from central San Miguel. There was a restaurant, lawns for picknicking or tanning, and three pools. Through one pool you could wade down a dark tunnel into a large dome-shaped cave and relax in the warmest waters and listen to water dripping from the stone ceiling.
Balneario La Gruta
Carretera San Miguel de Allende-Dolores Km. 10
Back to OUATIM: The Parroquía scene is easy to find in the movie AND in San Miguel. The "pistolero" scene was, I think, filmed in the plaza a couple doors up from Casa de Huéspedes, on Mesones. If you're coming FROM Parroquía, go right on Mesones to the plaza with a building on the far side topped by a weird scallop-shaped thingie. It is quite possible that the place where Agents Ramirez and Sands had lunch is that little outdoor cafe next to the tourist office (right next to Parroquía). I am not betting too much money on that, though. I DID find the Y-shaped street where Sands has his final showdown of the movie, but I found it at night, when I was looking for La Cucaracha (where Kerouac and Wm. S. Burroughs used to drink in the 50s), and I didn't pay enough attention...if you find it, send me the address. Finally, at the end of the "pistolero" sequence, that cactus town...don't know, but I think it might be off the road to Querétaro, just a little bit outside of San Miguel.
Just take a little drive outside the city limits and you pass by gorgeous homes. Or take a "Home and Garden Tour", and you'll see beautiful homes and gardens. This allows the homeowners to show off their homes.
This picture is someone's home. I just loved those large front doors.
Outside of San Miguel on the road to Dolores Hidalgo is the town of Atotonilco. The World Monuments Fund named this historic and artistically important pilgrimage church to its list of "100 most endangered monuments." With a grant from American Express and the State of Guanajuato in 1996 a Mexican non-profit organization began work on the restoration of the Chapel of the Virgin of the Rosary. The church is sometimes referred to as the "Sistine Chapel of the Americas" and almost every square inch of the walls and ceilings inside the Sanctuary is covered with fresco paintings in a riotous outpouring of Mexican folk art. The murals also portray angels, archangels, saints, and demons amidst decorations of fanciful flowers and fruits. It is truly worth a visit.
http://smaartes.com/mexico/ato.html This is a good website with pictures and the story.
As you can see from this photo, the countryside outside San Miguel appears to be endless.
Bicycle tours are available. Other things to do: explore the pre-Hispanic ruins in the Laja River Basin, visit the Guanajuatan semi-desert and admire the carpets of wildflowers, hike in the Los Picachos mountains. It is hard to believe when you are in San Miguel, but the highest peaks are covered with thick woods, predominantly oaks.
The town center has the concentration of ornate mansions built by 16th to 19th century landed gentry. However, the outlying areas also have their unique character.
We wandered all over - including into the barrios. This is the location of the original adobe huts of the indigenous people and people of mixed race while the peninsulares occupied the main part of town. Today, the area is home to the working class - the people who serve the wealthier residents and tourists of San Miguel de Allende.
The barrios are real Mexico. Real people. Authentic local markets. No tourists. Most tourists do not want to go there.
It isn't touristy yet but it will be soon. Pozos is an old mining town. Because there is no regular bus service, you might need to hire a driver. Bring a flashlight and you can actually go into the mines. The ruins are from the 19th century but seem older in many ways. There are no signs so you might want to get a guide.
This picture was taken from a home I was touring on the Home & Garden Tour. A lot of homes have great views of the city.
This was taken in one of the homes we toured on the Home and Garden tour. I thought it was really pretty. Love the rabbits too!
All around San Miguel de Allende, you will see a lot of nice homes. Be sure to take the Home and Garden Tour or drive around on your own or with friends. Each homes seems to have different doors.
Climb the cobblestone streets in the city to the highest streets on the hill to get a spectacular view of the city.