San Miguel de Allende Things to Do

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  • SMA is far nicer and more fun than any of the...

    by rickls Written Dec 10, 2012
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    It's easy to take a bus from Guanajuato to San Miguel de Allende. And well worth it. SMA is far nicer and more fun than any of the cities you've mentioned.

    You might want to check out alternative lodging at a hostel or even run an ad on the Yahoo Civil List for SMA.

    You might want to check out our list of 30 top things to do at AllSanMiguel.com.

    We write all about the delicious flavors, vibrant fiestas, fascinating art, interesting places, and things to do in San Miguel — with links and information to just about everything.

    Hope you have a great time!

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  • Horseback riding

    by mommaloo81 Written Feb 9, 2012

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    I highly recommend Xotolar Ranch Adventures for horseback riding. in San Miguel. Tomas Morin picked us up at our hotel in San Miguel and took us to his family's ranch. We went riding on a rugged trail through the countryside, up and down a canyon and through a river. As a first time rider, I was completely comfortable with Tomas and a nephew leading us. At the end of the ride there was an authentic Mexican meal made by his sister. What a wonderful adventure!
    Alice

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    THE WONDERFUL MEXICAN MURALS!

    by ViajesdelMundo Written Jun 19, 2009

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    Of course there are many famous and beautiful murals around Mexico, mostly by Diego Rivera, and Siquieros, but at the INSTITUTE de ALLENDE in San Miguel, there are also some beautiful large wall murals worth seeing; just walk into the main entrance and go to the back wall. Unfortunately, I do not know who the artist is.

    The Institute is a place to learn language and art.

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  • Take a trip to the beach

    by ZihuaJude Written Jun 8, 2009

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    Private home on beach with pool

    To give you the best of both worlds, take a drive to the beach resorts of Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa. It is a nice break from the cool mountains to the tropical sunny beaches with lots of fresh seafood to titillate your senses. Rent a condo or stay in a small B & B or small beach hotel and while away a few hours in blissful contentment. Contact Judith Whitehead through www.paradise-properties.com.mx and I will help you plan your visit.

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  • Activities in San Miguel de Allende

    by barbaroja Written Sep 20, 2008

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    Ther is a directory of rentals at:

    http://smamap.com/SanMiguelDeAllendeWebsites/SanMiguelVacationRental.php

    For things for kids to do check the directories:

    http://smamap.com/SanMiguelDeAllendeWebsites/SanMiguelOutdoors.php

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    http://smamap.com/SanMiguelDeAllendeWebsites/SanMiguelClasses.php

    many of these places have kids programs.

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    Nice-to-see: Mariachi in the Main Square

    by gdilieto Updated Mar 16, 2008

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    Mariachi in the Main Square

    Mariachi groups gather at night into San Miguel's Main Square, providing good chance for a serenade or just for listening at some traditional music.

    Indeed Mariachi is from the state of Jalisco, West of the state of Guanajuato, but you will find Mariachi all throughout Central Mexico and in San Miguel as well. You will recognize Mariachi players in the Main Square from their traditional outfit (though the ones I saw did not wear the traditional large hats) and the instruments they play such as trumpets, violins and different types of traditional guitars. Just approach one of the player and hire the band to play for you.

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    Nice-to-see: Parque Juarez

    by gdilieto Updated Mar 16, 2008

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    At the Park

    Not a site worth remembering itself, San Miguel's park, Parque Juarez, few blocks off the Main Square right behind the Paroquia, is a pleasant place for some relax and some local-people watching. A gathering place for locals, especially seniors and youngsters. There is also a playground for kids.

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    Nice-to-do: Just Relax and Enjoy Yourself

    by gdilieto Updated Mar 16, 2008

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    There is no much in term of sights and attractions to recommend about San Miguel: there are few churches, palaces and museums worth mentioning but none will give you memorable experience; moreover the city center is that compact that eventually you will bump into all of them anyway. You will get the best out of San Miguel just wandering the city, enjoying the colonial architecture, the cool climate, the restaurants, some shopping and ultimately relaxing at the town slow pace of life. The whole city center may be visited in one full day or less. No map needed. Some get bored after a short while, but this is up to you.

    Few highlights on things "worth seeing" from my visit to San Miguel:

    - As any other Mexican colonial town the life of the city center spins around the Main Square, Plaza Allende in San Miguel. You will find a tree-shaded little park with iron benches where locals, residents and tourists hangout and sit watching the coming and going. Plaza Allende becomes very lively at night with food vendors and Mariachi groups.

    - The parish church and San Miguel's landmark La Paroquia, in the Main Square, is by far the most interesting and somewhat intriguing architectural piece in town. I have never seen a neo-gothic church in Mexico and likely there isn't any (see my San Miguel's Cover Page for more details). There are few other churches of some interest, displaying more traditional baroque facades, the best of which I found to be the Templo de San Francisco, right one block off the Main Square.

    - The only museum in town is the Museum Casa de Ignacio Allende, the house where the War of Independence hero Captain Ignacio Allende was born and lived. It is featured the biography of Allende as well as description of history of the area. It is a small museums and the only one in town, worth a stop.

    - There is a pretty nice lookout point, called El Mirador a five minute walk uphill from the Main Square. Facing the Paroquia head uphill on your left hand side and then turn right at the next main street where the traffic flows. The view is worth the effort get there.

    - A kind of "off the beaten track" destination, Parque Benito Juarez, the town park, few blocks and a few-minute walk off the Main Square is a good alternative for some relax and a good option for some local-people watching. Facing the Paroquia walk few blocks just straight in front of you.

    - There is a Bull Ring (Plaza del Toros) in San Miguel. You can easily spot the circular-shape building from the lookout point El Mirador. I don't know whether it still operates or open to visitors.

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    Nice-to-see: Panoramic View from the Lookout Point

    by gdilieto Updated Mar 15, 2008

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    View from El Mirador

    The view of the city and the valley one can enjoy from El Mirador, San Miguel's Lookout Point, is definitely worth the effort to get there. Facing the Paroquia in the Main Square head uphill on your left-hand side and then turn right in the next main street (Calle Pedro Vargas) where the traffic flows. It is only a five-minute walk from the Main Square and worth the walk up to the hill.

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  • The Heart of Frida Exhibition

    by chixieb Written Mar 8, 2007

    There is a wonderful Frida Kahlo exhibition located near the main plaza that I highly recommend. It showcases original letters and drawings that she did before her death. They are just released to the public this year and have been kept hidden for over 50 years. It was such an intimate experience: you really get a sense of her passionate nature, her loving obsession for Diego, and empathize with her tragedies—it was like a private journey into her soul. Her letters are beautifully written, lyrical and poetic. Even if you aren’t familiar with Frida, they play an excellent short video documentary that will help you familiarize with her. So definitely check it out!

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  • The Heart of Frida Exhibition

    by chixieb Written Mar 8, 2007

    There is a wonderful Frida Kahlo exhibition located near the main plaza that I highly recommend. It showcases original letters and drawings that she did before her death. They are just released to the public this year and have been kept hidden for over 50 years. It was such an intimate experience: you really get a sense of her passionate nature, her loving obsession for Diego, and empathize with her tragedies—it was like a private journey into her soul. Her letters are beautifully written, lyrical and poetic. Even if you aren’t familiar with Frida, they play an excellent short video documentary that will help you familiarize with her. So definitely check it out!

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    People Watching

    by jungles Written Apr 7, 2006

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    Despite the huge influx of foreigners, there are still plenty of interesting characters among the local inhabitants. If you find as I did that you get bored in San Miguel quite quickly, just take a seat outside (the main plaza is a good spot as many people pass through there, and it has lots of park benches) and watch the passersby. Great for photographers too.

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    Pass the time relaxing in the central square....

    by VdV Written Aug 21, 2005

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    View from our favorite bench in the town center...

    My Mom and I would sit in the central square of town each day, usually in the late afternoon, just people watching or enjoying the view of La Parroquia.

    My Mom said it reminded her of the Philippines, where families would enjoy each others' company just walking around the town, strolling, sitting and chatting in public places. So unlike the park areas and public spaces in Los Angeles, CA.

    This is the view from one of our favorite benches in the Jardin Principal....

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    El Parque Benito Juarez

    by lareina Written Jan 13, 2005

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    the western entrance of the park

    Being a traveller on a budget, I am always partial to public places and parks. San Miguel has a lovely public park called Benito Juarez. It is a wonderful place for people watching, a relaxing stroll, a game of basketball, or even a jog. It is also surrounded by some amazing buildings and is just below the beautiful Casa de Cultura (El Chorro), also a must see.

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    The Sunset in the Spring/Summer

    by MookieStephens Written Jan 6, 2005

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    The best view I've seen of the sunset is on the 2nd level of THE CHAR ROCK BAR/CAFE.

    You also get the church lit up when it gets dark and a nice view of the main jardin.

    Yes, it seems not to be nearly as good when the evenings are clod,but it is magnificent in the summer.

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