San Miguel de Allende Tours and Attractions
There are so many things to do in San Miguel de Allende, from walking tours, to trolleys, wine tours, and art galleries, and many other ways to explore the immense history and culture that thrive in San Miguel, Mexico. Below you will find the most popular San Miguel de Allende tours to help you make the most of your time in this delightful colonial town.
Guanajuato City Tour
So Much to See
As a World Heritage Site, Guanajuato emerges with charm, culture and history. Located in the center of the Sierra de Guanajuato, it gives its visitors a picturesque view of the valley on which it is built on. Founded in 1559, it is a former mining city. The La Valenciana mine use to be known as the richest and most productive silver mine in the world. The Templo de San Cayetano is a must see as it stands to remind visitors and locals of the wealth and riches extracted from the mine in the mid-1700s. Its implication in the Mexican Independence is rich in history. A historic building and monument in the city center marks the first battle won against the Spanish in 1810. Not to mentions it was the city where the famous Diego Rivera was born. His house has now been transformed into a museum. A little trick, if you are “not” going for an adventure, pick up one of those guides at the entrance of town, the tunnel system that passes under the city is nothing easy to get around, and they are all very nice and knowledgeable!
Leon Day Trip
The Leather City
As the fifth largest city in Mexico, Leon has a rich culture and history. It was founded in 1576. The colonial city is well known as the “Shoe Capital of the World”. It is without a doubt a great shopping destination.
Canadas de la Virgin Excursión
The Ancient Pyramids
There are seven enormous architectonic structures forming this archaeological site. It is located only 16 km from San Miguel de Allende towards Celaya on a private property. Its construction is attributed to the Tolteca-Chichimecas groups. It was demonstrated to be a pre-Hispanic site that was ruled by the Moon, the Sun and Venus by the National Institute of Anthropology and History. There are many companies that provide tours, one of them offer touring by horseback.
Rich in History
A quaint yet exceptionally beautiful colonial town in the state of Guanajuato, approximately one hour drive from San Miguel de Allende. It is now a National Heritage Site. It was there where the priest Miguel Hidalgo began the War of Independence. Every building and hacienda has its own unique history and legends. You will be pleased to walk the streets to the music of the town’s prodigal son, Jose Alfredo Jimenez.
The Ever Growing City
Queretaro is one of the most important centers in the Mexican Republic. Several large manufacturing plants have relocated from Mexico City onto the city’s outskirts. It is now home to over 1 million people. Only 64 kilometers or a 50 minute drive from San Miguel de Allende, it makes a day trip to this historic center named a World Heritage Site a must see. The region has rapidly growing vineyards, agriculture and hosts the famous wine producer from Spain: Freixenet. The wine production is now the second largest in Mexico.
Mineral de Pozos
Former Ghost Town
Known for its ancient mines, Mineral de Pozos is another magical town within the state of Guanajuato. It is located 60 km away from San Miguel de Allende towards San Luis Potosi. Interestingly, Mineral de Pozos was abandoned twice since the time of its foundation. It has been known for many years as a ghost town, but is once again inhabited by people from all over as well as well as decedents of former miners who came to rescue its old houses, plazas and streets. The town now hosts many festivals including the Mariachi festival and the Blues festival.
A Seasonal Excursion
Every year, Monarch Butterflies come from the Rocky Mountains and the Great Lakes to the temperate forests in Mexico. The season is short, only from November to March. Don’t miss it and live this beautiful experience available only a few months a year.
Tours and Attractions in Centro, San Miguel de Allende
Botanical Gardens Tour
The Charco del Ingenio is located only a few minutes from Centro, San Miguel. It is a Botanical Garden as well as an extraordinary natural reserve. Here, you will see many different cactus and many plants that are now in extinction. Each week they hold multiple events. Visit their web site for their up to date calendar.
Hot Air Ballooning
The View is Breathtaking
Enjoy a safe and enjoyable morning ride up in the clouds over San Miguel de Allende and the countryside. Perfect to celebrate a special occasion or just to share a magical moment with a loved one. From the classic Sunrise Tour to exclusive flights for couples or small groups, you can always take advantage of the beautiful scenery during the flight.
415 114 2174 / 415 152 2981 / USA 858 964 3101
Put Your Helmet On!
You get to ride where ever you like… but their tours are very well put together and are very enjoyable! From Antotonillco to Dolores Hidalgo, they offer a tour fit for everyone. It is a very nice way to discover the surrounding areas of San Miguel de Allende.
415 152 1526
This tour is a great way of discovering San Miguel de Allende’s Centro area without the hassle of the walk! You get to see most neighborhoods and learn about its history. The trolley takes you to one of the most beautiful viewpoints of town. This is the perfect place to capture a memorable photo of your adventure.
English tours every Tuesday and Thursday 10:15 and 14:15. Buy your ticket in the Plaza Principal #18. 415 154 5408
Historical Walking Tour
There is Always Something New to Learn
Hosted by La Bibliotheca, a non-profit organization that focuses on giving back to the community, the Historical Walking Tour is a must do when visiting San Miguel de Allende. It lasts approximately 2 hours and is a little different each outing! They have many volunteer guides and every time you get to have a different perspective on the history of the town. If you would like to learn about the many churches surrounding Centro, this is the tour for you.
Over 500 Masks
This is a unique look into traditional culture in the heart of the colonial town of San Miguel de Allende. The owner spent over 25 years acquiring this outstanding collection of ceremonial masks. You will definitely enjoy him sharing his knowledge of masks and masked dancing learned through his experience.
415 154 4324 / 415 149 1563
Fabrica La Auroa
An Ancient Textile Factory
Before the renaissance, the location was a leading manufacturer of premium cotton and textile for almost a century. The former machinery imported from Germany and Switzerland is still remaining in the building for visitors to see. From galleries, studios, shops, events and art classes, visiting San Miguel de Allende wouldn’t be complete without a tour of the Fabrica la Aurora.
Home and Garden Tour
Every Sunday, residents of San Miguel de Allende open their home for you to see and feel the magic of their dwellings and town. From a house in the “campo” to beautiful courtyards in Centro, You can never imagine what San Miguel de Allende can be hiding behind all of its beautiful doors.
Artisan Workshops Tour
Blown Glass Factory / Tin and Brass Workshop / David Godinez Jewelry Studio / Paper Mache Workshop
$25 US / 320 pesos
Purchase tickets at La Tienda inside La Biblioteca
San Miguel de Allende Wineries
Cuna de Tierra
Located south of Dolores Hidalgo, this winery is about 10 years old. Their winemaker studies in the University Polytechnic of Valencia in Spain. They produce six red wines and one white. The vineyard is a little over 74 acres or 30 hectares. The new installation was completed in 2013 and won a medal for its architecture in 2014.
This winery is located approximately 15 minutes from San Miguel de Allende. They initially planted their grapes in 2006 and had their first harvest in 2009. Their wine and agriculture is 100% organic. The spectacular “cava” was built 14 meters (46 ft) underground and is one of a kind in Mexico. Many events take place every week in their amphitheatre. It also makes for a perfect destination for weddings or any special event.
Vinedo San Miguel
Located on the way to Celaya, Vinedo San Miguel is about 10 minutes out of town. They are still in the development phase. The concept of a community within the vineyard is unique to the region. The project will be built on 120 hectares (297 acres) with 20% of this area designated for built amenities and 80% for grapes. Live surrounded by grapes, inspires to make you own wine!
San Miguel de Allende Tours and Transportation Companies
Centro, Jesus 11
Phone: 415 120 0001 / 415 152 1999
From USA: 202 609 9955
Centro, Codo 9
Phone: 415 1520198
San Miguel Drivers
Phone: 415 1250344
Viajes San Miguel
Phone: 415 1522832 / 415 1522537
Centro, Hidalgo 1A
Phone: 415 152-1856 / 415 1521695
From USA: 800 861 6423
Go San Miguel
Phone: 415 1520079