San Miguel de Allende (Guanajuato): Top 30 best things to do


Things to do in San Miguel de Allende: 30 Best places to visit

You’re you planning to visit San Miguel de Allende on your next trip to Mexico?

Excellent choice!

This charming colonial city, known for its rich history, vibrant arts scene, and stunning architecture, is one of the most enchanting destinations in Mexico. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie, a culture enthusiast, or a foodie, San Miguel de Allende has something for everyone.

To help you make the most out of your visit, I’ve put together this comprehensive guide of the top 30 things to do in San Miguel de Allende.

I’ve also included tips on how to get there, where to stay, with my best tips and personal recommendations to ensure you have the best experience.

So, what are the best places to visit in San Miguel de Allende? Where to stay?

Let’s find out!

1. Visit the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel

The Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel is a striking pink church with a neo-Gothic style that towers over the cityscape of San Miguel de Allende.

It dates back to the 17th century, but its distinctive facade was added in the late 19th century by a local craftsman who was inspired by the cathedral of Cologne, in Germany. The inside is just as stunning, with elaborate altars, paintings, and statues.

You can enter the church for free, but be respectful of the religious services and dress appropriately.

The church is located on the main plaza of the city, Jardín Allende.

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Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel

2. Stroll around the Jardín Allende

El Jardín is the central plaza and a must-see attraction in San Miguel de Allende. Here, you can feel the vibrant energy of the city, see amazing street shows, hear traditional music, and join in local festivities like parades or fireworks.

You can relax on one of the metal benches and take in the sights of the colorful architecture and the well-kept gardens.

You can also explore the shops and galleries that line the plaza, or sample some of the delicious food from the street vendors. El Jardín is also the venue for many cultural events and celebrations throughout the year, such as parades, concerts, fireworks, and religious processions.

  • Free wi-fi available in the Jardín (better signal near the municipal government building on the north side)
  • Visit the tourist information office on the Plaza Principal for a free map and information

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3. Explore the Crafts Market

4. Casa del Mayorazgo de la Canal

Casa del Mayorazgo is a stunning neoclassical building with baroque details from the 18th century, located a step away from Jardin de Allende.

The former home of the Canal family is now a cultural center of the Banamex bank that offers free temporal exhibitions to the public.

  • Open from 10am to 6 pm from Tuesday to Sunday

My Advice
In the historic center of Mexico City, you can find another Casa de Cultura Banamex: the Palacio Iturbide in a stunning building, with free exhibitions.

It’s one of my favorite spots to check out when I’m close by, and most tourists don’t know you can go inside

Casa del Mayorazgo de la Canal San Miguel de Allende
Casa del Mayorazgo de la Canal, San Miguel de Allende

5. Cultural Center “El Nigromante”

The Centro Cultural El Nigromante is a cultural center that belongs to the National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA).

It is located in a historic building that was built in 1755 as a convent for the nuns of the Conception. Later, it became a school of fine arts that attracted many famous artists, such as David Alfaro Siqueiros, Eleanor Cohen, and Pedro Martínez.

You can visit the center and admire the murals that adorn its walls, such as “The Fanaticism of the People” by Pedro Martínez, “The Washers” by Eleanor Cohen, and “The Life and Work of General Ignacio de Allende” by David Alfaro Siqueiros.

You can browse the art galleries that showcase temporary exhibitions of local and national artists or take a workshop in different disciplines, such as painting, sculpture, photography, music, dance, and theater.

Make sure to visit its lovely garden. It is a wonderful spot to relax!

  • Free, open from tuesday to sunday (10am-6pm)
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Centro cultural El Nigromante

6. Fabrica La Aurora

The Fabrica La Aurora is a former textile factory that now showcases the art, design, and crafts of various artists who live in San Miguel.

You can explore the large halls and see paintings, sculptures, ceramics, furniture, jewelry, and more.

You can also see artists at work, take a class, or buy some original pieces. The Fabrica La Aurora also hosts exhibitions, events, and concerts throughout the year.

  • You can also find restaurants and cafés, so it’s a perfect place to relax and have lunch!
Fábrica la Aurora San Miguel
Fábrica la Aurora, San Miguel

7. Eat Your Way Around the City

San Miguel de Allende is a food lover’s dream, where you can find a variety of cuisines and flavors, from traditional Mexican dishes to international fusion.

You can join a food tour that will take you to some of the best restaurants, markets, and street stalls in town, where you can taste some of the local specialties, such as enchiladas mineras (tortillas stuffed with cheese and chicken and topped with red sauce), pozole (a hearty soup made with hominy and meat), churros (fried dough sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon), and mezcal (a distilled alcoholic beverage made from agave).

You can also learn how to make some of these dishes yourself by taking a cooking class with a professional chef or a local family. If you prefer drinks over food, you can also join a wine tasting session that will introduce you to some of the best wines produced in the region.

Here are my favorite food tours in San Miguel de Allende (just click on the link to book):

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Taco tour in San Miguel de Allende

8. Immerse Yourself in the Wine Culture

Did you know that the state of Guanajuato is one of the largest wine-producing regions in Mexico?

It has over 500 vineyards and 28,000 hectares of vines (mainly red wines, but also some whites), and it is famous for its natural wine movement that uses organic and low-intervention methods.

San Miguel de Allende is a dream destination for wine lovers, with its amazing wineries and vineyards like Viñedo San Miguel, Vinícola Toyán and Viñedo Bernat.

A bit farther you can also visit San Lucas, Dos Buhos, Cuna de Tierra (one of my personal favorite!), Santísima Trinidad, Octagono, Viñedo San Miguel, Vinícola Toyán and Viñedo Bernat.

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Wine Tasting in San Miguel de Allende

9. Adventure in the open

San Miguel de Allende is not only a cultural hub, but also a natural paradise, where you can enjoy the beauty and diversity of the Mexican countryside.

Horseback riding in San Miguel de Allende is a must-do activity, and there are several excellent locations to choose from.

  • One popular option is the Rancho Xotolar, where you can experience an authentic Mexican ranch lifestyle and ride through the countryside.
  • Another great choice is Coyote Canyon Adventures, which offers guided rides through the scenic canyon, as well as the chance to visit a traditional Mexican village
  • You can also consider San Miguel Horses, where you can explore the trails around the famous Cañada de la Virgen archaeological site.

No matter which location you choose, you’re guaranteed an unforgettable horseback adventure that will allow you to connect with the region’s history, culture, and natural beauty.

My Advice
If you’re looking for an incredible horseback riding experience in San Miguel de Allende, I highly recommend Coyote Canyon Adventures. I had the opportunity to ride with them during my visit, and I absolutely loved it!

They offer guided tours through the Coyote Canyon (click here to book!) which really looks like a movie set. The horses were well-cared for, and the guides made sure everyone had a safe ride, no matter how skilled they were. I had a lot of fun!

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Horseback Riding in San Miguel de Allende

10. Hot Air Ballooning Over San Miguel de Allende

Imagine floating above the colorful cityscape of San Miguel de Allende as the sun peeks over the horizon, painting the sky with hues of orange and pink.

As you rise above the city early in the morning, you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the urban landscape and the fields of the countryside.

My Advice
 Make sure to book your hot air balloon ride in advance (click here!), as this popular activity can fill up quickly, especially during peak travel times.

It’s also worth noting that balloon rides are weather-dependent, so there’s always a chance that your flight may need to be rescheduled due to poor weather conditions. But don’t worry – the wait is well worth it for this unforgettable experience in San Miguel de Allende.

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Hot air balloons, San Miguel de Allende

10. Hiking in the Canyon

I had a wonderful time hiking in the canyon near San Miguel.

We were a small group of hikers led by ranch guides who showed us different cattle ranches along the main canyon of the region.

The ranches offered stunning views of meadows, canyons and rivers. We crossed the river at the bottom of the canyon, rested to cool off, and then climbed the impressive cliffs.

The best part was the delicious traditional homemade meal that awaited us at the end: fresh cheese and organic beans from the ranch, quesadillas, nopales, rice, fresh sauces, guacamole🤤

My Advice
If you prefer to go hiking by yourself, I would suggest to join this facebook group: San Miguel hiking Community

There are several trails you can look into:

  • The Rio Laja Trail is a 32.43-mile (51.9-kilometer) trail for walking and biking along the Rio Laja. It goes from the Presa Ignacio Allende to near Dolores Hidalgo. There are 12 sections of river trail (easy to intermediate) and each section is 2 mi to 3 mi (3.2 – 4.8 km).
  • The easy hike from Rio Blanco to Presa Allende 3.94 mi (6.34 km)
  • Eco Parque La Joyita for hiking and camping (you can reach them on whatsapp: 415 153 7092)
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Hiking in San Miguel de Allende

11. Adrenaline Activities

If you’re an adrenaline junkie, San Miguel de Allende has plenty of exciting options for you. Two of the most popular are quad biking and ziplining.

Quad biking (ATV riding), is a thrilling way to explore the rugged countryside around San Miguel de Allende. Whether you’re an experienced rider or a newbie, there are trails to suit your level.

As you rev up your engine and hit the dirt tracks, you’ll experience the thrill of speed and the joy of exploring off the beaten path.

Next up is ziplining. Imagine soaring high above a canyon, with the wind in your hair and stunning views all around you.

These activities are not just about the adrenaline rush, but also about connecting with the stunning natural beauty of San Miguel de Allende.

My Advice
 When booking your quad biking or ziplining adventure, make sure to choose a reputable operator that prioritizes safety, like Parque de Aventura San Miguel.

Book the Zipline Adventure & Suspension Bridge tour here or the ATV and Ziplining Adventure Tour here (my favorite!)

Don’t forget to pack comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes.

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Zipline en San Miguel de Allende

12. El Charco del Ingenio (botanical garden)

This botanical garden and nature reserve is one of the San Miguel de Allende hidden gems.

It covers more than 170 hectares of land, where you can find more than 1,000 species of plants, many of them endemic or endangered.

As you walk along the paths and bridges that connect the wetlands, the canyon, and the reservoir, you can also spot some of the wildlife that inhabits the area, such as birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects.

You can also join a guided tour that will teach you more about the plants and their uses; a meditation session that will help you relax and connect with nature; or a temazcal (traditional steam bath) that will cleanse your body and spirit.

  • Open everyday from 9am to 5 pm
  • There is also café and a shop where you can buy honey, crafts and other sustainable and fair trade products from local cooperatives❤️
  • Website / Facebook
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Charco El Ingenio

13. Churches and cathedrals

Of course, the most iconic church in the city is the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel, easily recognizable with its pink facade, but there are other beautiful churches and cathedrals of San Miguel de Allende that are worth a visit!

Don’t miss out on the Templo de San Francisco, a stunning example of neo-gothic architecture, and the Santuario de Atotonilco, often referred to as the “Sistine Chapel of Mexico” for its richly decorated interior.

Other noteworthy churches include the Templo de la Inmaculada Concepción (Las Monjas),  the Templo de Nuestra Señora de la Salud, and Oratorio de San Felipe Neri.

Oratorio de San Felipe Neri San Miguel de Allende
Oratorio de San Felipe Neri, San Miguel de Allende

14. Cultural Festivals

Experience the vibrant culture and festivities of San Miguel de Allende that take place all year round.

You can attend some of the events and festivals that showcase different forms of art, music, cinema, literature, and more.

You can witness the work and passion of local and international artists, such as:

  • the Festival Internacional de Cine Guanajuato (GIFF), one of the most prestigious film festivals in Latin America!
  • the Festival de Música de Cámara (FMC), a yearly event that features some of the finest chamber music groups in the world
  • or the Fiesta de San Miguel Arcángel, a traditional celebration that pays tribute to the patron saint of the city with parades, dances, fireworks, and music.
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GIFF, San Miguel de Allende

15. Take an Art Workshop

San Miguel de Allende’s vibrant and diverse art scene is embodied in the Instituto Allende, an educational institution dedicated to the arts. Founded in 1950, it has long been a mecca for artists from around the globe.

The Instituto Allende offers an array of art workshops that cater to all skill levels. From traditional disciplines like painting, drawing, sculpture, and ceramics, to more specialized courses like printmaking, jewelry design, and even Spanish language and Mexican cooking classes, there’s something for everyone.

In addition to classes, the Instituto Allende also houses an art gallery, a café, and a beautiful garden, making it a wonderful place to spend a day exploring and getting inspired.

My Advice
 To ensure you get a spot in the workshop of your choice, it’s recommended to book your class in advance.

Check the institute’s website for course schedules and fees. 

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Instituto Allende’s café in San Miguel

16. Historical museum Casa de Allende

This museum is a must-see in San Miguel de Allende for anyone interested in the history and culture of Mexico. It is housed in the former residence of Ignacio Allende, one of the heroes of the Mexican War of Independence.

It showcases the life and legacy of Allende, as well as the history of San Miguel de Allende from pre-Hispanic times to the beginning of the independence movement.

You can admire the original furniture, paintings, documents, weapons, and personal belongings of Allende and his family, as well as learn about the events that led to the uprising against the Spanish colonial rule in 1810.

Museo Histórico Casa de Allende
Museo Histórico Casa de Allende

17. Find the Best Spots to Take Pictures

San Miguel de Allende, with its colorful facades, narrow cobblestone streets, and historic architecture, is an absolute dream for photographers.

There are numerous Instagrammable places across the city that will surely enhance your social media feed.

Callejón del Chorro is one such picturesque street, known for its beautiful stone arch and the stairway leading up to it. This spot offers an excellent backdrop for your photos.

Callejón Blanco is one of the most photogenic alleys in the city, with colorful houses and flowers.

Another Instagram-worthy spot is Cuna de Allende street, one of the city’s most iconic streets. With the majestic Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel at one end and the bustling city life on the other, it’s a great place to capture the essence of San Miguel de Allende.

Don’t miss Calle Aldama, a charming street with colorful buildings and flower-draped balconies, providing a perfect setting for vibrant and lively pictures.

My Advice
 Early morning or late afternoon is the best time for photography as the light is softer, and the streets are less crowded. Don’t forget to respect the privacy of residents while taking photos, especially in residential areas.

If you’re looking for unique angles or want to learn more about photography, consider joining a photography tour or workshop in the city.

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Lavaderos del Chorro, San Miguel de Allende

18. Treat Yourself

After exploring the city, you might want to spend a day relaxing.

My favorite place to relax is Nirvana Spa & Wellness Center, a serene oasis that offers natural therapies and thermal pools.

You can enjoy massages, facials, hydrotherapy, and more. You can also do yoga and Pilates or relax by the pool in the lush gardens.

Consider setting aside a full day to enjoy all the amenities at Nirvana. Don’t forget to bring a swimsuit if you plan to use the pool!

To ensure availability, it’s best to book your treatments or classes in advance. To enjoy the ultimate relaxation, you can also stay at Nirvana Spa & Hotel Boutique (click here to book!)

My Advice
 Another option is to visit the Escondido Hot Springs, where you can relax in one of the indoor or outdoor pools, enjoy a spa treatment, or join a temazcal session (a traditional steam bath that will cleanse your body and soul).

The Escondido Hot Springs offers a natural and peaceful environment, where you can enjoy the benefits of thermal waters that come from an underground aquifer.

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Nirvana Spa, San Miguel de Allende

19. Shop around

One of the best things to do in San Miguel de Allende is to find unique and original items at one of its boutiques and stores, where you can find everything from silk-screen tees to hammered silver jewelry.

This town is also a shopper’s dream, where you can find items that showcase the creativity and style of the local artists and designers.

Some of the places that you should check out are Mixta located in a 18th century house with a charming patio and Abrazos Boutique, a cozy place that sells handcrafted textiles made by local women.

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Mixta, in San Miguel de Allende

20. Hike up to El Mirador

If you’re up for a little physical activity, a hike up to El Mirador is a must. This viewpoint offers some of the best panoramic views of the city.

The hike is relatively easy, making it suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

At the top, you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views of the colorful houses, churches, and the surrounding countryside. It’s a great spot for photos, so don’t forget your camera

21. Mercado Ignacio Ramirez

One of the must-see places in San Miguel de Allende is the Mercado Ignacio Ramirez, a market where you can find all kinds of arts and crafts, including cheap homemade rugs. You can also buy fresh produce, flowers, cheese, bread, and more.

You can shop at the stalls and find items that showcase the local culture and creativity, such as pottery, textiles, jewelry, masks, and more.

You can also enjoy a tasty breakfast or lunch at one of the food stands or restaurants that serve typical dishes, such as gorditas, enchiladas, pozole, and more.

22. Explore the Cañada de la Virgen Archeological Site

Explore the archeological site of Cañada de la Virgen, a pre-Hispanic settlement that dates back to between 540 and 1050 AD, and was used for astronomical, religious, and agricultural purposes by the Otomi people.

The site is located about 16 km southwest of San Miguel de Allende, on a land that covers 12 hectares along the Laja River.

You can walk around the site and admire the seven monumental structures that include sunken patios, squares, a ball court, esplanades, and a road.

You can also discover the culture and cosmology of the Otomi who built and lived in the site, as well as their connection with other Mesoamerican regions.

A guided tour is a great way to discover the site’s secrets and details, such as its alignment with the celestial north, its relation with the lunar cycles and solstices, and its function as a burial site. – Book your guided visit here!

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Cañada de la Virgen Archaeological Site

23. Ceremonial Masks Collection

Discover the Mask Museum where you can admire a collection of more than 500 masks from different regions and traditions of Mexico.

It is a special museum is a unique museum that showcases the diversity and richness of Mexican mask-making culture.

See all these masks that reflect different ethnic groups, festivals, dances, and rituals from across the country. You can also find out about the history and meaning of each mask, as well as the materials and techniques used to make them.

It also offers workshops, demonstrations, and performances that involve masks and costumes.

  • Address: Cuesta de San Jose #32, Colonia Azteca, just a 10-15 minute walk from the Historic Center/El Jardin.
  • Visits are by appointment only. Must call ahead: Tel: 415-154-4324, Cell: 044-415-149-1563

24. Visit the Museo del Juguete Popular Mexicano (La Esquina)

For a unique cultural experience, be sure to visit the Museo del Juguete Popular Mexicano (Mexican Toy Museum), also called La Esquina.

This charming museum is home to an extensive collection of traditional Mexican toys, showcasing the rich cultural heritage and creativity of the country.

From hand-carved wooden toys and colorful paper mache figures to intricate miniatures and traditional games, the exhibits offer a fascinating glimpse into the world of Mexican folk art.

With five rooms filled with over a thousand toys, including dolls, miniatures, games, and animal figures, the museum is a testament to the rich creativity and artistry of Mexican craftsmen.

This is a fun activity to do with kids in San Miguel de Allende and a great place to visit for anyone who loves folk art and culture.

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Museo del Juguete, San Miguel de Allende. Photo Miguel Angel Victoria

25. Join the desfile de los Locos

If your visit coincides with the middle of June, you’re in for a treat.

Desfile de los Locos, or the “Parade of the Crazies”, is one of San Miguel de Allende’s most vibrant and anticipated events.

Thousands of locals and tourists line the streets to watch this colorful and lively parade, where participants don flamboyant costumes and masks, dance to the beat of music, and throw candies to the crowd. It’s a spectacle you won’t want to miss!

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Desfile de los Locos, San Miguel de Allende

Explore some of the nearby towns

26. Dolores hidalgo

Take a short trip outside of San Miguel to the historic town of Dolores Hidalgo.

Known as the cradle of Mexican independence, it’s here where the priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla issued the Grito de Dolores, calling for the end of Spanish rule.

Aside from its historical significance, Dolores Hidalgo is also famous for its ceramics. You’ll find numerous workshops and stores selling beautifully crafted tiles, dishes, and decorative items.

My Advice
While in Dolores Hidalgo, don’t miss the chance to try the town’s unique ice cream flavors (called “nieves”) like avocado, shrimp, and even tequila!

It’s a fun and tasty way to cool down after exploring the town. 

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Dolores Hidalgo

27. Guanajuato

Guanajuato is a charming colonial city in central Mexico that was once a silver mining town.

It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with many colourful buildings, graceful churches, and cobblestone streets.

You can explore its history and culture by visiting the Mummy Museum, the Alhóndiga de Granaditas where the first battle of the Mexican War of Independence took place, and the Juarez Theatre where the annual International Cervantino Festival showcases arts and performers from around the world.

You can also enjoy the lively atmosphere of its plazas, markets, cafes, and bars, or take a hike in the surrounding mountains for stunning views of the city.

How to get to Guanajuato from San Miguel de Allende:

  • Only 1h20 by car following GTO 67. Or you could take the other road (57) to visit first Dolores Hidalgo, and then go to Guanajuato.
  • 1h30 by bus with Primera Plus or ETN – many departures per day
  • By tour: You can book a tour from San Miguel de Allende to Guanajuato (click here!) that includes transportation, guide, entrance fees, and lunch. This is a very convenient option if you want to enjoy a hassle-free day trip to Guanajuato, without worrying about driving or finding your way around!

28. Queretaro

Another great day trip from San Miguel is the city of Queretaro.

Known for its well-preserved Spanish colonial architecture, Queretaro’s historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage site filled with beautiful buildings, churches, and plazas.

The city is also known for its vibrant arts scene, with numerous museums, galleries, and cultural events. From the city’s aqueduct and the Plaza de Armas to the Museo Regional, there’s plenty to explore.

My Advice
 To make the most of your day trip to Queretaro, consider taking a guided tour of the city (book it here!). This way, you’ll learn about the city’s history and culture while visiting its main sights.


29. Lavender fields in Mineral de Pozos

A visit to the lavender fields in Mineral de Pozos is a sensory delight.

Just an hour drive from San Miguel, Rancho de Lavanda offer a breathtaking view of purple fields, especially during the blooming season from June to August.

The contrast of the vivid purple lavender against the clear blue sky is simply mesmerizing!

Take a stroll among the fields, enjoy a picnic, try their lavender beer, or even participate in workshops to learn about lavender’s numerous uses. The calming fragrance of lavender in the air is sure to make your visit a memorable one.

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Rancho de Lavanda, Mineral de Pozos

30. Take the Mezcal Route

Mezcal, a distilled alcoholic beverage made from any type of agave, is deeply rooted in Mexican culture and tradition.

Its unique smoky flavor sets it apart from tequila and is becoming increasingly popular worldwide.

Guanajuato Mezcal
I’m a huge fan of mezcal and I’ve enjoyed it a lot in Oaxaca, where most of it is made in Mexico.

But other states like Guanajuato also produce amazing mezcals. Did you know that Guanajuato was the first place to make mezcal in the 18th century

If you have an appreciation for fine spirits, then embarking on the Ruta del Mezcal should be high on your list of things to do in San Miguel de Allende.

It will take you on a journey through the region’s traditional distilleries, locally known as ‘palenques’.

Here, the agave ‘piñas’ are roasted in pit ovens, fermented, and then distilled in clay pots. This traditional process gives mezcal its distinctive smoky flavor.

You will get to taste a wide variety of mezcals and if you find a mezcal that you particularly enjoy, please consider buying a bottle (or 2, or 3, or 4!) to take home: it’s the best way support the local agave farmers and mezcal producers. ❤️

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I’m working hard crushing the agave pieces!

Where to stay in San Miguel de Allende

  • Pozzito Boutique: Located in the historic center of the city, a few steps from the main square. Modern and elegant room with balcony and city view, from 27$usd per night, breakfast included. Strong points: excellent location, spacious and comfortable room, friendly staff, free parking.
  • La Casona: Located in a colonial mansion with a beautiful courtyard and garden. Rustic and romantic room with fireplace and jacuzzi, from 50$usd per night, breakfast included. Strong points: delicious breakfast, attentive staff, relaxing spa, free shuttle service to the center.
  • Casa Mia Suites: Located in a quiet street near the main attractions of the city. Cozy and colorful suite with kitchenette and living area, from 98$usd per night, free cancellation. Strong points: charming and authentic decor, helpful staff, free coffee and tea, rooftop terrace.
  • Habitas San Miguel de Allende: Located in a secluded and peaceful area, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Stylish and comfortable with private pool and terrace, from 150$usd per night, breakfast included. Strong points: unique and immersive experience, exquisite food, friendly staff, yoga and meditation classes.
  • Casa de la Cuesta B&B: Located on a hill overlooking the city and the mountains. Bright and spacious room with Mexican art and crafts, from 164$usd per night, breakfast included. Strong points: stunning views, amazing collection of masks, warm hospitality, free afternoon wine and snacks.
  • L’Ôtel-Casa Arca: Located in the historic center of San Miguel de Allende, inside the Dôce 18 Concept House, this 5-star boutique hotel offers elegant rooms with a fireplace and a balcony. From 300€ per night, delicious breakfast included. Strong points: the location close to the main attractions of the city, the pool in the beautiful terrace, and the access to the art gallery, restaurant, luxury boutiques and champagne bar of the Dôce 18 Concept House. This is my recommendation for a romantic stay in San Miguel de Allende!

Is San Miguel de Allende safe?

Yes. Generally speaking, San Miguel de Allende is considered one of the safest cities in Mexico for tourists.

The local community is friendly and welcoming, and the city has a relatively low crime rate compared to other parts of Mexico.

However, like any popular tourist destination, it’s always important to take precautions. Always be aware of your surroundings, avoid displaying expensive items in public, and keep your belongings secure.

My Advice
 It’s always recommended to purchase travel insurance before your trip. In the unlikely event of an accident or illness, you’ll be covered.

Also, if you’re planning to partake in any adventurous activities like ziplining or hot air ballooning, make sure the company you choose follows all safety regulations and has a good reputation. 

How to visit San Miguel de Allende?

I strongly recommend taking a guided walking tour (click here to book!) during your visit to San Miguel de Allende.

Not only will you learn fascinating details about the city’s history and culture, but it’s also a great opportunity to ask local guides for their recommendations on the best restaurants, shops, and hidden gems in the city.

However, you can also visit San Miguel alone because it is a very pleasant and safe city to walk around.

How long to spend in San Miguel de Allende?

It depends on what you want to do, but 1-2 days is enough to see the best of San Miguel de Allende, such as its churches, art galleries and narrow streets.

However, if you have more time and want to enjoy the peaceful and artistic atmosphere of the city, you can definitely think on San Miguel de Allende for a longer stay. You can also explore nearby places like Querétaro or Guanajuato.

To help you make the most out of your stay in San Miguel de Allende, here are my suggested itineraries for visiting San Miguel de Allende in 1 or 2 days:

What to do in San Miguel de Allende in 1 day

If you only have one day in San Miguel de Allende, here is my recommended itinerary to see the best of the city:

  • In the morning, start with a walking tour of the historic center, admiring the emblematic Parish of San Miguel Arcángel, the Allende Garden, the Casa de Allende Museum and art galleries
  • For lunch, you can choose from a wide variety of restaurants that offer from traditional Mexican cuisine to international and gourmet options (Such as Garambullo or Antonia Rooftop) . Or you can head to the Ignacio Ramirez Market for good tacos.
  • In the afternoon, visit the El Charco del Ingenio, a botanical garden and nature reserve that showcases the diversity of plants and animals in the region.
  • In the evening, taste some good mezcal at The Room Mezcalería with live music. You can also enjoy a great view of the historic center from Cielo Rooftop or La Azotea.

2 Days in San Miguel de Allende Itinerary

On your first day in san Miguel de Allende, follow the suggested program above, and then:

  • For the morning of day two you can go out to explore the surroundings of San Miguel, where there are all kinds of activities: from visiting the pre-Hispanic pyramid of La Cañada de la Virgen with an archaeologist guide (book it here!), to taking a horseback ride (click here!) through the canyon or a tour of the local vineyards.
  • For lunch, you can eat at Hecho en México with a charming terrace
  • In the afternoon, go to Fabrica La Aurora, and browse through the galleries, studios and shops that showcase contemporary art and design.

How to get to San Miguel de Allende

By taking a tour from Mexico City

Booking a tour is the simplest way to visit San Miguel de Allende from Mexico City in 1 day. You’ll get roundtrip transportation, a guided tour and some time to wander around. Book it here:

By bus

If you want to take the bus, you have two options: you can either take a direct bus from Mexico City (MEX) or from Guanajuato (BJX). The bus from Mexico City takes about 5h and from Guanajuato 1h30.

You can choose between two companies: Primera Plus or ETN

By car

If you want to drive, you can rent a car at one of the closest airports (Querétaro, Leon or Mexico City) and follow the highway 57D to San Miguel de Allende.

Renting a car is for sure the best way to explore San Miguel de Allende and make the most of your stay!

While it’s not super useful to visit the city, having a car is a must to discover the rest of the country.

To rent a car, personally, I always use Cars, for a few reasons:

  • You can easily compare the rental cars prices between all the agencies: for sure the easiest way to find the best rate!
  • Cancellation is often offered free of charge: no need to worry if you change your mind
  • Booking Cars offers full insurance coverage at a lower price than the rental companies, so it’s an instant saving with no effort

Simply click on the green button to find your rental car at the best price:

How to find a cheap flight to San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende does not have an airport, but you can find 3 airports nearby:

  • The nearest is the one in Queretaro (QRO), about 1h away.
  • Aeropuerto Del Bajio, Leon / Guanajuato (BJX), 1h15 away.
  • Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX), the Mexico City Airport, 3h30 away. – It’s the furthest one, but it’s my favorite option because it has the most flights and it’s the largest airport!

To find a cheap flight to any of those airports as well as the best domestic flights in Mexico, I recommend using our flight comparison tool in partnership with Skyscanner. It is guaranteed to get you the best price!

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