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San Miguel de Allende Destination Guide

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Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for San Miguel de Allende, created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

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Overview+

Capital Mexico City
Language Spanish
Time Difference -6 hours
Currency Mexican Peso
Voltage 127V

Surrounded by stunning natural wonder, San Miguel de Allende is a perfect inclusion on a luxury Mexican tour. Only a short flight from the bustling Mexico City, San Miguel remains in lovely 16th century style, with cobbled streets, local market stalls and colourful architecture. Every step offers a new photo opportunity.

Exploring the beautiful streets, experience the outstanding traditional street food as you pick up authentic artensanias (handicrafts). Enjoy the artistic and musical heritage that comes to life as you enter the main square, holding the iconic Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel. Experience the wonder of ancient archaeological sites, vast landscapes, healing hot springs and some of Mexico’s finest vineyards- all gathered in this extraordinary region. With a fascinating history of colonialism and its role in Mexico’s independence, plus a wealth of festivals throughout the year, there is no shortage of phenomenal experiences in San Miguel de Allende.

Highlights+
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel

Dating back to the 17th century, the eye-catching pink, towering spires of this parish church are an icon of San Miguel. A centrepiece in the towns many celebrations and festivals, the church is a must-see symbol of the roots and cultural heritage of this fascinating city. The remarkable façade was designed in the late 19th century by indigenous stonemason Zeferino Gutierrez, who based the design from postcards of French cathedrals, hence the feeling you have just stepped into a fairy-tale. For the most spectacular evening, during festivals elaborate fireworks explode around the towers- simply unmissable.

Jardin Botanico el Charco del Ingenio

Home to an exceptional range of biodiversity, the botanical gardens is also a vital wildlife and bird sanctuary in this region. Navigated by a huge network of cactus-lined pathways, El Charco is an essential haven of Mexico’s spectacular nature. The deep canyon nestled at the bottom holds the legendary freshwater spring the gardens are named after. Two-hour tours in English start at 10am every Tuesday and Thursday, alternatively this is a unique place for a leisurely stroll in an oasis of nature.

El Mirador Lookout

For the best views of the town and surrounding countryside, the walk up to this lookout is well worth it. Based on the south-west of San Miguel de Allende, the route to this viewpoint takes you through the picturesque Parque Benito Juarez, a real gem- with lush green ferns providing shade whilst you meander through the many pathways. From here, a short hike takes you up to the El Mirador Lookout, with the idyllic scenery the perfect reward. Alternatively, there are bus or taxi options to reach the viewpoint.

Mexican Culture

There is a rich and fascinating heritage in San Miguel, vital to Mexico today. There are a huge variety of ways to explore the vibrant history and culture here, with tours offered all over the city. A must-do is the Canada de la Virgen archaeological site, a pre-Hispanic ceremonial settlement made up of pyramid complexes and canyons- the sunset from here is stunning. The Museo Casa de Allende provides the opportunity to learn about the colonial past which established this city, and the vital role San Miguel played in Mexico’s independence. Across the year, celebrations and festivals take place to celebrate the lively artistic and music scene, so it’s worth checking out what’s on before you visit.

Hot Springs

On the edge of an extinct volcano, subterranean volcanic activity around San Miguel has created many natural hot pools. Just 15 minutes from the city centre, La Gruta and La Escondida Hot Springs are a perfect way to spend an afternoon, relaxing in the natural wonder of thermal water caves, waterfalls created by the springs. Renowned for centuries for healing properties, experience at La Gruta the traditional healing ceremony in the ancient temazcal, leading out onto the lush gardens- an oasis of tranquillity.

Night Life

With many of the region’s finest restaurants, there is no shortage of ways in which to spend the evening in San Miguel de Allende. The cosmopolitan vibrancy of the nightlife here offers exquisite cuisine and rooftop bars with stunning views over the buzzing town. Head to the iconic Mama Mia’s to enjoy live flamenco guitar and Apaloma (tequila, grapefruit and soda), and celebrate in San Miguel’s lively atmosphere on the gorgeous roof terrace. La Mezcaleria offers a wealth of tapas and Oaxaca Mezcal’s to delve into your Mexican trip. With festivals all year round, the nightlife here is always a celebration.

Climate+

Located in the highlands of central Mexico, San Miguel de Allende enjoys a mild climate, with sunny cooler winters. The rainy season takes place during warmer summer months, with little rain between November to April and pleasant temperatures meaning this is the most popular time of year to visit.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for San Miguel de Allende.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January1513
February176
March207
April2117
May2335
June22105
July21108
August2199
September2196
October1941
November178
December1610

Getting There+

Fly from London Heathrow to Mexico City International (11 hours 55 minutes), followed by a flight to Queretaro Intercontinental Airport (1 hour 10 minutes). From here, a private car transfer takes approximately 1 hour 15 minutes to reach San Miguel de Allende.

Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Health+

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/

In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net, www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

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