The bohemian atmosphere of San Miguel de Allende, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008, attracts national and international tourists who enjoy to stroll through its picturesque cobbled streets and visit the numerous boutiques, art galleries, and handicraft shops.
Located in the Mexican state of Guanajuato, it was founded in the 16th century as a strategic stop between the Zacatecas – Mexico City route of the silver. It played an important role in the history of the independence of the country, and assumed the name of the Ignacio Allende, an important insurgent, since it was his home town. It is a sophisticated destination that stands out for its old mansions, bars, and restaurants of high quality.
The historical center of San Miguel de Allende is one of the best preserved in the country, and it houses buildings dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, ranging from the Baroque to the Neogothic style. Among which, the impressive facade of the Parish of San Miguel Archangel stands out in the main square.
Visit the famous San Miguel Viewpoint, which is the perfect place to take panoramic photographs of the city, as well as the Handicraft Market, where you will find beautiful craftsmanship in brass and glass.
Guanajuato is the most important colonial destination of the country; in its territory there are concentrated many cultural centers, archaeological zones, and business centers. The city of Guanajuato is home to the Cervantino International Festival, the largest artistic concentration in Latin America; therefore, the city is considered a World Capital of Cultural Heritage and the Iberoamerican cradle of Don Quixote.
Visit Hacienda de Corralero, where high quality tequila is produced, or go to the Guanajuato Huasteca where you will find magical villages and natural reserves. We recommend the small town Mineral de Pozos, where the Toltec Festival is hosted.
You can also choose to follow the touristic circuit that will take you to the main places of the Route of Independence that the insurgents took; it includes San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Dolores Hidalgo, and Querétaro, but you will also find yourself in Acámbaro, Salvatierra, and Yuriria where you can appreciate convents with murals that relate some important historical events.
The cold and semi-desert climate of the area known as the Bajío of the country gave rise to a special gastronomy. Try the Leon style carnitas empanadas, chickpeas tamales in xoconostle sauce, orange hen, dry marinade, the charamuscas, and cajeta. The typical drinks of the state are grape brandy, the colonnade of tunas, mezcal, and atole.
The Cañada de la Virgen is an archaeological site just inaugurated, and only 16 km from San Miguel de Allende. It is located along the Laja River basin, and it is worth to visit to learn the history of the pre-Hispanic settlements in this territory.