Things To Do and Must Do’s in San Miguel de Allende Guanajuato
Tianguis(Tuesday Market) — This real Mexican tradition is a slice of the non-touristy side of San Miguel de Allende. The tianguis is an indigenous food market tradition that survives to this day. In the market, you’ll find produce, fresh fish, clothing, antiques, traditional plants and medicine along with local trinkets and folk art. Be prepared for a noisy and vibrant experience that is sure to awaken all of your senses.
Mercado de Artesanias(Artisan Market) – A long, narrow shopping alley is home to the Mercado de Artesanias. Alive with color and vibrancy, this is a must do for anyone looking to experience a more intimate part of this colonial town and be able to take home a piece of San Miguel in the form of a craft or souvenir.
Abrazos San Miguel – Specializes in San Miguel style clothing and home wares made by local seamstresses using quality cotton textiles, printed with iconic images of Mexican culture known around the world. They are open 7 days a week, 10-6pm, with a friendly, bilingual, knowledgeable staff. So, if you’re looking for the perfect gift for any type of occasion, this is the place to go. Oh! And you’ll be supporting a whole slew of dedicated and talented seamstresses!
Tacos don Felix – Only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday but it’s worth visiting. Known for its great food, large margaritas, generous servings and service, it’s located only a short cab ride from el centro. The owners converted their home into a restaurant so you’re in for a family experience. Just be sure to bring your pesos because they don’t take credit cards.
El Sabino Tree in La Huerta(Mexico’s second-largest tree) — Just 30 minutes from San Miguel de Allende is the nearby community of La Huerta. Here you’ll be able to visit El Sabino, a bald cypress, around 500 years old. It is an impressive tree with a circumference of a little over 43 feet and 22 feet tall, needless to say it’s worth a trip.
El Charco del Ingenio(The Botanical Gardens) – A great place to run, walk, hike or just to enjoy nature. Located a few minutes from the historical town of San Miguel de Allende, El Charco del Ingenio is a Botanical Garden and outstanding Nature Preserve. It also displays a vast botanical collection of cacti and other Mexican plants, many of which are rare, threatened or in danger of extinction.
Horseback Riding — Horseback Riding is lots of fun and the people and horses around San Miguel de Allende are the best. Go here for the best horseback experiences in the SMA area.
Cañada de la Virgen — It is an Otomi archaeological site that has been recently excavated. The archaeological complex opened to the public on February 15, 2011. The site is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 9 am to 3 pm. For those without transportation or seeking bilingual guides, there are multiple tour operators in San Miguel de Allende that can provide expert guides and transportation.