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How to Spend 1 Day in San Miguel de Allende

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How to Spend 1 Day in San Miguel de Allende
Topping some best-city lists, San Miguel de Allende is a hilly but walkable locale steeped in colonial history, dotted with ochre-colored buildings, and ideal for travelers looking for a laid-back experience. While it’s easy to spend weeks in San Miguel de Allende, here’s what to do with just one day.
 
Morning: Get to Grips with the City
Dive into the local scene on your first morning in San Miguel de Allende with some people watching in the zocalo. Anchored by the magnificent, pink-stoned Parish of St. Michael the Archangel (Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel), this plaza is typically filled with vendors selling early morning elotes (corn on the cob) smothered in cream and cheese. There, enjoy a street-side breakfast before venturing to any one of the nearby cafés for takeout coffee. After a relaxed start to the day, make time for a brief, guided sightseeing tour—either private or shared—and benefit from local insight.
 
Afternoon: Eat and Explore  
San Miguel de Allende is easily explored in one day, so make the most of your time with an afternoon excursion beyond the city boundaries. There’s a guided tour to suit most tastes: Animal and nature lovers can embark on a half-day horseback-riding adventure, during which lunch is typically provided, while wine connoisseurs and novices alike can sample local varietals at boutique vineyards. Alternatively, take a food tour and enjoy the benefit of personalized experience and the chance to try several culinary musts in one afternoon.
 
Night: Combine Culture and Cuisine
Round out your day with an evening of food, romance, and Mexican culture. If you’re fortunate enough to be in San Miguel de Allende for Day of the Dead, take a once-a-year-only guided tour of the city’s festivities for greater insight into this spectacular celebration. Alternatively, visitors who skipped the afternoon food tour can sample the delights of San Miguel by night. Try tacos, tequila, and many things in between independently or alongside an in-the-know local. Similarly, those who missed out on horseback riding by day can take an evening horseback ride around the city center.
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Taste of San Miguel Food Tour

Taste of San Miguel Food Tour

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Discover the wonders of San Miguel de Allende cuisine on this 3-hour food walking tour, top-rated by TripAdvisor reviewers. Soak up rich culinary history and traditions as you explore family-owned restaurants and other eateries, and sample delicious churros, chocolate, mole, ceviche and more. Admire the city’s Spanish baroque architecture and learn about the local history along the way. Numbers are limited to eight foodies on this small-group tour, ensuring a more personalized experience.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Tacos and Tequila Food Walking Tour in San Miguel de Allende

Tacos and Tequila Food Walking Tour in San Miguel de Allende

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Ideal for those who wish to combine culture and cuisine, this taco and tequila tour of San Miguel de Allende promises an enriching cultural experience. Alongside a gastronomic guide, you’ll taste Mexican culinary classics at seven rustic locations and sample three innovative cocktails. Sip a jalapeño margarita made by an award-winning mixologist, feast on a gourmet beef taco, and enrich your knowledge of Mexican food culture along the way. Small-group tour limited to 10 people.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Evening Food Tour in San Miguel de Allende

Evening Food Tour in San Miguel de Allende

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Savor the culinary delights of San Miguel de Allende on this 3-hour nighttime food walking tour. An in-the-know guide takes you to seven memorable stops, where you'll taste succulent fare such as mesquite beet salad, chile en nogada, a jicama shrimp taco and finish with desert. Between bites, learn about the city's beautiful architecture and Mexican traditions. This small-group tour is limited to just ten people, ensuring a more memorable experience. Guests may also enhance their tastings with an upgrade to include two wine pairings.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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 Private Half Day Trail Riding in San Miguel de Allende

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Private Half Day Trail Riding in San Miguel de Allende

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Ride horses through the lush countryside outside San Miguel de Allende on this half-day adventure. Great for riders of all levels, you will experience several types of terrain and be able to walk, trot, canter, or gallop according to your comfort level. One cowboy for every two guests will accompany you, and young children can have their own cowboy lead. Lunch on the ranch is served afterward.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Half-Day Horseback Riding Adventure

Half-Day Horseback Riding Adventure

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Cross La Virgen river and explore Coyote Canyon during this half-day guided horseback riding tour from San Miguel de Allende. Admire the stunning cliffs, stop for a hike and relax along the river. Clop along at a steady pace, or enjoy opportunities to gallop amid this beautiful scenery. Upgrade to soak any sore muscles at a nearby hot springs, or pump up your adrenaline with a 120-foot rappel off a cliff. After your adventure, return to the ranch and settle in for a hearty, organic lunch of Mexican cuisine.
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  • 5 hours
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Private San Miguel de Allende Walking Tour

Private San Miguel de Allende Walking Tour

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Walking through the historic district of San Miguel de Allende is a great way to discover this town’s beautiful hidden enclaves and must-see attractions alike. This private San Miguel walking tour introduces you to the city’s charms with unparalleled personal attention. Chat with your guide about everyday life in the city and ask unlimited questions as you head to top sights such as the central square, important churches, and historical monuments.
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  • 2 hours
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Romantic Horseback Riding Tour Through San Miguel de Allende

Romantic Horseback Riding Tour Through San Miguel de Allende

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Experience the romance of a sunset horseback ride through San Miguel de Allende on an amorous 2-hour tour of the colonial town. Admire the quaint tableau of 450-year-old architecture as you explore San Miguel de Allende at a relaxed canter. Ride through the botanical beauty of Benito Juárez Park; toast your magical evening in an atmospheric Mexican ‘cantina’; and listen to a moving serenade performed by ‘mariachis’ before settling down to candlelit dinner inspired by Mexican culinary classics.
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  • 2 hours
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Vineyards, Wine Tasting and Pairing in San Miguel

Vineyards, Wine Tasting and Pairing in San Miguel

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Visit two boutique vineyards near San Miguel de Allende on a half-day tour with wine and food tastings. At each winery you'll learn about their vineyards and wine production, then sample several wines paired with food. You can also tour the wine cellar and gardens, and check out locally produced olive oil and lavender.
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  • 5 hours
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Day of the Dead Tour in San Miguel

Day of the Dead Tour in San Miguel

Knowing where to go for authentic insight into the iconic Day of the Dead festival can be tricky. Explore San Miguel with a guide to gain a deeper understanding of the holiday, and wander through the town’s decorated streets, altars, and cemeteries for an intimate glimpse into traditional Mexican culture.
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  • 2 hours
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$40.00
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