|Welcome to San Miguel de Allende
This quaint little town - only about 75,000 population - is less than one hour by deluxe bus from Guanajuato on the way back to Mexico City. The place is really a national monument but still a thriving town that attracts it's fair share of tourists - surprising a lot of Americans who apparantly come here to retire or just visit for extended stays. There's also a good proportion of local visitors who like the squares where they can sit and take shade from the heat, people watch and enjoy ice-creams.
La Parroquia, a pink, Gothic parish church is San Miguel's most famous landmark
El Jardin and main square of San Miguel
San Miguel is fairly compact, although if arriving by bus, then the station is about 3kms from town so a taxi is necessary. We stayed about 2 blocks from La Parroquia at Casa Calderoni (www.casacalderoni.com), a magnificent B&B run by very friendly staff (all of whom speak good English) that is comfortable, clean and accessible. Not to mention it has a fantastic terrace on the roof where you can watch the sun go down each evening, which we did almost every day, with the exception of visiting a bar in town called the 'Sunset Bar' (definitely not as good!). The rooms are decorated with different artists - one exclsuively per room - and we had Botereo (fat ladies) whilst others included Rivera and Khol. A nice touch, but you have to like the artist's work, especially if you are staying a few days...
Anyone fancy some cacti for a snack?
Tacos and more tacos...
San Miguel's amazing sunsets
Quaint streets of San Miguel
Off for a bit of mountain biking through the villages in the San Miguel area
Alberto and his mate took us mountain biking for the morning - gee they can go....
Some of the sights while on our biking adventure
Hey get out of my way, man...I gotta try and keep up with Gibbo and these little Mexican bike riders!
And what a way to finish off the day
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