San Miguel de Allende in the Heart of Mexico
San Miguel de Allende is an amazing city in the mountains in the heart of Mexico. Founded over 500 years ago this historic city is full of charm and takes visitors back in time, while at the same time offering amazing restaurants, art, and music for every taste. The city has been named the best in the world by several travel publications and is designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Tourism provides income for the entire population, making safety for visitors a high priority.
The city government in San Miguel has done an excellent job managing the pandemic. The entire country of México has been designated as green on the stoplight system (green being the best). However, you can still expect to see face coverings in use and sanitization measures being taken. Keeping everyone safe has been and continues to be a priority.
Because San Miguel is in the high desert of the mountains the climate is mild; days are warm and evenings can be cool. Visitors should plan on bringing layered clothing; a light jacket or sweater is sufficient for the evening.
The town is entirely walkable. The buildings, some of which date back 500 years, are beautiful and walking gives you a gorgeous scene around every corner. It is easy to negotiate the city without a car as taxis, buses, and Uber are easy to find and are inexpensive.
The local currency is the Mexican peso. Using debit cards at an ATM is the easiest way to get pesos.
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To fully experience San Miguel, workshop participants are encouraged to plan their travel to San Miguel to coincide with the festivals.
October 1-2, 2022 - La Alborada and the celebration of San Miguel Archangel Patron saint of San Miguel!
The main religious festivity is celebrated each year on the weekend following September 29th - this year it will be October 1-2. This festival starts with La Alborada, a Friday night full of music and fireworks, in the main square, this ends with Las Mañanitas to San Miguel Archangel. On Saturday many communities bring to the Saint offerings called “Xuchiles” made with flowers, bread, and cucharilla, and these communities are accompanied with conchero dancers up to the main square. There is also the "Blessing of the Horses" where hundreds of riders bring their horses to the main square to receive a blessing from the parish priest.
On Sunday there is a parade of dancers from Zacatecas, Morelos, Veracruz, Jalisco, Queretaro, and other cities, just to offer their dance to the saint.
November 1-2, 2022 Day of the Dead - San Miguel de Allende is an amazing place to experience this holiday!
The city will be decorated with altars, people dress up as "catrins and catrinas" and there are many events all over town. This Meso-American holiday is centered on the understanding that death is merely a part of life’s cycle, and remembers friends and family members who have died. The dates of the celebration are the same as the Christian All Hallows’ Eve (Halloween), All Saints’ Day, and All Souls’ Day. In Mexico, families gather in local cemeteries to share music, food, and fun with their community, both living and departed. Detailed and beautiful altars are created, featuring marigolds, sugar skulls, and favorite foods of the departed. The celebration acknowledges that we still have a relationship with our ancestors and loved ones who have passed away.