San Miguel de Allende and the Heartland Travel Guide
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Plan Your San Miguel de Allende and the Heartland Vacation
Also referred to as the Bajío, this area (parts of the states of Guanajuato, Querétaro, and Michoacán) really is the heartland of Mexico—geographically and historically. This is where men and women first fought and died for national independence, and where a 60-foot-high statue of Christ the King (Cristo Rey) keeps watch from atop the highest mountain in Guanajuato. The main attraction of the region is a collection of colonial cities, many former silver-and-gold-mining centers. Beyond city life, the mountains beckon intrepid bike riders, and natural hot springs invite all to relax.
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Experiencing modern life amid colonial grandeur: The Heartland's cities preserve the best of colonial Mexico, but they're not stuck in the past... Read more
The local-food movement is alive and well in San Miguel. With several nearby farms now specializing in organic food, San Miguel has seen the... Read more
Fábrica La Aurora. A 10-minute walk from the center of town, Fábrica La Aurora, which was established in 1902, was the principal source of fine-quality... Read more
From birding and bathing to mountain biking and golfing, enjoying the outdoors around San Miguel, with its eternal spring climate, is an opportunity... Read more
Named for its central position, the Heartland is known for its well-preserved colonial architecture, its fertile farmland and encircling mountains... Read more
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