San Miguel de Allende and the Heartland Travel Guide


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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San Miguel de Allende and the Heartland Restaurants

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Things To Do

Things To Do in San Miguel de Allende and the Heartland

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San Miguel de Allende and the Heartland Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go

    Experiencing modern life amid colonial grandeur: The Heartland's cities preserve the best of colonial Mexico, but they're not... Read more

  • Eating Green in San Miguel

    The local-food movement is alive and well in San Miguel. With several nearby farms now specializing in organic food, San Miguel has seen... Read more

  • Fábrica La Aurora

    Fábrica La Aurora. A 10-minute walk from the center of town, Fábrica La Aurora, which was established in 1902, was the principal... Read more

  • Outdoorsy in San Miguel

    From birding and bathing to mountain biking and golfing, enjoying the outdoors around San Miguel, with its eternal spring climate, is an... Read more

  • Mexico's Beating Heart

    Named for its central position, the Heartland is known for its well-preserved colonial architecture, its fertile farmland and encircling... Read more


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