San Miguel de Allende and the Heartland

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  • 1. El Charco del Ingenio

    Garden/Arboretum

    San Miguel's botanical garden has an extensive variety of Mexican cacti and succulents collected from different parts of the country. The area...Read More

  • 2. Plaza Vasco de Quiroga

    El Centro | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    A tranquil courtyard girded by towering, century-old ash and pine trees and 16th-century mansions (since converted into hotels and shops), the...Read More

  • 3. Santuario de Mariposas el Rosario

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    One hundred million monarch butterflies migrate annually from the United States and Canada to winter in the easternmost part of Michoacán, near...Read More

  • 4. Teleférico

    Centro | Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    The only cable car in the world to cross an entire city, the Teleférico runs from Cerro del Grillo (Cricket Hill) above the Mina Edén to Cerro...Read More

  • 5. Alhóndiga de Granaditas

    El Centro | Museum/Gallery

    Previously, this 18th-century grain-storage facility served as a jail under Emperor Maximilian and as a fortress during the War of Independence...Read More

  • 6. Another Face of Mexico Mask Museum

    El Centro | Museum/Gallery

    Amateur anthropologist Bill LeVasseur shares with the public his collection of more than 500 ceremonial masks collected from all over Mexico...Read More

  • 7. Basílica Colegiata de Nuestra Señora de Guanajuato

    El Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Painted in a striking marigold yellow, the 18th-century Basílica dominates Plaza de la Paz. Inside is Mexico's oldest Christian statue: a bejeweled...Read More

  • 8. Bellas Artes

    El Centro | Educational Institution

    Once the cloister of the adjacent Convent of the Immaculate Conception, this impressive building has been an institute for the study of music...Read More

  • 9. Biblioteca Pública

    El Centro | Library/Archive

    Within the library complex are a lovely courtyard café, the offices of the English-language newspaper Atención San Miguel, and reading rooms...Read More

  • 10. Biblioteca Pública Gertrudis Bocanegra

    El Centro | Library/Archive

    The architect and well-known painter and muralist Juan O'Gorman created a vast and wonderful mural depicting the history of the region and of...Read More

  • 11. Bocamina de San Ramón

    Mine

    A Valenciana mine near the church has one entrance at Bocamina de San Ramón, whose inexpensive tour you might call entry-level—you just head...Read More

  • 12. Casa de Ignacio Allende

    El Centro | Museum/Gallery

    Constructed in 1764, this house is the birthplace of Ignacio Allende, one of Mexico's great independence heroes. Allende was a Mexico-born aristocrat...Read More

  • 13. Casa de las Artesanías del Estado de Michoacán

    El Centro | Store/Shop/Mall

    In the 16th century, Vasco de Quiroga, the bishop of Michoacán, helped the Purépecha people develop artistic specialties so they could be self...Read More

  • 14. Catedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Morelia's cathedral is a majestic structure built between 1640 and 1744. It's known for its 200-foot baroque towers, which are among Mexico...Read More

  • 15. Catedral de Zacatecas

    Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This is one of Mexico's finest interpretations of baroque style. It has three facades—the principal one dedicated to the Eucharist is best viewed...Read More

  • 16. Cavas Freixenet

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    If you have time, visit the nearby Cavas Freixenet, where inexpensive guided tours are offered daily. Several different options are available...Read More

  • 17. Cerro de la Bufa

    Military Site

    Pancho Villa's definitive battle against dictator Victoriano Huerta occurred on this rugged hill, now a city landmark, in June 1914. The spacious...Read More

  • 18. El Jardín

    El Centro | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    San Miguel's heart, the plaza commonly known as El Jardín (the Garden), is where much of the town's action takes place, from live music to dance...Read More

  • 19. El Pípila

    El Centro | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    A half-hour climb or short funicular ride from downtown is this statue of Juan José de los Reyes Martínez, a young miner and hero of the War...Read More

  • 20. Fuente de Neptuno

    El Centro | Fountain

    Renowned Mexican architect and Bajío native Eduardo Tresguerras built this fountain in an orchard of the San Antonio monastery in 1797. According...Read More

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