Affordable San Miguel de Allende Insider Tour

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San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
Nov 4 - Nov 9, 2024
5 Nights
Level: 4
We rate all trips on a 1 to 5 scale. A designation of 1 would be trips with the least amount of activity, such as our beach trips, where it's up to you if you'd like to be active. Our adventure trips (such as the Inca trail hike) are a 5. Most of our trips are rated 3, for people who don't mind a fair bit of walking.
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Trip Description

About this trip

We have so many people on our waiting list for our annual trip to San Miguel de Allende over the Dia de Los Muertos festival that we decided to offer a second trip, right after the first trip ends. The only thing that will be different on this trip is that we won’t have the Dia de Los Muertos activities, meaning face painting, a Catrina parade, and a visit to the nearby cemeteries. But we will be doing our own Day of the Dead ceremony at the hotel one evening, and some of the houses will still be decorated. Here are the upsides: the city will be less busy, and the trip is one day shorter, thus cheaper.  

NextTribe members receive a $100 discount on the trip. Find out more here. 

About San Miguel

San Miguel is Conde Nast Traveler‘s #1 Travel Destination in the World and a stunning UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s often considered the most beguiling city in Latin America.

The vibrant colonial architecture and cobblestone streets create an enchanting atmosphere, the perfect atmosphere for discovering the rich Mexican culture and exploring the shops, sites, and restaurants that are unique to San Miguel de Allende.

Casa Calderoni

Accommodations for five nights at the Casa Calderoni, a traditional Mexican home that has been renovated to modern standards.

This beautiful bed and breakfast is just steps away from the city “centro” square and features fantastic views of the famous Parroquia cathedral. It’s also just one-half block from the world famous “Mercado de Artesanias”, featuring fine Mexican handicrafts from all over Mexico.

Travel and Leisure Magazine says that Casa Calderoni is one of the best values in San Miguel de Allende designed with a “rooftop terrace with unparalleled city views.”, breathtaking sunrise and sunset views of the city, and world-famous churches.




MONDAY, Nov. 4th

Arrival in San Miguel and Dinner at Trazo

Depart your hometown for the flight to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Upon arrival transfers will be provided from Leon/Guanajuato Airport (BJX) or Querétaro (QRO) airport to San Miguel. You’ll check into the charming Casa Calderoni in the historic center of San Miguel, just three blocks from the main square. Address: Callejon Pueblito 4-A, Centro. Spend the afternoon acclimating or stepping out for a quick bite to eat. There’s a terrific coffee shop just across the street. This evening we’ll get to know one another over dinner at local rooftop, Trazo.

TUESDAY, Nov. 5th

Walking Tour, Lunch, & Shopping

After breakfast at the inn, included daily, you’ll meet your private guide in the main square (jardin) to enjoy an informative, two-hour tour of the historic center. Your guide, one of the town’s most noted historians and best-loved guides, grew up in San Miguel in a large family. She will give you a great insider’s view of a very different life in colonial Mexico just two decades ago.

Afterwards we’ll have lunch together at the lovely rooftop restaurant La Posadita. This local favorite has 180-degree views including the stone facade of the iconic Parroquoia church across the street. It also boasts one of the best margaritas in town so relax with some fresh guacamole and a drink while you soak in the views.

After lunch, we'll take you to a few favorite shops and to the Mercado de Artesanias, a collection of stands displaying tin mirrors, hand-woven shawls, embroidered linens, hand-painted pottery and the latest folk-art trends.

Later we'll visit the home of a local artist, followed by dinner.


La Gruta Hot Springs and Atotonilco

At 10 a.m. you will be picked up at your hotel and we’ll visit the nearby town of Atontonilco. Baroque Mexican churches are not unusual, but the 250- year-old Santuario de Atotonilco is over-the-top ornate, a dizzying visual cacophony. Nearly every inch of wall and ceiling space is filled with detailed Biblical scenes and passages, which is why the church is known as Mexico’s Sistine Chapel and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. The sanctuary is also a pilgrimage site for penitents, who self-flagellate to atone for sins. Note the rope flails sold by vendors outside the church.

After the church, you’ll be taken to one of the fabulous hot springs that surrounds San Miguel. La Gruta is the most famous of all the resorts and offers green leafy grounds and several pools. Swim through a man-made tunnel into a large domed room. At intervals through out the day, hot water straight from the ground pours into the room. The highlight is getting to stand under the powerful stream. It’s heavenly. Eat lunch at La Gruta (and book a massage if you’d like).

When we return, we will create an altar in the hotel lobby, and everyone is invited to put mementos and photos of lost loved ones on the altar. We will gather before dinner so that everyone who wants to can talk about the loved ones they’ve placed on the altar. A beautiful and cathartic experience. We’ll provide the wine and snacks.

THURSDAY, Nov. 7th

Sculpture Class

We will head to La Fabrica Aurora for a hands-on sculpture class, where you'll be taught how to craft a figurine (or catrina head) out of clay. Bring your creation home with you as a very personalized souvenir.

Dinner out at one of the wonderful rooftop restaurants in town.

FRIDAY, Nov. 8th

Free Day and Farewell Dinner

We always like to give our guests a free day to visit other sites and shops we hadn’t had time for on our schedule. We can book you a massage at your hotel if you like.
Dinner tonight is at The Restaurant, the most elegant dining venue in town. Its outdoor courtyard is stunning with a rose-filled fountain, handcrafted chandeliers, and often, live music.

SATURDAY, Nov. 9th

After breakfast we will return you to the airport for your homeward flights. Return transfers to León and Querétaro Airports are provided.


Please note that there will be quite a bit of walking on uneven pavement and at an altitude of 6,000 feet. Please make sure you have the fitness level to explore the city, mostly on foot, and that you bring good walking shoes.

Roundtrip airport transfers by shuttle are provided from Leon/Guanajuato (BJX) and Querétaro (QRO) Airports. There are two airports that service San Miguel: Querétaro (QRO) and León/Guanajuato (BJX).

Querétaro is about one hour from town; Leon is about an hour and a half. We prefer flying into QRO as the ride to town is a bit easier—it’s more on a highway and less in the countryside. However there are generally more flights in and out of Leon. United, Delta, American and AeroMexico Airlines service these two cities.

What's Included

  • 5 nights' accommodations

  • Breakfasts

  • 5 Dinners

  • 2 Lunches

  • Walking Tour of Centro

Wear comfortable shoes!

  • Tour of Historic Site

A guide and van will take us to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Atotonilco.

  • Hot Springs Resort

We'll spend a lazy afternoon and the glorious La Gruta, outside of San Miguel

  • Shopping Tour

  • Visit to Local Artist

We'll meet a local woman who is creating art and living an expat life in San Miguel.

  • Private Ranch Visit

We'll head to the outskirts of San Miguel to take in a Charro demonstration and eat a sumptuous lunch under a shady portico near the riding ring.

  • Personal Altar in Hotel

We will make our own altar in the hotel, where we all will display photos and mementos of loved ones and share their stories. Bring items for tributes to your loved ones who have passed.

  • Customized Map

We will create a personalized map of the city, with Jeannie Ralston's favorite stores, sites, and eateries marked, so you can explore on your own.

  • Airport transfers

What's Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Alcohol (unless specifically mentioned in an itinerary activity or purchased as an add-on)
  • Tips

Gratuities to local guides, drivers, maids and hotel staff, travel insurance, round trip airfare, passport and visa fees, personal items such as phone calls, laundry, baggage fees and items not expressly listed as included.

Additional Add-Ons


Casa Calderoni

San Miguel de Allende

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