San Miguel de Allende Itinerary – December 1-6, 2015


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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30 – TRAVEL DAY

Meet at Alum Rock or Willow Glen location to board Mini-Coach to SFO.

Please bring $28USD cash for transportation cost.

5:25pm – Depart Alum Rock

5:45pm – Depart Willow Glen for SFO airport

9:15pm – Flight Departure:  (SFO) San Francisco Airport / United Flight 887

Super Shuttle Reservation#8792958 / 1-800-258-3826

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1 – BONUS DAY

6:26 am – Flight Arrival:  (BJX) Leon, Guanajuato Airport / United Flight 4998

Meet at Baggage for transportation to San Miguel

Please bring $55USD cash for transportation cost.

8:45 am – Arrival at Villa in San Miguel de Allende

9:00 am – Mexican Continental Breakfast @Villa

Daily continental breakfast will include: Fresh Fruits, Homemade Granola, Yogurt, Pan Dulce, Fresh-Squeezed Orange Juice, Hot Coffee & Mexican Hot Chocolate.

12:00 pm – Welcome & Tour Itinerary – Rose Mendoza & Darlene Tenes

Day at your leisure or optional activities

1:00 pm – Lunch with San Miguel local Patrice Wynne (optional)

Enjoy lunch at Antigua Trattoria Romana with San Miguel local, Patrice Wynne of Abrazos who will give us insider’s tips on the best place to shop, eat and see on your trip to San Miguel.

Price: Free – personal cost of meal / Time: 45 mins  / Reviews

2:00 pm – Albert Coffee Archaeotours  (optional)

Price: $50 / Time: 4.5 Hour Tour  / Reviews

One of Mexico’s best-kept secrets, the Cañada de la Virgen archaeological zone has only been open to the public since February of 2011. Since then, Albert Coffee has taken over 6000 people on his academic-level introduction to the pre-Hispanic history of Mexico. The sites, occupied between 540 and 1050 A.D., served as ceremonial spaces, elite residences, burial grounds and timekeeping instruments that are aligned precisely to the movements of the celestial bodies.

Evening at your leisure

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2 – TOUR DAY ONE

6:00-8:00 am – Mexican Continental Breakfast + Tamales & Eggs at Villa

11:30 am – Meet at Los Lavadores del Chorro Park
The corner of Recreo y Bajada del Chorro, Colonia Centro

12:00 pm – Taste of San Miguel Food Tour

Price: Included in Tour / Time: 3-3.5 Hours / Reviews

Our 3-hour food tasting and cultural walking tour of San Miguel de Allende offers a local’s view into Mexican culture through its delicious and intricate cuisine, rich history and stunning architecture. San Miguel Food Tours guides will take you on a culinary adventure! Experience off-the-beaten path eateries and their colorful owners and staff, markets and regional delicacies. Walk away with an enriched understanding of San Miguel’s people and culture, a satisfied stomach and new insight to continue on your discovery of authentic San Miguel de Allende!

3:00 pm -Food Tour Ends

Afternoon at your Leisure

6:00pm – Sangria & Tapas @Villa

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3 – TOUR DAY TWO

6:00-8:00 am – Mexican Continental Breakfast + Huevos Rancheros at Villa

9:00 am – Guided Shopping Tour or Optional Tour

9:00 am – SMA Catholic Church Walking Tour (optional)

Price: $12  / Time: 1.5 – 2 Hours /  Reviews

This fascinating 4-block walking tour through San Miguel Catholic churches in the center of town focuses on the intersection of Catholic and indigenous faith. You’ll learn about the importance of the Virgin Mary and other saints in the Mexican culture and learn how the Spanish clergy embedded indigenous symbols in traditional religious art and combined local customs with Catholic rituals to create a uniquely Mexican Catholicism. Tour fees benefit local children’s libraries and art classes.

2:00 pm – Fabrica la Aurora Open Studios  (optional)

Price: FREE /  Time: 2-3 Hours / Reviews

You haven’t shopped in San Miguel until you’ve been to the celebrated Fabrica la Aurora, home to over forty creative and stylish art studios, galleries, restaurants, home furnishings, jewelry and antiques all housed in a century old, revitalized cotton mill. On Thursdays during Open Studios you will find artists busy at work in their studios. The Fabrica la Aurora is a 10-minute walk from the JardÌn, but we suggest you take a taxi and save your energy for exploring. Then, walk back to the JardÌn along Calzada de la Aurora, passing briefly through neighboring Guadalupe for a good deli, organic store and restaurant.

6:00 pm – Dinner at El Pegaso*

Price: Meal included w/o alcohol / Time: 2 Hours /  Reviews

This charming Mexican restaurant, well situated in the heart of San Miguel, is known for their traditional Chiles en Nogada, a poblano chile stuffed with picadillo, covered in a creamy walnut sauce and sprinkled with pomegranate seeds. This time-consuming dish makes a rare appearance on menus and is only available during pomegranate season.

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4 – TOUR DAY THREE

6:00 – 8:00 am – Mexican Continental Breakfast + Chilaquiles at Villa

9:00 am – Guanajuato Day Trip & Lunch

Price: Included in tour / Time: 8-10 Hours

Winding streets, surprising vistas at every turn and beautiful 18th and 19th century buildings abound in this old Colonial silver mining city.  We’ll see the elaborate, Moorish in style, Teatro Juarez, and if we’re lucky catch a rehearsal of the Guanajuato symphony.  A leisurely stroll will bring us to the childhood home of Diego Rivera and a collection of his early work.  We’ll stop for lunch, then visit an “in house” chocolate shop and a French bakery!  On our way back we’ll  drive through the beautiful Santa Rosa mountains, stopping at a fine ceramic workshop at 8200′, and then on to Dolores Hidalgo to view several other workshops.  This is a very historical route and one that Father Hidalgo and the insurgents took during the War of Independencia of 1810.

5:30 pm – Projected return to San Miguel

Evening at your leisure

 

 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5 – TOUR DAY FOUR

8:00 am – Breakfast at Lavanda Cafe in El Centro

Price: Included in Tour / Time: 1 Hour / Reviews

10:00 am – Mercado & Artisan Alley Guided Tour

Price: Free / Time 2 hours / Reviews

Rose Mendoza will guide you through the daily fresh food and crafts market with its exciting and enticing sights, sounds and crafts made locally in Mexico and from across Latin America. Artisans Alley is a three-block mixture of small stores and tented stalls. If you’ve been looking for artisanal crafts at reasonable prices, this is the spot where you can buy everything from small hand-made gifts to fine arts from San Miguel artisans who are known for their work in tin, glass, Talavera ceramics, wool and silver jewelry.

Lunch and Afternoon at your leisure

6:00 pm – Dinner at Aperi Restaurant

Price: Seven Course Meal included w/o Alcohol / Time: 2 Hours / Reviews

Áperi, Latin for “open” perfectly describes the restaurant’s vision and concept, featuring a unique culinary experience; food for the senses, prepared with the region’s freshest ingredients and the passion that characterizes Chef Matteo Salas. You will enjoy a seven-course tasting menu in San Miguel’s most celebrated restaurant of creative modern cuisine making it a haven for foodies. Note: Wine pairing is available for an additional $30

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6 – TOUR DAY FIVE

6:00-8:00 am – Mexican Continental Breakfast & Pancakes

9:00 or 11:00am – Mass at la Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel (Optional)

Price: FREE / 1 Hour

Day at Leisure

3:30 pm – Pack & board vans for return trip

4:00 pm – Leave Villa for airport

Please bring $55USD cash for transportation cost.

7:11 pm – Flight Departure:  (BJX) Leon, Guanajuato Airport / United Flight 6519

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 7 – TRAVEL DAY

12:11 am – Flight Arrival:  (SFO) San Francisco Airport / United Flight 337

Meet at baggage for return transportation on Mini-Bus to San Jose.

Please bring $28USD cash for transportation cost.

Super Shuttle Reservation#8792959 / 1-800-258-3826

Note:

*Airfare, alcohol & ground transportation are not included in the tour package.

All extra fees are shown in USD. It’s best to sign up online now to reserve any tours you wish to take especially on the first day.

Itinerary is subject to change.

 

FAQs

WEATHER

Mexico’s colonial hill towns enjoy a spring-like climate year-round, but evenings are sometimes chilly, requiring a jacket or sweater. The refreshing mountain air masks the sun’s effect — wear a hat and sunscreen to prevent sunburn. Weather in San Miguel during December is mild during the day from mid 60s – 70s dropping 30 – 40 degrees in the evening.

DRESS

Bring layers of clothes to accommodate the changing temperatures. Dress modestly when visiting indigenous villages or religious sites. Carry a shawl or scarf to cover bare arms or a plunging neckline — both sexes should not wear shorts inside churches. San Miguel streets are mostly cobblestone so comfortable, flat rubber-soled walking shoes are suggested footwear at all times.

LOCATION

Our Villa is located directly across the street from the Hotel Mirador 6 blocks from El Centro.  It’s walk-able but if your tired from a long day of activities or just don’t feel like walking it’s a $2-3 cab ride. See> San Miguel de Allende Map  El Centro is marked by the church icon & jardin and our villa is where the El Mirador arrow is on the right side of map.

MONEY

There are Casas de Cambios (Money Exchange Kiosks) all over which will exchange your USD dollars to MXN pesos. We suggest bringing your credit/debit cards which are accepted at most locations and offer the best daily rate of exchange.  There are also numerous ATMs across the city to withdraw cash/pesos to better shop and bargain with street vendors.See current Money Exchange Rates

PHONE/INTERNET SERVICE

Cell Phone: Most major U.S. phone companies give you the option of choosing a plan that allows you to make international calls. These “International Travel Plans” may be offered on an ongoing basis or as a temporary service that you can set up for a single month when you know you’ll be leaving the country. Contact your phone company for instructions and rates prior to leaving as roaming charges can add up quickly. If you wish to turn off your phone completely and use only for the camera, music and other apps that are already downloaded on your phone turn your “airplane mode” to ON to avoid roaming charges.

Internet Cafes and Call Centers: You may also want to use Cyber-Cafes and Coffee Shops for Internet Calling. Many places now offer VOIP calls and these are usually the best rates to the USA and Canada, anywhere from five to ten cents a minute.  More Info

 

EMERGENCY CONTACTS

Darlene Tenes – 408-888-8414

Rose Mendoza – 408-829-0874

VILLA INFORMATION

Address: 6 Salida a Queretaro San Miguel de Allende, Guanajato, Mexico

Local Phone: 152-7813   

To call the home from the United States dial:
0-11-52-415-152-7813

Maid Hours: Monday thru Friday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Saturdays 9:00–12:00 PM.  The staff is off on
Sundays. The maid’s name is Teresa.

Personal Items: Please be sure on your departure that you check to see
any of your belongings are not left behind.
We can not send them to you after your departure.

Other helpful information – all homes here have standard 120 Volt plugs.  They
all have washer/dryer and laundry facilities.  Please bring your hair dryers in
all cases.  All homes have purified water to drink in the kitchen and baths.

IMPORTANT

DO NOT forget the following items:

  • Current Passport – Make sure to place a copy inside each piece of luggage & take a picture with your cell
  • Cash & Credit/Debit Cards
  • Travel Documents & Itinerary
  • Medications & Prescriptions
  • Eye Glasses and/or Contacts plus a spare

More Information:

What to Pack for Your Trip to Mexico

San Miguel Walking & Shopping Guide