Join us as we take a day trip from our home town of San Miguel de Allende to CERRO DEL CUBILETE and the CRISTO REY. This gigantic statue of Christ is located on top of a 600-foot-tall hill, just a short 2-hour drive from San Miguel and just a few minutes from the Guanajuato Airport (GTO) and the cities of Guanajuato and Leon. After visiting the shrine, we eat some delicious Mexican street food.
There are so many fun things to do in and around San Miguel de Allende! For some ideas visit our sightseeing page.
Looking for a place to stay in central Mexico? Stay with us at our B&B in San Miguel de Allende! Check out or rooms here.
If you're wondering just how far we are to San Miguel de Allende's town square and main church, the "Jardín" and "Parroquia", as they are locally called, scroll down to see a google map with walking directions from Antigua Capilla Bed & Breakfast to the corner of the Jardín.
This route can take under 10 minutes if you're from New York City or our home town of San Francisco, but beware of a phenomenon known as "Mexican time". You will slow down to absorb the surroundings, chat with complete strangers, people watch, eat something from a food stand, walk through an open gate just to see what's on the other side, step into a church or 10 to marvel at the baroque architecture, and on and on. If you are afflicted, you might not make it to the Jardín until...mañana!
Here are a few points of interests along the route:
A great alternative to walking are the very inexpensive, safe and plentiful taxis. Flag one down anywhere in San Miguel or call them to pick you up at the B&B, and you’ll be taken to your destination in no time. Current taxi rates are $40 pesos for a flagged taxi and $50 pesos for a called taxi.
The Festival of Our Lord of the Conquest takes place every year on the first Friday in March and is one of the many festivals that lead up to Easter.
From dawn until dusk, indigenous people come to the main square known locally as “el Jardin” to perform a traditional dance and ceremony called “Conchero” in honor of “Christ of the Conquest”, one of the most revered statues in San Miguel de Allende’s Parroquia church, which was brought from Páztcuaro and represents the acceptance of Christ by Mexico’s native people. The dancers wear elaborate headdresses and colorful garments and dance to the hypnotic beat of base drums.
If you like color, movement and drumbeats, you cannot miss this one!
San Miguel de Allende has a great outdoor market every Tuesday known locally as “el Tianguis.” Like so many markets throughout the world, this is where you experience the true essence of the local culture.
You’ll find everything at the Tianguis from fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables and all of the staples of Mexican cuisine to appliances, house wares, clothes, etc. Come explore this place and take it all in. If you’re hungry, stop by one of the many food vendors and try something local, like a huarache, a sandal shaped flat bread made from corn dough and topped with your choice of Mexican goodness. Think "Mexican pizza".
The “Tuesday Market”, as the local English speaking community calls it, is less than a mile away from our bed and breakfast in San Miguel de Allende. Walk or take a taxi...or come with us! We're there every week.
This post was originally written in June 2009 and appears in our old blog. For more old (and informative) post, be sure to check it out!
Francisco and Antonieta, your hosts