It's that time of year again. The annual Burning Judas event that takes place at noon on Easter Sunday is right around the corner. This year, 2023, it will take place on April 9, Easter Sunday. Check out our video of last years' activities.
The burning Judas takes place in San Miguel de Allende and throughout Mexico. Judas, according to the Bible, Judas was the disciple that betrayed Jesus right before he was crucified. This tradition involves burning, or more accurately, blowing up paper Mache dolls that depict Judas and other unsavory characters of contemporary times. We have seen Trump and several Mexican presidents public figures in the past.
These dolls are hung by rope on the main square, known here as "el Jardín", at noon on Easter Sunday. A wick is lit, and, one by one, they are blown up to the enjoyment of everyone present.
This is definitely a highlight of Easter celebrations in San Miguel.
Mexico City is only a three to four hour drive, and a 4.5 hour bus ride away. We love it there and go as often as we can. On this occasion, we met up with Paco de Santiago (https://www.instagram.com/conde.petatl), food tour leader with Culinary Backstreets, to explore sites less visited and to discover secret food gems of the Centro Historico, Mexico City's historical center.
We highly recommend reserving a tour with Culinary Backstreets. (not a sponsor). We have done tours with them in Lisbon and now in Mexico City. They offer tours throughout the world. Here's their website: https://culinarybackstreets.com The band playing Huastecan folk music at the beginning of the video is available for hire in Mexico City. They can be reached on WhatsApp at +55 3111 1953.
Looking for a hotel in San Miguel de Allende? Or perhaps an AirBnB is what you need. Before committing to any of those choices, consider checking out Antigua Capilla Boutique Bed and Breakfast. We have been doing this for close to 15 years, and we know how to make your stay in San Miguel special. Check out our rooms here.
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If you're looking for a quick getaway from San Miguel de Allende, or if you're looking for things to do near San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato or Queretaro, this video is for you! You can also watch it on our Youtube channel here.
On a recent overnight trip from San Miguel de Allende, we visited the Sierra Gorda region of the nearby Mexican state of Queretaro.
We stayed at Jalpan de Serra. We woke up very early in the morning to catch the sunrise from the Mirador Cuatro Palos. We hiked along the Escanela River to Puente de Dios. This trip has everything from colonial architecture to regional food to a bit of hiking and an incredible sunrise.
If you choose to make San Miguel de Allende your home base and are looking for a place to stay, consider staying with us! Check out our rooms here. We have a boutique bed and breakfast that we know you'll enjoy. See you soon!
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.
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