San Miguel de Allende

Top 10 facts

San Miguel de Allende was founded by the Spanish in 1541 and later became the first municipality declared independent of Spanish rule (during the Mexican War of Independence, 1810–1821). Prior to the Spanish arrival, the settlement was known as Izcuinapan—Place of Dogs.

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Looking for Lupe

Looking for Lupe

She can appear in the most unexpected places. Hovering above doorways like your guardian angel. Slapped on a crate ready for shipping. Sewn on a jacket, perhaps over the heart. But most commonly you run into her on the street. Her name is Guadalupe.

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San Miguel de Allende Hot Springs at Atotonilco

The waters of San Miguel

“I came to Casablanca for the waters.” Rick was, of course being sarcastic, as Captain Renault points out in the next line, “The waters? What waters? We’re in the desert.” And while San Miguel is technically surrounded by high desert, it does indeed have waters.

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Fresh fruit and produce at San Miguel's Tuesday Tianguis Market

Market Days

Need a bra or a power tool? No problem. Exotic fruit, fresh seafood, glorious flowers. Warm gorditas, made in front of you. Every kind of fresh juice (greens included) that you can think of. Fresh churros, organic honey, copal incense. The candies – the colors – the clothing. And the prices.

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Everything you’ve always wanted to know about Colonial México but were afraid to ask

San Miguel Gringo – Your Doorway to Colonial Mexico

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