Canada de la Virgen, San Miguel de Allende

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See the indigenous archaeological site of Canada de la Virgen, an ancient temple complex belonging to the native Otomi people. Discovered in 1998 on private property, the site has only recently opened to the public. Take a guided tour of the complex to learn about the history of the ethnic group that inhabited these parts for thousands of years, and to acquaint yourself with their culture and traditions. View the ruins of the pyramids, thought to be ceremonial burial grounds, and climb the sloped structures for good views of the surroundings. Put Canada de la Virgen and other San Miguel de Allende attractions into our San Miguel de Allende trip itinerary planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Take a tour to this northernmost pyramid in Mesoamerica. Albert Coffee is highly recommendable as tour guide. A site still under excavation, but already with a multitude of findings and exciting theor...  more »
  • Taking the tour with Albert Coffee was extraordinary. It was so educational and he was entertaining and keen to make our experience the best. Definitely loved the add on lunch at the museum of preHisp...  more »
  • The Cañada de La Virgen Pyramid Tour with Albert Coffee was incredible. The intrigue of this site permeated the tour, and Albert was not only a fountain of knowledge, he was truly entertaining through...  more »
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  • Took the tour with Albert coffee. He is very knowledgeable of the site and history of the area. The site itself is amazing. Very secluded, so prepare for a little hike. But this is a positive as it is not commercialized whatsoever. My teens enjoyed every minute of it, but especially getting to the top of the pyramid. we will probably go back in a few years as they are still discovering new findings. Highly recommend.
  • A bit out of the way from Léon, but along the way if you are visiting San Miguel de Allende, Cañada de la Virgen, posits itself as scenic day trip and hiking location as it over looks the wind swept mountains and arid shrubbery of the nearby geography. Be aware the only way to reach the pyramids is by the buses that depart periodically and can only fit so many people; be sure to arrive early to secure bus tickets or you may find none left. A short 2-3 kilometer hike follows from the spot the bus drops you off to reach the pyramids. Nevertheless, the photographs and memories are well worth the effort.
  • My very first pyramid! As an archeological site, it was interesting. As an experience, it was uncomfortable. We read about it as much as possible to prepare and determine if it was appropriate for my husband's 96-year-old grandmother. She's a badass, but physical limitations are physical limitations. The information said a 1 km hike from the bus. Not true. It was about double that and very hilly. And the bus ride was very rough. That was no one's fault but good to know. Tough on a bad back. Of course, the guide spoke only Spanish, but so quickly that I am not sure even the native Spanish-speakers caught it all. The guide posts did have translations. I felt rushed-through everything. I never got any sense of the people who lived near and used the temple and what their lives were like, which is why I wanted to go. BRING CASH and LEAVE YOUR BAG AT HOME. They don't take cards and will make you check your bag. A hat, a light jacket, and awesome walking shoes are important.
  • amazing experience, incredible place, a must go and visit place!! if you are in Guanajuato or San Miguel de Allende, please come, just bring dog food with you here is a precious stray dog, and she always come to the car to welcome visitors, looking to receive something
  • What an experience! The pristine archeological site is almost overwhelming. Just so beautiful and mind blowing. Our guide, one of the archeologists on the site really gave us the information we wanted, and was wise enough to see when our interest waned. Which wasn't often! The one arning is to be prepared. It's a lot of walking, it's uphill going there and it's so high that the air is pretty thin. So take it easy and drink water! But see this. It connects us to the past in a really spiritual way.
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