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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  • I loved knowing all this wealth that has my country, but what I like most is to create I know concern places that just have little time and enrich me with information.
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  • This is a fascinating excursion. If you don’t understand Spanish very well, you’ll need take your own interpreter. Also; you need be reasonably fit as there’s quite a bit of walking. All up, from cent...  more »
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  • Who doesn't like pyramids? This one is 16 meters high, very cool. They are still working on it, but it is a nice drive from San Miguel de Allende. It takes about 2.5 hours to go through. But be sure an call ahead, groups sometimes reserve whole blocks. They also have a nice garden with local flora.
  • This is a place that far exceeds what you would expect from information available about it online. Wikipedia doesn't begin to do it justice, nor does its own self-promotional material. Every few hours, a guided tour departs from a visitor's center. The timing of these is not publicized, but I know from experience there is one at 1:00pm, and another at 3:30pm. A mini-bus takes visitors within a kilometer of the main site, and you walk the rest of the way in order to keep the main site pristine. The canyon (cañada) along the way is breathtakingly beautiful. The actual tour begins by following a maze of trails where pottery shards in situ can be seen, along with other ceremonial sites. The highlights are the buildings themselves, each distinctly different from the others. The main pyramid is the 8th wonder of the ancient world. Very imposing. The guide allows visitors to climb to the very top, and to linger there, for what can be considered the summit of the day. All told, the tour is a satisfying 2 1/2 hours, and you never feel rushed. Along with Jardin, and El Charco del Ingenio, Cañada de la Virgen, is among San Miguel de Allende's 3 must sees.
  • This place is beautiful. It's worth the time. Tour takes around 2 hours
  • It was very beautiful. The walk was long but it was very enjoyable. We saw some small animals, such as frogs turtles while walking.
  • A must visit, drive out 25 minutes, cost 49 pesos. Plan 4 hours from town to and back

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Mid-range and upscale accommodations rule in San Miguel de Allende. The cozy streets of the historic center lend themselves well to small, boutique hotels and a wide range of private rentals. Look for lodgings in the streets surrounding the famous Parroquia church--you'll enjoy views of the city's most iconic building as well as proximity to most major attractions.
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