Today, San Miguel's 400 year old history, exquisite Spanish Colonial architecture, fountains and hidden courtyards combined with true Mexican traditions make it a rare treasure. Sitting at 6,400 feet above sea level in the Sierra Madre mountains, the town enjoys a mild climate year round.
The layout of San Miguel de Allende is typically Spanish with a central plaza functioning as the heart of the city. In San Miguel the plaza is called El Jardin, or The Garden and is appropriately named with large Indian Laurel trees, flowering plants, wrought iron park benches for passing the time, and a gazebo where musicians play in the evenings and on fiestas.
“Is it possible to carry on a love affair with a town? If that town happens to be San Miguel de Allende, then the answer is a resounding “yes”. Dessert Magazine
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Guests may fly into either Mexico City, Queretaro Airport or the Guanajuato-Leon Airport.
The Queretaro Airport has direct flights from Houston and is served by Continental and Aeromar and is an hour drive away.
Guanajuato-Leon Airport has direct flights from Dallas, Los Angeles, Houston, San Jose and Oakland (California), and Mexico City, and is served by American Airlines, Continental, Mexicana, and Aeromexico and is a scenic one and a half hour drive away. Transportation from the hotel can be arranged (see below.)
Mexico City Airport is served by most major airlines including Aeromexico, Mexicana, KLM, US Airways, Air Canada, Delta, Lan Chile, Continental, American, Alitalia, Air France, Alaska Air, Japan Airlines, Taca, Swissair, Lufthansa, United, Varig, and Iberia and is a three hour drive away.
There are both taxis as well as rental cars available at the airports
Taxis in San Miguel charge a flat rate fee of 15 pesos for the first 1 1/2 kilometers of your trip. If you call to request a taxi pick-up, you will have to pay double the rate, (a "to and from" fare). It is usually a good idea to make sure that taxi driver knows that you know the correct charge should be. In general, don't expect the drivers to have change. A savvy cab rider will soon learn to always have 15 pesos before getting into the taxi. If you hand the driver a large bill it is more likely that you will be charged 20 pesos or more. Also, after 9 PM, expect the taxi fares to be increased to 20 pesos.
Local buses (called 'urbanos') run from points in the town center to a wide variety of neighborhoods and common destinations such as the Plaza Real del Conde shopping mall (where a 'Gigante' chain grocery store is located) at the eastern entrance to San Miguel. The fare for the buses is currently $4 pesos, and are usually available at regular intervals from 6 AM to 10 PM. Look for your neighborhood or destination posted on the windshield.