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.
The Festival of Our Lord of the Conquest takes place every year on the first Friday in March and is one of the many festivals that lead up to Easter.
From dawn until dusk, indigenous people come to the main square known locally as “el Jardin” to perform a traditional dance and ceremony called “Conchero” in honor of “Christ of the Conquest”, one of the most revered statues in San Miguel de Allende’s Parroquia church, which was brought from Páztcuaro and represents the acceptance of Christ by Mexico’s native people. The dancers wear elaborate headdresses and colorful garments and dance to the hypnotic beat of base drums.
If you like color, movement and drumbeats, you cannot miss this one!
Francisco and Antonieta, your hosts