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!
We love watching the hot air balloons float above San Miguel de Allende in the mornings as we sip our coffee. Today we decided to record some video of a lone balloon masterfully navigating the air currents above the city.
Later this afternoon we saw a facebook post by our friend Gretchen Kimball of Globo San Miguel, showing these pictures that she took from that very same balloon. We think we have one of the best views of San Miguel de Allende, but you really cannot beat the view from the sky. Check these shots out!
For more information about Globo San Miguel, including a link to their site, visit our sightseeing page.
Last month we were informed that Antigua Capilla B&B is one of the best Bed and Breakfasts in Mexico. Antigua Capilla Bed and Breakfast made the list of Top 25 Bed and Breakfasts in Mexico for the third time in five years! The annual TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards honor the world’s best accommodations in various categories, as recognized by those who know them best – real travelers. TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice winners are based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from travelers around the world. Less than 1% of all accommodations listed on TripAdvisor receive Travellers' Choice Awards, and we are one of them!
We are grateful that our customers have acknowledged the hard work and dedication to excellence that we and our team put into providing the best accommodations in San Miguel de Allende. This morning, we received our official plaque from TripAdvisor, which we will proudly display in our office. Here's to another great year!
We have some amazing people come though our doors at Antigua Capilla Bed and Breakfast. Robert Hajdu, for example, is a photographer with an incredible eye. We cannot tell you how many hundreds of times we have walked though this point on our terrace without really paying much attention to it. Until now, this was nothing more than a node that connects our rooftop terrace to the rest of the B&B. It was a way to get to our vista point, where you can enjoy the best views of the incredible sunsets of San Miguel de Allende. Thank you Robert for helping us see it in a new light!
San Miguel de Allende has a great outdoor market every Tuesday known locally as “el Tianguis.” Like so many markets throughout the world, this is where you experience the true essence of the local culture.
You’ll find everything at the Tianguis from fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables and all of the staples of Mexican cuisine to appliances, house wares, clothes, etc. Come explore this place and take it all in. If you’re hungry, stop by one of the many food vendors and try something local, like a huarache, a sandal shaped flat bread made from corn dough and topped with your choice of Mexican goodness. Think "Mexican pizza".
The “Tuesday Market”, as the local English speaking community calls it, is less than a mile away from our bed and breakfast in San Miguel de Allende. Walk or take a taxi...or come with us! We're there every week.
This post was originally written in June 2009 and appears in our old blog. For more old (and informative) post, be sure to check it out!
2. If you need to withdraw Pesos from the ATM, do it inside the Customs area. The area is secure and relatively calm compared to the rest of the airport. You'll find a couple of ATM's near the luggage carousels.
At the top of the ramp walk straight ahead (check the overhead signs) to the very end of the hall.
You’ve made it to the Primera Plus ticket counter. If you're headed to Antigua Capilla Bed and Breakfast in San Miguel de Allende, purchase your ticket to Queretaro. Read our “Mexico City International (MEX) to San Miguel by Bus” blog to learn what to do once you get to Queretaro. With ticket in hand, head right and down the stairs.
Once downstairs, make a U-turn. The Primera Plus busses are parked at the very end of the terminal (below the ticket counter). Now, wasn’t that easy!
For the rest of your journey read our “Mexico City International (MEX) to San Miguel by Bus” post.
About 4.5 hours total Airport to Antigua Capilla Bed and Breakfast
We're often asked two questions from guests regarding travel from the Mexico City Airport. The first question is “Is it safe?” and the second question is “How do we do it?” The answer to the first question is “yes.” The answer to the second question is a bit more complicated. You can rent a car and drive, you can hire a driver or you can take the bus. We prefer the bus.
The easiest way to get to our Bed and Breakfast in San Miguel de Allende from the Mexico City Airport is by Primera Plus bus to the Queretaro Central Bus Station. These are deluxe air conditioned buses with restrooms. My favorite seat is the right window seat in the front row.
They usually show a movie (Dubbed in Spanish) and offer a sandwich, soft drink and a cookie. At the time of this posting, tickets are $355.00 Pesos (about $21.00 Dollars,) and the trip takes about 3.5 hours.
Buy a ticket at the booth just outside Terminal D (see our “Getting from MEX Customs to the Airport Bus Terminal” blog coming soon) Buses to Queretaro depart every half hour starting at about 8:30 AM and continue until 9 PM.
From the Queretaro Central Bus Station, buy a prepaid taxi voucher at the taxi booth located inside the bus terminal.
Walk outside to the taxi line and present your voucher to the attendant. (Important: Be sure to have the attendant ask the driver to show you his tire changing tools and inflated spare tire.) At the time of this posting, the cost is $500.00 Pesos (about $30 Dollars,) and the trip takes about 45 minutes.
If you have a little time to kill and want to save about $350.00 Pesos, you can also catch another bus from Queretaro to San Miguel for about $40.00 Pesos. However, you might have to wait up to 2 hours before the bus leaves. It is a 2nd class bus, very “colorful” stopping at many villages along the way to San Miguel.
We look forward to seeing you at our San Miguel B&B.
Francisco and Antonieta, your hosts