With two days in San Miguel de Allende, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the food, architecture, and artsy appeal of the city, while also dedicating a day to experiences and excursions farther afield. Here’s how best to enjoy just 48 hours in San Miguel de Allende.
Day 1: Sightseeing and Street Food
Morning: Stroll the streets of San Miguel during your first morning in the city, taking in the terra-cotta- and ochre-colored buildings, before admiring the pink-hued, 17th-century Parish of St. Michael the Archangel (Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel), inside and out. Then, take a brief walking tour to hidden spots you might not find alone.
Afternoon: As the sun peaks, explore San Miguel’s many artisanal craft stores and art galleries, or wander independently around the colorful street-art displays in the Guadalupe neighborhood. Meanwhile, food lovers may prefer to take a comprehensive street-food tour.
Night: Relax on your first night in San Miguel de Allende. If you skipped the afternoon food tour, take one in the evening, or enjoy a romantic horseback ride through the cobblestoned streets of the center. Alternatively, grab dinner in one of San Miguel’s excellent restaurants.
Day 2: Broaden Your Horizons
Morning: Wake early on day two for an out-of-town excursion. History buffs won’t want to miss the mining ghost town of Mineral de Pozos or the Otomi archaeological site Cañada de la Virgen; guided tours to either typically include round-trip transportation, ideal for travelers on a tight schedule. Or combine adrenaline and relaxation, with horseback riding and hot springs.
Afternoon: If you opted out of a full-day trip, there are still plenty of afternoon-only excursion options. Adventurous visitors can try a horseback-riding experience, great for beginners and experts alike, or relax with wine tastings at boutique vineyards.
Night: Make the most of your final night in San Miguel de Allende. Splurge on dinner at one of the city’s many fine-dining restaurants before heading to a rooftop bar or mezcalería. Alternatively, combine drinking and dining with a guided taco-and-tequila experience. If it’s Day of the Dead, enjoy an intimate glimpse into the festivities during a guided tour.