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San Miguel: Cañada de la Virgen Archaeological Site Tour

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San Miguel: Cañada de la Virgen Archaeological Site Tour

From US$ 61.12 per person

Discover the archaeological site of Cañada de la Virgen on this half-day tour from San Miguel de Allende. Learn the history of the site from an knowledgable bilingual guide, and afterwards enjoy a ranch-style meal prepared by the local community.

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Duration 5 hours
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Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the different architectural complexes and the garden of the Archeological Site Cañada de la Virgen
  • Admire the landscape of the canyon where the site is located
  • Enjoy a delicious ranch-style meal in a small local community
Full description
The archaeological site of Cañada de la Virgen is located just 25 kilometers west of San Miguel de Allende. Occupied between 540 and 1050 A.D., it is perched upon a small mesa surrounded by canyons. The site is made up of four patio/pyramid complexes, an ancient, artificial pond and a ceremonial causeway covering the 16 hectares. Your highly specialized guide will share their knowledge of the Otomi people and of other cultures of the Bajio region, as well as the Mesoamerican cultures in general.  After the tour, you will head to a small village located just 10 minutes away to enjoy a real ranch-style meal prepared by the ladies of the community. The meal consists of fresh ranch style cheese prepared on site daily, fresh tortillas al comal, organic cheese, rice, beans, fresh salsas, and guacamole. Also on the menu are quesadillas, nopales (cactus), salad, potato patties and fresh fruit.
Includes
  • Transportation to and from San Miguel de Allende
  • Entry fee for the archaeological site 
  • Guided tour of the pyramid complex by an experienced and knowledgeable guide
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunch at a neighboring ranch
  • Gratuities
  • Drinking water
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

The meeting point is just a 10 minute walk away from the main town square in San Miguel de Allende.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Water

Know before you go

  • This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility, because participants need to walk a total of approximately 3 kilometers (2 miles) during the 2-hour tour in order cover all the important areas of the archaeological site.
  • Large bags and backpacks are not allowed into the archaeological site. Small camera bags or purses, cameras and water are allowed. Larger bags can be left in your tour vehicle or with site staff at the visitor's center.
  • This tour takes about 5 hours in total.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 5 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    4/5
  • Value for money
    5/5

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We had a small group go to see the ruins with Lino. He was great, gave us a lot of information and we thoroughly enjoyed our tour. Highly recommend it!

November 3, 2021

Great guide. It was just the two of us, so it was a nice private tour. The only disappointing part is that we are no longer allowed to climb to the top of the pyramid, but the grounds are beautiful and the history is amazing!

October 20, 2021

Guide was not very informative

September 26, 2021

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