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San Miguel de Allende
Travel Planning
San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende at a Glance

San Miguel de Allende is an artist's getaway and a favorite place for American and European ex-pats. The city's carefully designed core is a tribute to its colonial days and many of the buildings have been impeccably restored. 

Imagine walking through cobbled streets with the high spires of churches rising every few blocks. This colorful city is filled with courtyards, painted Spanish-style homes and art schools where ever you look. Tourists can invest in art classes to learn about painting or native handicrafts. For the more linguistic minded, language schools are also popular. Alternatively, spend the morning in a craft market searching for the perfect pair of earrings or pottery vase, or meander through the Parque Benito Jaurez for spectacular city views.

When you are tired, retire to one of the city's many restaurants where you can taste food from Mexico and from all over the world.

What to Expect
High Season
December - March
Low Season
April - November
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Mexico City International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American tourists and residents of Schengen countries usually do not need a visa to visit Mexico if tourism is the purpose of their trip. However, the Mexican authorities issue you a tourist card when you enter the country and it is important that you hold on to it. The cost of the tourist card varies with the exchange rate and is somewhere around $22. If your trip includes work, humanitarian aid or studies, you will need a visa. Contact a Mexican Consulate for more information. American citizens can also research Mexican travel at the U.S State Department website.

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather: Occasional thunderstorms occur during the summer. Winter is cool and summer is warm.

      Safety Concerns Be careful of pickpockets and other petty thieves. Keep valuables secured and protect yourself and your property by avoiding flashing cash and being careful in crowds as well as in deserted places.

      Health Concerns Travelers should drink bottled water to protect themselves from potential problems they might have with the water.