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Mexico

Exploring San Miguel de Allende

Discover one of Mexico’s most artistic cities as you join experts to explore San Miguel de Allende’s magnificent architecture, local crafts markets and historic center.
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Program No. 17262RJ
Length
8 days
Starts at
2,299
Mexico

Exploring San Miguel de Allende

Discover one of Mexico’s most artistic cities as you join experts to explore San Miguel de Allende’s magnificent architecture, local crafts markets and historic center.
Length
8 days
Starts at
2,299
Program No. 17262 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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DATES & starting prices
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Sep 6 - Sep 13, 2021
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2,299
Oct 18 - Oct 25, 2021
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Nov 9 - Nov 16, 2021
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Sep 6 - Sep 13, 2021
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2,839
Oct 18 - Oct 25, 2021
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2,839
Nov 9 - Nov 16, 2021
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2,839

At a Glance

Considered a national monument in Mexico, San Miguel de Allende is a nostalgic, uncommonly beautiful throwback to the Mexico of a more romantic era. Originally called San Miguel el Grande and founded by a 16th-century Spanish friar, the city’s magnificent colonial buildings, combining baroque and neoclassical elements, offer clear examples of an eclectic mix of architectural styles that has evolved over five centuries. Get to the heart of this handsome, tranquil city with is varied architecture, meandering cobblestone streets and deep-set traditions and culture.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Extensive walking on uneven terrain, narrow cobblestone streets, steps. Elevations up to 7,000 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Meet local people and observe handcraft at a pottery factory and other centers of regional commerce.
  • Visit Charco del Ingenio Ecological Park to learn from staff of efforts to protect it from encroaching urban sprawl.
  • Understand local art, architecture and ways of life as expressions of the culture and history of the region where the Mexican War of Independence began.
Featured Expert
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Sylvia Sanchez
Born and raised in Guadalajara, Sylvia Ruiz was never far from the cultural milieu that defines her birthplace. She chose to pursue a degree in tourism and business administration at the University of Guadalajara. Sylvia worked for the Jalisco Department of Tourism before attending Cochise College in Arizona to pursue a degree in international business communications. After graduating, she began working with Road Scholar at Geronimo Educational Travel and Studies and is now Geronimo’s vice president of international programs.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Sylvia Sanchez View biography
Born and raised in Guadalajara, Sylvia Ruiz was never far from the cultural milieu that defines her birthplace. She chose to pursue a degree in tourism and business administration at the University of Guadalajara. Sylvia worked for the Jalisco Department of Tourism before attending Cochise College in Arizona to pursue a degree in international business communications. After graduating, she began working with Road Scholar at Geronimo Educational Travel and Studies and is now Geronimo’s vice president of international programs.
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John Barham View biography
John Barham fell in love with Mexico after traveling with his father at age 12. In college, John majored in history and eventually embarked on a 40-year career in higher education, serving as a history teacher, a dean and provost. In addition, he was an associate professor and advisor in King Saud University in Saudi Arabia. John and his wife, Alma, consider Brownsville, Texas, and San Miguel de Allende to be their homes. Together, they have had more than 30 years of experience in Mexico.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Forging of the Cosmic Race: A Reinterpretation of Colonial Mexico
by MacLachlan, Colin M. and Jamie E. Rodriguez
Letters from Mexico
by Cortas, Hernan & Anthony Pagden
The Aztecs, Maya and their Predecessors: Archaeology of Mesoamerica
by Weaver, Muriel Porter
Distant Neighbors: A Portrait of the Mexicans
by Riding, Alan
Mexico: Biography of Power, A History of Modern Mexico, 1810-1996
by Krauze, Enrique
Mexico: From the Olmecs to the Aztecs
by Coe, Michael
The Wind that Swept Mexico: The History of the Mexican Revolution of 1910-1942
by Austin: University of Texas Press
The Course of Mexican History
by Meyer, Michael C. and William L. Sherman
Conquest: Montezuma, Cortéz and the Fall of Old Mexico
by Thomas, Hugh





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