Continue to Discover the Magic of San Miguel de Allende with our Day 2-3 Itinerary ✨

If you are visiting San Miguel de Allende for the first time, we have put together an itinerary for you to explore this incredible city. In case you missed it, check out our Day 1 Itinerary to view what we think is the perfect first day in San Miguel.

After you have settled in and explored a few of the first stops, let’s dive deeper into the attraction of San Miguel. Whether it’s your second or third day in this captivating city, there’s still so much magic to uncover. From scenic hikes to culinary delights and immersive cultural experiences, brace yourself for an unforgettable journey ahead.

In this article, we continue with our curated guide to help you make the most of your time in San Miguel de Allende.

1 – Explore Nature:  3 Outdoor Excursions to Try 🌿

Explore the natural beauty of San Miguel de Allende with three exhilarating excursions that promise memorable adventures. From visiting the botanical gardens to experiencing the canyons on horseback or foot, these excursions offer the opportunity to connect with nature in one of Mexico’s most enchanting destinations.

El Charco del Ingenio Botanical Gardens

Charco del Ingenio Botanical Gardens

El Charco del Ingenio Botanical Gardens, San Miguel de Allende

Begin your day by hiking (or driving) to El Charco del Ingenio botanical gardens. Immerse yourself in the vibrant flora and fauna of this sanctuary, where every step unveils the wonders of nature.

Charco del Ingenio, established in 1998 as a non-profit organization, boasts over 160 acres of protected land above San Miguel de Allende, preserving indigenous plants from across Mexico. The botanical garden has a small café, a shop, and clean restrooms, with the café serving a variety of food, drinks, and ice cream, along with complimentary water for refilling bottles.

For those who prefer the exercise, it’s about a 35- to 45-minute walk from the center of town (uphill). You’ll enjoy every step of the way, exploring colorful neighborhood streets and beautiful views overlooking the city and the mountainside.

Once there, you can explore the trails with the help of a conveniently provided map. The circular route leads through diverse landscapes, from cactus gardens to sculpture enclaves, offering glimpses of multiple lakes, canyon viewpoints, and pathways meandering along the rugged canyon ledges.

The garden is open daily from 9am to 5pm and the entrance fee is only $50 MXN (pesos).


Horseback Riding in the Canyons

Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding, San Miguel de Allende

Feeling extra adventurous? Embark on a guided horseback riding tour led by seasoned cowboys through the rugged canyons of San Miguel. Enjoy a half-day (5 hours) or a full-day (8 hours) horseback riding excursion that promises incredible views and a deep connection with the region’s landscape.

During the rides, you will explore a series of working cattle ranches west of the city, and the scenery is breathtaking in every direction. The ranches and canyons are located just 30 minutes southwest of San Miguel. For the grand finale, you’ll experience a delicious organic ranch-style meal, prepared by local ranchers.

During the longer rides, additional activities are included such as learning how to make handmade tortillas and traditional Mexican sauces, visiting with and playing with the ranch animals (goats, chickens, cows, horses, etc.), extended horseback rides, hiking, swimming and galloping through the canyons.

  • Duration:  5-8 hours
  • Ride Time:  2.5- to 4-hour rides
  • Includes:  Transportation, Guides, Meals & Insurance
  • Cost:  $2,100–2,900 MXN per person

Reservations:  Message us on WhatsApp or contact us here to set up a horseback riding excursion for you and your group. Click here to learn more about the rides.

Hiking the Canyons

Hiking in San Miguel de Allende

Hiking the Canyons in San Miguel de Allende

If horseback riding isn’t your thing, explore the canyons on foot with a guided hiking tour, discovering hidden gems and panoramic views along the way.

The hiking excursion takes a total of 5 hours to-and-from San Miguel de Allende, and includes transportation, 2 1⁄2 hours of hiking time with rest stops, and a delicious ranch-style meal served after the hike at one of the casitas back at the homestead.

  • Duration:  5 hours
  • Hike Time:  2.5 Hiking
  • Includes:  Transportation, Guides, Meals & Insurance
  • Cost:  $1,350 MXN per person

Reservations:  Message us on WhatsApp or contact us here to set up a hiking excursion for you and your group. Click here to learn more about the hikes.

2 – Savor the Flavors:  Local Lunch Favorites 🍽️

Lunch Recommendations

Inside Café, San Miguel de Allende

After working up an appetite, indulge in a much-needed afternoon meal at one of San Miguel’s top lunch spots. All of our recommendations below offer delicious dishes that feature local ingredients and showcase the region’s rich gastronomic culture.

Lunch Recommendations:

3 – Retail Therapy:  Shopping 🛍️


Shopping in San Miguel de Allende

Once refueled, it’s time for some retail therapy. Head to Fabrica Aurora, a converted textile factory turned into a hub of art galleries and boutiques.

Insider tip: Don’t miss a pit stop at Geek & Coffee for a caffeine fix amidst the creative ambiance.

After visiting Fabrica Aurora, take a short walk over to explore the charming shops at Hacienda La Aurora, perusing unique artisanal crafts and souvenirs. And for a deeper dive into Mexican craftsmanship and located just across the street, Artes de Mexico features an exquisite collection of traditional arts and crafts.

Then, take a leisurely stroll through the city’s streets, exploring the vibrant shops on Relox and Mesones streets, as well as those around the Jardin.

Shopping Destinations in San Miguel:

4 – A Walk in the Park:  Parque Benito Juárez ⛲️

Parque Benito Juárez

Parque Benito Juárez, San Miguel de Allende

Escape the hustle and bustle with a tranquil walk through Parque Benito Juárez. Lose yourself in the park’s lush greenery and scenic pathways, soaking in the peaceful ambiance that defines San Miguel’s charm.

Developed over 100 years ago, the park was previously a series of orchards full of vegetation, flowers and fruit trees watered by the spring waters of El Chorro that ran through the ravines. In July 1917, a name change ceremony was held to commemorate former President Benito Juárez, who was a fundamental character in the creation of an independent and sovereign Mexican State. At this time the orchards became majestic gardens that resembled the French gardens, designed in a symmetrical way, with different bodies of water, leafy trees and plant species that resembled a classic European garden.

Nowadays, the park has different areas to play sports or exercise, and there is a play space for little ones. And on weekends, you will find local artists who exhibit and sell their crafts in the park, along with various cultural and food events that are held throughout the year.

5 – Dinner with a View:  Rooftop Dining 🌅

Rooftop Dining San Miguel de Allende

Luna Tapas Bar at the Rosewood, San Miguel de Allende @rosewoodsanmiguel

As the day transitions into evening, treat yourself to a memorable dining experience with a sunset cocktail and savor delicious cuisine while enjoying panoramic views of the cityscape from one of the following recommended rooftop restaurants.

Dinner Recommendations with a Rooftop:

Stay Tuned for More Adventures

With each moment spent in San Miguel de Allende, you’ll discover new layers of its captivating charm. Let this itinerary be your guide as you embark on an adventure filled with cultural delights, natural wonders, and unforgettable memories. 🇲🇽❤️

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