By 4pm every day volunteers have all checked out of the daycare, and they are left the afternoon and evening to explore San Miguel de Allende. For volunteers and tourists alike, San Miguel is a pueblo magico with plenty of sights to see. Whether it’s an afternoon adventure on a hiking trail or a laidback evening at a local cafe, this amazing city has something for everyone.
#1 Stroll the Streets
The cobblestone streets of San Miguel are characterized by interesting Spanish architecture, colorful streamers, and eclectic street art. One advantage of staying at the volunteer house is being just a 30’minute walk from the city’s center. In the center is the jardin, where you’ll see the focal point of San Miguel: La Parroquia. This is also a spot to find a great cafe or have dinner and drinks. The center is usually buzzing with activity, from food vendors and artists, to street performers and wedding celebrations. This is an absolute must-see while you´re here.
#2 Check out El Charco
El Charco del Ingenio is a botanical garden and nature preserve located in San Miguel de Allende. For just $50 (pesos, not dollars), you can see the park´s extensive collection of cactuses and other succulent plants native to Mexico. The park also has a few fun hiking trails. El Charco is open until 5PM every day and easy to arrive to via taxi or Uber.
#3 Be Immersed in Mexican Culture
The magic happens outside your comfort zone – or at least that’s what they say. Many travelers are looking to take a risk or try something new. So, why not try something you’ve never done before? Mexican culture is known for its creativity, hospitality, and delicious food. While traveling in San Miguel, get out of your comfort zone by taking an art lesson or a cooking class, or by learning Spanish.
#4 Visit the Markets
Markets are an essential part of daily living here in San Miguel de Allende. They’re a one-stop-shop for food, clothing, entertainment, and souvenirs. Mercado San Juan de Dios is a 5-minute walk from the volunteer house, and open daily from 9AM to 6PM. A 15-mi
nute walk from the volunteer house is the Artisan Market, which is open every day from 9AM to 7PM. The market’s stalls are filled with handcrafted works such as beaded jewelry, hand painted ceramics, and embroidered pillows.
#5 Hideaway at the Hot Springs
For volunteers looking to spend the afternoon relaxing, check out San Miguel de Allende’s hot springs. There are several locations in the city with hot springs or naturally-heated pools. The hot springs are typically open until 5:30PM and entrance fees range from 150 to 200 pesos.