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House & Garden Tour

Experience an exclusive guided walking tour of some of the most beautiful houses and gardens of San Miguel.

If you have ever wondered what is behind the interesting doors you see throughout this colonial city, then this is the tour for you.

Come with us to explore the wonders beyond the closed doors!

Purchase your tickets in advance at La Biblioteca store from Monday to Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m.

Fridays at noon  | $500 pesos per person

*The homes included varies according to which ones are currently available. 

**La Biblioteca is not responsible for accidents outside the Library building.

***IF you have mobility issues please let our staff know.

Friday, July 12th we will visit:

Today’s tour highlights the life of two San Miguel artists who over the span of 30 years built a house and casita on the outskirts of San Miguel. 

Today the colonia in which it resides is just beyond the Fabrica Aurora, within walking distance of the Parroquia for those with youthful legs. 

This is not your standard House & Garden tour, but we think it well worth a visit for those who appreciate fine art and wacky, just plain fun, art.

 

The iron gate at the street portends what is to come – wheel, cogs and found objects are woven into its design. 

The verdant stone courtyard entrance leads to a fantasy house. One is immediately struck by what must have been the vibrant personalities and intense creativity of the owners, now deceased. 

The husband was a consummate craftsman and was a “quick study” at many different art forms. 

The kitchen has a wild, sprawling iron light fixture over its colored concrete island. Counters are assembled from gaily-colored Dolores Hidalgo tiles. Sneak a peek at the built-in doors with a painting of Guadalupe — the doors hide a microwave!

 

An elaborate stained-glass door leads to a separate apartment. A rondelle made of mirror shards and stained glass may confuse you into thinking that you are in a “fun house.” 

A collage of painted, assembled found objects makes delightful viewing. There are many stained-glass windows assembled from glass rejects from the old SMA glass factory (which has subsequently morphed into a design center). 

Let’s hope for a windy day as we walk up to the terrace. An iron hooligan and several iron whirligigs make an eerie sound in the wind. 

There is a larger-than-life homage to Roy Lichtenstein that, upon closer inspection, reveals itself to be a “portrait” of the owner.

 

We have a chance to see his studio; one may hope that in due course other artists will “set up shop” here. The homage to Don Quixote is by the studio door. There is a fantasy cathedral out of painted wood. 

Traversing the hall you will come upon a painted animal that was created as a stool for artists. The seat (for a VERY small bottom) is slanted towards the artist’s canvas.

 

Imaginative metal chess pieces are everywhere. The owner would take a canvas chess “board” to a park and invite people to play with these 2-6′ tall pieces! 

Walk with safety under the giant dragonfly in the hallway, but don’t get too close to the skeleton predator on the stairs! As we exit, we’ll pass through the wife’s jewelry making studio.

 

Our second home is a small casita on the property. The ceilings are all made of an intricate mosaic of painted wood. 

The kitchen is of typical Mexican tiles and has colorful pottery. Here we will find more colorful paintings and sculptures. 

The bathroom has a stained-glass window with a green agate as its centerpiece!

 

Come on this tour if you have a sense of humor, awe, and an appreciation for the creative spirit. This is not the biblioteca’s usual tour; think of it more of an “experience” tour!

 

 

“ It is behind the walls you see how we live”

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La Biblioteca Guided Tour

Get to know each corner of this XVII century building, listen to its history, and discover our activities.

 

Every Tuesday 11:00 a.m. | Patio  de La Biblioteca

 

In english 

 

Your donation is welcome.

 

Tour on demand: tours@labibliotecapublica.org

Tikkun Eco Center

Beautiful oasis and inspiring community hub for environmental education, climate activism, and ecological restoration.

The visit includes an easy guided walking tour of the Tikkun grounds, gardens, and rainwater catchment tilapia ponds. An organic buffet lunch is provided along with a video presentation on permaculture, climate-change adaptation, and discussion of Tikkun`s transformative community work, including reforestation, watershed repair, and reservoir restoration projects.

Tours support Tikkun’s ecological restoration and education work in San Miguel.

Thursdays 10 AM to 2 PM | $1,350 pesos per person 

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Peña Bernal

Peña de Bernal and Tequisquiapan

Bernal, a marvelous “pueblo mágico” in the state of Querétaro, is famous for its Peña de Bernal, the third largest stone monolith in the world.  

The visit includes the center of the town of Bernal, the San Sebastián temple, the workshop of the Aurora looms, the mask museum, the church of Santa María of the Asumption, the artisanry market with its incredible ratan furniture, and a tasting of the best cheese and wine of the region.

9 AM to 5 PM | $1,700 pesos per person

Guanajuato

World heritage city about an hour from San Miguel.  

This tour includes an historical walking tour with a lecture about the famous painter Diego Rivera, a visit to the Juarez Theater and the Quijote Museum.  

You will be able to take fabulous pictures from the Pipila scenic lookout, and of the famous Guanajuato tunnels.  

You will also have time to visit the shops, bazars and restaurants. 

9 AM to 4 PM | $2,100 pesos per person 

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Archaeological zone, Cañada de la Virgen

At this archeological site you will be able to visit a pyramid and various other pre-Columbian structures attributed to ancient tribes affiliated with the Otomi between the years 450 and 1050 including a calendar aligned with the sun, the moon and constellations designed to mark the equinox, the solstice, and the seasons. 

The tour includes access to the site and a water bottle.  

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM | $1,500 pesos per person 

Archaeological zone of Teotihuacán

This ancient pre-Columbian city emerged in the year 150 BC and continued to grow until about 800 AD when it was mysteriously abandoned.  

There is evidence that Teotihuacán was a multi ethnic city inhabited by Zapotecs, Mixtecs, Mayas and Totonacas.  

You can visit the Road of the Dead and view some of the largest pyramids of the world.

7:00 AM to 7:00 PM | $3,300 pesos per person

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Dolores Hidalgo and Atotonilco Sanctuary

City of great historical importance since it is the birthplace of national independence.  

It´s only 40 minutes away from San Miguel de Allende.  

You can visit the Miguel Hidalgo Museum, the father of Mexican Independence as well as the traditional Talavera tiles workshops.  

On the way back we will visit the Atotonilco Sanctuary which is a world heritage site.  

A place referred to as the Mexican Sistine Chapel because of its impressive frescos.  

We will also visit the paradise like Nirvana Restaurant.

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM | $1,700 pesos per person

Querétaro

Famous for its architecture and history.  

You will visit its famous aqueduct, an ancient hydraulic structure that crosses the city.  

You will also visit the cementery where famous sons of the city are buried, the Santa Cruz Monastery, the regional museum of Querétaro, the Plaza de Armas, and the hill of the bells where the emperor Maximilian of Hapsburg was executed at the end of the French Invasion. 

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM | $2,000 pesos per person

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Mineral de Pozos

Magical town since 2012, known as “Ghost Town”, for having been abandoned twice since its foundation.

In the surrounding area, centuries-old vestiges of mines and haciendas are still preserved.

You will visit the Center, Ex-Mina, Hacienda de 5 Señores, Hacienda Santa Brigida, Pre-Hispanic Music Workshop and Musical Instrument Shop.

$2,000 pesos per person

San Miguel Walking Tour

To get to know the wonders and corners of San Miguel de Allende, you have to walk.

We will take you to visit El Chorro, Benito Juarez Park, Instituto Allende, Bellas Artes, Casa del Conde de la Canal, Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel, Casa de Ignacio Allende and the surrounding churches.

$800 pesos por persona

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Monarch Butterflies

Discover the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary in the Angangueo forest, Sierra del Rosario, Michoacán.

Ride a horse through the enchanting forest, enjoy the return to the town of Angangueo on foot.

Complete your experience with the taste of authentic local cuisine, adding a delicious touch to your unforgettable adventure.

7:00 AM to 7:00 PM | $2,500 pesos per person

Buy your tickets at the TESOROS shop at La Biblioteca from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.  

Buy your tickets at least 2 days prior to the tour.

For individualized tours, we require a minimum of 3 participants.

No refunds for cancellations the same day as the tour.  

Tours must be paid for in cash unless special arrangements are made.

With your payment for the tours, you are contributing directly to the educational and cultural activities of La Biblioteca that benefit children and youth as part of our mission.

For more information contact us by email:  tours@labibliotecapublica.org or by telephone at 415 152 0293.