In addition to the attractions of San Miguel there are also some
wonderful places to visit nearby. The charming colonial city of
Guanajuato is only about 1 hour away. It is one of the most beautifully
preserved cities with narrow streets and small plazas. With two
universities its population is on the younger side.
small city of Dolores Hidalgo is just 25 miles from San
Miguel. This is where Father Hidalgo gave his impassioned exhortation
to rebel against Spain which was followed by a great chant from
the crowds, Viva Mexico, now referred to as El Grito. This was the
launching of the Mexican Independence in 1810. Today, the main industry
of Delores Hidalgo is ceramics in the style of Talavera, Spain.
You'll find bowls, dinnerware, vases, candlesticks, wash basins
and many tile designs all in brightly painted designs.
the mountain 40 miles to the east is the larger city of Queretaro
with a significantly more metropolitan character. The old center
still has much of the original charm and it's worth a day's tour.
a distinctly different view, about an hour away is Mineral de
Pozos which has a large former mine with a small village nearby.
The village is only semi populated so has somewhat of a ghost town
feeling. The architecture of the mine buildings is distinctly European
with Italian influence. During its operation we are told the mine
utilized slaves and is enclosed on one side by an enormous wall.
The slave story is still debated. Very little has been written about
Pozos. One of the most important writings was a thesis written in
Texas that was placed in the San Miguel Public Library and was later
stolen. A few artists have gone to Pozos due to the low cost of
property and the seclusion of a smaller place. It is anticipated
that more artists will go there and it will become a new arts center.
There are two hotels on the plaza both of which serve good food.
very interesting places to see but a little more distant are Bernal
will be pleased to help you arrange visits to any of these places.