Guanajuato Day Trip from San Miguel de Allende

Learn about this charming city's historical roots from silver mining to the Mexican War of Independence
From US$1,150 privately
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Tour Details
8 hours
Product Type
  • Monumento Al Pipila
  • Basílica of Our Lady of Guanajuato
  • Diego Rivera’s House Museum
  • Teatro Juárez
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  • Join an engaging local expert as you traverse Central Mexico and experience the colorful and historically significant city of Guanajuato
  • Includes private transportation, a local lunch and entrance to the Diego Rivera House Museum
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Tour Description
Explore the colorful city of Guanajuato, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on this full-day excursion from San Miguel de Allende. Nestled in the mountains, Guanajuato features picturesque landscapes, from charming alleyways to the panoramic views of the surrounding hills. The quaint city has a rich history, evident in its well-preserved colonial architecture, cobblestone streets, and numerous historic landmarks.

After pickup from your accommodation in San Miguel de Allende, you'll make the 1.5-hour drive toward Guanajuato in your private vehicle with your expert guide. You'll make your first stop at Pípila Monument, which was named after Juan José de los Reyes Martínez, known as "El Pipila." El Pipila was a key figure during the Mexican War of Independence in the early 19th century and is commemorated for his bravery. You'll ride down the cable car where your expert will lead you to witness the stunning architecture of Teatro Juarez and 17th-century paintings at Templo de la Companía - both among the most emblematic buildings in Guanajuato.

The Diego Rivera House Museum is located in the house where the renowned Mexican artist was born in 1886. You'll be guided through time as you get a glimpse into the early life of one of Mexico's most famous artists including his paintings, sketches, and personal items. You'll pass by Plaza de la Paz, the aristocratic center of the city with a distinctive colonial style, characterized by colorful facades, wrought-iron balconies, and intricate stonework. The most prominent being the Basílica of Our Lady of Guanajuato, you'll find the oldest statue of the Virgin Mary in the Americas, which dates from the year 714.

Before taking the cable car back up the hill, you'll stop for a delicious local lunch with traditional options specific to the region, like enchiladas mineras or gorditas (please inform us of any dietary restrictions in advance). At the end of your full-day tour, you'll head back to San Miguel de Allende with your expert guide where you'll be dropped off at your accommodation.
  • You are traveling with a group with diverse interests. You'll find picturesque views, architectural gems, artistic evolution and rich history
  • You want to escape the city and see what else the region has to offer
  • You want to sit back, relax, and allow our team to handle all the transportation details – ensuring you reach your destination outside the city hassle-free and return with ease
  • Monumento Al Pipila - a commemorative statue with viewpoint of Guanajuato City
  • Basílica of Our Lady of Guanajuato - protects a virgin who has become the patron saint and queen of the city: Our Lady of Guanajuato
  • Diego Rivera’s House Museum - the house where renowned Mexican artist Diego Rivera was born in 1886
  • Teatro Juárez - built in the neoclassical style and known for its grandeur, it features columns, statues, and classical motifs 
  • Includes accommodation pick up & drop off from your accommodation in San Miguel de Allende, and leaves the city limits to visit the city of Guanajuato
  • This tour includes a private car service that will pick you up at your accommodation. While adding the tour to your shopping cart, please tell us your hotel or apartment address in the 'Additional Details' box.
  • The tour will take time for a lunch break, a traditional local meal is included in the tour price.
Wheelchair accessibility
  • This tour unfortunately isn't recommended to wheelchair users due to the layout of the city. Guanajuato is quite hilly with winding streets, narrow alleys and tunnels throughout which make Guanajuato not possible to do the full tour by car.
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What time of year is best for this tour?
Please take note of the rainy season between mid-September through the end of November. However, this does not affect the tour. Some clouds are actually very much appreciated when visiting Central Mexico.

What should I bring?
 Guanajuato's streets are quite hilly with winding roads and narrow streets. Wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat and sunglasses, bringing sunblock is a good idea as it can be very hot depending on the season. Keep in mind that there may not be many ATM machines on site so if you’d like to tip or buy any souvenirs it’s recommended to bring cash.
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