SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE
1. Q: How safe is San Miguel de Allende?
A: Please review the links below:
Robert Reid is Lonely Planet's US Travel Editor and has been going to Mexico since he was three.
- Lonely Planet
Top 8 places to (safely) visit in Mexico now - travel tips and articles - Lonely Planet
- Washington Post: Safe Places to Travel in Mexico
- Vogue Magazine acerca de San Miguel de Allende
- California Adventures acerca de San Miguel de Allende
- Travel & Leisure Magazine Las 10 Mejores Ciudades a Visitar
- Morgan Hills Times acerca de San Miguel de Allende
- Mapa de CNN que muestra los lugares de mayor peligro o violencia en México: CNN map
- Articulo del diario San Francisco Chronical
- Gilroy Dispatch - GETTING OUT San Miguel de Allende a safe, scenic alternative to the Mexico of CNN' - http://www.gilroydispatch.com/sports/columnists/ron_erskine/article_9ef17c82-25c7-11e1-
- Mexico Premiere Article about Safety in Mexico - http://www.mexicopremiere.com/?p=5643
2. Q: What to do in San Miguel and the surrounding area?
A: When you make your reservation, ask us about:
- Current day tours
- Shopping Tours
- Art Walks
- Cooking classes
- Hot Springs
- Art Classes
- Literary and Writing Programs and Workshops
- Art Openings
- Masages of all kinds
- Yoga Classes and Tai Chi
- Mountain Biking
- Horseback Riding
- Hot Air Balloon Rides
- Salsa and Tango Classes
- check current calendar of cultural events
Oh, and don’t forget to ask us about places to eat and have fun!
3. Q: What's the best way to get to San Miguel?
A: There are two international airports within an hour of San Miguel de Allende: Leon/Guanajuato (BJX) and Queretaro (QRO). We can send a private car and driver for you. Current cost for a sedan from BJX is US $75 and an van is US $120 --- from QRO current cost for a sedan is US $70 and a van is US $110 --- and you pay the driver directly.
4. Q: What about renting a car?
A: San Miguel is a walking town and Casa Las Monjas is just a few blocks to the town square (Jardin). And if you don't feel like walking, cabs are plentiful and inexpensive (30-35 pesos). Parking spaces are limited and secured parking lots run around 100 pesos/night.
5. Q: What's the weather like?
A: In general, San Miguel has "spring-like" temperatures year-round
Below is a chart which gives average temperatures (Fahrenheit) and precipitation (inches):
6. Q: What's the rainy season like?
A: During the rainy season (usually June through September), the clouds build up over the mountains in late afternoon and it may rain for a while (usually no more than an hour) and then it clears up and is clean and fresh again. It's not very humid and the rain can be very exciting sometimes with thunder and lightning.
7. Q: What kind of clothes should I bring?
A: San Miguel is a casual place. Bring a hat and sunscreen as the rays can be very strong at this altitude (6,400 feet). It's best to bring clothes that you can layer and remove as it warms up during the day. And most importantly, bring flat, comfortable walking shoes with thick soles. If you want to go to the hot springs, bring a bathing suit. Some guests bring their old clothes which they wear here and then donate to charity when they leave thus making room in their suitcases for the treasures they buy!
8. Q: Can I drink the water?
A: At Casa Las Monjas water from our faucets is purified and safe to drink. You can also buy bottles of water from the many shops on the streets. Most restaurants serve purified water, but you can always ask for bottled water if you prefer.
9. Q: What about credit cards?
A: Here at Casa Las Monjas we prefer bank transfer for your deposit only, and then you pay the balance with any combination of US dollars, US check and/or pesos. Some restaurants and large stores take credit cards, but usually prefer cash. There are several ATM machines --- but be sure to advise your bank that you'll be in Mexico so they won't block the card. It's usually best to change money here in Mexico where you'll get a better rate of exchange than in out of Mexico. Our drivers will accept either US dollars or pesos.
10. Q: What can I do about getting my laundry done?
A: There's a laundry inside Casa Las Monjas, the maid will provide the service for an extra tip.
11. Q: Do I need an adapter for my hair dryer?
A: We have three-prong outlets to charge your electronic equipment, unless it is an European electronic device, in which case please bring your adaptor, but in any event, you can buy one here in town.
12. Q: Can I use my laptop at Casa Las Monjas?
A: Free wireless internet service is available in at Casa Las Monjas for those guests who bring their laptops. Otherwise there are numerous internet cafes in town. (We do not have a computer for guest use.)
13. Q: How can I make long-distance calls?
A: We suggest to use Skype or your own USA cell phone, it is a lot more convenient.
14. Q: What about meals?
A: We have a full kitchen for your use and the maid can provide light cooking.
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