San Miguel de Allende

Guanajuato, Mexico
January 2017

San Miguel de Allende is a picturesque city located a few hours drive from Mexico City. We visited during the new year's festivities, when the streets were decorated with piñatas and hanging lights.

The most noticeable building in San Miguel was the Parroquia de San Miguel, located in the central square. The building's tall spires were visible throughout most of the city. The parish had a distinct clay color that shone bright orange as the sun set.

A few blocks uphill from the central square we found the San Francisco Church, the other prominent building in San Miguel. The extravagant churrigueresque façade faced a peaceful small public garden. I explored San Miguel further and found an ambitious number of church buildings all a few blocks from each other, each with a unique style from a different time period.

San Miguel de Allende captured the charm of colonial Mexico, especially at night. All the streets lit up with decorative lights. A few churros, a hot chocolate, and a stroll down the colorful alleys was a great way to start the year.