Fattire holidays in San Miguel de Allende

May 5, 2004
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Fattire holidays in San Miguel de Allende

Fattire holidays in San Miguel de Allende

By Amy Marr

Question: I spent last Christmas and New Years in Oaxaca and loved it. I’d like to go back south same time this year, but where? San Miguel sounds good (I am a mountain biker). Any suggestions?

Shannon Holt
Portland, Oregon

Enjoy the warmth of the town square
in San Miguel de Allende

Adventure Adviser: Go to San Miguel de Allende. Just under 200 miles northwest of Mexico City, this sparkling artisans’ haven sits atop the Bajio plateau. It’s beautiful in December, and the riding is excellent. When you’re not celebrating the holidays, or enjoying the singletrack, you can converge with the painters, potters and other artists in the cobblestoned town center. Wander the narrow streets, admire the pinkish 18th-century facades, and bask in that relentless Mexican sun.

You can pick your ride from 800 miles of surrounding singletrack and dirt roads, winding through wildflowers and cornfields. Before heading out, stop in at Bici Burro bike shop (011-52-415-21526). Owner Beto Martinez will offer suggestions or take you out himself. Rental bikes go for $20 to $30 a day. Not-to-miss rides include the San Luis Rey – Jardin Botanico Loop, with its stunning valley vistas; the Cieneguitas, an out-and-back that passes by some hot springs; and the Palo Colorado-Atotonilco Loop, some of the area’s best technical riding.

You might want to book a room at La Puertecita (011-52-415-2-2250), a restored hacienda surrounded by waterfalls and cacti. The food is great, the price is right ($82.50/night) and the owner is an avid sculptor and mountain biker.

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