Cañada de la Virgen was one of my favorite things about visiting San Miguel de Allende. Enjoy mountain views, watching wild horses, a flower field, artifacts, ancient plants, and of course, the famous pyramids dug up by hand beginning in 1995. Here you will learn about the ancient culture of Mexico, it’s people, architecture, medicines, and astrological beliefs. Read on for all you need to know before you go.
The two hours tour begins with a 20-minute bus ride up the mountain towards the site. Once you’re off the bus, it’s a half-mile trek by foot to reach the top. On the walk up, you’ll come across wild horses grazing the field. It’s quite beautiful to see them so free. The tour guide will show you plants used by the ancient people, a wind dome, a flower field, astrological symbols carved into clay, and the pyramid itself. You’ll get to walk to the top of the pyramid and get amazing views inside and around the area. Be careful with the pyramid steps, they’re dangerously narrow (I went up too fast and almost ate shite). Now that you’ve got an idea of what the tour will be like, here is what you need to know before you go.
Transportation: There are three modes of transportation to Cañada de la Virgen. The first is a group tour traveling by bus from San Miguel de Allende. The second, renting or borrowing a car and lastly, an Uber. To help fellow travelers learn from my mistakes, here’s the scoop. Your best bet is going with a group tour or driving down yourself. Having made the mistake of taking an Uber, I found myself stranded. The front desk employees assured me that there were no cabs, Ubers, or service available nearby. Luckily, I met a nice archaeologist who worked at the site and was kind enough to offer my friend and me a ride. Never hitchhike if you can avoid it (stay safe). If Uber is your only option, make sure to schedule a pickup ride beforehand.
Fees: The entrance fee for Cañada de la Virgen is 39 Mexican pesos ($2). I couldn’t believe how little it cost to see the pyramid. The entry fee includes the site itself, a small group tour with a guide and a bus to drive you up the mountain.
Tips for bags and shoes: Bags and purses are not allowed on the pyramid site. Due to the stealing of rocks and artifacts, tourists are no longer allowed to bring them. Anything you bring needs to be stored in a locker behind the front desk. The only bags allowed were camera bags holding a camera. It’s a bit inconvenient but understandable. As for shoes, I would recommend closed sneakers or hiking boots. The amount of walking and stair climbing calls for comfy shoes. Closed shoes are recommended because you’re basically in the wild and don’t want to come across a snake in flip flops. My friend and I saw no snakes but were warned of them by the tour guide, so be aware.
I hope you’ve found these tips helpful and have a great experience! If you’ve been to these or any other pyramids or are interested in doing so, let me know in the comments below!