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The Canada de la Virgen, a Mesoamerican archaeological park just a short drive from San Miguel de Allende, remains one of Mexico’s best-kept secrets. During this action-packed day tour, join a team of bona fide archaeologists and anthropologists and embark on an in-depth exploration of the under-the-radar ancient site, only open to the public since 2011.

Escape San Miguel de Allende’s crowds and settle back as you cruise through the Mexican countryside. At the park, get detailed and enriching background on the history of the Otomi people, traditionally one of Mexico’s most peaceful, mountain-dwelling indigenous groups, from specialists of the Bajio region.

Wander the 2-mile (3-kilometer) site at your own pace and get a peek at the off-the-beaten-track ruins, some dating back to the sixth century. See an old observatory, a colossal temple, and the former homes of astronomer-priests, who kept alive the group’s cosmological traditions.

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Overview

Canada de la Virgen is a set of ancient pilgrimage sites located outside San Miguel de Allende, only open to the public since 2011. During this immersive tour, run by archaeologists, you’ll get a rare insight into the Otomi people, one of Mexico’s indigenous groups. The archaeological park, with origins in the sixth century, contains the ruins of an observatory, colossal temple, and burial chambers.

Highlights
  • Day tour of Canada de la Virgen, a Mesoamerican site, from San Miguel de Allende
  • Visit one of Mexico's best-kept secrets without the crowds on this walking tour
  • Get detailed commentary from a team of real-life archaeologists
  • Round-trip transport in an air-conditioned minivan from San Miguel de Allende
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
A Wonderful Experience

We booked through Viator tours and were lucky to have Alberto Caffe as our guide, an anthropologist who has spend years working on the site. His knowledge of the subject matter and his entertaining delivery made these ancient ruins come alive. He also gave us...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Fantastic Tour

Alberto’s passion for the pyramid is infectious. He’s so knowledgeable about the whole area, its history, people and culture. It was a perfect day and we had the first tour of the day so there were only three others besides my husband and me. If...More

Thank gaijin2309
Reviewed 18 August 2018
The best tour!

Alberto made this tour not only informative but so engaging that we felt we could imagine the history of the pyramid and surroundings. The work that is being done there is incredible. So glad we went.

Thank YoungLives
Reviewed 15 August 2018
Highlight of our trip

Alberto was a wonderful tour guide. It is clear that he is passionate about his work and that enthusiasm is contagious for anyone lucky enough to be on his tour. We learned a ton, enjoyed breathtaking views, and ended the day with a fabulous lunch...More

Thank Ilana B
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile
Perfect Day!

Alberto was an absolutely amazing guide for our family of 5 (3 kids - ages 11, 9, 6). We did the first tour of the day and I’m so glad we did. We basically had a private tour of the pyramid with Alberto. He made...More

Thank Christa S
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