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Canada de la Virgen Archaeological Site Tour

From US$55.00
  • Day tour of Cañada de la Virgen from San Miguel de Allende
  • Escape the crowds at other archaeological sites and visit one of Mexico's best-kept secrets
  • Get detailed commentary from a team of real-life archaeologists 
Canada de la Virgen Archaeological Site Tour
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Pyramid Basic
Includes: transportation from San Miguel & back; entry fee to the pyramid; guided tour of the pyramid complex by archaeologist / anthropologist; travel insurance
From US$55.00
Pyramid Tour + Meal
The Pyramid tour including a ranch style meal.
From US$70.00

Cañada de la Virgen is a set of ancient pilgrimage site located outside of San Miguel de Allende, only open to the public since 2011. During this high-level tour, run by real-life archaeologists, you’ll get a rare insight into the Otomi people, one of Mexico’s indigenous groups. The archaeological park, with origins in the 6th-century, contains the ruins of an observatory, colossal temple, and burial chambers.

What to Expect

While tourists flock to Mexico’s more famous, Mayan-built stepped pyramids, the Cañada de la Virgen, a Mesoamerican archaeological park just a short drive from San Miguel de Allende, remains one of the country’s best-kept secrets. During this action-packed day tour, you’ll join a team of bonafide archaeologists and anthropologists as you embark on an in-depth exploration of the under-the-radar ancient site, which has only been open to the public since 2011.

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

Wander the 2-mile (3-kilometer) site at your own pace, and get an up-close peek at the off-the-beaten-track ruins, some dating back to the 6th-century. You'll see an old observatory, a colossal temple and the former homes of the site’s astronomer-priests, who kept alive the group’s cosmological traditions.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Tour of Cañada de la Virgen

This was an excellent tour because the guide was extremely knowledgable and passionate about the subject. He not only knew a lot about the archeological history of the pyramid, he was able to place it in context with the geological and natural history of the...More

Thank steelej172
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Coyote Canyon is an excellent tour operator

We are two retied couples. We recently toured the Canada de la Virgin archaeological site with Coyote Canyon Adventures. You will see lots of other reviews that have wonderful things to say about our guide Alberto. He deserves all the accolades. He really made the...More

Thank BoiseBart
Reviewed 1 April 2018
Alberto Aveleyra is THE REAL resident archaeologist and the BEST tour guide!

Alberto Avelerya was the most authentic, passionate, EDUCATED real resident archaeologist. He was the HIGHLIGHT of our trip. As an invested resident who is actually in preserving the native heritage and culture we found his tour riveting. He explained the history with exquisite detail, a...More

Thank Gale W
Reviewed 25 March 2018
Tour of Canada de la Virgen with the guide, Alberto.

We took the Canada de la Virgen tour led by Alberto in January '17. His deep knowledge about the site, the culture and the people who built the pyramid was profound. He has a reverence for the accomplishments of the former inhabitants of this land....More

Thank Flanco
Reviewed 20 March 2018
Smaller site, but worth it

While the site itself is not as impressive as very large sites like Chichen Itza or Tikal, it is still well worth it to see it. Make sure you have a great guide to show you around and talk about the history of the site,...More

Thank Michel F
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