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Travel tip of the day: San Miguel de Allende, Artistic center of Mexico

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Climbing, diving, snorkeling, fishing or extreme sports, San Miguel de Allende has it all. Other activities include surfing, kayaking, rafting, skydiving, hang gliding, hot air ballooning, scuba diving, and mountain biking. The city is also a favorite wedding destination with its romantic feel and fabulous weather conditions. San Miguel de Allende, located in the far eastern part of the state of Guanajuato in central Mexico, is a true haven for active vacationers, young and old, and a sought after retirement community.

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Named after Ignacio Allende in 1826, the town nearly became a ghost town after wars had ravished the area. Not until later, approximately at the beginning of the 20th century, foreign artists rediscovered the richness of the baroque/neoclassical colonial structures and created a town with a reputation for its artistic flair. To this day the city’s historic center is well preserved with cobblestone streets and fine architectural details.

San Miguel de Allende is located within Mexico's hilly central highlands. Tourists must fly into Mexico City and take a bus, as there is no airport which is a drawback to some vacationers. However, this helps in keeping the city quaint and less crowded. Walking is undoubtedly the best way to explore San Miguel. Galleries, boutiques and shops, sell a wide range of art and crafts, and with its large expat community you will easily find English speaking accommodations. Hotels and restaurants cater to Americans, Canadians and Europeans.

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