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Canada de la Virgen Archaeological Site Tour

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The archaeological site of Cañada de la Virgen is located just 25 kilometers West of San Miguel de Allende. Occupied between 540 and 1050 a.d., it is perched upon a small mesa surrounded by canyons and is made up of four patio/pyramid complexes, an ancient artificial pond and a ceremonial causeway covering the 16 hectares that is now government property. On this tour, you will get to explore this great site accompanied by a knowledgeable Coyote Canyon Adventures guide.
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Zacateros 54, Zona Centro, 37700 San Miguel de Allende, Gto., MexicoIn our office (Zacateros 56-A, Centro, 37700) Intersection beetween Zacateros St. and Ancha de San Antonio Av. We are located between "Multienvios office" and "Trattoria Romana"
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    Canada de la Virgen
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
    The best way to visit the site of Cañada de la Virgen is with a team of expert guides. The site is located just 25 kilometers West of San Miguel de Allende and you will see it along highly specialized guides who will share their knowledge of the Otomi people and of other cultures of the Bajio region, as well as the Mesoamerican cultures in general. You will be able to leisurely walk a total of approximately 3 kilometers (2 miles) within approximately 2 hours. This way your tour will encompass all of the archaeological site. You will leave with a more thorough knowledge of this wonderful, historical site.
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Highlights
  • Day tour of Cañada 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
What to Expect
The Cañada 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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Important Information
Departure Point
Coyote Canyon Adventures, Zacateros 54, Zona Centro, 37700 San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico
Duration
6h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Professional guide (Bilingual)
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Lunch - The option "Pyramid Basic" doesn't include the ranch style meal. If you want to add it you need to choose the option "Pyramid Tour + Meal"
  • Entry/Admission - Canada de la Virgen
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • You will walk a total of approximately 2 miles (3 kilometers) within approximately 2 hours in order for your tour to encompass all of the archaeological sites
  • It is recommended that you bring a hat; sunblock; bottled water --although included; comfortable, well padded walking shoes or sneakers
  • Note: No bags or backpacks will be allowed into the site. Small camera bags, cameras and water are OK. Bags can be left in our vehicle or with site staff at the visitor's center
  • A minimum of 3 people per booking is required
  • Minimum age is 3 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 22 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Traveling with my mother I was on the lookout for a partial day tour that wasn’t too strenuous, and this tour fit the bill perfectly. Out guide Lino was very knowledgeable and also answered many questions that were not even about the archeological ruins. The lunch was very good
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In December, four of us decided to see the Pyramids with Coyote Canyon Adventures. Our guide, Lino, took time to answer all of our questions. He is very knowledgeable and included interesting facts about the Otomi people and the different structures on the site. We decided to
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Had a great trip to the Canada de la Virgin yesterday! Lino was a great guide very informative and lunch was delicious!
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Canada de la Virgen is an awesome archaeological site, but it would be boring without a knowledgeable guide to explain it all. Lino did a fantastic job in explaining the significance of the site, what it was used for, and how it fared during the Spanish takeover. Be prepared
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Lovely and interesting way to spend part of a day. Our archeologist guide was excellent and very easy to converse with. As someone on our trip said he talks with you, not at you. If you go you will learn quite a bit of the amazing history of the area. Highly recommended. The
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CaliforniaBusyGal
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Throughly enjoyable
Traveling with my mother I was on the lookout for a partial day tour that wasn’t too strenuous, and this tour fit
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Wickwood
New York City, New York
44
A San Miguel de Allende Highlight
Differing from other "plop-plop" horseback "walks" in the U.S. that 100% eliminate any chance for mishaps, our
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Kate E
10
Pyramids, Outdoor Walk & Lunch!!!
In December, four of us decided to see the Pyramids with Coyote Canyon Adventures. Our guide, Lino, took time to
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Rebecca B
44
Such a fun way to spend the day!
My husband and I went on the full day horseback riding trip with our 7 year old daughter. We had so much fun! The
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Stephannie
Santa Ana, California
10
Spectacular views, Best Adventure
Booked this tour 2/15/2020 with my dad(he’s 60). We both enjoyed it so much. We took the 12:30 tour and headed to
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Marlise M
20
Canada de la virgin
Had a great trip to the Canada de la Virgin yesterday! Lino was a great guide very informative and lunch was
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Jim S
Bellevue, Washington
6332
A great tour and a super-knowledgeable guide
Canada de la Virgen is an awesome archaeological site, but it would be boring without a knowledgeable guide to
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Lori H
21
Horseback Riding Adventure
My husband and I went on the 1/2 day horseback riding tour. Staff (Cristina and Daniel were terrific and Monique,
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jk47
Eugene, Oregon
83
Excellent tour!
Lovely and interesting way to spend part of a day. Our archeologist guide was excellent and very easy to converse
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Audrey L
Toronto, Canada
285
Great afternoon in the canyon
Monique lead the day excellently and charmingly as driver , horse instructor and guide with the other vaqueros.
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