What to do in San Miguel at low season:

By Jade Arroyo

During this month, San Miguel shows us its quietest side. Let’s enjoy the tranquility and try some different proposals for entertainment and experiences.

Go swimming:

For many decades, San Miguel has been famous for its warm springs and the physical and spiritual benefits they provide. There’s nothing better to beat stress than a visit to one of them. These baths are located on the road to Dolores Hidalgo, just a few minutes outside town. The most popular ones, featuring different styles include these three:

Escondido Place, 185-2022; La Gruta, 185-2162; Taboada, 152-9250.

All these locations have restaurant and bar service and dressing rooms and most of them are open every day (except perhaps Christmas and New Year’s Day). If you don’t have a car, you can take a taxi for about 100 pesos. Entrance fees vary from 90 to 130 pesos.

Enjoy nature:

Visit the natural reserve and botanical garden, El Charco del Ingenio. This jewel of nature holds a large collection of native cactus and Mexican plants. It’s the ideal place to take a walk, do tai-chi or work out while enjoying amazing views and the purest air. There’s also a shop with hand-made crafts and botanical beauty products and a lovely cafeteria offering healthy, delicious and organic food and beverages.

This picturesque reserve is located above Centro, off the road to Querétaro; then head to the left. You at can either take a taxi or wend your way from Centro going up on Cuesta de San José or Correo. For further information, you can call 154-4715 or visit elcharco.org

Go to the movies:

There are a few small cinemas in town featuring well-selected art and independent films.

Cinema Splendor: Hernándes Macias 83, at the back of VC and Friends bar. For reservations, call the cell number. 415 153 3844. Tickets are 80 pesos and include a drink and popcorn.

Movie Pocket Theatre: Hernándes Macias 95. Tickets and reservation only in situ. The ticket fee (100 peso) includes one drink and popcorn. Check the billboard at petitbar.com.mx

La Expendeduría: Every Wednesday at 7pm, there is a free screenings of international art films. Insurgentes 66.

Learn something new:

Whether it is yoga, hip-hop, flamenco or circus discipline, you can attend El Sindicato cultural center. This place likes to define itself as a community center for everybody, offering culture to everyone. It’s also a good place to meet people and promote cultural exchange.

Cultivate yourself:

Read a book. The Biblioteca Pública (public library) holds a really large collection of books in both Spanish and English and some in French and German, too. There is also an art book section featuring beautiful volumes. Becoming a member is very easy. This place is much more than a regular library. On Thursdays mornings, there’s a special book sale in the courtyard. It also offers several cultural workshops, lectures and entertainment events that you can ask about, or take a peek at the billboard. Insurgentes 25.

Stroll through the local museums, cultural centers and galleries. Visit “El Nigromante” Cultural Center (Hernandez Macias), Fábrica La Aurora, the Toy Museum or the art galleries in Centro.

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