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The Architectural Tour and the Historical Walking Tours Can Calm Your Fears

By Betse Davies

At 5:00 in the morning on February 2, when we were peacefully sleeping, the phone rang urgently. “They are shooting at me!” a distraught voice cried. “A revolution has broken out!” “No, not true. It’s Candelaria, and Parque Juárez is the Garden of Eden.”

Architectural Walking Tour
Thu, Feb 18, 10am
Meet in the Jardín across the street from the Parroquia
Betse Davies, 152 2380
250-peso donation

Yes, it was a newcomer to Mexico who mistook fireworks for gunfire. I am not a doctor, but I do like to prescribe, and I suggested that the frightened woman cure herself by taking the historical walking tour of San Miguel. There, she would learn that fireworks are our way of calling the attention of the heavens to our fiestas, saints’ days, weddings, birthdays, and even funerals. I told her that the only revolutions here are those associated with new art movements. Pancho Villa has been dead for almost 100 years, and drug violence is concentrated on the northern border.

The historical walking tour is wonderful for visitors because it not only serves as an orientation session, learning experience, and opportunity to find answers to puzzling questions but enables the participants to help Mexican children lead healthier lives. The 200-peso donation supports the medical and dental care for the needy children both in the city and in the large rural area surrounding San Miguel.

In addition to the historical walking tour, we offer a monthly architectural walking tour that takes you through downtown San Miguel, this month on Thursday, February 18, pointing out the different styles of architecture that have prevailed for over 400 years. The architecture, which has been dictated by and large by the kings of European countries, includes neoclassic, baroque, classic, and finally, Mexican modern, a departure from European styles. San Miguel is legally frozen in time as far as the facades of the buildings are concerned.

Doug Lord is the tour guide for this specialized architectural tour. All our Patronato Pro Ninos guides are volunteers, and in this tour, requests are for a 250 peso donation.  Both tours meet in the Jardín across the street from the Parroquia. They assemble at 9:45am and leave promptly at 10am. We aim to keep the tour groups small and have plenty of guides for the historical walking tours, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  If you prefer a private tour, please call or email Lily at the Patronato Pro Niños office. Her email is The office-hours phone is 152 7796. You can also call Betse Davies at 152 2380. The donation for the private historical tour is 250 pesos for each person, with a minimum of 1,000 pesos for one to four persons. The donation for the private architectural tour is 300 pesos, with a minimum of 1,200 pesos for one to four persons.


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