Architectural Walking Tour
By Doug Lord and Peggy Jones
Enhance Your San Miguel Experience with the Architectural and Historical Walking Tours
On Thursday, November 17 at10am Doug Lord and Peggy Jones will lead the monthly Architectural Walking Tours. These two Patronato Pro Ninos walking tour guides know their subject well. They will guide you through the downtown area and point out the many styles of architecture. Returning visitor and residents experience great joy when they see that San Miguel is just as they left it last year or many years ago. However the uses of these handsome buildings are liable to have changed dramatically – a hardware store is now a boutique hotel with high-end shops or grocery store has been transformed into a smart restaurant. Thankfully the same old facades prevail. The majority was built in the colonial period and strict laws have protected all of them from modernity. Our guides are invaluable in explaining the various different styles and at telling you why there were changes in the first place. They will relate interesting stories about these handsome buildings – and you will see Mexican Modern examples in the southern fringes of the downtown protected area
“Architectural Walking Tour”
Thursday, November 17
Meet in the Jardin across the street from the Parroquia
Betse Davies, 152-2380
250 peso donation for Architectural Tour, 200 peso donation for Historical Tour
The tour lasts about 2 1/2 hours and walking is on mostly level ground. We meet in the Jardin across the street from the Parroquia. The donation for this tour is 250 pesos. You can also book a Private Tour, you pick the day and the time, for 300 pesos with a minimum of 1200 pesos for one to four people. If you would like to book such a tour, please call or email Lily at firstname.lastname@example.org. The phone number is 152-7796 during office hours, 9-4.
We also offer the popular Historical Walking Tours which are given every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The emphasis is on the history of San Miguel from its founding in 1542 to the present. In 2008 San Miguel received a World Heritage designation which tells you that lots of important events took place here. Certainly the most important was the role of San Miguel in the revolution against Spain. It compares favorably to the role of Boston in the American Revolution against British rule. Our guides are enthusiastic about this town and want you to enjoy its fascinating background. We believe in small tour groups. The donation for this tour is 200 pesos. We meet in the Jardin across the street from the Parroquia at 9:45 and leave for the tour at 10. Private tour information is the same as listed above for the Architectural Tours except that the donation is 250 pesos with a minimum of 1000 pesos for one to four people.
All of our guides are volunteers and 100% of your donation goes to Patronato Pro Ninos, the organization which provides needy children of the rural area and the city itself with medical, dental and psychological care. We have three dental vans which visit the many rural villages and stay until all the children have been examined and treated. Some are referred to the dental office in our health center for care; if necessary we pay for their transportation. We are in process of raising funds for another dental van which will shorten the number of years between dental van visits. We look forward to seeing you on our tours.