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A New Patronato Pro Niños Tour Guide Makes a Sparkling Debut!


By Cheryl Young

As a non-for-profit organization charged with providing care to the disadvantaged children of San Miguel de Allende, Patronato pro Niños seldom spends precious dollars on advertising, even for its fundraising activities like the PPN Historical Walking Tours. Instead, it depends on excellent TripAdvisor Reviews to build positive awareness among travelers to SMA. In spring 2018, a new Tour Guide, Donna Rubin, started earning rave reviews on TripAdvisor. Her success seemed like a perfect opportunity to get to know an “outstanding” PPN Tour Guide better.

Donna told us that when she visited SMA, she enjoyed going on the Historical Walking Tours. “I always thought I’d love to be able to do that when I am living here. Many people come to San Miguel for the fabulous climate and because it’s a visually beautiful town with great restaurants, friendly people, and lots to do. But learning about its significant history really enriches one’s appreciation for San Miguel. I wanted to share my enthusiasm about that history.”

Every Tour Guide has a favorite landmark. Donna loves Las Monjas (Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepción) and the Belles Artes because of the stories behind them … that a determined young adolescent used her substantial inheritance to build a church and a convent. And the conflicts and intrigues and challenges and benefits bestowed upon the town over many generations that are part of this history.

For Donna, the guiding experience represents a valuable learning opportunity. “It’s given me a whole new focus for my leisure reading. I continue to learn so much that enhances my experience as a guide and as a San Miguel resident. And meeting people from all over is a special pleasure. My entire experience as a guide has been a gift.”

Donna has a deep connection to San Miguel. “I’ve been coming to San Miguel almost yearly for the last 25 years. My husband’s parents, from Rochester, New York, had a house here and his uncle and aunt moved here in the ’60s. They were trailblazers. My husband attended the Instituto in 1975 and took a botany class from Stirling Dickinson! When I retired from the Rochester Institute of Technology last year, we set up our home here. Our three adult children have been coming here with us since they were very young to visit the family and now they visit us. San Miguel de Allende is part of our own family.”

100% of the tour donations and well-appreciated tips go to support the work of Patronato Pro Niños. For 48 years, this nonprofit organization has been providing necessary medical and dental services to children in San Miguel whose families cannot afford to provide it for them. In 2017, over 12,500 children benefited from PPN services. That is more than 1,000 per month!

No reservations required, but we may need to limit group size. All tours are given in English. With only five days’ notice, we can offer private, customized tours. Contact Christina 415 152



The Patronato pro Niños Historical Walking Tour

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

9:45am for a 10:00am start

Meet in the Jardin, across from the Parroquia

300 peso per person

Donation for Tours


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