Differences between Guanajuato and San Miguel?
Replies: 21 - Last Post: Mar 25, 2013 2:06 PM Last Post By: Aloysius
Dec 11, 2012 10:25 AM
Mar 24, 2013 7:14 PM
16I live in Guanajuato and make trips to San Miguel. The quick bus ride between the two, most of it pretty through rolling country takes less than 1.5 hours. The long way through the Sierra if you want to do a circle trip takes 3.
The previous responder made a well-taken point. For crafts shopping, Guanajuato is lousy, San Miguel is a paradise & not everything is a ripoff.
You'll see more bougainvillea and other flowers in San Miguel, in Gto the gardens are within private patios. In SMA, If you go beyond the center, you'll see many level, pretty streets in San Miguel; in Gto, interesting but steep lanes to explore.
The suggestion of 5 days in Gto, 2 in SMA is one to consider. Hostel Alcatraz in the center of town is an excellent place to stay (unsolicited suggestion). For three days or more in Guanajuato, you can go to my article on www.redroom.com, then typing Guanajuato or Cashdan into the site's search box.
Mar 25, 2013 12:39 AM
17I enjoyed both Guanajuato and Sam Miguel de Allende, but for me, Gto has the edge.
As for restaurants, I found enough in Gto to satisfy, and we dined in one, high end restaurant, Las Mercedes, that was very creative. In SMA, the recommended restaurants we ate in have for the most part been disappointing, IMO, overrated. Our most satisfactory meal was salad and a pizza at La Grotta. Of course, we barely scratched the surface of the many restaurants in SMA. I haven't given up hope on it.
Here are some SMA restaurant reviews by my amigo, Don Cuevas. Estamos de acuerdo. (We agree.)
Mar 25, 2013 7:23 AM
18I'm not a fan of the 'high end' restaurants in SMA. Nut much of a fan of that genre of restaurants, any place I've been in Mexico. The city (SMA) is so popular with tourists (overwhelmingly Mexican tourists) that prices have risen continually during the 20 years I've been visiting there. Likewise, I've not been impressed by the food I've eaten in GTO. I wouldn't choose either of the two based on food offerings. As is the reality in so many places in Mexico, the best meals are often found in the mercados.
Mar 25, 2013 7:30 AM
Mar 25, 2013 7:45 AM
Mar 25, 2013 2:06 PM
21I have spent about two weeks in each town and have had a bunch of wonderful dinning experiences in both. Didn't try any of the expensive places, but did eat in a number of modest-priced restaurants. Was introduced to chiles en nogada in San Miguel about 20-some years ago, and to this day they're the best I've ever had.
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