Location & Climate
San Miguel de Allende is located just 4 hours (by car) northwest of Mexico
City. It is a colonial hill town located 6,400 feet above sea level. The
climate is very pleasant year-round with temperatures in the
mid-70's and sunshine almost every day - even in the rainy season (June
Although the atmosphere is relaxed and the temperatures balmy, the dress
code is somewhat conservative. In the warmer months (late March - May)
you'll want to bring light cotton clothing and include at least one
long-sleeved shirt and a pair of slacks. This part of Mexico is very
traditional. Shorts are prohibited in churches. Also,
if you are living with a Mexican family you will need a bathrobe and
house shoes. (Mexicans don't walk around bare foot.)
Walking in San Miguel
San Miguel is a walking town and you'll want to bring your most comfortable
shoes. The town is hilly and covered with uneven cobblestones, so flat
and flexible walking shoes are highly recommended.
Surrounded by Natural Hot Springs
San Miguel has several hot springs or "balnearios" from which to choose.
So bring your bathing suit, sandals, cover-up and plenty of sun screen.
From the athletic lap swimmer, to the carefree sun bather, to the therapeutic
soaker...there's something for everyone here.
Living in High Desert
For many North Americans and Europeans, living in high desert is a
new experience. During the day the sun is more intense than in other
parts of the world (bring sunscreen!) and at night the temperatures
can cool off rather quickly (bring a jacket and in winter months bring
warm clothing as well). Since temperatures usually fall within a moderate
range, you will not find air-conditioning or central heating (space
heaters are used in winter) in Mexican homes. Below is a chart of average temperatures to help
you plan your wardrobe.
|Average Temperatures & Rainfall