Full of artists, expats, and restaurants, San Miguel de Allende has more than enough to keep you busy. It’s small enough that it can be navigated by foot, however, the occasional bus or cab may be a good idea as there are some crazy hills with worthwhile views/markets at the top.
We stayed with a friend and gave our budget some recharge time after having difficulty leaving Sayulita. While San Miguel de Allende isn’t a cheap city (by Mexican standards), we did manage to keep costs down by frequenting the little shops in our neighborhood. On top of being amazingly delicious and convenient, it’s really hard to stay away from the Tortilleria where we’d get a dozen fresh corn tortillas for $4 pesos (and kickass salsa). We also made sure that our refrigerator was constantly stocked with $10 peso Corona bottles and freshly squeezed orange juice from the lady a few doors down.
Erica and our roommate, Mario, took turns cooking wonderful meals that were paired with unforgettable conversations. Our favorite meals were the barbecue we grilled in the courtyard and the homemade ceviche we chopped as a group.
Even though we’re still recovering from our volcanic sunburns, walking to Centro (downtown) was always an enjoyable experience- especially when rewarded with ice cream, horchata, elote, cervezas, or margaritas.