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Canada de la Virgen Archaeological Site Tour

Highlights
  • Day tour of Canada de la Virgen, a Mesoamerican site, from San Miguel de Allende
  • Visit one of Mexico's best-kept secrets without the crowds on this walking tour
  • Get detailed commentary from a team of real-life archaeologists
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Canada de la Virgen Archaeological Site Tour
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Pyramid Tour + MealMost Popular
The Pyramid tour including a ranch style meal.
From US$70,00
Pyramid Basic
Includes: transportation from San Miguel & back; entry fee to the pyramid; guided tour of the pyramid complex by archaeologist / anthropologist; travel insurance
From US$55,00
Overview
Canada de la Virgen is a set of ancient pilgrimage sites located outside San Miguel de Allende, only open to the public since 2011. During this immersive tour, run by archaeologists, you’ll get a rare insight into the Otomi people, one of Mexico’s indigenous groups. The archaeological park, with origins in the sixth century, contains the ruins of an observatory, colossal temple, and burial chambers.
What to Expect
The Canada de la Virgen, a Mesoamerican archaeological park just a short drive from San Miguel de Allende, remains one of Mexico’s best-kept secrets. During this action-packed day tour, join a team of bona fide archaeologists and anthropologists and embark on an in-depth exploration of the under-the-radar ancient site, only open to the public since 2011.
Escape San Miguel de Allende’s crowds and settle back as you cruise through the Mexican countryside. At the park, get detailed and enriching background on the history of the Otomi people, traditionally one of Mexico’s most peaceful, mountain-dwelling indigenous groups, from specialists of the Bajio region.
Wander the 2-mile (3-kilometer) site at your own pace and get a peek at the off-the-beaten-track ruins, some dating back to the sixth century. See an old observatory, a colossal temple, and the former homes of astronomer-priests, who kept alive the group’s cosmological traditions.
Reviews (59)
1 - 5 of 37 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Fascinating experience

Alberto Aveleyra is as much of a gem as the pyramid itself. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of his subject matter, and is passionately involved with the archaeological development of the area, and the wider context of Mexico's exploration of its history. We were lucky,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank StanE31
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Incredible experience

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour. Alberto was our guide and as described in the other reviews, he was an excellent guide - very knowledgeable, responsive to our questions, fluent in English, patient, and personable. Such a special site so close to SMA. We were only...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank JandR711
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Excellent!

We visited the pyramid at Canada de la Virgen in late November with Alberto as our guide. Really clear and thorough explanations of the site, its people and history. We loved it! Pro tips: wear a hat, wear sunscreen, wear comfy shoes - you will...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank mamichanmakes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Hidden Gem!

While it is not as big and impressive as Chichen-Itza or some of the others, it is also not busy with the annoying traffic of too many tourists or vendors trying to sell you stuff. When we attended we were the only group there and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank lindsayk471
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
a memorable day

Absolutely a memorable and fantastic experience. Alberto is very knowledgeable and professional. We were a 14 people group and he handled us very well.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank DBG_BI
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