If San Miguel de Allende is too relaxed for you, we challenge you to discover the wilder side of this peaceful place. There are several options to get the adrenaline flowing, along the semi-desertic paths of Guanajuato and its surroundings, the only thing missing is that you decide to take the risk, shall we go?
You do not need to travel back in time to visit the Wild West; in San Miguel de Allende you can enjoy the experience of being a real cowboy. And we do not mean an urban cowboy, amidst paved streets and amenities just around the corner, but an actual horseback ride through canyons, hills, lakes, rivers, cacti and pack animals.
Very closet o the archaeological site of Cañada de la Virgen, about 20 minutes inside the city, you will find the steep paths of Coyote Canyon. Because of its landscape, this place could be Denver, Colorado, with its high rocks, cacti and streams. The sun beats down and the adrenaline of riding a horse weighing more than 11,000 libs. is an unforgettable feeling. Don’t worry if you have never gone horseback riding before, the guide will give you a basic, lightning course, after which, you not only will be able to ride, you will even be able to gallop , should you so wish. Perhaps it will help if we tell you that more than eight thousand people, including eight year old children, have enjoyed this adventure without any prior experience and have been fascinated.
On the flat sections, the rider gives a signal, and the horses run full speed along the road, you will be able to feel every one of the animal’s muscles in sync with your own, and almost be able to hear its blood running along its veins. By now you should have complete control over the animal and you just need to pull on the reins to make it slow down to a trot or come to a complete stop. Cross streams, let you horse drink water, but if it lowers its head to far, pull on the reins before he decides to take a dip and you end up soaked. Finish the tour over the cobblestoned streets of San Miguel at nightfall, visit the San Miguel Arcangel parish, completely illuminated, and its copper shades will become a memory you will not easily forget.
The view is unique from the upper reaches of Coyote Canyon. In the distance you will be able to see the Allende Dam, the city center and the lush vegetation. You will not be able to resist the temptation to rappel down a height of over 114 feet. The wind blows so hard that it is all that can be heard, aside from the chirping of the birds. At times it would seem you will become deaf, and that the only thing you are able to hear is the pumping sound of your heart and the instructions of the guides while you climb down the steep rock, an experience you just cannot miss.
Need even more adrenaline? A little bit of speed aboard an ATV will make you smile when you start jumping over the irregular dirt terrain of the Guanajuato semi-desert. You need not worry about your safety; the tour’s price includes all the necessary equipment so that no mishap gets in the way of your fun. Follow the guides, they will tell you about the archaeological history of the place. The tours include water and sometimes food prepared with natural ingredients such as eggs, cheese, meat and fresh vegetables produced in the many local farms.
Come to San Miguel and discover the adventurer inside you.