Canada de la Virgen
Canada de la Virgen
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Federally Protected Sanctuary (ANP) ~~ Certified Organic Ranch ~~ Outdoor Gourmet Food Experiences ~~ Organic Grass-Fed Beef ~~ Eco-Tourism (We do not offer tours of the Pyramid, please see other page) Canada de la Virgen is a vast, rugged and historic piece of land located near the Laja River basin on the western perimeter of San Miguel de Allende, in the Mexican State of Guanajuato. It boasts high mountain ranges, ancestral pyramids, natural springs and the winding Virgen River, with its numerous canyons, which our cattle, horses, indigenous wildlife and flora call home. We offer gourmet Mexican countryside dining experiences, with or without horseback rides, as well as full-service Mexican/Argentinean Asados at our historic Hacienda. We also produce organic, grass-fed, grass-finished beef, available at our office store and at various stores and restaurants around San Miguel de Allende, and throughout Mexico.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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CapeMayMarsha
Newton, MA69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
The knowledge and mild humor of the guide made this trip a top experience. We’ve been fortunate to explore many indigenous ruins throughout Mesoamerica. Each ruin is distinctive, and each has something to share with visitors. Our guide’s archaeological knowledge and clear communication style made this trip special. He was able to link this ruin with other ruins, in a way that enhanced our understanding of previous experiences.
Written 10 March 2023
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Donna L
New York City, NY34 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
We traveled to the pyramid with the man who is supposed to be THE expert. While he was certainly knowledgeable, he sounded like a tape recorder. The group was far larger than promised, and he never waited for everyone to arrive at the next spot before starting his narration. The sight itself is OK, but there's alot of walking up and down, and it's hot. I found it strenuous and exhausting.
Written 7 March 2023
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TheFlightPath
San Diego, CA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Do yourself a favor and visit!

it's a truly special experience to tour this amazing archaeological site and learn about the history of the pre-Aztec culture.

We toured with Albert Coffee, who was part of the original excavation team and is a wealth of knowledge.

Homemade tacos were available for 30 pesos each after the tour (cash only). The corn used for the tortillas was grown on site.

If you visit soon, there is a kitten that lives at the historical center. She can use some toys to focus her energy on:) She also loves people and you can give her a cuddle.
Written 30 January 2023
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beth ann k
Halstead, KS1,793 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
This is so worth visiting! You have to schedule a tour, and is not something that you can see on your own.
Written 12 December 2022
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Karbose
Texas108 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The staff is terrible. Terrible. The website advertises tours beginning at 11:00 a.m. We arrived at 10:30 a.m. and were told that no, no tours would start until noon. We would have to wait an hour and a half and then the tour would only be offered in Spanish. When I asked about the error on the website the employee shrugged. Unfortunately our taxi had already driven away and we asked the employee to call a taxi. She shrugged again and said no. I asked if there was a bus that went down the main road, I could see the bus from a high vantage point. The employee said no. I asked if the food was available that was advertised. No. And a shrug. Absolutely maddening. Finally another group arrived and we were able to get a ride back into town. I understand that with a real guide from town, Albert someone, that it is fascinating. It is quite costly though. Do not under any circumstances take a taxi out there. Do a tour or don't do it.
Written 6 November 2022
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Shera R
San Francisco, CA12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
This was the end of my 30+ year mesoamerican adventures. having visited many ruins in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras. Albert Coffee is an amazing guide and filled in many gaps as he shared his knowledge of this northern most mesoamerican ruin
Written 16 September 2022
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retired and traveling
Chapala, Mexico159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
It is a surprising place to find a pyramid. The location is about 30 minutes outside San Miguel Allende. You start at the center and buy tickets. The tours are controlled. Everyone goes on a bus with guides due to previous looting. The pyramid is on a hilltop over a canyon. Dated 650 to 1150. It is a small complex but really interesting. There is a small botanical garden.
Written 28 August 2022
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Allen Salmon
Lexington, KY9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
It was more interesting than I first thought it would be for a lesser known ruin. I did a private guided tour with Coyote Canyon Adventures and loved it. We also were taken to a small ranch up in the same mountains for an authentic ranch lunch which was one of the best meals of our whole trip.
Also saw some great views of the valley below and the surrounding landscape of San Miguel.
Written 27 June 2022
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badgersarah
San Diego, CA11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Family
We did the tour with Albert Coffee, and our group was 6 adults and 5 kids aged 3.5 to 6. Albert is very knowledgeable and it’s clear he has a deep understanding of the history of the site, and is an experienced guide. The pickup and mini bus to the visitors center was smooth and easy and the transit home was a pre-paid taxi which was also easy.

Once you get to the visitors center, you take a park bus about 20 mins to the actual site. The ruins are impressive and we enjoyed learning about some of the culture of the region. When we were there, the parks dept enforced masks the entire time due to covid, even when we were outside, and there are no exceptions to the park’s no-bag policy.

We opted for the lunch immediately following the hike/tour and it was delicious! Lots of local dishes that were fun to try plus some well-known favorites, and there was a woman making fresh tortillas on a comal which was fun to see. The waiter was an absolute gem and did everything he could to make it a lovely lunch.

Here’s what I would do differently if I were to go again with the same group:
-wait until the mask mandate is lifted. Hiking 2 miles in warm weather with masks is not ideal. Obviously this is a park policy and nothing to do with Albert.
-bring snacks in my pockets for the kids
-bring a sling/holder for water bottles so we don’t have to carry it by hand the whole time
-our kids managed to hang in there okay for the entire hike and tour but I would probably wait until they were a year or two older
-we found the tour itself to be a bit long, but perhaps the timing is mandated by how frequently the park buses make the run out to the actual pyramids
-helpful to know that you have to leave your bag in the bus, you can’t run back from the pyramids to grab things from it.

There are nice, clean bathrooms at the visitor center but none at the actual pyramid site, and no snacks are available for purchase at the visitor center.

Overall I’m glad we went!
Written 31 March 2022
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gabeli
Austin, TX11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Highly recommend this tour. Included bus ride to and from San Miguel and entrance tickets. Albert is super knowledgeable and made this a fantastic experience.
Written 21 February 2022
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