Mirador, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

The Mirador is a lookout point which offers the best view of the San Miguel de Allende. It is on the southeast side of town. You can get here on foot.

The sightseeing trolleys that depart several times a day from the Jardín stop by here. There is a handicrafts market and a cafe here, so you can have some refreshment while you enjoy the wonderful view.

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El Chorro, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

The oldest part of San Miguel de Allende is the El Chorro neighborhood. This is where the village of San Miguel was moved to in 1555. The Nahuatl name for the area was Izcuinapan or “place of dogs,” and according to legend, dogs led Juan de San Miguel to this area to find this spring.

This area is the home of the Parish of San Miguel, the Jardin Principal or Main Garden and an earlier church called the San Rafael or Santa Escuela Church

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Las Monjas Church ( Templo de la Inmaculada Concepcion ) , San Miguelde Allende, Mexico

In San Miguelde Allende, Next to the cultural center is the Inmaculada Concepcion Church, locally known as Las Monjas (The Nuns). It was originally constructed as part of the convent. The church was constructed between 1755 and 1842 with an elegant cupola added by Zeferino Gutierrez in 1891, inspired by the Les Invalides Church in Paris.

The cupola is octagonal decorated with Corinthian columns in the lower area and the upper area has a window with a balustrade and statues of saints. Topping the cupola is a lantern window with a statue depicting the Immaculate Conception. Inside, there are paintings by Juan Rodriguez Juarez.

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Aqueduct in Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico

The most prominent feature of the city is its enormous aqueduct, consisting of seventy five arches, each twenty meters wide with a total extension of 1,280 meters and an average height of twenty three meters.

It was built by the Marquis Juan Antonio de la Urrutia y Arana between 1726 and 1738 at the request of the nuns of the Santa Clara Convent to bring water to the residents of the city from La Cañada.

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Peña de Bernal, Querétaro, Mexico

Peña de Bernal (in English: Bernal's Boulder or Bernal Peak) At 433 m (1,421 ft) it is one of the tallest monoliths in the world. Other tall monoliths include the Rock of Gibraltar and Sugarloaf Mountain. (Mount Augustus, in Western Australia, is sometimes credited to be the world's second largest monolith.

Peña de Bernal is located in San Sebastián Bernal, a small town in the Mexican state of Querétaro.

According to Leonor López Domínguez of México Desconocido, the porphyrytic monolith was formed some 100 million years ago during the Jurassic period, when it must have been at least three times higher than today.

A recent chemical analysis by researchers at the National Autonomous University of Mexico has determined that it is much younger—likely formed about 8.7 million years ago.

Many people make a pilgrimage to the highest point hikeable, visiting a little chapel about halfway up.

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Church of the Immaculate Conception, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

The convent of this church, known as Las Monjas, was founded by Josefa Lina de la Canal y Hervas (1736-1770), the first-born of Manuel Tomas de la Canal (1701-1749).

From the very first day of the convent’s foundation to the inauguration of the actual structure, Maria Josefa de la Canal worked arduously to sustain the project that she herself created—both in terms of financing and religious pursuits. Maria Josefa passed away five years after the official opening, on August 9, 1770.

Initiated in 1755, the new convent took ten years to build, and upon completion, the nuns moved into their new home to commemorate the occasion on December 28, 1765. The church, however, remained unfinished, including the main towers, the bell tower and altars, which were completed during the first half of the 19th century.

Another important component that remained missing was the dome, and talented mason Zeferino Gutiérrez (also author of the Parroquia’s neo-Gothic façade) was called on to do the job. Assisted by the great Mexican artist popularly known as Dr. Atl, Gutiérrez found inspiration in the monumental church of Les Invalides in Paris.

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Caesar’s Salad, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

Cesare Cardini (February 24, 1896 – November 3, 1956) was an Italian American restaurateur, chef, and hotel owner, who is credited with creating the Caesar salad.

After having worked in European gastronomy, Caesar went to the United States in his early 20s. He ran a restaurant in Sacramento, then he moved to San Diego where he was in the restaurant business. At the same time he engaged in the same business in Tijuana, where he could avoid the restrictions of prohibition.

Cardini is credited with having created "Caesar's salad" which became fashionable among Hollywood and other celebrities, especially after he had moved his restaurant a few blocks to the hotel built c. 1929 (nowadays called Hotel Caesar's).

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Parque Benito Juarez, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

The park grounds were once full of plentiful orchards and vegetable plots thanks to the water coming down from El Chorro. Dr. Hernández Macías wanted San Miguel residents to have a place for recreation, and also wanted to create a "lung" for the city, and so over a period of 9 years, from 1895 to 1904, he bought the orchards one by one and put them together to create this park, an extraodinarily beautiful sight when it opened 100 years ago.

Specially chosen trees grew lush, pruned cedars and acacias graced the two original entrances on Diez de Sollano and Aldama (fomerly Calle de Hospital), lawns were dotted with calla lilies, and sculpted hedges lined the interior paths. The park also had two large cisterns, which would supply water in case El Chorro ran dry.

Where today we see basketball courts was once a field full of sunflowers, with an impressive fountain in the middle. Though that fountain is gone, other fountains have been preserved. These all have low walls, letting us see reflections on the water.

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Cathedral and Plaza de Armas, Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico

One of the Morelia downtown highlights is the baroque cathedral with its surrounding plazas: the Plaza de Armas. The cathedral is enormous, covering more than 2 city blocks in area. Architectural details like the flying buttresses and tiled cupolas give it a distinctive look.

The Cathederal is the site for the local “Day of the Dead” celebration in early November. It is more of an experience than can be described here. Most of the activities take place after dark and especially on the weekend.

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Volcán de Parícutin, Michoacán, Mexico

Volcán de Parícutin is a cinder cone volcano in the Mexican state of Michoacán, close to a lava-covered village of the same name. The volcano is unique in the fact that its evolution from creation to extinction was witnessed, observed and studied. It appears on many versions of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

San Juan Parangaricutiro Church

Volcán de Parícutin erupted and the lava buried 2 villages. Finally the lave reached and flew over the graves around San Juan Parangaricutiro Church. But leaving the church tower and altar untouched.

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