Cañada de la Virgen Pyramids is just 25 kilometers outside of San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. Perhaps, it is one of the country’s hidden gems that are out of the tourists’ radar.
The pyramids in the archaeological site are smaller than the Teotihuacan and Chichen Itza Pyramids.
However, as our guide said, “These pyramids here shows the astronomical, architectural, and mathematical brilliance of the people who built them.”
The pyramids here have a history that dates back to before the Spanish colonized Mexico.
There are three important structures within the archaeological site.
They are “The House of the Wind,” “The House of the Thirteen Heavens,” and “The House of the Longest Night.”
Going around the area, we found some traces of stone houses, burial grounds, ceremonial platforms, and instruments that the ancient people used to study astronomy.
It was only in 2011 that tourists were allowed to enter the archaeological premises. So, the site looks intact and obviously appears freshly-restored.
Unlike the Chichen Itza Pyramid, visitors here are allowed to climb to the top.
It’s not really that high but it offers a bird’s eye view of the site.
How to Get There
My friend and I hired a car with a driver from San Miguel de Allende to Cañada de la Virgen Pyramids for a half-day excursion. Another way to get there and a bit cheaper is by joining a tour that starts from San Miguel.
Hotel in San Miguel de Allende
As far as I know, there is no hostel in San Miguel de Allende. So, a friend and I stayed at the Hotel Casa Primavera Boutique & Spa. It is 30 minutes walk to the city center, but you’ll be passing by interesting alleys and colorful houses that you’d never discover if you’ll be staying close to the town center. I’d really recommend this for you to stroll, especially in the morning. For those who don’t want to walk, the hotel has its own shuttle bus that would take its customers to the historic center. This hotel is actually the best one we stayed in on our two-week trip to Mexico last December.