Located in the very heart of Mexico, San Miguel de Allende holds important World Heritage Sites within its semi-arid highlands.
No less than four arroyos (or large streams) meet up here, with the municipality damming the water in order to maintain the supply. The low mountains of the Sierra Central surround the city as if cusping it in a warm embrace.
With a population of about 70,000 people, the city traces its founding back to the early 16th century when the Spanish conquistadors built a small chapel nearby the indigenous Chichimeca village of Izcuinapan. Pilgrims and visitors from the world come to see the remarkable Sanctuary of Atotonilco, an 18th-century church complex filled with devotional art treasures. Nearby areas of interest include the Cañada de la Virgen archaeological site (built by the Toltecs), the towering Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel parish church, and the thermal pools of Escondido Place.