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Archaeologist-Led Cañada de La Virgen Pyramid Tour

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

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  • 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Get an inside look at what it takes to uncover ancient ruins by visiting Cañada de La Virgen on an archaeologist-led tour. Your guide took part in the site’s 2004 excavation, giving him a unique insight into the relatively-recently uncovered Mesoamerican complex. As you tour the site he can share details you can’t discover on your own and would likely miss on a different guided tour.
  • Explore Cañada de la Virgen with an archaeologist who helped uncover the site
  • A small-group enables the guide to tailor the tour to the group’s interests
  • Enjoy hassle-free transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Avoid crowds by visiting these lesser-traveled ancient ruins

What's Included

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Bottled water
  • Tour by federally-licensed guide

    Departure & Return

    Departure Point

    • St. Paul's Church / Iglesia Anglicana de San Pablo
      El Cardo 6, Zona Centro, Centro, 37700 San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico

      We meet in front of St. Paul's Church (Iglesia de San Pablo) on Cardo Street. It is a short walk from Centro and any taxi will know how to get there. Please call with any questions

    Departure Time

    Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
    4/6/2019 - 8/22/2023
    Tuesday - Sunday:09:00 AM - 02:30 PM

    Return Details

    This activity will end right where it started.

    What To Expect

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

    Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Archaeologist-Led Cañada de La Virgen Pyramid Tour?

    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas

    Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Archaeologist-Led Cañada de La Virgen Pyramid Tour?

    A:The policies on sanitization are:
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

    Q:What is the social distancing policy during Archaeologist-Led Cañada de La Virgen Pyramid Tour?

    A:The policy on social distancing is:
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

    Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Archaeologist-Led Cañada de La Virgen Pyramid Tour?

    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

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    Traveler Tips

    Don’t do a DYI or even the bare-bones version with a Federally licensed worker; you’ll miss the color and texture that brings this tour to life.
    Take the precaution about the walk seriously - it was strenuous and on uneven surfaces.
    The site itself is very unusual in that because it is located on privately held land, there are literally no touristy gee-gaws to have to deal with.
    543 reviews
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    Reviews by Viator travelers.
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    Go with the expert...
    Cathy_O, Aug 2022
    Albert is a fantastic guy and he is definitely a SME with a tremendous passion for the sciences. His knowledge extends beyond archeology; he is also well versed in botany, astronomy, meteorology, and theology. He does a fantastic job of winding them together and telling a compelling history story. We very much enjoyed his quick wit and dry sense of humor. A great guide! There is a bit of a walk, but it is doable for most and the scenery is beautiful. Highly recommend!
    They had a problem with...
    Paul_F, Jun 2022
    They had a problem with the vehicle and had to cancel. They called they said “of course we’ll give you a full refund, were very apologetic. I didn’t even get to the site, but i saw they are very professional and I can’t wait till I come back.
    Great historic tour!
    melissabasta, Jun 2022
    Excellent tour! Albert, our guide was incredibly knowledgeable… great history with humor throughout his presentation.
    Exceptional tour, more than I expected
    Veronica_R, Jun 2022
    Albert our tour guide was Exceptional!!! He was very well spoken and it was nice to know he had worked on the Pyramids. The experience being there was touching for me as Mexico 🇲🇽 is my Parents homeland. I got to feel the earth with my feet. Highly recommend this tour, only about 30 minutes from Centro. Jose our driver was also very nice
    Must see to appreciate!
    Karen_P, May 2022
    Stories our archaeologist told about his own experience working on the site. History of the site. Priceless!
    Albert is such an experienced, excellent guide. This was a gazillion times better than my first time at
    Patricia_S, Apr 2022
    This was a gazillion times better than my first time at Cañada de La Virgen Pyramid. This tour is a must see for all San Miguel visitors, but be sure to hire Albert as your guide.
    Easy to follow yet in depth
    Nora_D, Apr 2022
    Thorough and scholarly explanation of the Mesoamérican culture made accessible. Good sense of humor and you get a lot of walking exercise
    Archeology detail
    Susan_K, Apr 2022
    The content of this tour is very detailed, our tour guide is clearly highly knowledgeable and passionate about his work. We appreciated the experience and did learn a bit. However, the delivery almost seemed as if it had been recorded, tons of detail, but weak in storytelling with expression or personality. Based on the Covid restrictions here, it was surprising that not everyone in the group was compliant with mask regulations, nor did the tour guide enforce them once announced, particularly on shared transportation where that is most important.
    Great experience
    Thomas_A, Apr 2022
    Albert was fantastic. Amazing learning opportunity to about the history and importance of the ruins.
    Awesome tour
    Gabriela_W, Mar 2022
    Albert was the most knowledgeable guide I’ve ever had and he did a great job tempering the incredible amount of information with humor and entertaining stories!
    Excellent historical tour
    Glen_K, Mar 2022
    It was an excellent tour. We went on a Tuesday so the number people was light. This site takes an uphill hike to get there, but this adds to the remote feel of this location. Having an archaeologist as a guide was awesome and the information provided was excellent. This tour was exactly what I was hoping for.
    Expert and personable guide brings ruins to life
    Elizabeth_N, Feb 2022
    The tour of the pyramid was wonderful. Albert was a personable and knowledgeable guide to one of Mexico’s newest archeological finds. He was able to make his encyclopedic archeological knowledge accessible and interesting to the layman. I’m looking for the book he wrote/is writing on the site. Thanks for a memorable experience.
    Wonderful outing short trip by van from San Miguel
    Michele_B, Feb 2022
    Albert was a wealth of information and shared from his heart his love for Mexico’s archeological history.
    Fascinating tour!
    Gianna_F, Feb 2022
    Albert is very knowledgeable and funny too! The pyramids are amazing… definitely a must see and hear!
    History Comes Alive!
    Jessica_L, Feb 2022
    We loved this tour! The guide was so great: he made the history of the site come alive. This is a must do!
    SMA Pyramid Tour
    Ann_C, Jan 2022
    Great Experience. Guide Alfred was a wealth of information, spoke extremely well and kept things interesting. Would highly recommend this tour
    Hard but worth it
    Carol_C, Jan 2022
    Learned so much and guide was fabulous BUT this is not easy to do walking on uneven trail uphill and steps on pyramid not easy for someone in not great shape in late 60s Would still do it again but would have liked to know what I was getting into and would have chosen AM tour when it wasn’t so warm
    Do the tour
    Leslie_S, Dec 2021
    The archeologist was very informative , interesting and had a sense of humorous would recommend the tour
    Best experience to do it with a knowledgeable guide
    Anne_L, Nov 2021
    Loved hearing the history of the site from an expert. Could do it all over again! Thank you Albert! You were brilliant.
    Perfect English-speaking tour
    Ben_S, Nov 2021
    Albert gave us a fantastic introduction to archeology, especially in this part of the world. Having an English speaking guide for the site was essential. None of the signage or information would have been accessible to us otherwise. Even though we couldn’t climb to the top, it was still super cool and I would go on a tour to a different site with Albert in the future.


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