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Archaeologist-Led Cañada de La Virgen Pyramid Tour

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Archaeologist-Led Cañada de La Virgen Pyramid Tour

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icon4 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

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
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Tour by federally-licensed guide
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

Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
4/6/2019 - 6/15/2023
Tuesday - Sunday:09:00 AM - 02:30 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • 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
  • OPERATED BY Albert Coffee Archaeotours - Day Tours
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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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
See all safety measures taken by Archaeologist-Led Cañada de La Virgen Pyramid Tour.
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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
See all safety measures taken by Archaeologist-Led Cañada de La Virgen Pyramid Tour.
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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
See all safety measures taken by Archaeologist-Led Cañada de La Virgen Pyramid Tour.
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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
See all safety measures taken by Archaeologist-Led Cañada de La Virgen Pyramid Tour.

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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." See review
  • "Take the precaution about the walk seriously - it was strenuous and on uneven surfaces." See review
  • "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." See review

Reviews

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star-5
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!
star-5
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.
star-5
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
star-3
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.
star-5
Great experience
Thomas_A
, Apr 2022
Albert was fantastic. Amazing learning opportunity to about the history and importance of the ruins.
star-5
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!
star-5
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.
star-5
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.
star-5
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.
star-5
Fascinating tour!
Gianna_F
, Feb 2022
Albert is very knowledgeable and funny too! The pyramids are amazing… definitely a must see and hear!
star-5
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!
star-5
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
star-5
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
star-5
Do the tour
Leslie_S
, Dec 2021
The archeologist was very informative , interesting and had a sense of humorous would recommend the tour
star-5
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.
star-5
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.
star-5
Pyramid & Astronomy with Excellent Guide
Sandra_N
, Nov 2021
Our guide Albert Coffee was excellent. His academic background and experience were well suited to the task. If we had gone on our own, we would not have been able to understand what we were seeing in the same way nor have been able to put it into context as well.
star-5
Amazing Experience
Monica_M
, Oct 2021
The tour was outstanding because Albert Coffee gave us a historical perspective that would have never gotten by doing it on our own. It was amazing to walk where the ancients walked.
star-5
Good tour
Claudia_H
, Aug 2021
Informative tour led by Albert, who has wealth of knowledge and experience in archeology and field research in Meso America. Canada de La Virgen is a smaller site relative to Teotihuacan, but Albert’s expertise and knowledge brought it to life! Fascinating history and a good few hours spent while in San Miguel de Allende
star-5
Highly educational and enjoyable
Alice_C
, Aug 2021
It was one of the most informative and enjoyable tours I’ve taken! Albert was super knowledgeable from having personally participated in the excavation. There’s so much good information and insights. If you’re in San Miguel, this particular tour is a must and you won’t get anyone better than Albert!

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