As it turns out we ended up booking our accommodation in Guadaloupe, when Lauren talked me into staying at a hostel. Our hostel was a bit far from the city center and took about 20 minutes to walk into town. While I usually wouldn’t mind having to take a 20-minute walk to reach the town it is a downright transgression if you are visiting the beautiful city of San Miguel de Allende, which was voted the #1 city of 2017 by Travel and Leisure.
Since I lost my mind and ended up staying in a hostel, life was quick to remind me why I don’t do that.
What about the cost you ask? Isn’t it cheaper to stay in a hostel? No, not really. We each paid $40 for a bed in a shared room and you can easily book an Air BnB for the same price with the added benefit of privacy and security. Don’t believe me? Check out these beautiful Air BnBs all for under $40 close to the heart of the city here, here, and here.
The Muros en Blanco (“Blank Walls”) project opened the Colonia Guadaloupe Art District in late March. The urban street art project showcases the work of young artists from around Mexico and from other countries (Chile, Argentina, Canada, Germany and the United States) who were participating in conjunction with local artists to promote the new art district and support tourism in San Miguel de Allende.
A key aim of the project is to channel youthful energy and talent, from graffiti to vibrant art that both artists and the community can take pride in. They hold a festival twice a year called Muros en Blanco which focuses on promoting the development of Public Art and the recovery of spaces, especially in Colonia Guadaloupe. This means that the art is continuously changing as different artists participate in the festival twice a year.