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-Aeropuerto del Bajio (airport code: BJX) served by;
-Continental Airlines, American Airlines, Aeromexico & Delta Airlines
-110 milesfrom SM, between Leon & Guanajuato
-Aeropuerto Internacional de Queretaro (QRO) (40 miles) from SM;
-Served by: Continental Airlines & Aeromexico; once daily direct non-stop flights from (LAX) & Houston (HOU)
-Benito Juarez Airport (MEX) Mexico City, about 4 hrs. from SM; larger choice of flights
-Served by international airlines cheaper than flights to BJX or QRO
-HOWEVER: flying into Leon or Queretaro is considered more convenient
-Upon arrival (MEX), deplane
-Go through the process of Customs clearance
-Have your passport & both forms you filled out, ready to hand to the officials
-Your passport may or may not be stamped - don't worry about it
-BUT DO Worry to keep the entry form (Mexico Tourist Visa) at all times with your passport; without it YOU WON't BE ABLE to leave until you pay a fine!
-At this point, your tourist visa will be completed & will be valid from 1 to 6 months
-Proceed to the baggage claim area to collect your luggage
-You will be instructed to push a button on a "traffic light"
-If you get the green light, you may proceed with your luggage to the arrival hall
-If you get the red light, your luggage may be inspected
-First class bus ( Aeroplus ) directly from Mexico City airport to the bus depot at Querétaro approx: US $25
-Upon clearing customs exit the area through double glass doors
-Straight ahead are metal posts: hire a porter to carry your bags!
-It takes a bit of time to get through the terminal
-Porters expect to be with you until you are finished with a need for their service
-Ask the porter to take you to the bus stop by saying: Llévame a Primera Plus para Queretaro-
-Money exchange houses are in this area: On the way to the bus stop you might exchange some money there to use for the rest of your journey-as dollars are not readily accepted for services
-Your porter will take you to the place where you buy ticket & catch your bus;
-Primera Aero Plus-,first class express bus; directly to the first class bus station in Querétaro. (About a three-and-a-half hour ride)
-Buses leave about every hour from 7AM until the last bus at 10PM
-The porter can leave your bags with you to wait for your bus
-TIP; about $2.00 per bag) because of their time
-Golden colored bus; it will say "Primera Aero Plus" on the sides
-In front on the window will be written "Querétaro".
-Take your bags to the baggage handler who will load them in the storage area below the bus and give you claim tickets for your luggage.(tip-5 pesos per bag- (about $.50 cents per bag) You will typically receive a small lunch upon boarding the bus
-Your ticket is for an assigned seat
-You will find monitors showing videos features during the trip
-Bathroom is located in the rear of the bus.
-At Querétaro you take another bus to San Miguel
-Get off the bus at the first class terminal in Querétaro
-Upon retreiving your bags, you exit the area through double glass doors
-Straight ahead are metal posts
-Hire a porter to carry your bags; You have a ways to go to get to the bus & they can show you where it is
-They expect to be with you until you are finished with a need for their service.
-Tell them to take you to the Taxi: Llévame a taxi-
-Follow the people leaving the bus to enter the terminal; pass through a room with a turnstile at the end.
-Past the turnstile is a ticket booth where you will purchase your ticket for a taxi to take you to where you are going.
-Show them the address and they will sell you a ticket at the proper rate.
-The porter will take you to a line of people waiting for a taxi to town
-Tip: $2 dlls per bag
-The porter or the driver will load your bags into the cab
-The cabbie will collect your ticket and take you where you are going
-Tip 1 dll. per bag to the Cabbie
-Group transportation or Individual transportation
-Good prices and professional
-Guides, drivers & schedules are custom made to your needs
-Gaby followed up even after we got home to see if we had any complaints or recommendations
-Their service was great
-Also you can buy the bus tickets
-Design to cater specifically to aging U.S. retirees
-Cielito Lindo, an assisted-living facility in San Miguel de Allende that offers accommodations, food and nursing care for about $1,400 a month
-That level of service would cost $6,000 a month or more in the United States
Cultural & SPA Resort; painting, pottery, modeling, bonsai, yoga, tai-chi, meditation, dance and language workshops, among others. Cardiovascular gym, free weights gym, dancing halls, pools, 25 meter lap pool, common Jacuzzi, lighted clay tennis court, naturist cafeteria, etc. The Commercial Area and Auditorium completes the project of Villas de Labradores, putting a convenience store at residents reach with basic groceries, bookstore and cultural events: music, theater, cinema, dance, etc
-Great information about San Miguel and the Opera events
-News, Forums, History, etc.
-Newsletter with the list of events;
-Go to: This week in SM,
-scroll to bottom,
-check the month and week you are interested in just be sure to push: "All events".
-That will include Art Openings, Cultural events, Dance, General, Lecture, Literary, Movies, Music, Religion, Theater and Workshops.
-Calendar of events
-Home and Garden tours,
-Educational, events, classes
-La Biblioteca is the "Library".
-The largest bilingual publicly accessible, privately funded library in Latin America.
-The cultural center of San Miguel.
-Founded in a home in 1953, now operating in a large historic building in the center of San Miguel de Allende.
-Serving more than 700 people a day from the Mexican and foreign communities
-This is just one of the many hot springs in San Miguel.
-DON'T MISS IT
-Chamber Music Concerts in San Miguel
Calendar of events of the Chamber Music Festivals
-Children with disabilities: improving their physical condition, education and self esteem. Programs, camps, etc..
-An easy site to check out the weather whenever you are traveling.
-Location! Great map of San Miguel "Centro".
-Great place to view the calendar of events.
-View life performances and concerts.
-Medicare coverage outside the United States; Mexico
-Only in case of emergency and if Mexican hospital is in closer proximity.
-Medicare pays for physician and ambulance services furnished in Canada or Mexico in conjunction with a covered inpatient stay.
-A must for all travelers; in this site you can convert quickly all currencies. It is easy to use.
In "TRAVEL & LEISURE" magazine as "World's Best Awards", readers voted the charming colonial town of San Miguel de Allende as their second favorite city in all of Mexico, Central and South America. In its 2004 article on retirement, "Beyond Florida," the WALL STREET JOURNAL lauded locations such as San Miguel de Allende, Mexico as a desirable retirement haven based on their "great restaurants; lively expat scene; beautiful colonial architecture." Investing in Rancho Los Labradores."
-Bilingual books for children / Libros bilingues para ninos
-Cultural center home to many concerts and festivals, include the famous San Miguel Chamber Music Festival.
-This space is also used for theaters and even conferences.
-DAY camps for kids and Spanish School for adults
-Based on '"The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron will be offered
-The course is a path in which you will be guided as you regain access to your creativity from of variety of self limiting blocks
-Info: e-mail: email@example.com
-from the USA: 214-764-1743 or 888-667-3873
-from Mexico:  154-8465 firstname.lastname@example.org
-Bio: Patricia Mahan; involved in the arts for over 25 years, first as a dancer and then reinventing herself with the discovery of this course, as a visual artist
-She has led workshops in both Mexico and New Mexico based on The Artist's Way
Art fairs, special events, classes.
-Government information and warnings. It changes often but you will see what the Government of the United States recommends and the Consular Information sheet.
-First aid for travelers.
Small, centric and great friendly service. Ask for Evangelina Vega. She is professional, hellpful and she knows exactly where to send you. Amparo, Margarita y Javier will make your stay perfect. Aurora has a big smile too while she serves the most delicious breakfast and lunch. Be sure to try the "divorced eggs".
-Great pictures and information
Art Assemblage using recycled metal, wood, clay, paint, collage and other found objects d’art.