Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Mexico City International (MEX) to San Miguel de Allende by Bus

About 4.5 hours total Airport to Antigua Capilla Bed and Breakfast

We're often asked two questions from guests regarding travel from the Mexico City Airport. The first question is “Is it safe?” and the second question is “How do we do it?” The answer to the first question is “yes.” The answer to the second question is a bit more complicated. You can rent a car and drive, you can hire a driver or you can take the bus. We prefer the bus.


The easiest way to get to our B&B in San Miguel de Allende from the Mexico City Airport is by Primera Plus bus to the Queretaro Central Bus Station. These are deluxe air conditioned buses with restrooms. My favorite seat is the right window seat in the front row.


They usually show a movie (Dubbed in Spanish) and offer a sandwich, soft drink and a cookie. At the time of this posting, tickets are $256.00 Pesos (about $19.00 Dollars,) and the trip takes about 3.5 hours.


Buy a ticket at the booth just outside Terminal D (see our “Getting from MEX Customs to the Airport Bus Terminal” blog) Buses to Queretaro depart every half hour starting at about 8:30 AM and continue until 9 PM.


From the Queretaro Central Bus Station, buy a prepaid taxi voucher at the taxi booth located inside the bus terminal.


Walk outside to the taxi line and present your voucher to the attendant. (Important: Be sure to have the attendant ask the driver to show you his tire changing tools and inflated spare tire.) At the time of this posting, the cost is $390.00 Pesos (about $30 Dollars,) and the trip takes about 45 minutes.


If you have a little time to kill and want to save about $350.00 Pesos, you can also catch another bus from Queretaro to San Miguel for about $40.00 Pesos. However, you might have to wait up to 2 hours before the bus leaves. It is a 2nd class bus, very “colorful” stopping at many villages along the way to San Miguel.

We look forward to seeing you at our San Miguel B&B.

Friday, May 15, 2009

George Baker, a San Miguel Photographer

San Miguel de Allende is a place of chance encounters. One day, while we’re eating a burger at the original Oliver’s, Antonieta notices a photo on the wall of a very familiar alley. Upon closer inspection, we realize that this is OUR alley, Callejon de Chepito. Not only that, the photographer is sitting at the next table. We strike up a conversation (it happens all the time in San Miguel) and learn that he and his wife Kristy lived on our street for a little while when they first moved here.

George Baker is like many San Miguel de Allende transplants. He was a long time furniture maker and co-owner of an art gallery that he owned with Kristy in the States. In 2008, they decided to sell everything and start a new life in San Miguel.

George has transformed himself into a very talented photographer. You can see more of his work at www.grbakerphotos.com.

We hope to see you soon at our B&B in San Miguel de Allende!

Rochelle Wald, a San Miguel Painter


Rochelle Wald is not only the nicest neighbor anyone could ever hope to have, but she’s also an amazing artist. (Her dog Max is pretty darn cute too!) She is self-taught, which means there are no rules to her thought process, and this lets her create some amazing things. Through her paintings she captures moments in time, like candid snapshots. Some of her paintings are more abstract than others, depending on her inspiration.

This painting of Guatemalan women at the wash basin is proudly displayed in our dining room.

Check out her portfolio at http://picasaweb.google.com/rochellewal/

To find out more about our San Miguel de Allende B&B, visit our site.


Sunday, May 3, 2009

The Inn Keepers

Francisco and Antonieta enjoy opening their San Miguel home and their hearts to all of their guests at Antigua Capilla Bed and Breakfast.

Francisco was born in Guatemala City, raised in San Francisco and studied Architectural Engineering at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Antonieta is a San Francisco native born to a Mexican father and Nicaraguan mother. She has a Business Degree in Hospitality Management from the University of San Francisco and a Pastry Chef degree from Tante Marie Cooking School.

In 2004, we purchased a Victorian home in San Francisco and opened Arlington Street Urban Inn Bed and Breakfast. It was an instant success and we soon discovered our true calling and career path. We eventually sold our successful B&B in 2006 and moved to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where we built the beautiful Antigua Capilla B&B.

As frequent travelers ourselves, we designed a unique Bed and Breakfast that we would enjoy staying in, as will you.

We will both be making contributions to this blog and will often switch from the first to the third person and back. We hope this doesn't confuse you!

To learn more about our San Miguel Bed and Breakfast, visit our website.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Cheap Flights from the States to Mexico

The flu scare has really been keeping people away lately. That means that we have San Miguel de Allende all to ourselves, and for those of us who travel between Mexico and the US, there are deals to be found. The airlines have slashed their prices by over 50% in some cases.

The savvy traveler can purchase round trip tickets for under $400 right now. At the time of posting, United has round trip fares from SFO to MEX for $380, taxes included! Aeromexico is even less at only $315! We’ve seen the same flights advertised for over $800. American and Continental are offering round trip tickets from Dallas to the Leon airport for $380.

Prices have not been this low in a while, but this won't last. As people get over their fears, tickets will begin to creep upwards.

Plan ahead and buy your tickets now!

Visit our website to learn more about our San Miguel de Allende Bed and Breakfast.