for the active: Biking, Hiking, Golf & More
If you like biking, you will love the guided biking tours offered by Beto, owner of Bici Burros. Our guests rave about his professionalism, friendliness and knowledge. Bici Burros offers several very interesting tours of varied length and difficulty. You can bike along the centuries-old silver mining route, or choose from several other options. All of their tours take you to scenic points of interest and your guide will explain the history as you go up and down the hills and arroyos, across rivers, through herds of bulls, cows, donkeys and goats, greeting country-dwellers along the way. Or you can simply rent bikes from them and explore on your own. Check out their website for more details.
Bici Burros also offers hiking tours. One takes you through the Santa Rosa forest to an old hacienda, and another takes you through the forested hills of Los Pichachos. Coyote Canyon Adventures is another tour operator offering hiking excursions for serious hikers through the hills and valleys of beautiful Coyote Canyon, just west of San Miguel. Hiking around El Charco is also another great option. The sights and sounds are beautiful, and the trails a bit less challenging.
We have two golf courses here in San Miguel. Ventanas San Miguel is an 18-hole, par 70 Nick Faldo-designed course. See their website for more details. Club de Malanquin is a 9-hole course currently being expanded to 18. Both of these courses are private, but if you are staying in one of our homes we can help you book your tee times.
Weber Tennis Courts, with three nice natural clay courts, is a short 3-4 minute walk from Casa GGG, and a 10 minute walk from Casa X. Playing at Weber is truly a Mexican adventure. The owner, a tennis buff, and his family live in a small house on the property. Chickens wander around in their fenced yard. The courts are fenced, though - so no chickens on the courts. Their courts are open to the public and available by reservation (by phone or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org). You can bring your own racquet or rent one of theirs.
For the super daring! Rappel down the 120 foot cliffs of Coyote Canyon. Check out their website for details, and watch a video of Rachel Ray taking the rappeling dare when she visited San Miguel in 2011.
There are many good options for yoga and pilates classes in San Miguel. The most loved hot yoga is at Esencia Yoga Spa Retreat, just a few doors down from Casa GGG. There’s Hatha/Vinyasa yoga at Centro Shakti, in Guadiana on Potranca, and Hatha yoga classes just a block north of Casa GGG, on Cardo. Iyengar style classes are at Yoga San Miguel, on Terraplen near Aldama, not too far from Casa X or Casa GGG. LifePath Retreat, just steps away from Casa X, offers Hatha yoga classes. There are outdoor yoga classes at the Rosewood Hotel. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, there is a class that combines Meridian yoga, Tai Chi and Gi Gong, outdoors in Juarez Park, near one of the fountains. For a real thrill, check out the Zumba class on the basketball courts in Parque Juarez on Saturday mornings at 8:30. They're free and open to the public.