We made it to San Miguel de Allende, after a one day stop in Guadalajara, we took a bus from Primera Plus to get there. Considering we were travelling with a toddler, the bus was decently comfortable, but after 5 hours on the road, it was more than time for us to arrive.
San Miguel is extremely cute and a very photogenic city. We loved spending our days walking around it’s beautiful streets, stop at cafes or to get a snack in the food stands, and then keep walking. Traveling in Mexico with a toddler can be a bit challenging at times, but the following tips will help you make the best out of your trip.
- Get a Airbnb : I think this is the best option when travelling with kids. We have used airbnb exclusively during our last trips. It gives us access to a kitchen to cook if needed, a washing machine, a dishwasher, etc. We get the comfort of a house with the price of a hotel. We even got lucky and our Airbnb had a cleaning person come twice a week. It allowed us to use that time to enjoy the city instead.
- Don’t bring a stroller : At first when Pepe told me he didn’t want to bring the stroller, I tough we would end up regretting it. I even told him “Are you sure you’ll feel like carrying Emi all the time ??” (you can’t count on Emi to walk more that 5 minutes at a time :-)) But at the end, the streets are so uneven and the sidewalks are so narrow that a stroller would have been absolutely impractical.
- Spend time out at night : It was hard at times because Emi is used to going to sleep at 8pm and struggled to stay up later than that. We had to push his afternoon nap later in the day so that he wouldn’t be so tired at night. There’s a lot of kids out at night playing with the inflatable toys that you can buy in the street. He had a great time running around and was also really excited about the street food.
- Enjoy walking around: Mexico is definitely more relaxed than the US. Visiting a museum isn’t always an option for us considering how long an 18 months old toddler can stay calm in one room, so walking around and getting lost in the street is a lot more enjoyable. We get to soak in all the sights, smells, and sounds of the city.