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This San Miguel to Dolores day trip guide has everything you need to know for a low-key and fabulous escape from the city. It covers:
- Why visit Dolores Hidalgo?
- How to get to Dolores Hidalgo from San Miguel de Allende
- 10 best things to do in Dolores Hidalgo
- How much does it cost to visit Dolores Hidalgo?
- And so much more!
If you’re interested in visiting the home of Mexican Independence, keep reading because this article has everything you need to know to visit Dolores Hidalgo!
Central square and church in Dolores Hidalgo
Why visit Dolores Hidalgo?
Because it’s the birthplace of the Mexican War of Independence!
Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla was a priest in Dolores (now renamed to Dolores Hidalgo in his honor) in 1810 and he gave the rousing speech that started the Mexican War of Independence.
Mexican Independence Day is called ‘El Grito de Dolores‘ and is celebrated on September 16th every year. Grito de Dolores translates to the ‘Cry of Dolores’ which was the spark that ignited the war.
Now, there are museums dedicated to both Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla’s life and the Mexican War of Independence that you can visit when you go.
Pretty courtyard in the Museo del Vino de Guanajuato
How to get to Dolores Hidalgo from San Miguel de Allende
PrimeraPlus buses run from the San Miguel de Allende bus station (Central de Autobuses) to Dolores Hidalgo every 15 minutes. Tickets costs 58 mxn / 3 usd each way and the ride takes about an hour.
It’s possible to walk to the San Miguel bus station but you can also take an Uber or taxi from central San Miguel for around 75 mxn / 4 usd – click here to find the San Miguel bus station on Google Maps.
In the station, the PrimeraPlus booth has a giant sign with the departure times so buying tickets for the bus to Dolores Hidalgo will be easy even if you don’t speak Spanish.
Once you arrive in Dolores Hidalgo, the bus will drop you off at the PrimeraPlus station in the center of the city.
At the end of the day, you can get the PrimeraPlus bus from Dolores Hidalgo to San Miguel de Allende at the same station you were dropped off at.
They run two to three times an hour (I recommend taking a picture of the schedule when you arrive so you’ll have the exact departure times on hand) and cost 58 mxn / 3 usd as well.
One hour later, you’ll be back home in San Miguel! You can also take a guided tour to Dolores Hidalgo (from Mexico City) if that’s more up your alley.
Ticket for the bus from San Miguel de Allende to Dolores Hidalgo
10 Best Things to Do in Dolores Hidalgo
There is a lot to see and do in Dolores Hildago depending on your budget, the amount of time you have, and your personal travel preferences.
No matter what, there’s definitely more than enough to fill a full-day trip from San Miguel de Allende. Some of the most popular things to do in Dolores Hidalgo are:
Arbol de la Noche memorial in the central square and gardens
1. Visit the Church and Central Square
The church has ornate gold decoration and chandeliers so it’s nice to step inside for a moment.
The central square also has a large garden with benches, food vendors, and the Arbol de la Noche memorial to the heroes who fought for Mexico’s independence.
Rose petal and tequila ice cream
2. Eat Weird Ice Cream
One of the quirks of Dolores Hidalgo is the vendors selling homemade ice cream with super strange flavors, like shrimp, cheese, avocado, or mole.
I tried the shrimp ice cream and it was honestly disgusting.
It was worse than it sounds.
But then I got two scoops of rose petal and tequila ice cream and both were fab. Even better, the cone with two scoops only cost 25 mxn / 1.25 usd.
Casa de Hidalgo Museum
3. Museo de Sitio Casa de Hidalgo
The Hidalgo Museum is built into Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla’s old home and has information about his life and the war. Entrance costs 40 mxn / 2 usd per person but is free on Sundays.
4. Museo de la Independencia Nacional
For history buffs, Hidalgo’s house may not be enough. In that case, you should also visit the National Independence Museum, especially because entrance only costs 15 mxn / .75 usd per person.
Guanajuato Wine Museum
5. Museo del Vino de Guanajuato
I’m a terrible tourist and decided to visit the wine museum instead of the Casa de Hidalgo or Independence Museum. I was planning to see all three, but as I said, I’m a terrible tourist.
The Guanajuato Wine Museum costs 45 mxn / 2.25 per person and details the history of wine in the region. It also comes with two small tastings from a knowledgable bartender at the end.
All the info is in Spanish, though, so if you don’t speak it this probably isn’t the best museum in Dolores HIdalgo for you.
6. Casa Museo José Alfredo Jiménez
Finally, there’s the music museum. Jose Alfredo Jimenez is a famous musician that grew up in Dolores Hidalgo.
This museum is built into his old house and pays homage to his life and career while also displaying art exhibitions as well. Entrance costs 35 mxn / 1.75 usd per person.
Fantastic enchiladas at Mercado Hidalgo
7. Mercado Hidalgo
The Hidalgo Market is crowded and lively and the best place to get a bit to eat during your day trip to Dolores Hidalgo. I recommend the insanely filling and delicious cheese enchiladas at Antojitos Marilu, which I enjoyed with a drink for only 52 mxn / 2.50 usd.
8. Visit a Pottery Store
Dolores Hidalgo is famous for its colorful and ornate pottery. There are a few shops and factories you can visit to browse the pretty selection, and some even offer free factory tours. A quick Google search will bring up the ones closest to you!
9. Cuna de Tierra Vineyard
The Cuna de Tierra vineyard is a bit outside of Dolores Hidalgo but a quick taxi ride will get you there.
It offers tours and has a renowned restaurant where you can enjoy lunch or dinner and a few glasses of wine after a long day of exploring Dolores Hidalgo.
Path through Bicentenario Park
10. Megaparque Bicentenario
This large park is about a 15 to 20-minute walk from central Dolores Hidalgo.
I went and to be honest it’s nothing too special. I don’t recommend going out of your way for it, but if the weather is exceptionally nice or you have a lot of time to kill, it’s a good place to stretch your legs.
The colorful streets and crowds of Dolores Hidalgo
How much does it cost to visit Dolores Hidalgo?
In total, the day trip from San Miguel to Dolores Hidalgo is pretty budget-friendly. On my outing, I spent:
- 58 mxn for the bus to Dolores Hidalgo
- 25 mxn for two scoops of ice cream
- 45 mxn for entrance into the Wine Museum
- 52 mxn for enchiladas at the market
- 58 mxn for the bus from Dolores Hidalgo to San Miguel
The church, central square, park, market, and ceramics shops are all free to add to your itinerary as well and the museums all cost less than 50 mxn each.
In total, I spent only 238 mxn / 12 usd on my day trip to Dolores Hidalgo. That includes transport, lunch, ice cream, and a pretty full day of activities and historical sites.
If you have extra time in San Miguel de Allende, plan a quick, easy, and low-key day trip to Dolores Hidalgo with this guide, and I know you will enjoy it!
This article is part of the San Miguel Day Trip series. Read the rest below:
Then, explore the Mexico Series for more tips on what to see, do, eat, drink, and discover in San Miguel de Allende and beyond.
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