How to get here and where to stay
by Estudio Paloma and a few additions from Jan
AIR TRAVEL: Please don't buy your tickets until you are notified your workshop has filled. San Miguel is accessible from two airports: Leon (BJX) and Queretaro (QRO). To get to and from either airport, the shuttle service, Bajiogo, is excellent. Their website, bajiogoshuttle.com, allows you to book online. You will need your flight number, time of arrival and the address of where you are staying. When you arrive at the airport, after going through customs, a driver will meet you near the doors with a sign with your name on it. It is not necessary to pay online; the driver will accept U.S. dollars or pesos. The fee is $25.00. They will deliver you to your door.
Note from Jan: You can also fly to Mexico City and have a BajioGo shuttle pick you up and take you back. The fee is between $65 and $125, depending if you are traveling alone or they can match you with other riders. It is about a 4-hour trip Mexico City to San Miguel on a safe and comfortable bus. Contact Jan for more info.
HOUSING: For the full San Miguel experience, try to stay close to the Jardín, the main square in the center of town. The oldest area is Centro - look for rentals there and in the surrounding streets. Also, the coloniasAldea, Guadiana, Guadalupe and the eastern and southern parts of San Antonio are excellent. Airbnb.com is the best source for short-term rentals. Trip Advisor, Lonely Planet, Expedia and Travel and Leisure all offer hotels on their websites.
Several small hotels or houses with one living room and kitchen and separate bedrooms with private baths would be fun for students to share during the workshop. We can send email address of other students to find people to share if you are traveling alone. Following are some of these facilities:
Casa Contenta offers discounts to Estudio Paloma students. They have seven bedrooms, each with a bathroom, house available where students can stay together.
Casa de los Chiqueados has lovely one- and two- bedroom apartments and they will give a discount to Estudio Paloma students.
Casa Carambasma has three apartments.
Below are mid-priced hotels, with most of them including breakfast:
NOISE: San Miguel’s nights are notoriously loud. Dogs barking, music playing and everyone's favorite: pre-dawn fireworks to celebrate every birthday, saint's day, wish for good luck, births, deaths. Really, it happens quite often. Bring ear plugs or better yet, a white noise machine.