Join us for a week in one of the liveliest, loveliest spots in the world. Colonial architecture. Fabulous restaurants. Stunning history. Studio and home visits with local NextTribe women. World-class shopping. Margaritas. Hot springs. Travel-mates as curious and adventurous as you are.
NextTribe members receive a $100 discount on the trip. Find out more here.
Because this trip fills up every year, we have begun scheduling a second trip immediately after this Day of the Dead experience. The city is still filled with Day of the Dead decor, we still make an altar, but the streets are quieter and the second trip is shorter, thus cheaper. We have room on this trip. Check out this option here.
The trip takes place over Mexico’s Day of the Dead festival, and here’s why that’s something you’ll want to experience. Day of the Dead is a lively, life-affirming holiday when Mexicans make altars to commemorate loved ones who have passed and visit cemeteries to sing to and party with those dear but departed.
We make our own altar at the hotel and spend time discussing our loved ones who have passed. It’s moving and cathartic.
San Miguel is Conde Nast Traveler‘s #1 Travel Destination in the World and a stunning UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s often considered the most beguiling city in Latin America.
The vibrant colonial architecture and cobblestone streets create an enchanting atmosphere, the perfect atmosphere for discovering the rich Mexican culture and exploring the shops, sites, and restaurants that are unique to San Miguel de Allende.
Accommodations for six nights at the Casa Calderoni, a traditional Mexican home that has been renovated to modern standards.
This beautiful bed and breakfast is just steps away from the city “centro” square and features fantastic views of the famous Parroquia cathedral. It's also just one-half block from the world famous “Mercado de Artesanias”, featuring fine Mexican handicrafts from all over Mexico.
Travel and Leisure Magazine says that Casa Calderoni is one of the best values in San Miguel de Allende designed with a “rooftop terrace with unparalleled city views.”, breathtaking sunrise and sunset views of the city, and world-famous churches.
Jeannie Ralston, NextTribe Founder, spent 4 years living in San Miguel de Allende between 2006 and 2010. She became well acquainted with this charming, movie-set-perfect town and loves to share it with other women. You'll benefit from her knowledge of the city and her contacts with people who call San Miguel home.
She has written about San Miguel for numerous publications, including this story for The New York Times.
NextTribe offers a safe travel environment that through the energy and alchemy of adventurous women turns into a real community in a short amount of time.
On every trip, you will be led by a friendly and fun woman of our own age, who has deep local knowledge and/or roots. She has proved to us that she is responsible, flexible, and truly cares about every traveler, nurturing new friendships and making sure no one feels left out. Other tour companies drop in a local guide who remains apart from the group. Our leader is the glue among the travelers--the person who ensures that this is more than a trip; it's a community of curious, like-minded women on the move.
We are known for group travel for women over 45 who don't normally like group travel. We keep our groups small and know that our guests are curious explorers who can take care of themselves. We allow them space to make the trip their own. You will not be in lockstep on a tight schedule behind a guide. You can roam on your own if you want (with a good GPS and an understanding of how to meet up with the group later) or you can take full advantage of the guide's knowledge of the city.
We do expect our travelers to have a level of self-sufficiency, being able to carry their own bags if need be, and to be respectful of others in the group and open to new experiences and friendships.
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Please note that there will be quite a bit of walking on uneven pavement and at an altitude of 6,000 feet. Please make sure you have the fitness level to explore the city, mostly on foot, and that you bring good walking shoes.
Roundtrip airport transfers by shuttle are provided from Leon/Guanajuato (BJX) and Querétaro (QRO) Airports. There are two airports that service San Miguel: Querétaro (QRO) and León/Guanajuato (BJX).
Querétaro is about one hour from town; Leon is about an hour and a half. I prefer flying into QRO as the ride to town is a bit easier—it’s more on a highway and less in the countryside. However there are generally more flights in and out of Leon. United, Delta, American and AeroMexico Airlines service these two cities.
We strongly encourage every traveler to purchase travel insurance within 21 days of booking your trip. Several people have had to cancel recent trips because of a death in the family, an injury or COVID, and once we enter the non-refundable stage of your booking, we can NOT refund your trip for any reason.
NextTribe is working with a travel company to make buying insurance easier. Until then, we suggest you consult this article for your best options.
Your initial deposit in non-refundable and reserves your spot on a trip. Even though your deposit is non-refundable, it is transferrable to another trip provided you cancel at least 30 days prior to the start of the trip. You may apply your deposit toward any other trip through 2024.
Full payment for your retreat is due 60 days prior to the start of the trip. At 60 days prior to your trip, there are no refunds for any reason. If you must cancel within this 60-day period, you will need to contact your travel insurance company for reimbursement.
IF YOU CANCEL:
Up until 60 days prior to your trip, you can receive a refund for all but the deposit, which, as stated above, can be transferred to another trip through 2024.
At 60 days prior to retreat, there are no refunds or credits. Your room and tour has already been paid to our vendors. NextTribe cannot offer refunds for any reason (Covid, injury, illness, death, etc). For this reason, we highly recommend you to purchase travel insurance.
To officially cancel, you must send an email to NextTribe stating that you wish to cancel to admin@NextTribe.com.
IF WE CANCEL:
If we are forced to postpone or cancel your trip due to a significant event that makes it infeasible to operate the trip as planned (including, but not limited to, natural disasters, manmade disasters, Covid, disease, travel restrictions, etc.) NextTribe will offer credit for another trip (with a $100 discount on the next trip) or refund all of your payments. California travelers please note that NextTribe's Seller of Travel license number is 2153726-70 and we do not participate in the California Travel Consumer Restitution Fund (TCRF).
PLEASE DO NOT MAKE AIRLINE RESERVATIONS UNTIL THE NUMBER OF SIGN UPS REACH THE MINIMUM STATED ON THE TRIP POSTING.
CHANGES TO TRAVEL:
We will make every effort to operate all trips as advertised, however all itineraries are subject to change. We reserve the right to alter or make reasonable substitutions as deemed necessary.
Travel insurance is recommended to be purchased within 21 days of booking your retreat.
Depart your hometown for the flight to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Upon arrival transfers will be provided from Leon/Guanajuato Airport (BJX) or Querétaro (QRO) airport to San Miguel. You’ll check into the charming Casa Calderoni in the historic center of San Miguel, just three blocks from the main square. Address: Callejon Pueblito 4-A, Centro.
You''ll be greeted by your host for the week, NextTribe Founder Jeannie Ralston, above, who lived in San Miguel for 4 years and has kept in touch with the people and places of San Miguel.
Spend the afternoon acclimating or stepping out for a quick bite to eat. There’s a terrific restaurant just across the street. This evening we’ll get to know one another over dinner at local favorite, La Parada.