A Nice Self-Guided Walking Tour and Trolley Tour
The famous city of Dolores Hidalgo is about thirty miles from San Miguel de Allende in the state of Guanajuato. Since we were spending two months in San Miguel, we couldn’t resist taking a day trip to explore this Pueblo Mágico, one of only 121 Magic Towns in México. Our Uber driver dropped us at the Italian restaurant, Da Monica where we had a delicious lunch and then started walking around centro.
We wore masks during our walk, though we noticed many people in town did not so we stayed at least 1.5 meters away from others, as is recommended to avoid spreading the coronavirus. We made a point of visiting on a weekday which is less crowded than weekends in tourist towns.
The city is best known for Father Miguel Hidalgo who was a Spanish Roman Catholic priest, a leader of the Mexican War of Independence, and recognized as the Father of the Nation. In the small town known simply as Dolores, Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla uttered his famous cry for the independence of Mexico (the Grito de Dolores) there in the early hours of September 16, 1810, in front of Parroquia Nuestra Señora de Los Dolores, the parish church. After Mexico achieved independence, the town was renamed Dolores Hidalgo in his honor.
The large principal city park, Plaza Principal, Jardin del Grande Hidalgo, across from the Parroquia Nuestra Señora de los Dolores was open, but not crowded. We had a rest and a bowl of ice cream while people watching, then a stroll around the park. The manicured plants, statues, and pretty park benches were as nice as the ones in San Miguel de Allende.
Our last adventure was to take the hour-long trolley tour. The trolley was open-air with only five tourists riding, including Jon and me—six if you count Bella, so we were well separated and all wearing masks, as required. The highlight of that tour was a stop at the panteón, the cemetery. We were grateful that we had taken this day trip to Dolores Hidalgo.
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