El Jardin (Zocalo)

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Place Category: Community and Places to VisitPlace Tags: garden, plaza, and square

  • El Jardin is San Miguel’s main plaza, located in the heart of the city. At the Zocalo, as El Jardin is often called, you can spend time people-watching, perusing the nearby shops and restaurants and reorienting yourself should the town’s winding roads lead you astray.

    Depending on when you find yourself in El Jardin, you may witness a political rally or have the chance to listen in on a live concert. According to one TripAdvisor reviewer, there’s always something happening in El Jardin: “You’ll hear mariachi bands, you’ll see dance performances, you’ll find arts and artisans, and religious ceremonies and every other possible entertainment experience here in the center of San Miguel.” Early evenings and weekend afternoons are particularly busy times in the plaza; this is when you’ll find expats and locals catching up with friends or simply relaxing on the wrought-iron benches.

    To help visitors get oriented with the area, local children’s charity Patronato Pro Ninos hosts a popular city walking tour that meets in El Jardin on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. and includes a stop at the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel (on the south side of the main plaza).

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  • 1 Review on “El Jardin (Zocalo)”

    1. LAURIE AND LISA SANDEFER Post authorEl Jardin (Zocalo)
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      There is always activity in the Jardin at night, especially so on the weekends. Groups of mariachis gather there and wait to be hired for a special serenade in a restaurant or bar somewhere. While they wait in the Jardin, they play. People dance. Sitting in the Jardin in the evenings is a common thing to do for some local families, much like watching TV after dinner for other people. Watching the way locals interact gives you an idea of the richness of this culture. Sometimes you see amazing things, like a child twirling flaming batons. Or special concerts or speeches or dances. All of it takes place in the light of La Parroquia and it is very special indeed.

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