DEC 15, 2015 – On my way to Mexico City, I stopped for a night in San Miguel de Allende. This city has a lot more tourists and foreign inhabitants than Zacatecas, for reasons that I don’t quite understand – both seemed equally beautiful to me. A few years ago, San Miguel was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which has further boosted its popularity. The downtown buildings are mostly a dark yellow, but the colors vary between red, orange, cinnabar, bright to dark yellow, and occasionally blue. I stayed at La Catrina hostel, which was nice and cheap. After a walk through the center and up a hill – which was full of construction sites for fancy-looking mansions – I took a taxi to the botanical garden, which has one of Mexico’s largest collections of cacti. It was a worthwhile attraction that offered giant agaves and Prickly Pear cacti, less common succulents, and nice views of the city. Much like Zacatecas, San Miguel has a useful city bus system that connects the downtown area with the bus terminal and many other places for a mere 5 pesos (0.3 USD) per ride.