Saturday, July 26, 2014
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Add to the above the fact that the Tourism Counsel of Mexico has focused their in-country advertising on the Colonial Cities with San Miguel at the forefront and it has created a perfect storm.
It became noticeable at Easter this year when it was just about impossible to get anywhere during that time which covers a couple of weeks.
Then two weeks ago, the influx began with a flood of visitors. Mostly Mexican Nationals but also Norte Americanos as well trying for one thing, to escape the heat. If I gave a percentage from a visual survey, I would say 95% Mexican Nationals to 5% Norte Americanos are the tourist mix. It used to be 80/20 mix.
The difference is also the amount of cars! It is total gridlock on the narrow, one way streets. Last night there were police officers at each block that headed to the centro directing traffic back up to Salida de Queretaro.
What is usually a 5 minute car ride became 30 minutes!
I think our town is being loved to death!
The Guanajuato International Film Festival which used to be held in Guanajuato with ancillary performances here is now headquartered here in the jardin area, unfortunately. The area is much smaller then the Guanajuato jardin area and it was chockablock last night.
In my humble opinion, some additional planning needs to be held and possibly this event needs to be where the Guanajuato parking lot is with much, much more space for people to mingle and watch outdoor films.
Then the whole town would not be in gridlock.
OR they need to stop vehicular traffic at the libramento and have shuttles into town. Something, hopefully innovative, needs to be done. Antigua, Guatemala and Oaxaca City don't allow vehicular traffic in their centro area. It is lovely.
After I returned home last night and looked at the San Miguel webcam located with a view of the jardin, it was totally wall to wall people. It looked like the one time a year that it is that way. On Independence Day.
For those of you who read this blog know, I seldom write negative posts or rant about things, but one of the criteria of the UN World Heritage site doctrine is the requirement of maintaining the quality of life and the quality of the site that is designated. Right now I would say that is not happening and has steadily been declining for this year.
Hopefully the powers in charge will do something to rectify this situation before it is too late. In the meantime, my contribution will be to avoid the centro until things calm down again - hopefully by mid-August!