The city of San Miguel de Allende, in Guanajuato, became the American Capital of Culture from January 1, 2019, a status it will have throughout the year. As reported by the International Bureau of Cultural Capitals.
Mexico leads the number of designations of American capitals of culture with 5 cities. The list is followed by Brazil with 4 and Chile with 4. Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Venezuela have had an American capital of culture, respectively.
The election of San Miguel de Allende as a cultural reference of the Americas for 2019 has as a particular feature that the other 45 municipalities of the state of Guanajuato may participate as a sub-site.
San Miguel de Allende has a population of 171,857 inhabitants. In 2008 it was registered by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) as a Cultural Heritage of Humanity. In 2017 it was named the best city in the world by Travel + Leisure magazine.
The city of Guanajuato is known for its quality service, friendliness, cuisine, cleanliness, shopping experience, and mobility. In addition to its cultural contribution, architectural beauty, and places of entertainment.
Also, through a voting process, the 7 treasures that are part of their cultural heritage were chosen. The patrimonial elements known as the Treasure of the Cultural Heritage of San Miguel de Allende were incorporated into the "Representative List of the Treasures of the World Cultural Heritage" of the International Bureau of Cultural Capitals.