Queretaro Mexico Guide and Advisor

Queretaro Mexico Travel Guide will provide you with info and advise to select this beautiful colonial city as a destination in your next Mexico vacation.

Queretaro Mexico Travel Guide - About

Queretaro Mexico is a very nice city, well developed and rich in history. It's located in the center part of the country 200 km (125 miles) North of Mexico City.

It is best known for its magnificent architecture, industry base and infrastructure.

Queretaro was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its architecture, and cultural value among other things.

In addition to its beautiful historic center, it has developed modern areas thanks to the fast moving economy in the city. You will find new and modern real estate developments with shopping centers, golf courses, and luxury housing.

Queretaro is an important industrial base in the center of the country. Recently, aeronautical companies (Bombardier, Boeing and Cessna among others) started to invest in development centers and parts factories near the city, and created a cluster. It also has operations from recognized companies around the world such as GE, Phillips, Michelin, Valeo, etc.

The weather in Queretaro is mild with temperatures oscillating between 22 and 25 degrees Celsius (72 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit) throughout the year. During the winter, nights can be a little cooler going down to 5-10 degrees Celsius (35-38 degrees Fahrenheit).

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Queretaro Mexico Things to Do

There are many things to do in Queretaro Mexico. Below we have gathered our top recommendations for activities and places to visit:

  • Here is the list of the most important historic architecture:

    • The Temple and Convent of the Cross (El Templo y Convento de la Cruz) with a neo-classic style and 18th century paintings.
    • The Temple of Saint Felipe Neri (El Templo de San Felipe Neri) which is the Cathedral of the city. The style is a transition from baroque to neo-classic from the 17th and 18th centuries.
    • The Temple of Saint Rosa de Viterbo(El Templo de Santa Rosa de Viterbo) with a combination of styles from baroque to an Arabic influence in the tower. There are pulpits covered with gold. It has 200 years of history in paintings and architecture.
    • Congregation Church (Templo de la Congregacion) built in honor of the Virgin og Guadalupe with a beautiful image of the virgin by Miguel Cabrera.
    • See the aqueduct, which travels through the street "Calzada de los Arcos", and is Queretaro's iconic representation. It measures 1280 meters (4,225 feet), and built 300 years ago.
  • Visit ex-Haciendas (old country estates) located nearby in Pedro Escobedo.

  • Go crafts shopping in the Queretaro crafts market with a variety of crafts from close by places: baskets, Mexican hats, tortilla presses, and the different objects made out of wickerwork, located in the corner of Salvador Carrizal y Ezequiel Montes. You will also be able to find craft shops in and around the city center.

  • Tour the Pyramid of the Grand Cue located 8 km South of Queretaro with similarities to Mexico's Teotihuacan Pyramid.

  • Go to a shopping center. Here are some choices: Plaza Boulevares, Plaza de las Americas, Plaza del Parque and Galerias Queretaro. These places have modern buildings with restaurants, bars, movie theaters, and shops.

  • Make a trip to the beautiful town of Tequisquiapan located 65 km (40 miles) from the city with a traditional plaza, and hotels with swimming pools, and children's play area. This used to be a hot springs

Queretaro Dinning and Nightlife

Queretaro is a large city so you won't have any problems finding a nightlife atmosphere that you like. There are fun places with all kinds of music. You can find lounge music, discos, live rock music or restaurants and bars with more music. There are, very nice restaurants with international cuisine, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, American and Mexican among others.

Here are some typical food recommendations to look for :

  • "Enchiladas Queretanas" (Local version of the famous enchiladas)
  • "Barbacoa de borrego" (lamb baked)
  • "Pollo hortelano"

How to Get and Move Around in Queretaro Mexico!

Queretaro has an international airport with some flights from other Mexican cities and to Houston, TX in the US. For the size of the city, there is a relatively low number of flights because Mexico City is only 200 km away. The easiest way to get to Queretaro is to fly to Mexico City and take a bus from Mexico City's airport direct to the bus terminal in Queretaro. There is no need to transfer from Mexico City airport to Mexico City's bus terminal. Buses making this route are well maintained and comfortable (much better than buses in the US)

Other cities with airports close by Queretaro are, San Luis Potosi(SLP) and Leon also called the Bajio airport (BJX).

To move around in the city you can walk in the city center, or take taxi if going farther away. Renting a car is a good idea in this part of Mexico because you will most likely want to visit other towns around. Just keep in mind that you may struggle since signaling is confusing in Mexico. The best way to get around is to get directions from somebody.

Around Queretaro there are other colonial towns worth visiting, and relatively close. Here are a few recommendations: Guanajuato, Dolores Hidalgo, San Miguel de Allende, Aguascalientes and San Luis Potosi.


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Where to Stay

In Queretaro you will find all kinds of options for accommodations from luxury hotels to budget accommodation, and apartment rentals. There are well recognized brands and also locally owned hotels.

Queretaro is a great city to visit thanks to its architecture, history and modern way of life.

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