Cities filled with culture, architecture and food stand before rugged mountain landscapes in this appealing state, which is perfect for adventure seekers.
The small state of Querétaro features a huge number of natural attractions and activities. Explore its stunning waterfalls, mountains, caves and forests. Sample the local food and traditional culture in its pretty and sophisticated towns and cities.
Wander among the fountains on the cobbled pedestrian streets of its capital, Santiago de Querétaro. The streets here are lined with colonial-era haciendas, former convents converted into hotels, restaurants, and museums. Look for the Baroque Temple of Santa Rosa de Viterbo and the distinctive 74 pink arches of Los Arcos, a grand aqueduct that has become a symbol of the city.
Make the trip 37 miles (59 kilometers) outside the city to see one of the state’s impressive natural wonders. Marvel at the imposing Bernal Rock, a formation rising over 1,000 feet (300 meters). Experienced rock climbers can explore its many caves and cliffs. During the spring equinox, thousands of people flock to the area to get close to nature.
At the rock’s base, Villa de Bernal has been designated a “Magic Town.” Admire its colorful houses, cobblestone streets, taverns and museums. Browse stalls selling traditional foods and handicrafts, including wool blankets and ponchos to protect wearers from the wind that blows down from the Sierra Gorda Mountains.
Stay in the town itself or the nearby city of Tequisquiapan, also a “Magic Town,” famous its food and opals. Find out how opal is mined at the nearby La Carbonera mine and see the workshop where the semiprecious stone is turned into jewelry.
Hike through the incredible natural landscapes of the Sierra Gorda Mountains or explore the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve. One of the country’s most interesting reserves, Sierra Gorda is populated by several unique species at risk of extinction that can’t be seen elsewhere. The caves at Jalpan de Serra are another popular attraction.
Colorful, cultural, fun and full of surprises, Querétaro is the perfect destination for anyone who wants to get to know the heart of Mexico.