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Queretaro
Travel Guide

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From Toltec pyramids to some of Mexico’s finest Baroque architecture, this charming hill city lays at the heart of the nation’s history.

Queretáro is Mexico’s former historical capital. This village in the hills of central Mexico has played center stage in some of the most important chapters of the nation’s history. Visit Queretáro to experience this history and to explore some of Mexico’s most ornate architecture.

During the early 1800s, Queretáro was a headquarters for Mexican revolutionaries, who sought independence from Spain. Later in the century, when France invaded Mexico and established Maximilian I as emperor, Queretáro is where he was captured, tried and executed by republicans. Visit the Hill of the Bells, just west of the historical center of Queretáro, to see where Maximilian was executed.

In 1917, Queretáro was the site of the signing of the Mexican Constitution, which is still in effect today. Visit the 19th-century Teatro de la Republica (Theater of the Republic) in the historical center, where the constitution was ratified.

The historical center of Queretáro also has several superb examples of Mexican architecture. The Temple of Santa Rosa de Viterbo is a stunning hybrid of Mexican Baroque and Islamic architecture. Marvel at the lush designs inside the 18th-century temple, including walls covered in solid gold picture frames. At the Museum of Arts of Queretáro, admire the courtyard lined with intricate archways.

Outside of the historical center, Queretáro reveals an even more ancient history. Look for the massive Aqueduct, built in the early 1700s, which cuts horizontally through town. Nearly a mile long (1.3 kilometers), the brick waterway still provides Queretáro with running water today. Drive 4 miles (7 kilometers) outside of town to see the archaeological site of the El Pueblito settlement. The centerpiece of the complex is a 100-feet (30-meter) high tiered Toltec pyramid, called El Cerrito, from the third century B.C.

Buses and trains run to Queretáro from Mexico City. You can also arrive by plane at the Queretáro International Airport, with flights to and from Houston. Double-decker buses provide tours around the city. To explore beyond the city center, it’s worth renting a car.

Where to stay in Queretaro

Domun Hotel
Domun Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Carretera Federal 57, México - Querétaro #1085, Queretaro, QRO
The price is £37 per night from 18 Jun to 18 Jun
Located in Downtown Queretaro, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Centro Histórico and Corregidora Stadium. Aqueduct of Santiago de Queretaro is 1.3 mi (2 km) ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (616 reviews)
"The hotel was beautiful, clean, comfortable and welcoming. The beds are super comfortable and the entire experience from start to end was great! The check in process was smooth and took less than a minute. The front desk was very friendly and welcoming and there was a garage to park the car without ..."

Reviewed on 4 Jun 2021

Domun Hotel
Grand Fiesta Americana Queretaro
Grand Fiesta Americana Queretaro
4.5 out of 5
Blvd Bernardo Quintana 4050, Queretaro, QRO
The price is £95 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
Situated in Queretaro, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Centro Histórico and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Aqueduct of Santiago de Queretaro. Plaza del Parque ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (741 reviews)
"Exclente atención, todo muy limpio"

Reviewed on 28 May 2021

Grand Fiesta Americana Queretaro
Fiesta Americana Hacienda Galindo Resort & Spa
Fiesta Americana Hacienda Galindo Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
Carretera A Amealco- Galindo Km 5.5, San Juan del Rio, QRO
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £72 per night from 16 Jun to 16 Jun
Situated in San Juan del Rio, this spa hotel is 4.1 mi (6.6 km) from San Gil Golf Club, and within 32 mi (52 km) of Aqueduct of Santiago de Queretaro and Corregidora ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (459 reviews)
"I didn't like the food, I've been in other Fiesta Americana and the food has been excelent"

Reviewed on 9 Jun 2021

Fiesta Americana Hacienda Galindo Resort & Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
HIGH PARK QUERETARO
HIGH PARK QUERETARO
4 out of 5
3960 Manuel Gomez Morin, Centro Sur,, Queretaro, QRO
Located in Centro Sur, this aparthotel is 1.5 mi (2.3 km) from Corregidora Stadium and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Aqueduct of Santiago de Queretaro. Centro Histórico ...
4.4/5Excellent! (5 reviews)
Very Nice Place to Stay - Upscale
"Staff was helpful and check-in was easy. Unit was immaculate and view was very good. Bedrooms were small, but very comfortable, including the beds. All of the amenities were good quality. Would stay again."

Reviewed on 17 Jan 2021

HIGH PARK QUERETARO
Cabañas Marín
Cabañas Marín
2.5 out of 5
San Juan Dehedo Colony s/n, Amealco, QRO
Situated in Amealco, this cabin is within 25 miles (40 km) of Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, Fundadores Square and Senor del Sacro Monte Temple. Nuestra ...
Cabañas Marín
Departamento Villas Del Refugio Queretaro
Departamento Villas Del Refugio Queretaro
3 out of 5
Refugio Santa Fe 120, El Marques, QRO
Situated in El Marques, this apartment building is within 9 miles (15 km) of Plaza del Parque Shopping Mall, Aqueduct of Santiago de Queretaro and Antea Lifestyle ...
Departamento Villas Del Refugio Queretaro
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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