From colonial architecture and colorful markets to pretty parks, thermal spas and dynamic festivals, this is one of Querétaro state’s liveliest towns.
Walk along the streets of Tequisquiapan to discover a captivating blend of colonial charm, traditional crafts and exquisite culinary flavors. The centuries-old city is one of Mexico’s Pueblos Mágicos (Magical Towns), destinations recognized for their cultural, historical and natural treasures. Tequisquiapan sits nestled amid the rocky and hilly landscapes of Querétaro state.
Start your tour at Plaza Miguel Hidalgo, the town’s central square and a popular social gathering point. Overlooking the north side is the beautiful neoclassical Church of Santa María de la Asunción. Ornamental gardens and a bandstand decorate the southern section. Stroll through arcades surrounding three sides of the square, filled with cafés, restaurants and souvenir shops.
Browse the stalls at the Tequisquiapan Handicraft Market. Ceramics, embroidered fabrics, leather goods and woven palm baskets are among the items offered. Learn about the regional production of cheese and wine at the Museo Tierra de Alonso. Models depicting traditional Querétaro customs are displayed at the family-friendly Museo Mexico Me Encanta.
Spend some time at Parque la Pila, a great place to enjoy recreational activities and find shade from the sun. Look for the ruins of a colonial-era hacienda that once occupied the park. Come in May for the Festival of Cheese and Wine, a celebration of Querétaro’s gastronomy accompanied by live music events.
Find more attractions within a short drive from the town center. Have fun on the waterslides at Termas del Rey Water Park and take a guided tour of Tequisquiapan Opal Mine. Visit sleepy villages such as Vizarron de Montes and Bernal. The latter is famous for the towering Peña de Bernal monolith.
Reach Tequisquiapan by flying to Querétaro Intercontinental Airport and catching a bus or renting a car. Stay overnight at an affordable guesthouse or treat yourself to a night of luxury at hotels set inside elegant colonial mansions. Time your visit to coincide with December’s Hot Air Balloon Festival, when hundreds of colorful hot air balloons spectacularly decorate the skies.