Santiago de Querétaro or simply Querétaro is one of the richest cities in Mexico, with several important industries.But what interests tourists is the wealth of the Historic Center, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.There is a lot to do in Querétaro, as you will see in this article.
Here are the tourist attractions in Querétaro that we visited and enjoyed, as well as the tour of Bernal’s pueblo!
Also read our special article with the best tips on where to stay in Querétarowell located!
What to do in Querétaro, Mexico?Attractions in Querétaro
Plaza de Armas
A tour of Querétaro usually starts at the Plaza de Armas, where the Casa de La Corregidora, now the Government Palace, is located.
La Corregidora, owned by Josefa Ortíz de Domínguez, is a historical figure in the Independence from Mexico, because she warned the rebels that the conspiracy had been discovered.
The Plaza is tree-lined and surrounds it with several colonial houses from the 18th century, as well as traditional (and touristy) restaurants, which we avoided. .
It is worth continuing the tour along the Andador 5 de Mayo to Jardín Zenea.
In Andador, there are several restaurants (for all budgets) and souvenirs.There is El Danzante Conchero Chichimeca, a statue of an indigenous Chichimeca dancing.There are even shows of typical dances.
Jardín Zenea is one of the most beautiful squares in Querétaro, because it has a charming bandstand, a fountain, is surrounded by old houses and also has beautiful views of the Temple. of San Francisco.
Leaving Jardín Zenea, it is worth continuing the tour(tour) along Calle Francisco Madero, where several tourist attractions in Querétaro are located.
One of the highlights of this The street is Jardín Santa Clara, with the beautiful Fuente de Neptuno (1747) and the Templo de Santa Clara, with its Churrigueresque-style gold altarpieces, dating from 1740 to 1770.
Also on Calle Francisco Madero is the Jardín Guerrero, a spacious square that is often used for events and also for hosting stalls on weekends.
The Cathedral is alsothis street, but we’ll talk more about churches in Querétaro later.
Another square you’ll visit in Querétaro is Plaza de la Constitución, a pretty square with old houses and restaurants.This square used to be the vegetable garden of the convent of San Francisco, but it was once a market.
Museums and cultural centers in Querétaro
A surprise in Querétaro was to find the Calendar Museum, the first museum of its kind in the world, organized by the company Calendarios Landin, with over 100 years of existence .
The museum is housed in a beautiful historic building from the 17th century, which even hosts sophisticated weddings and parties.
The rooms have been organized since the origin of the calendar in various cultures, with emphasis on the Native Peoples of Mexico, through exhibitions of paintings by artists illustrating ancient calendars, to a large collection of calendars from 1890 to 2011.
In addition, the terrace has a beautiful and there is a well-praised café in the garden, which is often used for events, as I mentioned.
The Calendar Museum opens fromTuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm, and costs 30 pesos for adults.The adult ticket costs 65 pesos.For more information, visit the official website of INAH (National Institute of Anthropology and History).
Another museum worth visiting is the Museum of Art, housed in one of the colonial buildings. most beautiful in the city, the Ex-Convento de San Agustín.The convent’s cloister is absurdly beautiful.
In the rooms, visitors will find many temporary exhibitions of contemporary art, an opportunity to see the work of local artists.There are also rooms with sacred art.Admission to the museum is only a donation.
In Querétaro, there is also the Centro de Desenvolvimento Indígena,
which has a small museum of handicrafts (free of charge) and several tents with
A tourist attraction in Querétaro that can end with a visit to the museum is the Cerro de las Campanas, site of the defeat of the Emperor of Mexico Maximiliano to the liberal Benito Juárez.
Cerro de las Campanas is at least a 30-minute walk from the city center , being a small hill, today a park (entrance 5 pesos)
At the top of the Cerro is the Museum of Independence (18 pesos) and a large statue of Benito Juárez, but unfortunately the view was not very good , because the treetops were very high.
Churches in Queretero
Querétero is a very well-kept cityda and, therefore, its
churches are preserved and are examples of Mexican Baroque architecture.
One of the churches that we found most beautiful was the Templo de San Francisco.The orange tones and the large tower stand out from the outside, while the interior is decorated in shades of green.The paintings are beautiful and the ironworks are very interesting.
The church The most famous in Querétaro is the Templo de Santa Rosa de Viterbo, with impressive architecture from the outside, with pink accents, and sumptuous decor inside, despite not being large.The Cathedral presents a mixture between Baroque and Neoclassical, something common in Mexican churches.
We We also really like the Templo de San Domingo, with its beautiful golden paintings.
The Teatro de la Repúblicais not a church, but it is worth mentioning. .
3 important events in Mexican history took place there: the National Anthem was played in 1854;the trial of Emperor Maximilian took place in 1867;and the promulgation of the Constitution of 1917.
The Aqueduct of Querétaro or Arcos Queretanos are one of the main symbols of the city and should be on the list of things to do in Querétaro.
It is almost 1300 meters with 74 arches, built in 1735.
To see the arches, the best thing to do is go to the Mirador de los Arcos,
it is very close to the Panteón de los Queretanos Ilustres, where Josefa
Ortiz de Domínguez and other important figures in the state are buried.
La Peña de Bernal
Anyone who visits Querétaro will hear about La Peña de Bernal, the third largest monolith in the world, located in the village of Bernal, about 1 hour by bus/car from the capital.
The purpose of the tour is to climb the big rock , that is, it is the
type of activity for those who have physical conditions toThat’s it, as the climb is
of medium intensity.
It’s best to book a tour in Querétaro, which includes going to Bernal, visiting wineries and also the small Tequisquiapan.
We took the bus, so we only visited La Peña de Bernal.The ticket costs 48 pesos.The buses are simple and usually dirty.
The center of Bernal is small, with three or four cuter and touristy streets, where you can find handicrafts and the delicious pan de queso with jams.After the climb, you can take some pictures of the center and try the pan de queso.
There are signs indicating where the climb starts.It takes
about 10 minutes to go up to the entrance.There are those who pay for the tuk-tuks and it may be worth
depending on their physical condition.
The ascent is average and the The descent is a little more difficult because there are many rocks along the way.With good physical condition, it takes 45 minutes to reach the finish.
We went up to the yellow stairs, because after that it was a very difficult climb and from there you already had a view. pretty.The view is really beautiful and the rock is huge.
We don’t feel the effects of the altitude, just tiredness, so it’s
important to stop and hydrate.
The problem with taking the bus it’s time to head back, because
we had to wait 1h for the Flecha Amarilla bus.
Map with tourist attractions in Querétaro
Check the location of all tourist attractions in Querétaro mentioned in this article on the map.Simply click on the “arrow button” to access the map legend.
We hope the tips on what to do in Queretaro have been helpful!Also check out our special article with the best tips on where to stay in Querétaro, including suggestions for budget accommodation.
Have a nice trip, traveller!
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