One day in Queretaro – 5 interesting things to do in a single day

Today is my review of Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico. Santiago de Querétaro, with a population of over 730,000, is the capital of the state of Queretaro. In pre-Hispanic times, it was home to the Otomi tribes, very famous during the time of the Aztec Empire (in the empire they were referred to as the “Otomi Nation”). Queretaro was the site of many of the major battles of the War of Independence, and for a time it was even the capital of the country (in 1916).

We were in Queretaro for 5 days, of which 2 days were spent leisurely sightseeing and walking around the city; 2 visits to the “magic towns” nearby: Bernal and Tequiscapan, and 1 day on the “Wine and Cheese Road” excursion. We bought the tour at the hotel where we stayed – Hotel Real Alameda Gran Turismo. The hotel is located in the heart of the city opposite the Alameda Hidalgo Park.

Alameda Hidalgo Park is quiet, green, well-maintained, and most importantly, there are many chipmunks living there, which we came to feed with cookies every day.

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As for food, there is no problem: the city is full of cafes and restaurants with Mexican and international cuisine. From myself, I would recommend having hot chocolate and trying ice cream and sweets at JOHFREJ C&V Chocolates (https://www.johfrej.com) in downtown Queretaro at Pasteur 8 (Juarez 13). It’s a national brand, a Mexican brand that’s been in business since 1920, offering natural chocolate made from traditional recipes. I adore chocolate both in the form of bars and as a drink. So there I drank probably the most delicious chocolate I’ve ever had in my life.

Where else, if not in Mexico, to drink and eat real chocolate. It is here on the coast where the chocolate tree trees grow wild. Even the name “cacao” has Aztec roots (kakahuatl); the Aztecs borrowed the word from the Mayan language.

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But back to Santiago de Queretaro. The city of Queretaro is definitely worth a visit. If you don’t have much time, I would suggest taking a ride on the tourist streetcar to see the iconic places of the city.

The Queretaro Tourist Tram offers two routes: one hour and two hours.

The one-hour route costs 90 pesos for adults and 60 pesos for children.

The two-hour route costs 155 pesos for adults and 100 pesos for children.

On weekdays, the streetcar runs every hour from 11:00 to 19:00; on weekends, every half hour from 10:00 to 19:00.

Much has been written about the sights and beauties of the historic center of the city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so we would like to focus on what else you can do in and/or outside the city if you are coming here for a long time.

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For art lovers, a must-see is the El Museo de Arte (Museum of Art of Queretaro) in the historic center of the city (Allende 14 sur). The museum, founded in 1988, includes 15 exhibition halls with temporary exhibitions and permanent collections. The permanent collections are mainly paintings by Mexican artists of the 17th and 19th centuries. Admission to the museum is free.

Best things to do in Queretaro

For those who like a measured “contemplative” vacation “outdoors”, you can make eco-tours (go to the countryside):

  • Safari to the village of San Pedro;
  • visit La Tortuga (turtle), an ecotourism center in Queretaro with stunning views of Mount Peña de Bernal;
  • live on an island (La Isla (Tzibanzá))
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For those who like a measured “contemplative” vacation “outdoors”, it is possible to carry out eco-tours (go out of town):

  • Safari to the village of San Pedro;
  • visit La Tortuga (the turtle), an ecotourism center in Queretaro with stunning views of Mount Peña de Bernal;
  • live on an island (La Isla (Tzibanzá))
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For those who can’t live without sport and adventure:

  • Take a hot air balloon flight in the town of Tequisquiapan in the state of Queretaro. By the way, the first balloon in Mexico flew in the sky in 1783, and it is in Tequisquiapan that the only certified balloon factory has been operating since 1982. The official site where you can book a flight is: http://vuelaenglobo.com.
  • Take extreme mountain bike rides; “conquer” Sierra Gorda Mountain and see the unique nature, flora and fauna of the reserve. For more information, visit: http://www.queretaro.travel/en/.
  • Raft down rushing mountain rivers; cave climbing; and canyoning. Website where you can book a tour: https://www.exxichallenge.com.
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Tourist offices where you can book “extreme tours” are located in:

  • City of Queretaro at Prolongación Bernardo Quintana 159, Loma Dorada 76060
  • City of Bernal, Corregidora 49, Camino a la Peña.
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