Learn about things to do when you travel to Queretaro, Mexico while talking to Amateur Traveler Ray Blakney about his adopted Mexican home.
Ray said, “If you’re trying to locate it, take a dart, throw it on the map of Mexico. If you’ve ever hit a bullseye in the middle of the country, you’ve probably hit Queretaro. We’re about two or three hours north of Mexico City, in the highlands of Mexico. State just north of Mexico City.”
“I have been here for 14 years. I own online companies. I could live anywhere in the world. A great place to live. A few statistics for you. Queretaro is one of the wealthiest cities in Mexico. There’s a Ferrari dealership and Sam’s Club here and all the modern conveniences. It is one of the oldest cities in Mexico and was formerly the capital of Mexico. That Constitution was signed here, the National Anthem was written and sung for the first time here. It is the second Mexican wine country after Baja California. The entire city center is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.”
“It has the third largest monolith in the world, like Ayers Rock that you can climb. There are waterfalls that you can go to in two hours by car. You can traverse seven different ecosystems, from deserts to pine forests to tropical forests, so there’s a lot to do.”
Queretaro is an aviation hub in Mexico, so it has an international airport. Ray recommends flying and landing right in the historic center of the city, with its plazas and nightlife. Queretaro is safer than most US cities. On the second day, Ray leads us to explore the area, including an art museum and a calendar museum. The theater in the town is where the Mexican national anthem was played for the first time. Since this was the capital of the French Emperor Maximillian, the city’s squares may seem more French than Mexican.
On the third day, we go to the Peña de Bernal monolith. Climb partially up for a great view of wine country. Bernal also has a unique UNESCO site on the UNESCO site. A wealthy family built their farm on an unusual hill… It turned out to be a pre-Columbian pyramid.
Next, we visit one of the local wineries, such as Freixenet, which grows French wines, or Orlandi, which produces more Italian varietals.
Ray recommends a two-day excursion to the Sierra Gorda mountains. Visit some of the local waterfalls and a series of Franciscan Missions that predate the California Missions but were also founded by Father Junipero Serra.
Whether you’re looking for wine, history or natural beauty, Queretaro is a region more people should explore.
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Casa de la Marquesa
Maximilian I of Mexico
Queretaro Art Museum
Museo del Calendario (Calendar Museum)
Mercado La Cruz Queretaro
Festival Internacional Cervantino
Asomarte (Event Magazine)
Pena de Bernal
El Cerrito (archaeological site)
Virgin of El Pueblito Historical Marker
Orlando de Queretaro
Puente de Dios
Franciscan Missions in Querétaro’s Sierra Gorda
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