SANTIAGO DE QUERETARO
Santiago de Queretaro, capital city of the state of Queretaro, is an incredible colonial tourist destination with undeniable historical and commercial value. Memorable for being one of the pivotal cities for the independence of Mexico and the place where the Constitution of 1917 was drafted, it possesses a Historic Center with a perfectly preserved vice-regal architecture that earned it its inclusion to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 1996. The city of Queretaro is 221 km from Mexico City and one can get to it driving or on a bus (approximately a 2-hour drive) or by air arriving at the Queretaro Intercontinental Airport, with national and international flights.
Those who visit Santiago de Queretaro can explore its main tourist attractions on a tourist tram. Accompanied by a guide, you can enjoy the Sierra Gorda Route, the Cheese & Wine Route or the Independence Route and discover Queretaro’s most beautiful places.
What to Visit in Queretaro, Mexico:
Address: Calzada de los Arcos, Bosques del Acueducto.
It’s one of the most important symbols of the city, distinguished by its 74 arches and for being one of Mexico’s largest aqueducts (1280 meters long).
Plaza de Armas:
Address: 5 de Mayo S/N, corner Pasteur Sur, Col. Centro.
The meeting spot par excellence, Queretaro’s Plaza de Armas is surrounded by restaurants, cafeterias and colonial buildings of singular beauty. The beautiful fountain at the center of this place is one of the biggest highlights.
Casa de la Corregidora:
Address: 5 de Mayo & Pasteur, Col. Centro.
It’s a baroque-style building from the XVIII, used as Casa Real, jail and now Government Palace. From this house, Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez warned Miguel Hidalgo about the revelation of their plan towards independence.
La Casa de la Marquesa:
Address: Francisco I. Madero Street 41, Historic Center.
A jewel of the Mexican baroque era that, it is said, was made for the Marquise del Villar de Aguila in 1756. Agustin de Iturbide stayed here and one hundred years later it became the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs. Today, La Casa de la Marquesa is used as a hotel.
Museo Casa de la Zacatecana:
Address: Independencia Street 59, Historic Center.
This old house from the XVII century turned into an eleven-hall museum with old decorative objects, paintings, sculptures and New Spanish art pieces. The legend around this house is an attraction itself, since you can hear the people talking about spirits living in the Museo Casa de la Zacatecana. The entrance fee is just $45.00 MXN.
Address: Madero Avenue, Historic Center.
The former San Felipe Neri Oratory, today Queretaro Cathedral, is a beautiful precinct that blends baroque and neoclassic elements.
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