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Querétaro Travel Guide: 108 reviews and 212 photos

I live here!

What can I say? A picture is worth a thousand words.
Queretaro [Keh-reh-tah-roh] is a cultural and industrial city. Currently about 1 million inhabitants.
What has happened in Querétaro? Lots of history! :

Founded in 1531 in a battle with no weapons! Only bare fists were allowed! Guess the result? A tie!! No winners, no losers. Spaniards, Chichimecs and Otomis agreed to live together!

Aqueduct built in 1736. Not enough water? No problem. Three million rocks are the solution.

Independence spark ignited in 1810. Several patriots often met here for planning the actions. When discovered, the Mayor's wife, Josefa Ortíz sent the message it was time to start the revolt.

The Mexican-American War ended here in 1848, not with cannons but with signatures. By that unfair treaty, Mexico lost Texas, New Mexico and California... :(

Two national Constitutions signed in 1857 and 1917 (current).

French invaders defeated in 1867. They tried to impose an Emperor, Maximilian of Hapsburg, but failed. Here he was captured, judged and executed.

Mexico's capital twice (XIX century).

Remember World Cup Mexico 1986? Four matches were played here: Germany vs Scotland, Ger vs Uruguay, Ger vs Danemark, and Spain vs Danemark. I went to all four.
What will happen in Querétaro in 2010?:

A big celebration! It is Mexico's Independence Bicentennial and the Revolution Centennial.

We were also candidate city to the World Expo 2010, a world-class event (Shanghai will have the honour).

The Aqueduct, our city symbol, has 74 arches and is 1.2 kms long. See more pictures of it in the travelogue! Check it out!!
The Querétaro Fair is every December. See the 2003 edition at the Fair travelogue!
Querétaro City Official Website (has Flash intro, slow) www.mqro.gob.mx

Querétaro State Official Website (somewhat slow) www.queretaro.gob.mx

Cityscape with the Aqueduct in foreground, as seen from the lookout atop a hill.
Read about a spooky legend at Local Custom tips
See my Bernal page, a charming tiny town just an hour from here. It's so different even visitors from outer space come often!

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  • JessieLang's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    I love your city--I spent 2 weeks there in 2006.

  • Jul 31, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    There is suppose to be five Bus Companies providing service from Mexico City International airport to Queretaro City, Mexico. Can't seem to locate a single one About to be stranded in M. C. Help!

  • Sininen's Profile Photo
    Sep 1, 2006 at 9:07 PM

    Hola Raúl! No habia oido de Querétaro pero parece estar una ciudad muy linda y interesanta. Feliz Cumpleaños desde Finlandia!

  • tini58de's Profile Photo
    Oct 8, 2004 at 3:21 AM

    Very interesting page of your home town! Thanks for sharing and introducing it to us!

  • rexvaughan's Profile Photo
    Sep 1, 2004 at 8:39 PM

    Great pages on your home. Hope your birthday is fantastic. Your aquaduct reminds me of some of the Roman ones in Europe. I guess that design still works.

  • Mandy23's Profile Photo
    Jul 25, 2004 at 12:52 PM

    Enjoyed reading your tips!

  • Feb 7, 2004 at 11:05 AM

    Hola Raúl, thanx for all the interesting information!! Keep going!

  • whitecliff62's Profile Photo
    Oct 31, 2003 at 11:41 PM

    The J.B.J. rock bar sounds like the place for me Raul.

  • Sep 7, 2003 at 10:33 PM

    hello, from arizona i have been to Queretaro many times and you descibe it as i remember, thanks for the beautiful pictures... b.

  • doreenellen's Profile Photo
    Sep 1, 2003 at 11:28 PM

    Happy Birthday from England Great tips and photos, must visit one day


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