Come to Queretaro and enjoy its cafés, museums, and live music.

Queretáro is Mexico’s former historical capital. This village in the hills of central Mexico has played center stage in some of the most important chapters of the nation’s history. Visit Queretáro to experience this history and to explore some of Mexico’s most ornate architecture.

During the early 1800s, Queretáro was a headquarters for Mexican revolutionaries, who sought independence from Spain. Later in the century, when France invaded Mexico and established Maximilian I as emperor, Queretáro is where he was captured, tried and executed by republicans. Visit the Hill of the Bells, just west of the historical center of Queretáro, to see where Maximilian was executed.

In 1917, Queretáro was the site of the signing of the Mexican Constitution, which is still in effect today. Visit the 19th-century Teatro de la Republica (Theater of the Republic) in the historical center, where the constitution was ratified.

The historical center of Queretáro also has several superb examples of Mexican architecture. The Temple of Santa Rosa de Viterbo is a stunning hybrid of Mexican Baroque and Islamic architecture. Marvel at the lush designs inside the 18th-century temple, including walls covered in solid gold picture frames. At the Museum of Arts of Queretáro, admire the courtyard lined with intricate archways.

Outside of the historical center, Queretáro reveals an even more ancient history. Look for the massive Aqueduct, built in the early 1700s, which cuts horizontally through town. Nearly a mile long (1.3 kilometers), the brick waterway still provides Queretáro with running water today. Drive 4 miles (7 kilometers) outside of town to see the archaeological site of the El Pueblito settlement. The centerpiece of the complex is a 100-feet (30-meter) high tiered Toltec pyramid, called El Cerrito, from the third century B.C.

Buses and trains run to Queretáro from Mexico City. You can also arrive by plane at the Queretáro International Airport, with flights to and from Houston. Double-decker buses provide tours around the city. To explore beyond the city center, it’s worth renting a car.

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Museums, Cafes and Historical Buildings

Top Hotels in Queretaro

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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ibis Queretaro
3 out of 5
Blvd. Bernardo Quintana Sur, No. 302-1, Col Centro Sur, Queretaro, QRO
$30
per night
Sep 25 - Sep 26
4/5Very Good! (919 reviews)

"Staff was wonderful, I do not speak Spanish but staff was willing to help with all my needs, I wish property had a pool or fitness center. Room and bathroom were small but did it purpose."…"

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2019

ibis Queretaro
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Hotel Mirabel
3 out of 5
Av. Constituyentes No.2 Ote, Centro, Queretaro, QRO
Free Cancellation
$36
per night
Oct 10 - Oct 11
4.4/5Excellent! (538 reviews)
Very clean

"We had an amazing experience in this hotel.. overall the cleanless it provides. Amazing customer service. Very courteous!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2019

Hotel Mirabel
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Hotel Real Alameda
3 out of 5
Corregidora Sur #184 D, Col. Centro, Queretaro, QRO
$57
per night
Sep 21 - Sep 22
4.1/5Very Good! (815 reviews)

"The front desk staff was very helpful. The restaurant was excellent and the breakfast buffet was very generous. The maid service was friendly and attentive. The fitness center was inadequate and the cross trainer and bicycle were broken. The pump in the jacuzzi and pool was broken so neither were ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2019

Hotel Real Alameda

Popular things to do in Queretaro

Pena de Bernal
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Pena de Bernal

Take photos of the vista from the quaint chapel built on the side of one of the tallest monoliths in the world.

Tequisquiapan Opal Mine
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Tequisquiapan Opal Mine

Learn about opal-mining history, dig for semi-precious stones and enjoy superb views of the Querétaro Valley at this working mine.

Top activities in Queretaro

Vineyard & Peña de Bernal from Mexico City in a Day
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Vineyard & Peña de Bernal from Mexico City in a Day

$77

Do not miss the opportunity to visit a vineyard in Querétaro. Where you will get to know the winemaking, you will taste a delicious meal and of course, enjoy the exquisite taste of a unique wine. In addition, you will visit Peña de Bernal, one of the largest monoliths in the world.

Guided Mexican Independence Tour
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Guided Mexican Independence Tour

$139

With this tour you will travel through the time in order to know the independence history of Mexico. Our First stop is in Dolores Hidalgo; a small and beautiful colonial town that is now a National Heritage site.

Wine tasting at Puerta del Lobo
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Wine tasting at Puerta del Lobo

$8

Try two labels from Puerta del Lobo.

Mexico: Private wine & cheese tour to Queretaro
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Mexico: Private wine & cheese tour to Queretaro

$65

Overview Join our private 13h tour from Mexico City to learn about wine & cheese traditions of Queretaro State, the second most famous wine region in Mexico, and visit its two beautiful colonial towns.

Magical towns of Querétaro and mexican wine
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Magical towns of Querétaro and mexican wine

$112

Be impressed with this tour that will take you to know the history and the delicious flavors of the Wine Route among the most important vineyard, wine cellar and factories, as well as the beautiful magical town of Bernal.

Tacos and Tequila Food Walking Tour in San Miguel de Allende
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Tacos and Tequila Food Walking Tour in San Miguel de Allende

$70

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: El Jardin, San Miguel de Allende Mexico Historical arquitecture and typical local social life Duration: 15 minutes Stop At: Plaza de la Soledad, c/ Mesones, San Miguel de Allende 37700 M

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