Querétaro, the municipality and the state, have so much to offer that it is no wonder that this beautiful region of Mexico has the most tourism outside the coastal destinations.
The Historic Center of Querétaro (Céntro Historico) is quite remarkable in maintaining the old colonial architecture and street plan side by side with the twisting alleys of Indian quarters. It is one of the most popular attractions in Querétaro that allows you to experience colonial Mexico.
Peña de Bernal (in English: Bernal’s Boulder or Bernal Peak) is the second-largest monolith in the world, after Mount Augustus, Western Australia. At 350 meters (1150 ft) it is also the fourth-tallest monolith in the world, after Mount Augustus, the Rock of Gibraltar and Sugarloaf Mountain.
Tequisquiapan, commonly referred to just as Tequis by locals, is a colonial town in southwestern Querétaro, less than an hour’s drive from Santiago de Querétaro. The tradition of this town as well as its climate and local natural water springs, have made this town a popular weekend getaway for people from Querétaro and Mexico City. In recent years Tequis has also become a popular destination for expats to settle in. Another attraction is the fact that Tequisquiapan is part of Querétaro’s Ruta de Vino (Wine Route). The winery, La Redonda, is the municipality’s major producer.
Approximately 3 hours from Santiago de Querétaro lies the lush Sierra Gorda, an ecological region that covers the northern third part of the state of Querétaro and extends into the neighboring states of Guanajuato, Hidalgo, and San Luis Potosi. This is a must visit destination in Querétaro for ecotourism.