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Querétaro, Mexico

Queretaro is located on the high, semi-arid plateau between the Sierra Madres of Mexico, in the region called "the Bajio." It is known for its agriculture, industry, and the mountainous region of the Sierra Gorda. Hwy 120, pictured here, winds several hours up and over the continental divide, then descends into the "Huasteca," or the Atlantic plain. Queretaro city is home to a metropolitan population of >1 million people, a World Heritage historical downtown, parks, universities, hospitals, museums, cathedrals. It was a key site in the revolution from Spain. The co-conspirator Doña Josefa Ortiz Dominguez held revolutionary meetings. When the plot was discovered, she was locked in her home but managed to send out a message, initiating the armed revolution. Parque Nacional Cimatario, one of Mexico's smallest national parks, overlooks the city and offers guided tours with reservations. Queretaro state is home to many worthwhile places to visit, such as la Peña de Bernal, Tequisquiapan, Cadereyta, Ezequiel Montes, San Joaquin, Pinal de Amoles, and Jalpan. Each town has its own unique character and sites such as shopping districts, botanical gardens, archaeological ruins, caves, wineries, furniture and other artisan sales, hot springs, hiking, adventure tourism, and much more!

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Peña de Bernal

Cadereyta
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Maps of Querétaro's location from Google Maps

In the above satellite image, Querétaro is in the lower, center part, directly west of Mexico City. In reality, we are located about two and a half hours northwest of Mexico City. In the below map, you can observe Querétaro's geographical relation to major Central Mexican cities such as Guadalajara, Mexico City, and Cuernavaca, as well as the Pacific and Atlantic Coast. We are located only a few miles from the continental divide at about 7.000' altitude.