In the mid-1600's here lived a young merchant, Don Bartolo.
In 1651, on his birthday, he served wine and proposed a strange toast: "For my sister, for my soul, and for May 20th, 1701". A very weird toast for a date in the future, a specific date 50 years ahead.
During time he became very rich and every year, on every special occasion he always proposed the same toast for that date. Everybody wondered about such a rare behavior and he never told why.
When that day finally arrived, a big noise was heard and he was found dead at his home, burned and with a horrible expression... The Devil had come to finish the deal. :-s
His house still exists and you can visit it. Do you dare??
You are in their city, do not try to "give them culture" they are not barbarians.
While walking in the street if a women or child and you are going to crash move to a side and let her or them pass.
Try to speak in spanish (if you know) or at least always thank them saying "Gracias" or if somebody sneezes say "salud", when you want to pass and somebody is in your way say "compermiso" and always respect their belives and traditions.
We are a modern city, state and country. Don't expect to find people living on pyramids, traveling by burros or wearing feathers. Those Mexican stereotypes are untrue!
Picture: Hospital and highway west of the city.
As a former exchange student in Queretaro I would like to advise young men of the following: Even though you may be used to bringing home a girl from the bar in the US DOES NOT MEAN IT IS OK IN MEXICO!!
I know first hand that this is true because I was kicked out of my first Host Family's home for doing just this. Many young men are used to meeting women at a bar and , well, taking them home to get to know them a little better :)
Well, this is just not done in Mexico, especially if you are living with a family as an exchange student or something similar. However if you are living on your own, more power to ya!
Querétaro has many museums, art galleries, cultural centers and play theaters. On weekends you may also find street performers.
Picture: San Francisco Church and Christmas tree, December 2001.