Discos, Plazas/Jardines, People, Food, Culture and History
Perhaps the crowds...but that adds to the fun
16th century convents, mariachis, Robert Rodriguez. Ahhh.
This museum was really fascinating and worth the time. It is a resored colonial home with period furshings, but what makes it even more intriguing is the story of the wife who hired someone to kill her husband then killed herself and the executor of the crime, the story being left as a mystery. They show a video in Spanish that is nicely done...more
Convento de la Santa Cruz is a 17th Century monastery, built on the hill where the Spanish defeated the Chichimeca Indians in 1531. Construction started in 1610 and finished 150 years later. The aquifer was built by then, and they ran clay pipes from it to the monastery. Santa Cruz was where the friars, including Junipero Serra, stayed to rest and...more
Built in 1756 in the heart of the colonial city of Querétaro as a private residence, La Casa de la...more
Hotel Hidalgo offer regulars doubles with one double bed for 350 pesos ($31). We got a room with two...more
Located in an ancient Hacienda of the 18th century, this is a HUGE and elegant hotel with typically...more
The House of the Five Patios was originally a very elegant home, built in the 18th Century by one of the richest men in Mexico. (He owned a silver mine.) And, yes, Maximilian was here! He was a guest once in 1867. Later, in the 1920s, the house was a Catholic girls’ school. After that, the downstairs was used as a warehouse for Corona beer, with...more
The food is Mexican, and very good, but the atmosphere is New Orleans. The night we were there, they had a combo—two Mexicans and a Russian—playing American jazz. The music was outside, and it had to compete with the clowns performing on the other side of Constitution Plaza.more
Van Gogh is one of the coolest dance clubs in Queretaro. It is very classy and has a huge dance floor and has a raised stage which people dance on that want to be noticed. Most everyone that hangs out here is a "fresa" (snob in spanish) and they usually have money. I have not been here since 2000 but I have heard that it is still one of the top...more
Jota Be Jota Bar is one of the if not the oldes bar in Queretaro. It has much history and has been through alot. Including being burnt down and rebuilt all over again. This bar is special to me because it was where I had my first kiss with my now wife, Osiris. This bar is unique because offers both live rock music in the front half of the...more
They are a subsidiary of Flecha Amarilla. Luxury bus with reclining seats, footrests, lunch included, American feature films dubbed in Spanish. They leave frequently, about every 30 min. Cost is 220 Pesos (equivalent to about $20) one way. Takes 3 and a half hours. Queretaro's bus terminal is outside the city. You need to buy a ticket for the taxi...more
We walked almost everywhere in Queretaro. It is very safe. We walked way out of the historic area to the Statue of Benito Juarez and never felt uneasy. There were times we did take taxis if we were going to a restaurant not within walking distance at night. Taxis in the city should be no more than 20 Pesos. We found drivers not at all inclined to...more
Go outside. Look up. Hold out your hand. Wave it slightly. Magic! A cab. I came back from Tequisquiápan via cab a few weeks ago. 300 pesos...about $30 U.S. Tequis is an hour away. You can get pretty much anywhere in the city for 3 or 4 bucks. However, if I hear, "¿Tienes muchos novios en México? ¿No? ¿No quiéres a los Mexicanos?" one more time, I...more
this shop is very trendy and chic, they have a lot of new and autentic designs in gold and they have the unique opalo mexican in diferent variety and sizes... this shop is very special. opalos and mexican designs in jewelry like the tradicional guadalupe´s pendant you can find pieces from 50 usd to 2,500 usdmore
Sorry - I will find the name somewhere and add it!Our wheel broke on our suitcase and we had to buy a new one. First I tried Sears in the center - of course the cheapest would've cost me $169 US. I searched store to store, then finally wandered in the huge department store on Corregidora between the Andodores 16 September and 5 de Mayo. It has 3...more
Enormous artisans shop, with an extensive range of crafts including glassware, paintings, pottery, you name it, from all over the country. Hundereds of artisans represented in one shop. No name or sign on door. When closed you wouldn't even know it was there. It is No. 19 Andodore 16 September. Worth taking a look. Reasonable prices considering...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
The streets in the historic district are all one-way, because they are narrow. There is a lot of traffic, and it is fast. Be really careful crossing them.
I felt comfortable there except for the streets. I was sometimes out walking around until 10 p.m. by myself, and felt safe. Lots of people are out in the plazas with their families.
If you are a foreigner and travelling in Mexico you will most definitely be scammed by a taxi driver. I myself am a Gringo and have travelled throughout Mexico and my number one tip for anyone travelling in Mexico is to be careful not to get taken by a Taxi Driver. Before you get in a Taxi ask the driver how much it will cost to take you to your destination. If you are travelling alone or with other Gringos or Foreigners they will almost assuredly charge you double or much more than they should. That is why it is always a good idea to travel with a local to avoid being taken advantage of. If you are travelling alone or with fellow foreigners just ask and don't be shy. If the first taxi charges too much, just say thanks and hail down the next taxi. They are everywhere and you will get a good rate if the driver sees you are not going to just pay what they want to charge.
Even Wal-Mart follows local norms and carries 17,000 brands of pads/shields. If you use other products, bring them. How embarrassing would it be to have to ask for these Other Products to be sent in your next care package? Give me a week and I will be able to tell you how embarrassing.more
Always carry empty bags, you may buy a lot, clothes, silver, mementos, etc. From December to March take warm clothes, it could be colder than you thing, Mexico is not a desert, some times in the city there are temperatures under 32 FFrom April to June is very hot, some times it gets 104 FFrom June to September it rains.From September to November...more
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It was the property of Tomas Lopez de Ecala y Baquedano, a mayor of Queretaro who refurbished the façade of his house every now and then, though the negative part of this matter is that he made use of this constant remodelling to appropriate a chunk of the adjacent lots, until one day one of his neighbours sued him.Besides the sentence of the...more
Several towns close to Querétaro City have interesting things to show, like Bernal, Tolimán, San Juan del Río, Tequisquiapan, San Joaquín, Celaya, Irapuato and San Miguel de Allende. Click on my map and seek them under Querétaro and Guanajuato states.This is the view from atop the pyramid in Ranas archaeo-zone, in San Joaquín. It's the Sierra Gorda...more
Watch a soccer game, in a country where is consider the national sport.
Gallos Blancos are the local team, they play in one of the best stadiums in the world. Made in colaboration with Germany.
Equipment: Binoculars and money for your t-shirt of Gallos Blancos
What you can expect to pay:$ 450 - RT Airfare From Boston to MEX (Cheaper if booked earlier) 40 - RT bus fare from MEX airport to QRO 175 - Per person food ($25/day)- generous budget, you can eat well, have coffee, drinks, etc. on this. You could also "get by" on half this easily. 140 - 1/2 cost of double room for 7 nights 35 - Full day tour to...more
The city is bigger than many belive, it has almost 1,200,000 people living in, which is bigger than San Fransisco, Miami and San Antonio The city is lovely, big but small, it has everythig that a big city has, but is small enough to make it safe, clean an beautifulmore