Known as the “Pearl of the Bajío”, the magnificent city of Santiago de Querétaro is a highly attractive place for both Mexicans and visitors from abroad.
It combines an impressive history with a modern pace and lifestyle, in a state that is always at the forefront.
The state is unique for its outstanding combination of history, culture and nature with the cosmopolitan characteristics of a city that boasts a modern infrastructure.
- Geographical location. Situated in the centre of the country, 222 km northwest of Mexico City.
- Climate. Querétaro has an average annual temperature of 20° C.
- Gastronomy. Queretan cuisine uses the region’s ingredients, utensils and techniques, combining them with Spanish influences. Recommended are the traditional barbecued Cadereyta de Montes, stuffed maize gorditas de Colón, the sugary charamuscas de El Marqués, and the local Santiago de Querétaro variety of enchilada.
- Craft products. A distinctive feature of Queretan crafts is their detail. The fineness of line, the quality of the material and the choice of colour makes each piece a work of art. Queretan artisans transmit the ancestral history of their culture through embroidery, textiles, cheeses, traditional desserts, leather, basketwork, ceramics and stones such as opals.
- World Heritage. Due to the unique historical and cultural legacy of Querétaro, UNESCO has declared a number of World Heritage Sites here: Santiago de Querétaro’s Monumental Area, the Franciscan Missions of the Sierra Gorda and the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro route. Furthermore, the Sites of Living Memory and Traditions of the Otomí-Chichimecas of Tolimán are Intangible Cultural Heritage.