Seniors Visit Santiago de Querétaro


Santiago de Querétaro, known simply as Querétaro, population 1.6 million, is the capital city of the Free and Sovereign State of Querétaro, Mexico. Senior travelers will find the city in the central area of Mexico, connecting the wetter climes of the south with the drier deserts of the north.

Querétaro has an interesting ethnic and cultural heritage that has developed from the integration of pre-Hispanic and European customs. Called the “Pearl of the Bajio”, the splendor of the city has helped to make it a very attractive place for domestic and international tourism.


Most of the state’s manufacturing companies are located in or around the city of Santiago de Querétaro. Rich mineral deposits run through the state’s mountains and valleys, yielding silver, iron, copper and mercury. Opal mining is another lucrative state resource.

Senior Travelers Discover A Most Livable City


A recent ‘Quality of Life’ study revealed that Querétaro is the most livable city in Mexico in terms of quality of housing, schools, transportation, cultural and recreational options, as well as its natural beauty.

Senior visitors will find plenty to see and do in and around Querétaro. The city is an excellent place to begin your colonial Mexico visit. The city has preserved its historic downtown and taken steps to beautify many areas.

The Historic Monuments Zone of Querétaro was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996. The narrow streets and hot spring spas of Tequisquiapan gives the city a distinct colonial flavor. I have been to Mexico many times and now Querétaro is on my travel bucket list.  Put it on yours as well.


City Is Known For Aqueduct And Colonial History

Querétaro is known for its 74-arched aqueduct built in the early 1700s. The aqueduct rises 23 meters (75 feet) above street level and conveyed drinking water to the city from regional springs until 1970.

Among the many “must visits” for senior travelers are the famed Arches, the Church of San Francisco, the Aqueduct, the Cathedral, the House of the Corregidora, the Zenea Garden, the Church and former Convent of the Holy Cross and the Casa Zacatecana Museum.


Historically, Mexicans first declared their independence in Querétaro, one of Mexico’s smallest states. Querétaro’s Historic Center encompasses magnificent colonial buildings, squares, fountains and churches that were once backdrops for many dramatic events from the state’s past.

La Casa de la Zacatecana and La Casa de Don Bartolo are two buildings enshrouded in mysterious legends. Mexico is presently considering building a high-speed rail line between Mexico City and Querétaro, and that says a lot about the importance of the city.  

Senior visitors can see it all in this exciting city.  jeb

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