Querétaro

Templo de Santa CruzStatue of ConcheroQuerétaro city is the capital of the state of the same name. Mexico consists of 31 states and Districto Federal (DF), which is the national capital region that includes Mexico City and surrounding areas. Querétaro lies about 2-3 hours northwest of Mexico City by road. Querétaro sits at about 4,000 feet above sea level and enjoys an excellent climate. The daily temperature over the past month has varied from about 60 degrees in the morning to the upper 70 degrees by late afternoon. We have had some rain storms in the late afternoon and evening, but the heaviest rains usually occur in the spring before we arrived.

The city center is a UNESCO world heritage site. There are several beautiful squares where there is always something going on – concerts, performances, dancing. Querétaro was recently featured in an article published in National Geographic Traveler. It’s included in the following link: http://queretaro.travel/english/More_Info/Special_booklet.

The streets of Querétaro are kept very clean. There are always women dressed in orange jerseys with orange trash barrels posted in the downtown streets to sweep up. Many of the houses in the historic center need renovation, but others have already been remodeled as homes, restaurants, and hotels. There are many pleasant places that offer salads and sandwiches in addition to Mexican cuisine. You can also enjoy the nightly hora feliz, or happy hour, at Harry’s Bar in the Plaza de la Constitución, but may prefer to have an artesenal chocolate drink (hot, cold, or frappe) at the Campiña Mexicana that faces the square.

We get around town by walking or, if we can figure out the routes, by bus. Neither of us lives far from the historic center, so we can get to most places by foot within 30 minutes. The buses cost 6.5 Mexican pesos (about $0.50), but it’s hard to understand the route system. But at least we figured out the line that head downtown from near Julie’s place. One of our required activities for the PC was going around town by bus, so that encouraged us to go out and learn our way around town. If you do get lost, there are plenty of taxis available and the fare in the downtown area is only about 30 Mexican pesos (about $2.50).

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2 Responses to “Querétaro”

  1. Denise & Chuck Says:

    Julie and Charles (Charlie??), we enjoyed reading your blog, your life there sounds both interesting and fun. No doubt the time will pass quickly.

    I have ridden your bike a few times and appreciate your lending it to me.

    The State’s and County’s fiscal situation continues to be somewhat dire, and next year promises to be another difficult one with respect to the budget. We were suprised to learn how some cities in Mexico keep the streets so clean.

    H1N1 is a problem all over the US, more people than usual have died from it. Hope you get your shot!

    Denise and Chuck

  2. Terry Sechrist Says:

    Julie,

    Tentatively plan to visit my younger Goddaughter, Anita on a Sponsors’ trip *Friends of the Orphans/Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos) to Cuernavaca and Miacatlan (Miacatlan is in the countryside outside Cuernavaca where elementary and junior high level boys and girls live in a former sugar cane plantation.) Anita is 14. Trip is typically around mid June for 5 days; I like to add a few extra days for sight seeing on my own and checking out new towns or sites typically a couple of hours out of Cuernavaca or DF. May contact my friend/guide Arturo for transport. (Near Miacatlan is Xochicalco – you would really enjoy these ruins – among the best; was written up in National Geographic some time ago.) Maybe we could meet up during that time after my time with the Pequenos and Godparents. A lot will depend on how my Mother is doing as she is really limited in her mobility and cannot be left alone; hence 24 hr care giver. Her circumstances can change in a heartbeat as we went to ER the day after Xmas and she was in the hospital for a couple of day for tests (appeared to have a stroke but was a fainting episdoe); she is doing okay now but neither Earl nor I like to be too far away these days.

    Thanks for sharing your experiences and explorations!

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