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Visiting Querétaro Historic Center: Is it Worth the Visit?

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Visiting Querétaro Historic Center in Mexico: Is it Worth the Visit?

a street full of vendors and people walking with a old building on the back in queretaro

So before my friends moved to Querétaro, Mexico, I never even heard of this place, and I’ve spent like four or five months traveling around Mexico. Yes, Mexico is this enormous country, but I never heard of Querétaro. So when my friends moved there, I got to check out Querétaro. This city has this huge sprawl and there is this beautiful historic center. Interestingly enough, Querétaro is one of the most historic areas of Mexico overall because that is where they got their independence from. Today we’re going to be talking about the Querétaro Historic Center in Mexico.

Visiting Queretaro, Mexico

When you arrive at Querétaro Center, they are very proud of all of their history, and what makes it even more interesting is these beautiful plazas and parks and historic buildings and the liveliness of the place. This place is bustling with outdoor cafés, restaurants, music, and tons of people everywhere. It feels like a very hip, modern city, even though it is literally overflowing with history. It’s just this really interesting place.

main street with some cars in queretaro mexico

Queretaro Historic Center

So the historic center is obviously right in the center of Querétaro. You could easily get there by car or public transportation. Once you’re in the historic center, you could walk pretty much everywhere. It’s big, but it’s not that big. You could find your way around the sunsets.

They are amazing, and I really recommend going out and enjoying lunch, dinner, and breakfast, out in one of their numerous outdoor cafés. It’s incredible.

woman on a street in queretaro historic center

How much Time to Spend in Queretaro?

If you’re going to be staying in Querétaro itself, there are areas all around that you could visit, but the historic center is really where you get the most amount of what Querétaro is all about. So if you’re going to be taking the time to Querétaro, you probably spend two days, for us, it was more than enough, maybe three days at the most. 

people sitting outside a cafe in queretaro historic center

Is Queretaro Safe?

There were moments when I said if I closed my eyes and was put in the center of Querétaro Center and told to open my eyes without knowing where I’m at, I would think that I am in some lively, amazing city in Europe. That’s the beauty of Querétaro. And the coolest thing of all. It’s so safe. It feels so safe, but I really believe that it is safe.

We were walking around at all hours of the day, and we arrived at one in the morning and there were people all around the streets, but it didn’t feel dangerous, like they were young people hanging out, just coming home from restaurants and bars. I was even allowing my kids, my twelve-year-old and my 18-year-old to walk around together without me there with their buddies, and that takes a lot for me because I don’t feel super safe wherever we go.

old man playing a saxo in queretaro, mexico

Queretaro Bus Tour

What we did was we took one of those buses. It was a two-hour ride all around Querétaro center because there are so many plazas and statues and cathedrals, and it’s just baked in history, and this way you really get to learn what is going on, because it was the place where the Mexican got its independence during the revolution.

Price

The tour was like $10 per person, so it was worth every Penny.

dolls outside a cafe in queretaro historic center

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