Last Updated on February 28, 2021 by Jim Ferri
In Mexico one Friday night, when my friend Greg and I were driving to San Miguel de Allende from Mexico City, we decided to make a stop in Queretaro. What a wonderful and magical hour we found in this old colonial city!
When you first see the modern, bland architecture of Queretaro, you’ll likely wonder what the fuss is all about. After all, very little looks the least bit colonial. But keep driving; you’ll be captivated by the old colonial center. It’s this center that makes it a great day-trip from Mexico City.
It’s a UNESCO world heritage city and just reeks with history. It was once a wealthy and prominent town in the territory of New Spain. Later, briefly, in the mid-19th century, it was even designated the capital of Mexico by invading US troops.
Today, you’ll find the center picture-perfect, with bougainvillea cascading down white-washed walls on the blocks surrounding Plaza de Armas. In addition, throughout the beautiful and charming old center, there are beautiful churches and nunneries and interesting museums. If you’re lucky, on a Friday night you may even find the Ballet Folklórico performing in the plaza.