Santiago de Querétaro, most accepted origin meaning, Querétaro in purépecha language (kh’eriretarhu or crettaro) means "place of large stones" or "place of rocks" It is known for its well-preserved Spanish colonial architecture, a surprising pink stone aqueduct and whose Historic Downtown has been recognized as a Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The city of Querétaro is a beautiful tourist destination that marvels its history, Art and culture to all kinds of tourism, the city of Querétaro is one of the oldest in what it was the colonial New Spain. Currently several manufacturing plants have been established on the outskirts of Querétaro, which attracts hundreds of businessmen and is internationally recognized.
Attractions & Tours
Querétaro has a large number of attractions, its beautiful historic downtown where you contemplate the cheerful Queretana life, monuments and squares, religious tourism, spaces dedicated to art, a surprising aqueduct of pink stones, the Theatre of the Republica, the church Santa Rosa de Viterbo, the Temple of San Francisco of ochre color, Museum of art of Querétaro that has 15 exhibition halls with pictorial works and sculptural of different national and foreign schools.
The House of Corregidora is one of Queretaro's historical touristic attractions, it is where the Mexican War of Independence began.
In addition, there are nearby places such as La Peña de Bernal for ecotourism and many other attractions. At Emark DMC ® Querétaro you can be sure that our staff will provide all you need to enjoy your stay whether for business or pleasure.
Querétaro Intercontinental Airport (AIQ) or Queretaro International Airport located 34 kilometers from Santiago de Querétaro, was inaugurated on November 28, 2004 and has great infrastructure, modern, renovated and with capacity to increase air connectivity to other domestic and international destinations, direct flights to the main cities of Mexico are operated from this airport.
It also has flights to Dallas and Houston in Texas, United States, to connect Querétaro with the rest of the world. It is one of the airports with the greatest growth in the acquisition of both business tourism and pleasure.
Querétaro has a large infrastructure in hotels, according to official data in the state of Querétaro there is currently a hotel offer of 571 hotels and just over 16,600 rooms, most are in the capital city of Santiago de Querétaro from 1 to 5 stars and 1 to 5 stars and is a constantly growing destination in demand for lodging.
Querétaro has a strong influence of pre-Hispanic cuisine full of tradition and flavor; corn, chilli, cactus and fruits are mainly used. One of the typical dishes of the region are the “Enchiladas Queretanas” made from corn tortilla dipped in sauce, stuffed with a stew of chicken, potato and carrot; “Tapeado” goat meat seasoned with chilli and cooked for 6 hours in a hole on the ground, as well as the Roast lamb; also cooked in a hole on the ground with maguey leaves.
The Penca de Nopal it is a type of cactus filled with tomato, pepper, chopped onion and some oregano. Querétaro's main drinks are “Menguengue” (alcoholic pulque drink, corn, pineapple, banana, and sugar), “atole de aguamiel” (corn boiled in water with mead), “charape” (pulque and peanuts).
Querétaro is distinguished by its fine dining restaurants that offer gourmet dishes that can be combined with typical dishes and extraordinary recognized quality wines produced in the entity.
There are several ranches that produce delicious handmade cheeses of various types, also vineyards which produce excellent wines.
Querétaro has a great infrastructure to carry out events, exhibitions, congresses, conventions and incentive trips, the Convention Center and Metropolitan Theatre was built under international standards and with modern architecture, offers endless opportunities to do business and create memorable events, it has 18,992 sq.m. distributed in 14 rooms, with a capacity to attend 9,000 people simultaneously.
Querétaro is famous for the high standards of service and attention, both in hotels and in the congress and event venues.
In addition, there are more than 70 event rooms of all kinds in 4- and 5-star hotels. At Emark DMC ® Queretaro, we are professionals in the organization of events, specialized and focused on the operation and logistical support for business tourism, congresses and conventions.
In Querétaro the evenings invite an evening in a pleasant atmosphere, in the historic downtown of the city there are a large number of small cafes, bars, old Mexican canteens, with wooden bar and high benches enjoying extraordinary and varied menu of classic cocktails and extravagant drinks. There are also elegant restaurants, bars and nightclubs, to have fun to the rhythm of good music.
Customs & Traditions
The Santiago de Querétaro festival, perhaps is the most important when commemorated on the anniversary of the city's founding, it is a very busy festival with artistic and cultural expressions with its popular verbena, music, fireworks in the main streets of the historic downtown that are toured by allegorical chariots, dances and processions.
Other festivals and cultural traditions are “Fiesta de la Cruz” that is one of the most recognized in for its mysticism and tradition and the popular Christmas festival of biblical cars with almost 200 years of tradition and that is celebrated every year among others.