Blogs from Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico, North America

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We just spent our last evening in Queretaro with the Ocana family. We just sat around the table talking and laughing. Thank you so much Eloy, Rocio, Christian, Ethan, Alessi and Ellie! You made our time here fly by. We'll hit the road by 6am US time and hopefully cross the border 8-10 hours later depending on traffic. The next time you hear from us we'll be north of the Rio Grande.... read more


Yesterday we started our trip pretty early in the morning. It was dark when we started packing up the van but light out by the time we left. The entire drive was nice but the section from Cordoba through the mountain range by Orizaba was great. Jill was the lucky one who got to drive through the mountains and she did a great job...as you can see from the photos it's a pretty scary drive. When we drove through Puebla and to the Arco Norte we saw the volcano Popocatépetl and it was still smoking so we drove a little faster through there :) Our drive on the Arco Norte was pretty uneventful as was the rest of the drive to Queretaro. We met Eloy and Rocio on the edge of town and they took us ... read more
Cordoba to Queretaro
Cordoba to Queretaro
Cordoba to Queretaro

North America » Mexico » Querétaro » Santiago de Querétaro December 11th 2016

Mijn plannen veranderen soms net zo snel als het weer in Nederland. Waar ik mijn vorige post nog eindigde met het voornemen om op zaterdagavond een nachtbus richting Puebla te nemen heb ik in werkelijkheid besloten om een hostel te zoeken in Querétaro, omdat het zo'n leuke plaats is. Echter laat mijn geluk me daar weer in de steek want het hostel dat ik gevonden had was, zoals niet voor het eerst deze reis, leeg. Bij nader onderzoek, ik heb de eigenaar onderworpen aan een kruisverhoor bij gebrek aan andere gesprekspartners, bleek het hostel een heuse drie weken oud. Het gevolg was dus dat ik letterlijk de eerste gast was, maar alles was wel nog netjes en schoon. Mijn nieuwe plan was dus om de nacht te slapen in Querétaro en dan in de ochtend vroeg ... read more
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North America » Mexico » Querétaro » Santiago de Querétaro September 1st 2015

This album, the last one in my Queretaro series, features photos taken in & around & near the Plaza de Armas, the city's main square. Some background info: Santiago de Querétaro, founded in 1531, is located 221 kms NE of Mexico City. With a population of over 1 million in 2010, it is the largest city and capital of the State of Querétaro. Because of its low crime rate and low unemployment, the city’s standard of living is considered the highest in Mexico & Latin America, although some consider it more expensive to live there. The city is also considered one of the cleanest cities in the world. The historic city center was declared a World Heritage Site by the Unesco in 1996. Plaza de Armas (aka Independence Square) is the city’s main square (zocalo) & ... read more
co - aka Casa de la Corregidora
co - Built in the 18th century,
co - It has been the State Government Palace since 1981.


This album continues my Queretaro series from my 2 month stay in the city during winter 2014. This one features some colorful sights & sounds in the historic center.... read more
Weekend market along 5 de Mayo


This album features a variety of monuments, fountains & statues often found in the plazas in the city's historic center.... read more
The monument honors Dona Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez
The plaque
Tree of Friendship


The city of Querétaro is divided in two by the river & joined by the Puente (bridge) de San Sebastián. At one time, the area north of the river, often called La Otra Banda (the other side), was outside city limits. Most of the residents in this area were poor. Barrio San Sebastian was one of those neighborhoods. Casa del Faldon, located at Primavera 45 Ote. I didn’t catch it in a photo but have included a couple links for photos here. The elegant Casa del Faldón (coattail), with its attractive lookout tower, was built in the mid 17th century. Legend has it that during a religious procession, a Spanish Councilman was offended that the indigenous Mayor had a higher rank in the procession. He therefore yanked at the mounted Mayor’s dresscoat, ripping it at the ... read more
The fountain in the foreground
The fountain plaque
Mosaics using broken pottery & china.


This album includes the 2nd batch of boutique hotel photos I took. There are many more boutique hotels in the city, especially in colonial buildings in the historic center.... read more
Front lobby

North America » Mexico » Querétaro » Santiago de Querétaro February 8th 2015

Queretaro, the city, has more than a dozen boutique hotels, most of them in the historic center, most of them housed in former colonial buildings. Web site with map: http://tinyurl.com/o2tq5bl This site has brief background info about this historic city: http://mexicoboutiquehotels.com/mexico/destinations/queretaro.shtml The boutique hotels in this album are located on Avenidas Hidalgo & Madero.... read more
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La Casa del Naranjo at Hidalgo 21 (cn)

North America » Mexico » Querétaro » Santiago de Querétaro January 19th 2015

This album features photos taken from the mirador (scenic viewpoint) overlooking Queretaro's wonderful aqueduct. Also located here is the large Panteon (cemetery) of Illustrious Queretanos. The aqueduct, one of the largest in Mexico, is the symbol of the city of Queretaro. The 1298 m long structure has 74 stone arches with an average height of 28.5 m. It was built between 1726 & 1735 at the request of the Capuchin nuns to bring drinking water to the city from the springs of La Cañada hills. The Pantheon of Illustrious Queretanos was formally created on Feb 5 1988 & is currently managed by the Municipality of Querétaro although management by the state is being considered. Since the aim of the pantheon is pay tribute to the memory of distinguished men & women of the city & state, ... read more
Santiago (St James)
Cute corner niche with santo
Baja la velocidad




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