CutOut Fest 2017
Querétaro combines interesting history with the magnificence of nature, the joy of good life with the adrenaline of extreme sports. It has two zones that have been declared a World Heritage by UNESCO: zone of monuments of historical center of Santiago de Querétaro and the five Franciscan Missions of Sierra Gorda, which were universal apotheosis of Baroque art.
The mountainous region has been declared a Biosphere Reserve due to biodiversity and different ecosystems that live in such a small area. Practicing alternative sports something common statewide, from the canyons and rivers of the Sierra ATV expeditions, to the bike circuits through South Prairie.
Querétaro’s climate is as varied as its geography. In the central valleys the weather is mild and quite pleasant most of the year, the temperature ranges between 16 º and 22 º C.
Historic Center of Santiago de Querétaro
Santiago de Querétaro
This historic center was declared World Heritage by UNESCO for its sublime baroque and neoclassical architecture, sumptuous expressed in religious and civic buildings; an outstanding example of Spanish colonial town. The squares and walkers are ideal for morning coffee and/or nightcap.
The Historic Center stores, among its treasures, splendid colonial buildings, plazas and walkways where tranquility and gardens where you can see the coming and going of Querétaro breathe every day.
In addition, Queretaro has a variety of museums, some of them located in beautiful buildings from the colonial era, featuring an interesting overview of the history and cultural events that has expressed the country.
SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE
The city’s colonial architecture, based on baroque and neo-classical designs, were “discovered” by foreign artists who began to permeate the scene and forge cultural centers, including the Allende Institute and School of Fine Arts, bestowing on the city a reputation that would attract artists, including the great master in painting, David Alfaro Siqueiros.
This soon attracted art students from abroad, particularly American veteran soldiers, who came to study under the G.I. Bill after the Second World War. Since then, the city has caught the eye of numerous artists, writers, foreign pensioners and tourists, completely transforming the local economy, agriculture and industry, to meet the demands of foreign travelers and residents.
The Peña de Bernal is the third largest monolith in the world. At its feet, the Village of San Sebastián de Bernal is located, named a Magical Town for its traditions, historical relevance and rich cultural manifestations. Here, life expectancy is 90 years; it is unknown whether this is due to the positive energy of the rock, the peacefulness of the town or the delicious cracked corn gorditas.
Tequisquiapan is an exquisite example of Querétaro’s province, which preserves in its streets and squares the colonial appearance from back then. Tequis, as the locals call it, is an ideal weekend destination; this traditional town invites the traveler to wander, to relax, to enjoy. Tequisquiapan is also famous for its handcrafting basketry production: hand-woven baskets, trays, chairs, tables and more.
WINE & CHEESE
Dairy farms and wine cellars are spread across the semi-dessert territory of Queretaro, by the municipalities of El Marqués, Tequisquiapan, Colón and Ezequiel Montes to offer the traveler roads full of possible discoveries, hours of fun and a journey that encompasses not only places but culture, recipes, desires and emotions. The possibilities and combinations are endless. Decide your route according to your favorite flavors, to the calmness you desire and also to the days that you have to dedicate to the passion.
Want to go further? Visit the Missions of the Sierra Gorda!
Nested in the middle of the mountains, the missions are erected with a clear span, like if they wanted to compete with the splendor of the forests that are around. It seems that when the Franciscans build these temples with the help of the indigenous pames, sought not emulate their environment, but camouflage. Visit the five mission temples and discover the unique mestizo baroque combines with shine and splendor, with the succulent vegetation.
The Franciscan Missions of Sierra Gorda symbolize the last phase of evangelization in Mexico. Each temple represents an eloquent artistic statement with use of Franciscans and indigenous motifs and symbols, each facade has a unique baroque mestizo. That is why they were declared World Heritage by UNESCO, because they still maintain their vernacular character.