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Queretaro Travel

🗣 Mexico Language

Spanish — Though you’ll hear indigenous languages in some places

💰 Mexico Currency

Mexican Peso — Exchange rates vary, but hover around $18 pesos to $1USD

📍 Top Things to Do in Queretaro

Santiago de Queretaro (Queretaro City), Peña de Bernal, El Cerrito

📍 Queretaro Off the Beaten Path

Tequisquiapan (Wine & Cheese Route), Sierra Gorda Biosphere

Queretaro Map

Queretaro Travel

Queretaro State is located just northwest of Mexico City (AKA CDMX). Slightly off the beaten path, many stay in the city and do a Mexico City day trip into Queretaro and neighboring Central Mexico states.

Two of the best things to do in Queretaro are visiting the capital city, Santiago de Queretaro, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Peña de Bernal, the third largest monolith on Earth, located in the picturesque pueblo magico (magic town) of Bernal.

Besides these amazing places, there’s the  Wine & Cheese Route in the Tequisquiapan pueblo magico, and the Sierra Gorda UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Mexico State travel FAQ

Is Queretaro State safe for travel?

According to experts, you are statistically quite safe while visiting Mexico; but here is a rundown Queretaro State safety.

Queretaro is among the safest states in Mexico, for both on and off the beaten path travel.

Whether you’re headed to the two most visited cities in the state, Santiago de Queretaro (Queretaro City) and Bernal, or checking out some hidden gems, like the pueblo magico (magic town) Tequisquiapan, home to the Mexico Wine & Cheese Route, and Sierra Gorda UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

As Queretaro is a bit off the beaten path for travelers, most will stay in Mexico City and the head to Queretaro, or neighboring areas, on a day trip from Mexico City.

For Mexico City safety, if you stick to these best neighborhoods in Mexico City, and avoid ones like Tepito and Doctores, you should be very safe in Mexico City.

As with traveling anywhere, do follow these General Travel Safety Tips and pack these safety items for additional peace of mind.

Check out these podcast episodes with solo female travel tips, and tips on how to stay safe during Mexico solo travel.

• Ep. 25 | Leigh talks traveling solo to Mexico City


Is Mexico safe for solo female travel?

As this question doesn’t have a yes/no answer (I wish it did!), I do my best to answer it in depth in this blog, Safe Travel in Mexico: 20 Tips for Solo Female Travelers. However, for the most part, Mexico is actually statistically quite safe for travelers.

Mexico is a big country, and it has plenty of amazing solo female travel destinations — from the beautiful beaches of the Yucatan Peninsula and culturally-rich Southern Mexico, to the charming colonial cities in Central Mexico and laid-back Baja California — there’s a perfect place for every solo traveler in Mexico.

Top 20 Solo Female Travel Destinations: Head to this article to discover the 20 best places for solo travel in Mexico, recommended by solo female travelers who have actually visited them.

🎧 Click the links below to listen to podcast episodes with solo female travel tips.


What's the best time to visit Queretaro State?

Weather-wise, Queretaro, and all of Central Mexico, has what is known as the “eternal spring” climate, meaning it’s never super hot or super cold.

As a general rule, the nicest time to visit Queretaro is from October to March. The rainy season is from April to September, and it can rain quite a bit.

🧳 Head to this article to download your FREE Printable packing list for Mexico travel, and get a complete Mexico packing guide — so you know what to pack for Mexico, and what NOT to take to Mexico.

How do I travel to Queretaro State?

If you’re just visiting Queretaro, you can fly into Queretaro International Airport (code: QRO).

However, there’s also the option to use Mexico City International Airport (code: MEX), which will have many more direct flights from nearly all major U.S. cities., and then driving to Queretaro.

From Mexico City, you’ll rent a car and then drive into Queretaro, which takes about 3.5 hours. For Mexico car rentals, Discover Cars works with several agencies in Mexico to get you the best price — but make sure to get full coverage insurance.

🚙💨 Head to this article for 12 Useful Mexico Driving Tips to get a better understanding of driving in Mexico.


Is it safe to rent a car and drive in Mexico?

As the country is quite large, road trips are a great way to see a lot in a little time.

To answer the question, Is it safe to drive in MexicoYES, it’s considered safe to rent a car and drive in Mexico, though do avoid driving at night.

Beyond that, another caveat to safety is that you’ll obviously be driving in a foreign country, and won’t be familiar with local road customs and driving laws. Head to this article for 12 Useful Mexico Driving Tips to get a better understanding of driving in Mexico.

🚙💨 Looking to rent a car? Discover Cars works with several agencies in Mexico to get you the best price.


Do I need a visa to visit Mexico?

No — U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to travel to Mexico. This is just one of the 5 Reasons Mexico is the Perfect Travel Destination for U.S. visitors.

When you go through Immigration at the airport, cruise port or land border, you’ll receive your FMM 180-Day (6 month) Tourist Card at no charge. Keep in mind that though it’s called a “card,” it’s actually just a small piece of paper.

Be sure to keep track of your FMM, as you’ll have to give it back to an Immigration officer when you’re leaving the country. If you lose your FMM, there is a $600 peso ($30USD) cost to replace it, and some paperwork you’ll need to fill out at the airport before you can leave the country.

In short: Don’t lose your FMM!

Do I need to speak Spanish to visit Mexico?

As a general rule, you’ll want to know at least a few words of Spanish when visiting anywhere in Mexico. This is both a sign of respect, and will also help you have a better trip.

If you’re wondering what constitutes “basic Spanish,” check out the infographic below — you’ll be surprised at how much you know already!

If you stick to the more touristic places where you’re headed, you should be fine with very basic Spanish. If you want to venture off the beaten path, be advised most people in the pueblos (small towns) speak little to no English.

🗣 Pro Tip: Download the Spanish Words & Phrases list below and save it on your phone as an image. This way, you have access to these most common words even if you’re off-WiFi.


List of useful spanish words and phrases

Queretaro & Mexico City Blogs

Take A Day Trip from Mexico City to These 15 Amazing Places

Looking to book a day trip from Mexico City? While there’s many amazing things to do in CDMX, there’s also many great Mexico City day trips.

25 Unique Places to Visit in Mexico You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Looking for unique places to visit in Mexico? You’re in the right place because the Top 25 places are here — pinned to a Mexico Map for you!

Mexico Solo Travel: 20 Amazing Destinations for Female Travelers

Need advice on solo travel Mexico destinations? All 20 places featured here come recommended by female solo travelers who have actually been!

Mexico City’s Historic Center: 11 Best Things to Do + Free Map

Mexico City’s Historic Center is full of amazing things to do. Get your FREE Map, and discover the best 11 sites and taco shops in CDMX!

4 Days in Mexico City: The Ultimate CDMX Travel Itinerary

Planning your 4 days in Mexico City? You’ve come to the right guide — I lived there for about a year — and I have info to share with you!

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