Queretaro City Guide
OVERVIEW: A charming city about 200 km away from D.F. Mexicans here enjoy a higher standard of living compared to most of the country due to a huge expansion of industry that has taken place over the last ten years. Queretaro is one of the best places to do business in Latin America.
WEATHER: Semi arid. 15-23 °C. Very comfortable weather.
SAFETY: Incredibly safe. Queretaro has a raging economy and has been more or less untouched by drug violence. There are still desperate people who migrated here during the boom times to try and find work, but crime is low and the streets are heavily patrolled.
MUST DO: La Pena de Bernal. It's a hike to the top of the mountain in the above picture. Easy to do and the view is very rewarding. About an hour drive outside the city.
RENT AN APARTMENT IN QUERETARO: Anywhere from $200.00-300.00 should allow you to be in a comfortable apartment in Queretaro. The good thing about Queretaro is that, even though people here have money, rent prices aren't too high. This makes it an ideal city for an extended stay.
HOSTEL DORM BED/NIGHT $9.00-$12.00
NIGHTLIFE IN QUERETARO: 6/10
Still a million times better than where I come from, but for Mexico, nothing to write home about. There are a ton of universities around, but I saw less young people than I did in Guanajuato. To be fair I didn't make much of an effort to get under the surface of the nightlife in Queretaro, so it may be better than I'm giving it credit for.
I recommend: JBJ. Especially if you like live rock music, but even if you don't. Usually I don't like live music because it diminishes the opportunity for mingling, but I liked this spot. Not too naco (low class). However, I hear it's not nearly as popular as it used to be. As always, there are a few huge fresa (rich girl) nightclubs around but I didn't go to any here. They're easy enough to seek out.
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BOTTLE OF BEER: $2.00
CHANCE OF HOOKING-UP IN QUERETARO: 6/10
It's no layup. Girls in Queretaro are super cool, but they won't give it up easy. I hear it's even more difficult for older guys (age 35-45). A friend of mine (40 yrs, above-average looking, basically fluent in Spanish) spent a week here after I left and got nothing aside from a couple phone numbers that went nowhere. It's not that it can't be done - in a city of nearly 1,000,000 there will always be girls up for a ONS, but you have to know where to look (in case you were wondering, I didn't know where to look.)
ARE GIRLS HOT IN QUERETARO?: 7/10.
Typical of the wonderful Bajio region. Slightly brown skin, long black hair. Girls in Queretaro are taller than the Mayans in the south, but shorter than the Whites in the north.
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GROCERIES: Milk (1L)= $1.10 Tortillas (1kg)= $1.00 Eggs= $1.90 Water (1.5L)= $1.00 Cigarettes= $3.50
JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Yes. Many large corporations have a strong presence here, like: Bombardier, Kellogg's, Samsung, and Nestle to name a few. Quite a presence of foreign workers in the city. There seems to be a demand for educated workers, but of course you'd need an FM-3 and some Espanol. There are teaching opportunities in Queretaro as well that you could swing under the table.
TAXI: About $3.00 to get anywhere during the day.
NOTES: A good place to live, find a wife, and raise a family. That's the impression I get from Queretaro. Nightlife isn't too bumpin' and the women aren't easy, but it's safe, picturesque and offers a high standard of living.
OVERALL RATING: 7/10
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