Queretaro Travel Blog
(UPDATED AS OF 2018 by LATAM CAPITALIST.
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. Although industry has brought a lot of foreigners into the area, they generally live in the suburbs and the center of Queretaro still feels very authentic. Queretaro is one of the best places to do business in Latin America.
POPULATION: 1,800,000 (figure includes surrounding areas).
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.
Sierra Gorda. Two hours to the east via bus is the Sierra Gorda. The bus ride itself is an experience as you weave through the mountains until finally crossing over the top and entering the Sierra Gorda where the landscape changes from arid to subtropical. Pinal de Amoles is the first town you will encounter and from there you can find tours to popular destinations such as Puente de Dios and Cascada Chuveje.
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, and a ton of young people walking the streets. 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: La Encrucijada. 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.
Taurine Selva - Classic Mexican cantina with the free snacks when ordering drinks. Multiple locations around the city and very popular with young people.
La Culpable Centro - Standard Mexican nightclub (reggaeton, dancing) located right in centro so good logistics for tourists as they are likely staying in centro.
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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.) ONS can be done, but anything above a 7 or so will probably require a 2nd date. This is Central Mexico, so keep in mind that it is fairly conservative compared to Mexico City.
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. That said, there is a fair amount of lighter skinned Mexicans that have moved in from the North to either work at one of the large corporations here, go to university, or escape violence.
RENT AN APARTMENT IN QUERETARO: Anywhere from $300.00 should allow you to be in a basic 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. You’ll want at least $400 if you plan on renting through Airbnb.
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HOSTEL DORM BED/NIGHT $9.00-$12.00.
BOTTLE OF BEER: $2.00
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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. Uber is $2-3 dollars within Centro
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
Thanks to Latam Capitalist for the 2018 updates! Be sure to check out his site here.
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