Queretaro is located in the north-central region of Mexico. This colonial city founded in 1531 is adjacent to Guanajuato, San Luis Potosí and Hidalgo. Full of history and culture, in recent years, it has become an important wine production state that is recognized around the world.
Breakfast in Downtown
It is the ideal road trip for those who enjoy magical towns, baroque and neoclassical architecture. The beginning point will be the traditional restaurants, and you can choose between Las Monjas and La Mariposa. Then, enjoy the exquisite gastronomy located on the streets from the historic center. Ask for the house recommendations and learn what makes their traditional dishes unique. Finally, observe the beautiful streets, churches, and emblematic parks. The weather is usually ideal, neither too hot nor too cold; there is always a middle point that makes it a pleasant day almost every time.
Visit the Old Factory of Artisan Cheese
Before you enter the wine country, delight your palate with artisanal cheese. Known as the most visited cheese factory in Mexico, you will learn about Mr. Vidal Alonso Lavin’s history and how he founded the Hacienda de la Soledad in the twenties. During the years, many events took place, including an invasion where he was forced to move the animals to their current location. After that, he started selling cheese to customers that came literally to his kitchen, and later on, when the Mexican border was opened to export dairy by-products, it led to the birth of Quesos VAI. You can buy cajeta, regional sweets, sauces, craft beer, and all their great cheese in their stores.
Sala Vivé Vineyard by Freixenet Mexico
There are over 25 wineries in the wine and cheese route. The state possesses the second most prominent wine region in the country. Its semi-desert highlands and climate are favorable for grape growing. The most popular is in the town of Ezequiel Montes, 30 minutes from the cheese factory. It is a place created with passion and dynamism the winemaking craft. You can take a guided tour in English of the 25-meter deep cellars, where you will learn about the production process. Alternatively, you can join a horseback riding tour through the vineyards. At the end of the tour, you can do a wine tasting, enjoying the different varieties and presentations. Freixenet produces 2 million bottles annually, and the majority of its sales are from sparkling wines, the region’s specialty, which employs the same methods used in Champagne production. So plan your visit and book your reservation at Freixenet Mexico.
Visit the Magical Town of Peña de Bernal
Peña de Bernal or Bernal Peak is a beautiful village where you will find architectural attractions and a majestic rock to climb on foot. This towering monolith is the third tallest in the world, after other famous monoliths like Ayers Rock in Australia and the Rock of Gibraltar, and is one of the most touristic sites in Queretaro. In 2006, this gift of nature formed during the Jurassic period and was designated a Protected Natural Area. You will need proper rock climbing gear to reach the very top. You can still trek about 80% of the way toward the top of the monolith without equipment. You will be rewarded with widespread views of the town, surrounding mountains, and the countryside below. If this small hike opens up your appetite, you can eat lunch at the famous gorditas de maíz quebrado, adding a delicious stew and a little sauce, if you like it spicy.
Queretaro has excellent restaurants, and its delicious cuisine ranges from Mexican favorites to international fare, and from Hacienda style restaurants to equally tasty street food stands or tacos from the local market. After your day trip, you can have dinner at the top-rated restaurant in Queretaro Hacienda La Laborcilla. Enjoy a gourmet meal and with impeccable service at this fine dining establishment. Its beautiful interior design, ambiance characterizes this hacienda, and you can choose from various dishes. In addition, you can choose from fine cuts to vegetarian and vegan options and order one of their cocktails from its extensive list of mixology drinks.
Queretaro continues to emerge as a travel destination in Mexico. There are so many fun things to do, and worth spending at least a few days in this gorgeous city. So if you’re planning a trip to Mexico, take note of this thriving historical town.
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