Queretaro International Airport is the international airport handling the national and international air traffic of the city of Queretaro in Mexico. It replaced the Ing. Fernando Espinoza Gutierrez International Airport, which is no longer operational. Located in the municipalities of Colon and El Marques and residing at an elevation of 6,290 feet or 1,969 metres above mean sea level, Queretaro International Airport also serves as an alternate airport to Mexico City International Airport.
Queretaro, officially Santiago de Queretaro, is the capital and largest city of the state of Queretaro in central Mexico. Belonging to the macroregion of Bajio, the city can be found 213 kilometres or 132 miles northwest of Mexico City. Queretaro’s historic centre was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. National Geographic has listed the city as one of the top 15 historic destinations of the world in 2008.
What to see & do
Among the reasons to visit Queretaro in Mexico include the city being the metro area with the best quality of life, the safest city in Mexico, and the most dynamic in Latin America. Furthermore, Queretaro is also known for its vineyards agriculture; the city’s wine production is the second largest in Mexico next to the Baja California region. The most iconic feature of Queretaro is the massive aqueduct that has 75 arches, each measuring 20 metres wide with a total length of 1,280 metres and an average height of 23 metres. The city’s historic centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to a number of ornate civil and religious baroque monuments from the golden age in the 17th and 18th centuries. The historic centre also features colonial structures. The Noche de Leyendas (Night of Legends) is a way to explore the area, with actors guiding tourists through the streets while narrating stories relevant to the places. The tour, which is a combination of an interactive theatre and a recounting of history, begins at the main plaza, the Plaza de Armas, which is at the centre of Queretaro and is the oldest part of the city. Other notable sites within Queretaro also include the Church of San Francisco, the Museo Regional, the Palacio de la Corregidora, the church and ex-monastery of Santa Rosa de Viterbo, the church and monastery of La Santa Cruz, the Museo de Arte, the Museo de la Ciudad, the Teatro de la Republica, the La Casa de la Zacatecana, and the La Casa de la Marquesa. A popular event that takes place in Queretaro is the Festival of Santiago de Queretaro, an annual arts and cultural event which is held for eight days during Holy Week.
How to get around Queretaro
Taxis in Queretaro can be hailed anywhere and also takes passengers anywhere within the city. These taxis do not have meters, but the fares are established by the government and are also determined by the pickup and drop-off locations. Privately operated buses travel through the main roads of the city. The buses cover 123 routes including Zaragoza, Ezequiel Montes, Tecnologico, and Universidad, but do not come into the historic centre. No need to worry about getting around the historic centre, though, as it is very compact, making it easy to walk around. There are also tour trolleys available in the town, from the Plaza Corregidora.
How to get there
Queretaro International Airport operates with a concrete-paved runway designated 09/27, measuring 11,482 feet or 3,500 metres long. It receives flights from Monterrey, Dallas/Fort Worth, Acapulco, Guadalajara, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Puerto Vallarte, Tampico, Houston, Cancun, and Tijuana. These flights are operated by Aeromexico Connect, American Eagle, TAR Aerolineas, United Express, VivaAerobus, and Volaris.
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