el Centro Historico
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Santiago de Querétaro is the capital and largest city of the state of Querétaro in the Bajio region of central Mexico. For a few days, weeks, or years, it’s a wonderful place to live. Centro Historico is the old colonial town at the heart of Querétaro – wandering lanes and quiet neighborhoods among the city’s many monuments, historical sites, universities, museums, theaters, international restaurants, plazas, markets, theaters, parks, and entertainment spots.
A founding date of the city is given as 1531 though that date is a primarily of reminder of a date when Spanish eclipsed the natives of the area and began settling in. During Aztec times the city had over 15,000 people — and before them Mesoamerican groups moving north had settled in the area by the year 200. In the pre-Hispanic area, the Otomi had become urban dwellers, along with Chichimecas and Terascos.
Today, the city is one of the fastest-growing in Mexico with a strong economic base in aviation, chemicals, paper products, and machinery. With nearly a million people from all corners of Mexico, the people have one of the highest per capita incomes in Mexico. Education and the arts abound.