Introducing Querétaro State
Querétaro state (population 1.8 million) is full of surprises. Billed primarily as an agricultural and ranching state – with the handsome Querétaro city as its capital – it is packed with diverse geography, quirky sights and historical gems. Natural phenomena, such as the world's third-largest monolith, La Peña de Bernal, pre-Hispanic ruins and the stunning Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve, are located in the state's 11,770 sq km. The reserve protects several mission towns, from where the local people run some excellent, new community-owned tourism activities, a must for the more intrepid traveler.