Attractions

Nature Reserve in Reserva de la Biosfera Sierra Gorda

Reserva de la Biosfera Sierra Gorda

The Reserva de la Biosfera Sierra Gorda, in the rugged Sierra Madre Oriental mountain range, covers a huge swath of the northeastern third of Querétaro state. Known as the 'green jewel' of central Mexico, the reserv…
Church in Jalpan

Mission Church

Constructed by Franciscan monks and their indigenous converts in the 1750s, the original of the five missions in the Sierra Gorda is in the middle of the town of Jalpan. It has an elaborate exterior and is devoted t…
Church in Reserva de la Biosfera Sierra Gorda

Misión San Miguel Concá

Completed in 1754, this attractive church is the smallest of the Sierra Gorda Missions, but has a delightful setting in the rather charming village of Concá, 35km northwest of Jalpan. Its walled garden, cubist-style…
Church in Reserva de la Biosfera Sierra Gorda

Misión Santa María del Agua de Landa

Built between 1760 and 1768, the Mision Sanata María was the last of the five Sierra Gorda missions to be built and today dominates the small town of Landa de Matamoros on Hwy 120 between Jalpan and Xilitla. Its fac…
Church in Reserva de la Biosfera Sierra Gorda

Misión Nuestra Señora de la Luz de Tancoyol

This was the second of the five missions to be built and was completed in 1767 by Juan Ramos de Lora. It is devoted to Our Lady of the Light, a sculpture of whom can be seen inside, but is most notable for its vibra…
Church in Reserva de la Biosfera Sierra Gorda

Misión San Francisco del Valle de Tilaco

Dedicated to St Francis of Assisi, this fine mission church in the village of Tilaco was built between 1754 and 1762 and has an impressive façade and bell tower. Look out for the Franciscan coat of arms above the ma…