Reserva de la Biosfera Sierra Gorda

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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...

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...

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,...

Mexican in Jalpan

Restaurante Tequila

This large garden restaurant (complete with slides and swings to keep the kids occupied) is the most popular place to eat in Jalpan, although it's hard to know if that's because of the quality of the food (it's...

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...

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...

Mexican in Jalpan

El Aguaje del Moro

Known for its exceptionally spicy enchiladas (though you'll have to request spice – gringos automatically seem to get a fairly tame order unless they insist), this pleasant place has a breezy balcony with views...

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...

Mexican in Jalpan

Restaurante Carretas

On the main road, Restaurante Carretas serves up a reasonable Mexican feed; one of the the best of a limited lot.