In the very heart of Mexico, 125 miles north of the capital and 220 miles east of Guadalajara, lies Queretaro, an ideal place for students interested in travel.
Recently named World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO, the city celebrated its 488th anniversary last year. The lovely downtown sector is a true example of colonial splendor. Queretaro is also know throughout Mexico for its historical importance. In 1810, at the home of Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez – a heroine known as La Corregidora on account of her status – the early plans for the Independence War were made. Queretaro has also been significant in other periods of national history. In 1848, the Mexican-American War was concluded with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. In 1867, Emperor Maximilian made his last stand and was executed and in 1917, Mexico's current Constitution was enacted.
International students still get a glimpse of Queretaro's dramatic history as they walk down its lovely cobblestone streets and pedestrian promenades watching the restored old buildings and impeccable squares.
Today, while carefully preserving monuments that commemorate its past, Queretaro moves towards the future as a modern national and international industrial center, host to more than 500 foreign companies that have brought job diversification and prosperity to the region.
The climate is pleasant year round. Daytime temperatures in winter rarely require more than a light jacket. Summer highs approach 90 degrees in the daytime, but drop enough in the evening to welcome a warm sweater. Air conditioning is hardly required, because humidity is low.