Tequisquiapan is located in the State of Queretaro 188 km from Mexico City. Tequisquiapan is another tile of the beautiful Queretaro's mosaic. The town keeps it colonial image, with narrow streets leading into small, and sunny squares. The principal attraction are the famous natural thermal water spas which have made of Tequisquiapan a first order tourism center. There are also some nearby mines of semiprecious stones, such as opal.
You shall not miss the tour by trolley; a guided visit through the main sites, monuments, legends and most important issues of this town. There's no doubt that the tour in a Panoramic trolley will be a greater experience, traveling through the town in a lovely two story trolley.
The town of Tequisquiapan was commonly known as "Tequesquiatlapan," meaning "River with carbontated water." Today, Tequisquiapan is a tourist town a weekend retreat for hundreds of chilangos, who come for its crystal clear air and sparkling thermal waters.
According to the local chronicler, Jesus Landaverde Chavez, the lords of Jilotepec frequented the natural springs and fountains of Tequisquiapan only during very special occasions. Upon arriving , they would take a bath in the thermal waters of one of its numerous springs, during which they would deal with affairs of state and settle mild disputes among themselves.
The first Spanish settlements in this valley date from the 16th century, when Don Luis de Velazco, then Vicerory of New Spain, conceded Alonso de Estrada y Lope de Sosa the rights over the valley to breed livestock and keep stables. In the process of building Hacienda de Tequisquiapan in 1596, he displaced the former residents of the site to the other side of the river.
Tequisquiapan is especially noted for its wines and cheeses, two entirely "new" foods that first made their appearance in the Americas with the arrival of the Spanish Conquistadors in 1521. In this town you can purchase beautiful handicrafts such as cane, wicker and rattan baskets and jewelry with semi-precious stones.
A mosaic of small, irregular, interlocking stone blocks pave Tequisquiapan's narrow streets, which lead to the central square, the Plaza Civica. Traffic is closed a block or two from it creating a pedestrian zone. And there's no litter despite the large number of hotels, restaurants and tourist shops that stand in two rings around the square. This makes strolling a pleasant experience any time of day.
Portales, or arcades, line three sides of the Plaza Civica crowned by the pink and white 19th-century Parish Church of Santa Maria Magdelena with its single, squat, bell-tower on the fourth. Spanish missionaries said the town's first mass under the giant mesquite tree next to it.
Tequisquiapan is a place to unwind, to relax, to forget about the hustle and bustle of life. People who go to Tequisquiapan looking to do something, invariably leave disappointed, for there's nothing to do there. Those who go looking for a tranquil and satisfying respite from their busy lives leave, just as invariably, restored and refreshed, and satisfyingly full.