TEQUISQUIAPAN TRAVEL GUIDE
For general info about Tequis, see www.mexicoguru.com/tequisquiapan.php.
Places to Stay - Click here for price key
Las Delicias ($$$$, Calle 5 de Mayo 1, Centro, tel. 414/273-0071) has an enclosed warm-water soaking pool; a free one-hour soak is included with lodging. Rooms on two floors have small stocked kitchens. The grounds are lovely, and this centrally located Tequis hotel has a restaurant, bar, parking, and Wi-Fi.
Suites Poza Real ($$$--$$$$, Calle Manuel Mateus 5, Centro, tel. 414/273-0454, www.pozareal.com.mx) is less spacious and perhaps more geared toward families than Las Delicias. Suites have an upstairs bedroom; downstairs in the living area are two built-in benches with cushions where small children might sleep. Kitchenettes are small but well-stocked. The tiny swimming pool in the center of the property feels exposed, and not very private. Like most Tequis accommodations, they offer a 20 to 30 percent discount midweek.
For budget travelers, Casa de los Milagros ($--$$, Calle Guillermo Prieto 12, Centro, tel. 414/273-3890) has parking across street for a couple of cars. There's a small pool in the middle of the property, surrounded by two floors of rooms. It is clean and basic, with screened windows and cable TV, but no phone.
Places to Eat - Click here for price key
For tasty and inexpensive dinnertime eats with the locals, visit las cenadurías ($, just off the main plaza on Avenida Juárez Ote.). In the evenings a jumble of outdoor stalls serve quesadillas, gorditas, barbecued goat, pozole, and other regional specialties.
Las Brasas ($$, Calle Morelos 7, tel. 414/273-0579, half block off the plaza) has pleasant service and, if you ask, 2-for-1 happy hour in afternoon. On the menu are soup, salad, pastas as well as grilled meat dishes and a few Argentine dishes.
Catercorner from the plaza alongside the church, K'Puchino ($$--$$$, Independencia 7, Centro, tel. 414/273-2482, www.kpuchinos.com.mx) is nothing special but has an espresso machine and a large menu of different coffees, as well as caramel crepes, bananas flambé, and burgers and baguettes along with traditional beef dishes.
La Quercia ($$--$$$, Niños Héroes 4, off the main plaza, tel. 414/273-6211 or 209-6043) restaurant and café specializes in Italian food.
For a day of typical Mexican food and entertainment by prior reservation, visit Rancho Los Azteca ($$$$, Carretera San Juan del Río--Cadereyta Km. 40.4, Ezequiel Montes, tel. 441/277-2978). Less than half a kilometer from Cavas Freixenet (see wineries, below).
Things to Do & See In and Around Tequis
For info about Hot-Air Balloon Rides call 01800/099-8663 or contact the tourism office, below. The Club Aerostático Nacional (Hot-Air Balloon Club, tel. 427/274-6963, www.vuelaenglobo.com) can provide information as well.
Rent horses at Casa del Caballo, about 1 km outside Tequis, Francisco Márquez 54, Barrio de la Magdalena, tel. 414/219-5648.
Rent ATVs, dune buggies, mountain bikes, and paintball equipment through Haciendas Tres Vidas, Sor. Juana Inés de la Cruz 64, Col. San José la Laja, tel. 414/291-8000, www.haciendatresvidas.com. Located between Tequis and Bernal.
Balneario La Vega water park, day use, Fray Junípero Serra s/n, Barrio de la Magdalena, open 8:30AM to 6PM, tel. 414/273-4534.
Fantasia Acuática water park, day use, open weekends only, 8AM to 6PM, Carretera Tequis - Ezequiel Montes Km. 10, tel. 414/273-6170.
Parque Acuático El Oasis water park and trailer park, open Friday - Sunday 9AM to 6PM, Carretera Tequis - Ezequiel Montes Km. 10, tel. 414/273-0412.
Parque Acuático Termas del Rey water park and trailer park, open daily 8AM to 6:30PM, Carretera Tequis - Ezequiel Montes Km 10.3, tel. 01800/560-4009.
Cavas Freixenet (Ezequiel Montes, tel. 441/277-0147, www.freixenetmexico.com.mx) offers tours and tastings. If you don't have time to visit the winery, you can sample the bubbly, champagne-style wines right in Tequis at Freixenet Wine Bar (Juárez 4-C, tel. 414/273-3995), open Friday through Sunday from 5PM to midnight.
Viñedos La Redonda (Ezequiel Montes, tel. 441/277-1444, www.laredonda.com.mx).
Quesos VAI (Carretera Tequis - Querétaro s/n, tel. 442/190-7618). Open daily 9AM to 4PM.
Quesos La Hondonada (in Colón, near Bernal, tel. 419/292-0252). Open daily 9AM to 4PM.
Not far outside Querétaro is Rancho Santa Marina (Carretera a Atongo Km. 3.5, near the village of San Rafael, tel. 442/292-7060). Open by appointment only.
The helpful Tequis Tourism Office (Independencia 1, tel. 414/273-0295) is located on the east side of the main square, under the portico. For info ahead of time, go to their website, www.tequis.info.
How to Get There & Away
Tequis is 58 km (35 miles) east of Querétaro. Buses make the one-hour trip from Queretaro's main bus station every 30 minutes or so (Flecha Azul buses) from 6AM to about 9PM, or drive it in your own car in less than an hour. Tequis is 175 km (105 miles) from Mexico City; Flecha Amarilla buses leave approximately hourly for the 2.5-hour trip.