San Miguel de Allende and the Heartland: Places to Explore

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Tequisquiapan

Drenched in sun, bougainvillea, and flowering trees, Tequis (as the locals call it) is a pleasant stop for a day trip. Join the families from Querétaro and Mexico City who come to stroll through the main square, with its neoclassical Templo de Santa María de la Asunción, whose facade has been said to resemble swirls of cotton more than stone. Stop for lunch in one of the outdoor cafés under the arcades that front the plaza and visit the surrounding streets and the Mercado de Artesanías to shop for handicrafts. Tequisquiapan means "water of tequesquite," or salty minerals, and the town is still known for its pools and spas; most are located north of town. Check with the tourist office on the main square for directions. Tequis hosts a wine-and-cheese festival in late May and early June.

Tequisquiapan at a Glance

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