Venue

[For information on (group) transportation to and from Santiago de Queretaro, please visit our 'housing' page]

The conference will be held at the Hacienda Jurica, in Santiago de Querétaro, the largest city of the state of Queretaro, in central Mexico, 220 km from Mexico City. Queretaro is considered as one of the best places to live in Latin America because of its calmness and pleasant weather.

In 1996, the historic center of Querétaro was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The old colonial town of Querétaro with its history monuments zone is of outstanding universal value and an exceptional example of a colonial town whose layout symbolizes its multiethnic population.

The city is notable for the many ornate civil and religious Baroque monuments from its golden age in the 17th and 18th centuries. In 2008, National Geographic listed Querétaro as one of the top 15 historic destinations of the world.

Queretaro holds several treasures, and a friendly sense of civic pride prevails. The historic city center is filled with lovely colonial mansions, immaculate pedestrian alkways (andadores) and quaint plazas little changed since colonial days. Explore the city via a double-decker bus that operates in the downtown historic center.

The state offers a wide variety of natural, historic and recreational attractions. Its northern region is home to pine-clad mountains (the Sierra Gorda), giving way to rolling hills and fertile farmlands to the south. Most visitors spend their days exploring the state’s handsome capital city adorned with lovely architecture, quiet plazas and pedestrian walkways lined with color-splashed, colonial-era homes and mansions.

Read more on Queretaro:
Historic Monuments Zone of Querétaro
Description of the old colonial town of Queretaro by UNESCO
Watch a video on the Historic Monuments Zone of Queretaro
Website with tourist information for Queretaro "Visitmexico.com"
Watch a video on Queretaro region (Visitmex)