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T E Q U I S Q U I A P A N

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Tequisquiapan, famous for its spas with thermal waters, becoming a popular tourist resort for Mexico City and Querétaro residents, as well as a place to vacation for many Europeans. Its mild climate and winding colonial streets make it ideal for leisurely strolls.

In the center of the town stands Plaza Miguel Hidalgo, dominated by a 19th-century wrought-iron pavilion and surrounded by stone archways. At one end stands the parish church of Santa María de la Asunción-with its neo-classical facade-completed in the mid-19th century.

Scattered throughout the town are several hotels with their own springs. Just a few yards from the numerous shops surrounding the Plaza de Tequisquiapan lies the market where visitors can admire and purchase locally-crafted rush and wickerwork.

At the gateway to Sierra Gorda, rising up is the peak of San Bernal, a gigantic 350 meter high monolith, the third highest in the world after the Rock of Gibraltar and Río de Janeiro's Sugarloaf Mountain. This rock is said to bring the inhabitants on the town a long life; the average life span of Bernal residents is said to be a staggering 94.7 years.