Tequisquiapan is one of the 83 “Magical Villages” (Pueblos Mágicos) in Mexico. The Mexico Tourism Board acknowledges that México’s magical element, and not only its sun and beaches, is what keeps many tourists coming back. Thus, they created the Pueblos Mágicos program to recognize places across the country that imbue certain characteristics that make them unique and historically significant.
A "Magical Village" is a place with symbolism, legends, history, important events, day-to-day life – in other words, "magic" in its social and cultural manifestations, with great opportunities for tourism.
The cuisine of the area maintains its pre-Hispanic base of corn, nopal cactus and chili peppers. Typical dishes in the region include barbacoa made from goat, mole Queretaro-style, quesadillas, tamales and gorditas. Tequisquiapan is part of Querétaro’s Ruta de Vino (Wine Route).
Another attraction of the town is the handcrafts market, where besides the traditional crafts of the area, crafts from many parts of Mexico are also available.
At less than 40 minutes away from Tequisiquiapan there is another charming village, also declared Magical Town: San Sebastián Bernal, better known as Bernal. It is known for its enormous monolith of massive rock, La Peña de Bernal, the third highest on the planet, which can be climbed in a day trip.The state of Queretaro is the pioneering opal cradle and mining area of central Mexico. In this region the opal deposits are located mainly in the mountain ranges. La Carbonera is an opal mine close to Tequisquiapan, which is open to the public. It produces gems of size, quality and a variety of colors.