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Cadereyta is a Magical Town that comes alive in its haciendas, colonial mansions, temples and chapels.
The nearby prehispanic ruins illustrate some of the rituals that their ancient inhabitants, the Chichimecas, carried out: dancers in the shadows, ceremonies to the gods that fill the atmosphere with spirits. In particular, the archaeological zone of Toluquilla is one that will come alive with the only limitation of your imagination.
In 1640 the Villa de Cadereyta was officially founded and in 1902 the name was changed to that of Cadereyta de Montes, in honor of Ezequiel Montes Ledesma, a lawyer, professor and Mexican ambassador born here.
Its botanical gardens, Quinta Fernando Schmoll and the Regional Botanical Garden, are splendid areas with varieties of multicolored flowers and reddish walls, in addition the care and reproduction of precious species of cacti and shrubs is carried out; This Magical Town is located in the encounter of a semi-desert climate and the Sierra Gorda de Querétaro.
Its main square is a must, as in almost all small towns in Mexico. Around you will find the Municipal Palace and the Parish of San Pedro and San Pablo, which keeps a Porfirian clock and a Churrigueresque altarpiece inside.
You will also find several ecotourism sites in the surrounding area, such as the Campo Alegre National Park, Los Herrera Grottos and Aventura Park, all great places to give an extreme turn to your visit.
Pay attention and observe; between natural beauties that frame the magic of a people, between ancient spaces and full of history, between you and your next destination ... Cadereyta appears as a light.
What to Visit?
- Fernando Schmoll Cottage
- Regional Garden Center
- Main Square It is surrounded by trees and well preserved colonial mansions.
- Saint Peter and Saint Paul Temples Built in the 18th century to evangelize the local indigenous people, this magnificent temples are located aside from each other.
- Church of Our Lady of Solitude It was built in the nineteenth century.
What to do?
- Annual Fair It takes place around September 8th each year to commemorate the foundation of this Magic Town.
- Saint Gaspar Fair It takes place on February 2nd each year.
- Festivities of Our Lady of the Refuge It takes place on July 4th each year in the neighborhood of the same name.
- Barbacoa and Pulque Fair It takes place in June in the nearby village of Boyé.
- Barbacoa Roasted lamb meat cooked slowly on its own juice, and which is served apart as a broth or consommé.
- Xoconoshtle stew This ingredient is also known as "the fruit of the desert" because it is the fruit of one of the many cacti that grow in this region.
- Candies made with cactus fruits
- Homemade baked fruits
- Pulque Alcoholic beverage produced with the same nectar of the cactus that tequila comes from, but it is not yet distilled.
What to Know?
- Cadereyta was officially founded in 1640.
- In 1824, the municipalities of Cadereyta and San Juan del Rio became part of the state of Queretaro.
- In 1861, the title of town was granted to this village by governor Jose Maria Arteaga.
- Renowned Individuals:
- Ezequiel Montes Ledesma (1820 – 1883) Secretary of State and Minister of Justice.
- Father Rafael Aguilar Zarazua (1819 – 1891) He was one of the most enthusiastic promotors of the monumental, cultural and religious heritage of this Magic Town.
- Leather goods and handicrafts, such as belts, cowboy garments and boots, purses, wallets, and many other items.
- Goods and handicrafts made of a natural fiber named ixtle and used for textile and artisanal purposes.
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