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Ride a bike around town. Learn about semi-desert plant life at its botanical gardens. Take a boat ride at its wonderful dam.

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What Makes It Magical

It’s the gateway to Querétaro’s Sierra Gorda and much more. It’s also where the semi-desert meets water. The region is blessed with an enormous variety of ecosystems that are contained within the red walls of Querétaro’s sierra. Here, you can hike, fish, mountain climb, and check out old churches. It’s also got two of the most diverse cactus nurseries in the Americas.

Why You Should Go

Zimapán Dam

  • It’s one of the most beautiful places in Cadereyta.
  • It’s the dam forming the natural boundary between the states of Querétaro and Hidalgo.
  • In 1996, it became the site of a modern, hydroelectric power plant that harnesses the power of the San Juan and Tula rivers to produce up to 292 megawatt-hours of power.
  • The chance to spend the night in a gorgeous cabin in the middle of the reservoir at an eco-tourism campsite called La Isla.

At the Very Least

At La Isla, ask for a boat ride to the dam’s waterfall. You’ll be impressed!

Don’t Miss

  1. Shopping for istle handicrafts.
  2. Eating nopal en su madre (a delicious prickly pear salad) at Quinta Schmoll.
  3. Spending an entire day fishing at Zimapán Dam.