Sierra Gorda Missions Road
The Sierra Gorda Missions Road, which starts at Jalpan (190km to the northeast of Querétaro), takes you to five 18C Franciscan missions with extraordinary restored polychrome façades. They were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. The exteriors are more impressive than the interiors, which were restored in the 19C and painted in a very sober style.
8am-7pm - free admittance. Contact a travel agency (see p. 487) or rent a car. To spend the night in Jalpan: Hotel Misión www.hotelesmision.com