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An Expat Talks about Living in Tequisquiapan, Mexico

Submitted by tequistom

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Tequisquiapan

How long have you lived there?

2 years

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

Meeting people in this relatively is not a problem; there are no clubs to join as far as I know. Simply not necessary.

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

The population here is at least 90% native Mexican, with a small cadre of Americans, Canadians, British, French, Germans & Austrians.

The people are very open to anyone who chooses to relocate here. There is no discrimination as far as I can tell. As an American, I feel I am treated just the same as the locals. Even the police are very accepting and never chase after the dreaded "MORDITA" like they do in bigger cities, ie; Mexico City.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

There is no industry in Tequis other than tourism. Job & career opportunities are virtually non-existant. A few english speaking expats make a very modest income teaching English in one of several schools here in town.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

Tequis is a small, colonial town that caters to weekend tourists, mostly from Mexico City and surrounding environs. Many of them own weekend homes here and come to get away from the hub-bub of big city life.

Local denizens are very family oriented and making a living is just a normal part of everyday life. No big corporate presence here, just small businesses and many restaurants. Tons of small specialty shops.

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If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

I would say, "Brother, you will not find a more excellent choice for a place to retire here in Mexico". Sure, there are more exciting places with nightclubs, wild bars with loud music and perhaps an ocean to frolic in, but with that comes a lot of undesireable "junk". The weekdays here are very quiet and relaxing, while the weekends are fun filled due to tourists and special functions designed by the Presidencia municipal.

The elevation here is about 6,000 feet, which means we do not get hot. Most days are in the 75-80 degree range, though it can get a little chilly at night during the winter. I enjoy a second floor two bedroom apartment right across from the main town plaza. I keep the balcony doors open at all times and revere in the almost constant breeze that keeps my place cool, night & day. Rent? Under $300 US per month. Try and beat that in the US!

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guest
Sep 13, 2010 11:40

Hi, I live in Queretaro, Queretaro and just want to let you know about the International Newcomers Club of Queretaro. You can see the website at http://www.newcomersqueretaro.org/ and contact the group regarding membership. We have lots of activities - parties, dine-outs, day or weekend trips, etc. There is a large group of expats here plus we have many Mexican members, as well. It is a great group and a lot of fun. We meet the first Thursday of the month in Queretaro. Hope to meet you soon. Annie

guest
Sep 13, 2010 13:47

I have been looking at Living In Tequisquiapan, Queretaro, Mexico for some time (2 or 3 Years. My wife is origionally from Mexico and is now a US citizen. We have a 9 year old son and are concerned about his education if we do move there. We are also concerned about the obvious levels of violence. could someone comment of these thaing without selfish interest? David PDQ

tequistom
Nov 1, 2010 11:30

HELLO ANN.....MY WIFE AND I DO GO TO QUERETARO TO CHURCH ONCE IN AWHILE, BUT WE NEVER GO IN THE EVENING. PERHAPS WE`LL ARRANGE TO STAY IN A HOTEL ONE THURSDAY AND ATTEND YOUR MEETING. SOUNDS INTERESTING. WE HAVE A POLICY : NEVER DRIVE AFTER DARK IF YOU CAN HELP IT..... THANKS FOR THE INFO...IF YOU DO COME TO TEQUIS, LOOK US UP. WE HAVE A REAL ESTATE OFFICE ON THE CORNER OF GUILLERMO PRIETO AND NIÑOS HEROES (ACROSS FROM THE PLAZA) www.micasa-essucasa.com Be well........Tom W

tequistom
Nov 1, 2010 11:46

HI DAVIDPDQ, THERE IS A BI-LINGUAL SCHOOL HERE CALLED VICTORIA WHICH I UNDERSTAND IS QUITE GOOD. I KNOW A CANADIAN GUY WHO TEACHES THERE (IT IS RUN BY BRITS I THINK) I DOUBT THAT THERE IS A SAFER, MORE SECURE TOWN IN MEXICO THAN TEQUIS. YOU HEAR OF A BURGULARY EVERY ONCE IN AWHILE, BUT NO VIOLENT CRIME THAT I KNOW OF. WE ARE 30 MINUTES FROM QUERETARO AIRPORT, ABOUT AN HOUR FROM QUERETQRO ITSELF, WHICH HAS MALLS AND U.S. FRANCHISES. JUST DOWN THE ROAD IS A TOWN CALLED SAN JUAN DEL RIO WHICH HAS A SAM`S CLUB - WHERE WE DO A LOT OF SHOPPING. IF YOU HAVE MORE QUESTIONS EMAIL ME<: tequistom@gmail.com BE WELL....TOM W.

guest
Dec 1, 2010 11:28

I WOULD LIKE TO SECOND ALL THAT TEQUISTOM SAYS ABOUT TEQUISQUIAPAN. I HAVE LIVED IN MEXICO FOR ALMOST 11 YEARS, IN TEQUIS FOR ONE. I AM AN AMERICAN MARRIED TO A WONDERFUL MEXICAN WOMAN. I LOVE TEQUIS AND WILL PROBABLY REMAIN HERE AS LONG AS I LIVE. I KNOW A FEW OTHER EXPATS BUT WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE. I SPEAK A LITTLE SPANISH BUT (PROBABLY BECAUSE OF MY AGE) I AM VERY SLOW TO IMPROVE MY ABILITY TO COMPREHEND WHEN BEING SPOKEN TO. LUCKILY MY WIFE IS USUALLY WITH ME AND SHE IS BI-LINGUAL. i THINK IT WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE A GROUP OF LOCAL EX-PATS TO SOCIALIZE WITH. IF YOU FEEL THE SAME CONTACT ME AT: kmcdon10@yahoo.com. Don Pendergrass

guest
Dec 27, 2010 15:44

any info. on medical care?

guest
Aug 11, 2014 21:16

I am seriously thinking about moving to Tequisquiapan in about a year or so. I would like to make some friends their or the surrounding area.

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