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Tequisquiapan, Mexico

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 03, 2023

Summary: People describe Tequisquiapan, Mexico as a charming colonial town with a relaxed atmosphere and friendly locals. Expats love the small-town feel, the beautiful scenery, and the low cost of living. The weather in Tequisquiapan is generally mild, with temperatures ranging from the mid-50s to the mid-80s Fahrenheit. The average cost of living for an expat is relatively low, with a one bedroom apartment costing around $400 USD per month and a two bedroom apartment costing around $500 USD per month. The approximate population of Tequisquiapan is around 25,000 people.

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What do I need to know about living in Tequisquiapan?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Tequisquiapan, they said:

"Before retiring in Tequisquiapan, it is important to familiarize yourself with the local laws, regulations, and taxation policies. Additionally, researching the cost of living to ensure it aligns with your budget and expected income is essential. Additionally, understanding the available healthcare and access to services like banks, transportation, and shopping can guide your decision. It is also beneficial to understand the weather climate, religious and cultural norms, and proximity to other attractions. Lastly, it is important to ensure you secure a reliable source of income as your retirement funds may not last indefinitely," remarked another in Tequisquiapan.

"I have a 3 bedroom, 3 bath in a nice gated community. Very safe and quiet well except for the fireworks!!! Be prepared for 2 weeks in September. The weeks from Sept 6 to Sept 20th, Magdelena has a Saints Festival with almost nonstop fireworks,fiestas, parades and music. Then it goes into the week of Sept 16 fireworks, fiestas and music!! In December we have the posadas. The rest of the time it is quiet. We have marvelous hot air balloons, or on the ground tours of all the marvelous wineries," explained one expat.

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What do I need to know before moving to Tequisquiapan?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Tequisquiapan, they said:

"Tequisquiapan is a small town located in the Mexican state of Queretaro. It is a popular tourist destination due to its beautiful landscapes and mild climates. The city is located in the Sierra Gorda region of central Mexico, and the terrain is mostly hilly. It has a thriving local economy, with many shops and markets, and is known for its markets on Saturday mornings. In terms of accommodation, there are many vacation rentals or hostels, as well as hotels and resorts available. The cost of living is very affordable in Tequisquiapan, and many people find it easy to find employment in the area. It is a safe place to live, and the locals are welcoming and friendly. However, it is important to note that the area does not offer many amenities or services that are available in larger cities. It is important to research the area before moving there, and to make sure you can access the necessary services," explained one expat.

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How do I find a place to live in Tequisquiapan?

We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"For those looking to live in Tequisquiapan, there are many options available. You could explore long-term rental options such as houses or apartments. Short-term rental options also exist in the form of guesthouses or homestays. It is also possible to purchase a property in Tequisquiapan. Real estate agents specialize in helping those interested in buying a home in the area. Additionally, Tequisquiapan has a thriving expatriate community and there are many group forums and Facebook pages which can provide helpful advice and tips on finding a suitable place to live in the area," explained one expat.

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What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Tequisquiapan?

"Expat homes in Tequisquiapan are typically modern, spacious, and well-appointed. Most homes have open living and dining areas, plenty of natural light, and often times a private courtyard or garden. Expat apartments tend to be similar and typically offer modern amenities such as up-to-date kitchens, multiple bedrooms, and outdoor space. Both homes and apartments generally offer excellent views of the surrounding area, including the nearby lake and rolling hills. A variety of options exist at various price points, making Tequisquiapan a desirable area for expats," explained one expat.

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What is the average cost of housing in Tequisquiapan?

If you are thinking about moving to Tequisquiapan, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:

"The average cost of housing in Tequisquiapan varies depending on the size and condition of the property. Generally speaking, one-bedroom apartments and houses range from $300-$500 USD per month, while three-bedroom properties range from $500-$750 USD per month," said another person in Tequisquiapan.

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How do I meet people in Tequisquiapan?

When we asked people living in Tequisquiapan about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"Meeting people in Tequisquiapan is easy; there are many ways to do so. One way is to attend local events such as festivals and street fairs. These allow you to get to know the locals and hopefully meet some new friends. Additionally, joining groups such as churches, clubs, or volunteer organizations can introduce you to people with similar interests and help you build your social network in the area. If you are looking for a specific type of person, you could join hobby or business related classes and events; these are great locations to meet like-minded individuals and make connections. Finally, the internet is always a useful tool to connect with others. Social media applications, like Facebook and Instagram, are good ways to start conversations with locals," said another expat in Tequisquiapan.

"Tequisquiapan is an excellent place to meet new people, as the city has a thriving and vibrant culture. One way to get to know local people is to take part in some of the city's festivals and events, such as the Tequisquiapan Agave Fair, which is held every October. Other great ways to meet locals include joining group sports and activities, attending classes or workshops at local museums or cultural centers, or even exploring the city's vibrant nightlife scene. Getting involved in the local community is always a great way to meet new people and make friends," added another person living in Tequisquiapan.

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What should I bring when moving to Tequisquiapan?

People living in Tequisquiapan were asked what three things they wish they had brought and three they wish they had left behind. They wrote:

"Clothing suitable for the weather, toiletries, bedding, kitchen appliances, kitchenware and utensils, furniture, important documents, tools, and personal items such as photos and souvenirs," replied an expat in Tequisquiapan.

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Where should I setup a bank account in Tequisquiapan?

We asked expats in Tequisquiapan what banks they use and there advice about banking. They advised:

"The most convenient place to setup a bank account in Tequisquiapan is Banco Santander in Plaza del Agua at Calle 21 de Marzo Numero 250 Colonia Centro. Other local banks in Tequisquiapan include Banamex, Banorte and HSBC," explained one expat.

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Will I be able to find a job in Tequisquiapan?

When we asked people about industries and career opportunities in Tequisquiapan, they reponded:

"It is possible to find a job in Tequisquiapan, depending on the skills of the individual looking for a job. Tequisquiapan is a growing tourist destination, so there are many opportunities in the tourism industry. There are also many smaller businesses looking for employees in various roles. Those looking for a job in Tequisquiapan should research the local job market and contact local businesses to inquire about job opportunities," remarked another in Tequisquiapan.

"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," explained one expat.

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What is life like in Tequisquiapan?

When we asked people living in Tequisquiapan what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:

"Living as an expat in the area can be very rewarding. Expats get to experience a unique culture, language, food, and customs that can give them a unique perspective on life. Despite the language barrier, many expats find the locals to be welcoming and friendly, making the journey even more enjoyable. The cost of living can be significantly lower than in many Western countries, making it an attractive place to live. Expats will also find plenty to explore, with beaches, jungle and city life all within easy access. Job opportunities are available, though it may be difficult to find one without prior language skills. Health care can also be a challenge, although there are some private health care options available. In general, living as an expat in the area is exciting and dynamic," remarked another expat in Tequisquiapan.

"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," explained one expat living in Tequisquiapan.

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What do expats in Tequisquiapan appreciate most about the local culture?

"Expats in Tequisquiapan appreciate the friendly and welcoming attitude of the local people, their laid-back way of life and their strong sense of family values. They also appreciate the cultural richness of the region, with its traditional music and dances, local crafts and festivals, and natural beauty. Furthermore, many appreciate the local food and the fact that Tequisquiapan is still off the beaten tourist track, allowing expats to experience Mexican culture in an authentic way," added another person living in Tequisquiapan.

"I appreciate the "family unit" the most. It mirrors the way things must have been with early migration to the U.S. during and after WWII. I love the ingenuity of the Mexican people. I enjoy seeing their appreciation when you show enthusiam for a job well done. I love that the women cook everything from scratch....little if any pre-cooked foods. Most of all, I truly enjoy the simplicity of life. I find I have a smile on my face most of the time. No Drama (except for the novelas)! Life is good," explained one expat living in Tequisquiapan.

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What do expats find most challenging?

"Expats often find culture shock and language barriers to be the most challenging aspects of their new surroundings. This can be especially difficult when it comes to navigating customs, procedures and laws in the new country. Additionally, expats may struggle with establishing and maintaining social connections, as well as building up a professional network in the new environment. Even things like finding adequate housing or reliable transportation can be difficult and taxing for expats," explained one expat living in Tequisquiapan.

"A delightful challenge is to let go of the "pressue cooker" lifestyle which I lived while climbing the ladder of success. The language, until I learn more, is still slightly a challenge. And, since I really enjoy knowing what's going on in the country in which I live, I really find it challenging that I don't understand the politics of the county. Lastly, I find it very difficult to find other expats to socialize with. Where are you all hiding?," said another expat in Tequisquiapan.

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Is there a lot of crime in Tequisquiapan?

We asked people if there is a lot of crime. They answered:

"Crime rates in Tequisquiapan are generally low compared to other areas in Mexico, and it is considered a relatively safe city. Violent incidents, such as robberies and homicides, are rare. However, petty thefts, such as pickpocketing, remain a threat, making it important to practice basic safety precautions when in the city," added another person living in Tequisquiapan.

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Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Tequisquiapan accepting of differences?

"Tequisquiapan is located in Mexico and is considered to be quite a diverse area. People of many different cultures, languages, and religions can be found in the area. The population consists of an array of Indigenous, European, and African descendant communities. As a result, the local culture is rich and varied, and the city is known as a place of unity and acceptance of differences. People are open to diverse ideas and belief systems, which allows individuals and families to live peacefully side by side. There is a strong sense of unity and acceptance in the community, allowing people to celebrate and appreciate each other's cultures," remarked another in Tequisquiapan.

"Tequis is wonderful. I came about 8 mo before the pandemic hit. We went through a bit of a stretch, but it is slowly coming back. Restaurants and tiendas are coming back. The town does get crowded on big holidays - Easter Holiday and Christmas. Normal weekends are 'busy' but doable. We locals just tend to stay home Friday thru Sunday. You do have to watch out for the teenagers on 4 wheelers! As far as diversity, it depends upon what you define as diversity. There is not a large LGBTQ population here. This is a VERY family oriented town. If that is what you are looking for, I suggest San Miguel. The statement about police not chasing for mordidas is true. I personally have had to get help 2 times. Just this past week, I was rear ended at a stop sign and they are just as nice and fair as can be. All have a smile and are caring! Tequis is no where near as congested as San Miguel - very tranquil lifestyle!!!," explained one expat.

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What are the schools in Tequisquiapan like?

"Tequisquiapan has a variety of public and private schools, from primary to secondary levels. Elementary schools include Ellas de Quiroga, Olympia, Parres, and Tecali. The public high schools in the area include José Vasconcelos, Colegio Nacional, José María Morelos and Centro de Bachillerato Tecnológico Agropecuario (CBTA). Private high schools include Tequisquiapan Prep and Prep de Tequisquiapan. There is also a higher education institution in Tequisquiapan called Universidad de Tequisquiapan that offers degrees in law, business administration, computer science among others," explained one expat living in Tequisquiapan, Mexico.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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