Magical Peña de Bernal

Breathtaking monolith just 3 hours away from Mexico City

Driving through Queretaro semi desert and mountain ranges might be somewhat monotonous… until, out of the sudden, you see a gigantic mountain, in the middle of nowhere! It’s Peña de Bernal, the 3rd largest monolith in the world, known mostly among pilgrims, shamans and New Age practitioners. It is also visited by rock climbers who take up the challenge to reach its top.

Climb to the peak on foot or cycling, and feel the magic while looking over the Queretaro plains. Visit the tiny altar about half way up to the top. Let yourself enough time to sit in peace and quiet, to reflect upon the legends surrounding this mountain and the energy it radiates.

The town at its foot, Santiago de Bernal is one of the Mexico’s magical villages (pueblo magico) and its main square is one of the most brightly colored in the country. Visit little shops which sell handicrafts, woolen rugs and sweaters, candy made of goat milk. Don’t forget to visit one of the shops which offer fabulous crystals which can be found in the surrounding mountains.

Peña de Bernal is a fantastic option for a 1- or 2-day escape from the city, don’t miss it!

Our trips:

Magic of Bernal (1 day)

hiking or cycling + visit in Bernal + wine tasting + traditional cuisine

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Rock-climbing adventure + sightseeing (2 days)

rock-climbing + visit in Bernal + traditional cuisine + wine tasting + visit in Tequisquiapan

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Temazcal ritual (1 day)

hiking or cycling + visit in Bernal + Temazcal ceremony with meditation + vegetarian meals

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