The Rock of Bernal, one of the largest monoliths in
the world, imposingly stands presiding over a
prosperous agricultural region famous for its
vineyards, its artisanal products and its cheeses.
Bernal Rock is located in the Ezequiel Montes
municipality in the centre of the state of
Querétaro, approximately 3 hours away from Mexico
City. This area of the country is characterized by
its mediterraenan weather which has, during the las
hundred years, facilitated the establishment of
several vineyards and wine producing estates, one of
the most famous being the Freixenet Winery.
Inhabited by Chichimecan tribes many centuries ago,
Bernal Rock has attracted a large number of people
with its magnetism and mystery, and to this day its
a frequent event to find people that go there to
'charge' with energy during the spring equinoxes.
The town of Bernal is located at the foot of the
rock; it's a beautiful town which conserves its
vernacular architecture intact, characterized by its
adobe houses smoothed over with stucco and painted
with vibrant colours. As a result of this beautiful
place's rediscovery, some small family hotels,
restaurants and facilities have been established
here over the last few years, which represent an
invitation for people to stay in this place and
enjoy its enigmatic, yet warm, atmosphere.
There are many towns in the surrounding area which
are worth a visit, like Tequisquiapan, a small city
with a large Colonial heritage which is manifested
through its buildings, its inhabitants and its food,
mainly its dairy products, its delicious 'dulces de
leche' and its 'turrón'.
To get to Bernal Rock one can take a bus from the
Central de Camiones del Norte to the city of
Querétaro and, from there, transfer to another bus
in that direction; or one can also take the México –
Querétaro highway and follow the signs to the
Ezequiel Montes municipality.
If you're in the area, you might also like to visit
the pulque haciendas of the Apan Plains and the
Ex-Convent of Acolman on your way back to the city.