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Rock of Bernal
Surroundings of Mexico City

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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