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Visiting Peña de Bernal Monolith and Magic Village in Mexico


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Today we’re going to talk about climbing the third largest monolith in the world, Pena de Bernal in Mexico. Are you ready to make everyday an adventure? So here’s the fun thing. My friends just moved to Queretaro, Mexico.

Until they moved to this place I had never even heard of Queretaro. But while they were doing their moving process they sent me and my family an image of Penia de Bernal. Pena de Bernal is one of the Pueblos Magicos which are magic villages that surround Queretero. So you go to Queretaro to visit Pena. Anyway, Pena de Bernell is the third largest monolith in the world and one of the most popular places to rock climb.

And since they know that my kids and husband are avid rock climbers I all of a sudden I had a huge light bulb that we are going to go and visit them and my sons will go climbing because today I’m barely able to go traveling unless there is some rock climbing involved. And that was the clincher for me, my friend, who is also my youngest son’s best friend now lives in Queretaro. So if you get to Penure, you could certainly stay in Peña de Bernal. Pena de Banana is this tiny, adorable, beautiful little village and it is really little which makes it really easy to get around and it all is surrounded by this monolith, this unbelievable huge rock in the middle of nowhere. The rock is itself over 350 meters high so it’s almost 3000ft high.

It is obviously right. And it is really popular for climbing purposes for multi pitch climbing and bouldering. My sons don’t do multi pitch, they are more sports climbers and bouldering. So since my husband has had a pretty severe accident he’s not able to climb right now. I had to find a good climbing guide and before we arrived I did a lot of homework to find a good professional climbing guy because my kids are not just the beginning novices who just want to try it.

They are really advanced pretty much. Now the guy tells us they’re definitely the most advanced climbers he’s ever worked with. But you have to find the correct climbing guide for that level. Otherwise they’re all just pretty cookie cutter, not so great. So after a lot of work I found a really good climbing guide for my son’s where he first took them when they went two times, the first day they went bouldering and the second time they went to do actual sports climbing.

So the first day me and my husband also went but we went to the village itself. My husband could walk but with a limb. So the point that I was saying that it’s tiny really was magical for many reasons because my husband was able to walk around and see the beautiful little town and I was able to enjoy it with him as well. So what’s really interesting about Peña de Bernal but now the actual town is even though you have this monolith there which is a popular climbing place the town is not at all revolved around climbing. As a matter of fact if you didn’t know anybody climbing you would never know that it was some place that climbers even come.

Usually whenever we go to climbing sites the whole town is kind of like visiting a surfing village or a skiing snowboarding village. Everything revolves around the sport. In this particular case not at all super colorful, beautiful closed streets, tiny for you to walk around. There’s different foods. The main food there is gorditas which is a really popular Mexican dish and also they serve no pal.

No Pala is a Cactus that they use quite a lot and it comes from that particular region but gorditas you could use gorditas is like two tortillas together stuffed with all these different things. Plus they have all these different artisan shops that you could walk around and it’s definitely a place. If you are going to go and visit Queretaro You have to go and check out Penguin de Bernal for one day. It’s actually probably half a day. It’s 45 minutes to an hour to get to the village.

Three to 4 hours. If you’re not going to be climbing it’s more than enough and if you’re not going to be hiking you can hike up as well. That’s obviously an entire day event or you could just enjoy the actual village itself which is what me and my husband did. There’s a bunch of terrace restaurants and coffee shops and it’s just a beautiful magical village. So if you guys are going to go to Queretaro Please take one day and visit at least one of the Pueblo Mexico Which would be Penña de Bernal or San Miguel de Ayende.

Make sure to listen to my podcast on Queretaro itself and San Miguel de Allende. I have two podcasts really talking a lot about what they’re to do why to visit those two areas as well and if you enjoyed this episode please leave me a review and share it with your friends and if you want to make every day an adventure make sure to go to my website travel expert with in a dot com to get a list for free and make sure you have make every day an adventure.

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