La Pena de Bernal
La Pena de Bernal
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Robert Blackie
Mexico City, Mexico355 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Amazing, although a little difficult and dangerous to climb. We did it with normal sneakers, though if you have them I recommend shoes with good traction as you will DEFINITELY need them. We had a couple slips and it can be scary! But well-worth the effort. It takes about an hour to climb and another hour to come down. The views from the top (well, the area where you can stop and take photos since only experienced rock climbers are allowed to scale the complete edifice) are breathtaking. Definitely wear a LOT of sunblock and keep yourself hydrated. You WILL get dusty and dirty, so wear clothes you don't mind soiling. Also, wear light, comfortable clothing. You'll break a sweat fast! Start your climb before 1pm as any later than that and there will be a line to enter and the trail will be more crowded, making the climb and decent much more challenging. The cost is reasonable (I think it was 50 pesos per person to enter). I recommend starting your climb at 11am, reaching the summit by noon, just in time for the afternoon sun to be behind you and illuminate the Bernal without shadows.
Written October 19, 2020
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Cal337
Hong Kong, China39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Mexican guides and Spanish wikipedia claims this is the 3rd tallest monolith in the world, after the Rock of Gibraltar and Pao de Azucar in Rio de Janeiro. French wikipedia claims it is the 3rd after Mount Augustus and Uluru in Australia. English wikipedia says that monoliths are very hard to define and what is height anyway? The height of the whole rock or the height of the rock above the surface of the ground. Anyway, this is a big rock, not far from the very touristy city of Bernal. A rickshaw driver can take you to the rock from town for 40 pesos, or you can walk uphill in 10 minutes. If you want to hike the rock to the highest available spot, get there before 4pm otherwise they won't let you up. If you want to scale the rock, you have to be a rock climber with the proper equipment.
Written April 11, 2021
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Cathy H
Austin, TX14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
This was our first trip to the Mexican Highlands and will not be our last. There are many reasons we'll return, and one of them is Bernal. Our guide, Edmundo Ruben [a.k.a. RUber - he will be your driver for hire: +52 442 460 8731] gave us a private tour from Querétaro to Tequisquiapan and then Bernal for the day. The weather in March is perfect. The country side reminded us of our Central Texas home though at a higher altitude. Similar landscape..... that is, up to a point. Peña de Bernal is outstanding as a geologic feature and visible for many many miles. The colorful town, its warm and friendly people, and their special blue corn "sandwiches" called gorditas were so pleasant, my grumpy husband smiled the entire day. We went on a weekday because the weekends are more crowded according to RUber. At the end of our trip were two tasty treats: Paloma Grapefruit Mocktail (Squirt + Lime Juice served in a salty-rimmed glass with a sprinkle of chile powder!) and Monjas Pedos, a chocolate candy. Allow me to translate monjas pedos and you will understand the gentle sense of humor these lovely people possess.... Nun Farts. Not being the athletes we once were, we chose not to climb the peak. Nonetheless, it was an exhilarating visit.
Written April 2, 2022
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Samantha R
Mexico City, Mexico7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Peña de Bernal is one of the most beautiful magical towns and known for the great rocky crag of approximately 300 meters high, being the third largest in the world, where tourists go to relax practicing rock climbing or mountaineering.
This beautiful town is located about 52 kilometers northeast of the city of Santiago de Querétaro, it borders to the south with Ezequiel Montes, San Juan del Río and to the north with the Sierra Gorda, this town of interesting colonial constructions is located on the feet of one of the most striking rocks of the American continent, with vast vegetation between the rocks.​
It was formed 65 million years ago in the Jurassic period when a volcanic vent depleted its energy and the lava from inside the volcano together with weather factors formed this rock.
During the spring equinox, the rock receives thousands of tourists looking for an encounter with nature to recharge with energy. At the foot of the rock sits Villa de Bernal, a Magical Town with beautiful portals, cobbled streets with an irregular layout, inns, restaurants, handicrafts, snack stalls, museums and colorful houses, without a doubt a place you should visit.
Written June 1, 2022
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AMB&JAS
Alexandria, Virginia760 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We conquered La Peña on August 8, 2023! It took us two hours from the ticket booth at the entrance, up to the top, and back to the entrance. My wife and I are fit Boomers but we ate breakfast before we set out, took plenty of breaks going up and down, brought water & snacks, and I wore a hat. We started the climb at 9:00am and it was already getting warm.

We took a mototaxi from our Airbnb to the entrance of La Peña, to save energy, and we took a mototaxi back after we were done, because we were tired. It is possible to walk from town to La Peña and if it was cooler we might have. There are paid public restrooms at the entrance but you need coins. There were no attendants when we arrived but there was toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and the restrooms were clean. Admission to La Peña was $30 pesos per person. Wear comfortable, well-fitting shoes. My wife wore boots but I wore walking shoes. Step carefully. Wear comfortable clothes. It's a fabulous experience.

After we were done I was hungry so while we waited for our mototaxi to arrive we devoured a pan de queso from the bakery at the end of the driveway to the parking lot, Abril. Delish.
Written August 24, 2023
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Janet B
Lawrence, KS61 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
We spent part of an afternoon in this town. It's picturesque, but somewhat touristy. There isn't a lot to do here if you aren't up for climbing the mountain (we were not). We did get some wonderful pan de queso. It comes in many flavors and was like a cheese danish. We also paid a few pesos and took a motorcycle cab up to the terrace/trailhead for the mountain. That was fun in itself - and much nicer than walking up the hill. We did walk down and found it an easy walk back. For comparison, we thought Sierra Gorda's biosphere was a much better day trip. Still, I'm glad we visited this place.
Written November 1, 2021
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Julian 89
Vancouver, Canada5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
Lovely place in all sense, I was travel with my family and it's incredible how the nature can it be, we spent a couple of days rent Airbnb so that was practical, for me the experience an the favor of local drink "Pulque" was. Unexpected I didn't like the taste but maybe because I don't use to it.

The only thing i recommend it's no trust in the people who tries to learn your future, most of the time it's fake.

I come back sure hehe
Written March 3, 2023
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Marc L
Veenendaal, The Netherlands706 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Small town with the typical Mexican atmosphere. The center streets are narrow and crowded with shops all over, a lot selling Mexican craftsware. The streets are steep and made of cobble stones, nothing wrong with that but be sure to wear the right shoes.
La Pena, is the rock that you can climb.. it's a 45 minute climb with some some challenging pieces so you need to be reasonably fit to make it to the "top" (by foot you can get about half way I guess). Tip : Go early as the sunrise is very nice when you are up there. Note: there is a charge to climb up. If you go early you still have to pay when you exit so take some money.
Written April 19, 2022
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David R
Marysville, WA113 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We did not have time to actually climb this monolith, but it was fun walking through the city on our way to the base. Very nice, colorful town, and lots of uphill walking just to get to the base. But seeing this old town up close was rewarding, itself, from the busy park, to the quiet back streets, and colorful buildings.
Written November 12, 2023
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macho1
Albany, CA143 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
Went to this little city on a day trip out of Querétaro and truly enjoyed the visit to this sweet little town. Wonderful shopping at very inexpensive prices. If your into hiking there is a huge big rock formation that people like to hike. Worth a visit!
Written January 30, 2020
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