Meandering in Mexico

Last May I took a quick trip to the lovely towns of Tequisquiapan and Bernal in Querétaro, Mexico.  As Pueblo Mágicos, both towns have charming colonial style central squares and streets, and enough activities in the surrounding areas that it makes a very popular weekend getaway for the residents of nearby Querétaro and Mexico City.

The town of Bernal, with the Peña de Bernal in the background

The town of Bernal, with the Peña de Bernal in the background

The town square in Tequisquiapan

The town square in Tequisquiapan

I arrived in Mexico City, and after spending the evening catching up with friends, we left the next morning to our first stop of Tequisquiapan.  After checking into our hotel, we took a walk around town and admired the beautiful architecture and style of the buildings in Tequisquiapan.

The  Iglesia Santa María de la Asunción in the main square of Tequisquiapan

The  Iglesia Santa María de la Asunción in the main square of Tequisquiapan

The courtyard of our hotel

The courtyard of our hotel

The next morning we awoke early and headed just outside of town where a hot air balloon was waiting to take us on a flight.

Prepping the Hot Air Balloon as the sun rises over the horizon

Prepping the Hot Air Balloon as the sun rises over the horizon

Jessica taking in the views over the fields of Tequisquiapan

Jessica taking in the views over the fields of Tequisquiapan

Sunrise from the air

Sunrise from the air

The hot air balloon casts a shadow over the farmers fields

The hot air balloon casts a shadow over the farmers fields

Our pilots from Vuela en Globo (http://www.vuelaenglobo.com/es/index/) ensured us a nice smooth ride.  

While there was plenty more to see in and around Tequisquiapan, including hot springs, vineyards, and an upcoming National Cheese and Wine Fair, we needed to move onto our next destination, Bernal.

The Central Plaza in Bernal

The Central Plaza in Bernal

This town of just under 3000 residents is dominated by the Peña de Bernal, which, at 433m tall is the third largest monolith in the world.  After spending the first day rock climbing in the area around the Peña, we spent the rest of our stay relaxing and enjoying the nice cobblestone streets and colourful colonial buildings of the town.

A nice fountain just outside the church in the main plaza

A nice fountain just outside the church in the main plaza

Could be straight out of Zorro

Could be straight out of Zorro

Pedestrian area in Bernal

Pedestrian area in Bernal

Empty streets

Empty streets

If you're looking for a unique Mexico travel experience I would recommend a trip to Bernal and Tequisquiapan.  There's plenty see and do in the surrounding area, and it's a location that I'm looking forward to returning to!

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