La Peña de Bernal
La Peña de Bernal is an interesting "monolith" located in the State of Queretaro. It is 288 meters high and is considered the third highest in the world.
The town at the foot of la Peña de Bernal is also quaint. There are many artisan shops here where you can by woven rugs, jewellery (in particular silver) and tapestries.
I climbed a small part of la Peña de Bernal with my friends. I am not sure if you can climb the whole way but there is a lovely view of the countryside a short way up.
Located at the heart of the Historic centre, in front of temple of San Francisco. Build in 1874 and named after the founder of it Don NBenito Santos Zenea the gobernor of Queretaro at the time. I a beautiful garden for a family walk, you will find the typical cotton candies and Ballon sellers for the little ones, and a nice fountain to enjoy a peaceful evening.
Querétaro Around Christmas Time
"The most Christmasy Plaza in Cd. Querétaro"
This was so pretty!
"Giant Constructed Christmas Tree..."
...in the middle of another Mexican plaza.
"Decorations Hung Outside Doors"
Many people hang up a Christmas decoration outside their door. I think they're made of paper mache. On this street it seemed like every resident put one up.
"Performances in the Plaza"
Throughout most of December they have a full daily schedule of musical performances in the plaza with the gazebo. There was an orchestra playing familiar Christian hymns like "O Come All Ye Faithful", childrens' and school choirs, instrumental groups, and cultural music specials. Rows and rows of chairs were set up around the plaa walkways to accomodate the listeners. Vendors came around selling churros. It was refreshing to enjoy Christmas music outside on a December evening and not be cold! I treasured the experience.
There was a kind of parade with kids in it. This was a Catholic tradition, probably related to the Advent season, though I forget the name or significance of it. There was a very formal ceremony with the leading city officials, Miss Queretaro, etc. at the end of the final parade, this was with 10 days remaining before Christmas. It was being videotaped and all.