San Sebastián Bernal (in Otomi: Ma’hando), better known as Bernal (from Basque Vernal, ‘place of stones or boulders’), is a colonial village in the Mexican state of Querétaro. It was founded in 1642 by Spanish soldier Alonso Cabrera.
Likewise, in the Otomi language: Ma’hando, in Chichimeca: De’hendo, has the same meaning: “In the middle of two”.
Bernal is located 40 minutes by road from state capital Santiago de Querétaro and two and a half hours from Mexico City. It is located in Ezequiel Montes municipality, a few minutes from Colón and Cadereyta.
It has a current population of 2909. 1377 are males and 1532 are females. 1014 persons are counted as Economic Active Population and there are only 630 inhabited homes in town.
It is known for its enormous monolith of massive rock, the Peña de Bernal, the third highest on the planet.
Recently, the town of Bernal acquired the title of Pueblo Mágico (“Magical Town”). The Magical Towns are admitted for being localities that have magic symbolic attributes, legends, history, transcendental facts, that associate in each of his cultural manifestations, and that today mean a great opportunity for tourism.
Peña de Bernal is an obligatory point of reference for climbers from all over the world. However, Bernal is not only a destination for those who seek adventure, but also is a holistic destination due to the energy that emanates from it. Those who want to live life slowly also come to this town. Even though time passes by, it does not seem to affect its inhabitants, who actually live longer and who spend their days under the shelter of the third largest monolith in the world, which was formed 65 million years ago by the depleted force of volcanic lava. This rock holds many mysteries. It is evident that it appears to be a highly attractive magnet, which must be seen at least once in a lifetime.