No. 2: Peña de Bernal

August 31, 2008. Bernal, Querétaro.

Girls at Bernal

While Westmont freshmen are gearing up for their first day of school, Westmont in Mexico students have already finished their first two weeks of classes.

Bernal hikeStudents have settled in nicely. They're working hard in their classes (a necessity as they're all in Spanish) and are making insighful observations about Mexican culture. All have mastered the bus system, and all thirteen students continue to explore the beauty and wonder of Querétaro.

A highlight of the second week was our trip to Bernal Rock (La Peña de Bernal), the second-largest monolith in the world. After a day of climbing—and breathing hard at nearly 8000 feet above sea level—we enjoyed the magnificent views from what seemed like the top of the world. Following the hike, we explored the charming town and dined together. Our only disappointment was when we discovered the restaurant had run out of their specialty, Oaxacan grasshoppers!

To see more of our adventures, view the slideshow below: