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Magical, Mystical Pena de Bernal, Mexico

I sat at the foot of Pena de Bernal, the world’s third tallest monolithic rock, and concentrated on what I felt. Residents in the tiny town of Bernal de la Pena insist that the formation, which is exceeded in height only by Gibraltar and Sugarloaf Mountain in Brazil, has mystical powers. Some say…

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Queretaro, Mexico – Both City and State Filled with Scenic Wonders

The City of Santiago de Queretaro surprised me. Of the 32 Mexican States, only five are smaller than the State of Queretaro, thus I had expected its capital city to be small and compact, but my bus drove through miles of suburbs sprawled across rolling hills before pulling into the outlying bus terminal….

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San Miguel de Allende, Just What is All the Hoopla About?

I just don’t get it. For years I’ve been hearing about San Miguel de Allende. People rave about it being the place to go in Mexico, pointing to its huge American expat community, its strong ties to arts and culture, its lovely architecture, etc., etc. But for some reason, I just could not…

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Dolores Hidalgo and Atotonilco, Tiny Mexican Towns with Big Histories

The City of Guanajuato may be the birthplace of Mexico’s Independence, but the sign stretched across the road proclaimed the town of Dolores Hidalgo to be the cradle of its independence. My visit to this tiny village was serendipitous. Wondering whether I really wanted to keep San Miguel de Allende on my travel…

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Fancy Feet, Quirky Culture, and Macabre Mummies in Guanajuato, Mexico

In addition to being Mexico’s most beautiful city and having a fascinating history, Guanajuato, Mexico is a cultural mecca. The city offers 15 museums, three major theaters, five major plazas, and five temples that display architectural styles ranging from Baroque to the New Spain Churrigueresca. Guanajuato also offers a schedule of festivals and…

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Guanajuato, Mexico – Birthplace of the Mexican War for Independence

From the top of San Miguel Hill, the massive stone monument to Juan José de los Reyes Martínez Amaro gazes serenely over the valley that cradles Guanajuato, Mexico, but back in 1810 this uneducated miner was bent on revenge. Martinez was known by the nickname Pipila, which some claim was a reference to…

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