The seasons continue to change alongside the weather and people’s wardrobes. The air has changed. Winter is coming, fall has arrived. We’ve put away our flip flops and are pulling out the rain boots. Last year at this time we were leaving Mexico and making our permanent arrival in Canada. Today, we wanted to look back at the sunny days of adventure south of the border. Located just outside of Queretaro City, Pena de Bernal is a natural rock feature found in the town of the same name. One of Central Mexico’s most incredible natural attractions, this is a can’t miss event on the road across Mexico.
The two of us are excited for the arrival of October, as it will give us time to visit a few new local destinations. The passing of summer is usually something that is mourned and not celebrated; this year we are taking a different approach. The two of us have exciting travel plans coming up, so we are are welcoming October with open arms. Today is all about Mexico. Pena de Bernal is one of the great things to see for those adventurous enough to leave the beaches and head inland. It’s even more impressive in person. Next time, we plan to spend a few days exploring the area on foot, hiking up to see this thing up close.
The trees are beginning to change colours, showing the world their yellow, red and orange leaves as a reminder that things are about to change. This will be our second autumn together in colder climates. We will always have lots of good memories of the beautiful beaches on Cozumel to keep us warm, and hopefully today’s desktop wallpaper does the same for you.
Travels Across Central Mexico
Our lives have been filled with many adventures over the last several years, a cylce that was only broken because of Covid. For three years, we would spend summers apart and this was the month where we would reunite. Rob would fly back to Canada for work and we would both count down the days before reuniting.
October has always been a time of travel and adventure for the two of us. Last year we had just gone through 14 days of mandatory lockdown as part of our return to Canada. In 2017, we took our first long trip together to South America. This trip helped to inspire us to do explore the world together.
Two years ago we explored the Central Mexico highlands, backpacking from Guadalajara to Mexico City. This adventure was highlighted by stops in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato and Puebla, and many places in between. One of the best attractions was Pena de Bernal. Pena de Bernal is a 433 m tall monolith, and one of the largest rock structures in the world.
Last year, we said goodbye to Cozumel. The was followed by a 2000km drive from the Caribbean to Zacatecas. We made a few stops along the way, but mostly we kept pushing through. We landed in Canada and settled in for our first winter in many years. October has been a month where we have chosen to share the best of Mexico. We have showcased one of our favourite beaches – Punta Sur Eco Park on Cozumel – and today we’ve added another instant classic from the Riviera Nayarit.
Mexico City’s Pyramids
The incredible Pyramids of Teotihuacan is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and one of the most impressive archeological zones either of us have ever visited. It was one of the highlights to our first trip to Mexico City.
Teotihuacan is located only 40-km outside of Mexico City so it is easy to visit on a day trip. It was one of the largest cities on the pre-Columbian American continent. The city was at its cultural peak from around 1 AD until 700 AD. Teotihuacan would have ranked as one of the 5 largest cities anywhere in the world, home to an estimated 125,000 people during it’s peak. Teotihuacan influenced many of the famous cultures that followed. The Aztecs claimed to be direct descendants of this great civilization. It is easy to understand why they wanted to be associated with the original inhabitants.
This great city was primarily a religious and ceremonial center and Teotihuacan means “the place where the gods were created”. This massive archeological zone will inspire everyone who visits, especially the twin pyramids dedicated to the Sun and Moon. It’s possible to spend several hours wandering around Teotihuacan and still not appreciate everything.
Now we can turn the pages of the calendar to October and open up a new chapter in our lives. Mexico is a big country with lots to see, and this is the perfect addition to our growing collection. We have been creating desktop wallpapers as a monthly feature in 2019, showcasing pictures from some of the amazing places we visited. We hope you enjoy our latest installment and stay tuned for our November wallpaper!