As of December 22nd, 2018 visitors will pay 30 MXN
About 60 kilometers from the city of Querétaro is the impressive Peña de Bernal. With approximately 300 meters of altitude, it is the third largest monolith in the world, after the Rock of Gibraltar in Spain and the Sugar Loaf Mountain in Brazil. A paradise for climbers and mountaineers.
Up until now, climbing the Peña de Bernal has been free of charge. However, the flora and fauna of the rock has been so badly affected in recent years that a nature conservation program has now been launched between the local government, the National Institute for Anthropology and History (INAH) and the Ministry of Tourism for the Peña de Bernal . This began on December 22, 2018.
Visitors who want to visit the Peña de Bernal from now on will pay a fee of 30 MXN (approx. 1.40 euros). Children under the age of 10, adults over the age of 60 and residents of the community are no longer charged.
The fee will be higher for mountaineers and climbers because they not only hike the monolith, but climb it and use instruments (hooks, ropes, chains) that damage the rock far more
The initial reaction from tourists was surprisingly good. They understand that it is necessary to take conservation measures to preserve the rock. With the fees collected, the Peña de Bernal is to be cleared of garbage and a reforestation campaign with native plants is planned.