Extra activities

In addition to your regular classes, Babilon regularly offers additional activities to broaden your cultural experience and understanding of the Mexican culture.  Some of the activities include:

Piñata Party: Celebrate a traditional Mexican fiesta with us.  Enjoy food, fun, friends and don´t forget the piñata!

Coffee Night: Get to know your professors and other Mexican students at one of the local coffee houses downtown.

Querétaro and its Legends: Take a walking tour through the city at night.  Your guide, leading the way with a fire-lit torch, is an important person in the history of Mexico.  Live the drama of Mexico´s history in the very locations where it took place.

Mexican Movie Night: Come with popcorn and a soft drink in hand to enjoy a Mexican classic or recent favorite film with us.

Field trips

You can sign up for any of our field trips planned during your time studying with us. Make sure you sign up early before all the spaces are filled up!  Costs for each trip include transportation between the school and our travel destination and admission tickets when applicable.  We will let you know if you should plan to budget for food or bring a sack lunch if necessary.

Cavas Freixenet (The Wine Cellar of Freixenet)

 

Freixenet offers free tours of the facilities every day. They show you the whole wine process: from the extraction of the grapes´ liquid after the harvest, up to the final process of putting it into bottles and labeling them.

 

You descend 25 meters to where the temperature and humidity are controlled for the perfect aging of the wines and where thousands of bottles rest in cellars, waiting for the optimal moment for them to be opened.

http://www.freixenetmexico.com.mx

http://www.queretaro.travel/fichatecnica.aspx?q=KP71rlORWRXhamnQZMG8eA==&Lang=eng

Viñedos a la Redonda (The Vineyards of La Redonda)

This winery offers free tours every day. Once there, you can observe, for example, the colorful Salvador grape and the recognized Cabernet Sauvignon. The tour ends at the winery´s store, where one can taste and buy exquisite wines.

http://www.laredonda.com.mx/

http://www.queretaro.travel/fichatecnica.aspx?q=KP71rlORWRUbMNQbhzGqVQ==&Lang=eng

Peña de Bernal (The Rock of Bernal)

With 350 meters of height, 4,000,000 tons and 10,000,000 years old, the Peña de Bernal is the third biggest monolith in the world after El Peñón de Gibraltar in Spain and Pan de azúcar, in Brazil. It is possible to climb to the top of this rock with the proper equipment and a professional guide.

The pilgrimage is rewarded with a spectacular view over the expansive semidesert grasslands of Querétaro. In the evening, you can appreciate the light show, illuminating the Peña from the walkway below.

 

http://www.queretaro.travel/fichatecnica.aspx?q=KP71rlORWRUXBkoGTcHOlA%3d%3d

Tequisquiapan

Tequisquiapan is an exquisite example of Querétaro´ s provincial period, which it preserves in its streets and squares the colonial appearance of the time. Tequis, as the locals call it, is an ideal weekend destination; this traditional town invites the traveler to wander, to relax, and to enjoy. Tequisquiapan is also famous for its handcrafting basketry production: hand-woven baskets, trays, chairs, tables and more. At the same time, one can go horseback riding, ride an ATV, or fly in a hot-air balloon.

http://www.queretaro.travel/explora.aspx?q=RrRbGx+QAUghzGEqZQ5xtQ%3d%3d

Hot air balloon flight

Enjoy Tequisquiapan´s sunrise from the sky. Contact the Club Aerostático Nacional, book your flight, stay in Tequisquiapan, get up early, fly and enjoy. It doesn´t matter from which direction the wind is blowing; the ride is always peaceful, light and, at the same time, exciting and delightful.

http://www.queretaro.travel/fichatecnica.aspx?q=KP71rlORWRVYrCSyGmOs0Q%3d%3d

The Missions of the Sierra Gorda

The five Franciscan Missions symbolize the last phase of the Mexican evangelization and each of their temples represents an artistic declaration of the faith expansion in the middle of a wild territory; they are the signature of a Christian utopia. Because of their proximity, the missions have been maintained in a prodigious state of preservation, and today they continue to be within the mountains for the admiration of millions of visitors each year. The missions are all within a one hour car ride away from each other.

http://www.queretaro.travel/contenido.aspx?q=7Pj9zGxNoTYVYRKq1W0XBI2aO2lTTQNF

Aventura Park Eco-camp

Enjoy the peacefulness of nature combined with adventure and adrenaline, inside the Aventura Park, by going on activities like zip-lining on three lines, each more than 120 m (394 ft.) long, the highest at 40 m (131 ft.) in the air; go mountain biking with different levels of intensity, learn archery, and practice rock-climbing and rappeling. You can also play gotcha and learn spelunking techniques.

http://www.aventurapark.com.mx

http://www.queretaro.travel/fichatecnica.aspx?q=KP71rlORWRUmLVpwbuvjug%3d%3d

San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende is the most representative city of the Baroque period in Mexico. Its streets, gardens, houses, plazas, and above all its churches embody the architectural style of that period, which had characteristics unique to Mexico, so much so that the period was known as the Mexican Baroque.

http://www.visitmexico.com/en_us/visit/San-Miguel-de-Allende

http://www.visitmexico.com/en/san-miguel-de-allende

Teotihuacán

The ruins of the Teotihuacan archaeological site are among the most remarkable in Mexico. The Aztecs believed that the gods created the universe in this ancient city that once flourished as the epicenter of culture and commerce during Mesoamerica´s Classic Period. Located about 50 km (30 miles) north of Mexico City makes it an ideal day trip for history and anthropology buffs.

http://www.teotihuacan.com.mx/

http://www.visitmexico.com/en-us/archaeological-ruins-of-teotihuacan-mexico

Ixtapa

Ixtapa, once a coconut plantation, boasts the high-rise hotels, all-inclusive resorts, air-conditioned restaurants and upscale shopping you associate with Mexican beach resorts and luxury travel.

Ixtapa appeals to travelers seeking adventure vacations and outdoor recreation. Outfitters and hotels offer tours to Isla Ixtapa, where seafood shacks share beach space with stands renting snorkeling equipment. Whether you play golf or tennis, prefer swimming laps or scuba diving, devote yourself to sport fishing or surfing, you will find your activity in Ixtapa. Enlist the services of a guide to take you further out to ride horses on remote trails or go bird watching near lagoons.

Mexico City

Mexico City is a fascinating capital that beguiles its visitors with endless options. Thanks to the great number of museums, monuments, traditional neighborhoods, historical buildings and cultural centers, the Mexican capital is the city where there is no room for boredom.

http://www.visitmexico.com/en-us/mexico-city

Guadalajara

Guadalajara is the cradle of Mexican traditions, a place full of vitality and romance.

Guadalajara is a big city that looks and feels like the country. Year round spring temperatures, ever flowering sprawling gardens and parks make it seem more like a giant country club than Mexico’s second largest city. This is the home of several famous Mexican phenomena: Mariachi, the leather throated musicians who belt out songs at the drop of a sombrero; Tequila, the heady national drink; and the Mexican Hat Dance, “Jarabe Tapatio,” and Charros, talented equestrians. The whole area has an Old World air of colonial charm and grace.

http://www.visitmexico.com/en_mx/VisitMexico30/Guadalajara_W

Tequila Express in Guadalajara (The world of Tequila)

Created in 1997, the “Tequila Express” aims to be pioneers in a new form of tourism by bringing back the passenger train so visitors can relive this exciting experience and to let the world discover 3 pillars that form our national identity: Mariachi, Tequila and Charrería (A traditional Mexican rodeo and a national sport in Mexico)

http://tequilaexpress.mx/recorrido

Extra activities

In addition to your regular classes, Babilon regularly offers additional activities to broaden your cultural experience and understanding of the Mexican culture.  Some of the activities include:

Piñata Party: Celebrate a traditional Mexican fiesta with us.  Enjoy food, fun, friends and don´t forget the piñata!

Coffee Night: Get to know your professors and other Mexican students at one of the local coffee houses downtown.

Querétaro and its Legends: Take a walking tour through the city at night.  Your guide, leading the way with a fire-lit torch, is an important person in the history of Mexico.  Live the drama of Mexico´s history in the very locations where it took place.

Mexican Movie Night: Come with popcorn and a soft drink in hand to enjoy a Mexican classic or recent favorite film with us.

Field trips

You can sign up for any of our field trips planned during your time studying with us. Make sure you sign up early before all the spaces are filled up!  Costs for each trip include transportation between the school and our travel destination and admission tickets when applicable.  We will let you know if you should plan to budget for food or bring a sack lunch if necessary.

Cavas Freixenet (The Wine Cellar of Freixenet)

 

Freixenet offers free tours of the facilities every day. They show you the whole wine process: from the extraction of the grapes´ liquid after the harvest, up to the final process of putting it into bottles and labeling them.

 

You descend 25 meters to where the temperature and humidity are controlled for the perfect aging of the wines and where thousands of bottles rest in cellars, waiting for the optimal moment for them to be opened.

http://www.freixenetmexico.com.mx

http://www.queretaro.travel/fichatecnica.aspx?q=KP71rlORWRXhamnQZMG8eA==&Lang=eng

Viñedos a la Redonda (The Vineyards of La Redonda)

This winery offers free tours every day. Once there, you can observe, for example, the colorful Salvador grape and the recognized Cabernet Sauvignon. The tour ends at the winery´s store, where one can taste and buy exquisite wines.

http://www.laredonda.com.mx/

http://www.queretaro.travel/fichatecnica.aspx?q=KP71rlORWRUbMNQbhzGqVQ==&Lang=eng

Peña de Bernal (The Rock of Bernal)

With 350 meters of height, 4,000,000 tons and 10,000,000 years old, the Peña de Bernal is the third biggest monolith in the world after El Peñón de Gibraltar in Spain and Pan de azúcar, in Brazil. It is possible to climb to the top of this rock with the proper equipment and a professional guide.

The pilgrimage is rewarded with a spectacular view over the expansive semidesert grasslands of Querétaro. In the evening, you can appreciate the light show, illuminating the Peña from the walkway below.

 

http://www.queretaro.travel/fichatecnica.aspx?q=KP71rlORWRUXBkoGTcHOlA%3d%3d

Tequisquiapan

Tequisquiapan is an exquisite example of Querétaro´ s provincial period, which it preserves in its streets and squares the colonial appearance of the time. Tequis, as the locals call it, is an ideal weekend destination; this traditional town invites the traveler to wander, to relax, and to enjoy. Tequisquiapan is also famous for its handcrafting basketry production: hand-woven baskets, trays, chairs, tables and more. At the same time, one can go horseback riding, ride an ATV, or fly in a hot-air balloon.

http://www.queretaro.travel/explora.aspx?q=RrRbGx+QAUghzGEqZQ5xtQ%3d%3d

Hot air balloon flight

Enjoy Tequisquiapan´s sunrise from the sky. Contact the Club Aerostático Nacional, book your flight, stay in Tequisquiapan, get up early, fly and enjoy. It doesn´t matter from which direction the wind is blowing; the ride is always peaceful, light and, at the same time, exciting and delightful.

http://www.queretaro.travel/fichatecnica.aspx?q=KP71rlORWRVYrCSyGmOs0Q%3d%3d

The Missions of the Sierra Gorda

The five Franciscan Missions symbolize the last phase of the Mexican evangelization and each of their temples represents an artistic declaration of the faith expansion in the middle of a wild territory; they are the signature of a Christian utopia. Because of their proximity, the missions have been maintained in a prodigious state of preservation, and today they continue to be within the mountains for the admiration of millions of visitors each year. The missions are all within a one hour car ride away from each other.

http://www.queretaro.travel/contenido.aspx?q=7Pj9zGxNoTYVYRKq1W0XBI2aO2lTTQNF

Aventura Park Eco-camp

Enjoy the peacefulness of nature combined with adventure and adrenaline, inside the Aventura Park, by going on activities like zip-lining on three lines, each more than 120 m (394 ft.) long, the highest at 40 m (131 ft.) in the air; go mountain biking with different levels of intensity, learn archery, and practice rock-climbing and rappeling. You can also play gotcha and learn spelunking techniques.

http://www.aventurapark.com.mx

http://www.queretaro.travel/fichatecnica.aspx?q=KP71rlORWRUmLVpwbuvjug%3d%3d

San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende is the most representative city of the Baroque period in Mexico. Its streets, gardens, houses, plazas, and above all its churches embody the architectural style of that period, which had characteristics unique to Mexico, so much so that the period was known as the Mexican Baroque.

http://www.visitmexico.com/en_us/visit/San-Miguel-de-Allende

http://www.visitmexico.com/en/san-miguel-de-allende

Teotihuacán

The ruins of the Teotihuacan archaeological site are among the most remarkable in Mexico. The Aztecs believed that the gods created the universe in this ancient city that once flourished as the epicenter of culture and commerce during Mesoamerica´s Classic Period. Located about 50 km (30 miles) north of Mexico City makes it an ideal day trip for history and anthropology buffs.

http://www.teotihuacan.com.mx/

http://www.visitmexico.com/en-us/archaeological-ruins-of-teotihuacan-mexico

Ixtapa

Ixtapa, once a coconut plantation, boasts the high-rise hotels, all-inclusive resorts, air-conditioned restaurants and upscale shopping you associate with Mexican beach resorts and luxury travel.

Ixtapa appeals to travelers seeking adventure vacations and outdoor recreation. Outfitters and hotels offer tours to Isla Ixtapa, where seafood shacks share beach space with stands renting snorkeling equipment. Whether you play golf or tennis, prefer swimming laps or scuba diving, devote yourself to sport fishing or surfing, you will find your activity in Ixtapa. Enlist the services of a guide to take you further out to ride horses on remote trails or go bird watching near lagoons.

Mexico City

Mexico City is a fascinating capital that beguiles its visitors with endless options. Thanks to the great number of museums, monuments, traditional neighborhoods, historical buildings and cultural centers, the Mexican capital is the city where there is no room for boredom.

http://www.visitmexico.com/en-us/mexico-city

Guadalajara

Guadalajara is the cradle of Mexican traditions, a place full of vitality and romance.

Guadalajara is a big city that looks and feels like the country. Year round spring temperatures, ever flowering sprawling gardens and parks make it seem more like a giant country club than Mexico’s second largest city. This is the home of several famous Mexican phenomena: Mariachi, the leather throated musicians who belt out songs at the drop of a sombrero; Tequila, the heady national drink; and the Mexican Hat Dance, “Jarabe Tapatio,” and Charros, talented equestrians. The whole area has an Old World air of colonial charm and grace.

http://www.visitmexico.com/en_mx/VisitMexico30/Guadalajara_W

Tequila Express in Guadalajara (The world of Tequila)

Created in 1997, the “Tequila Express” aims to be pioneers in a new form of tourism by bringing back the passenger train so visitors can relive this exciting experience and to let the world discover 3 pillars that form our national identity: Mariachi, Tequila and Charrería (A traditional Mexican rodeo and a national sport in Mexico)

http://www.tequilaexpress.com.mx

Courses

In order to provide you with a well-rounded language and cultural experience here in Querétaro, Babilon Language Coaching offers you a variety of classes to choose from to design your course schedule.  As we put your course plan together, will help you decide which of the following will best suit your needs.

Standard Group Courses

This is our basic course plan for those students who wish to learn Spanish in a group context.  Courses open every Monday and you can choose to stay for as little as one week or for as long as you want.  If you stay for a full seven weeks, you will advance one level of classes (each class covers one level within the Common European Framework).

 

There are two basic schedule options for the standard courses.

Note: the course schedule tables contain the names Course A, Course B and Course C. These are the different parts of a course schedule. Course A and Course B meaning standard language classes and Course C meaning Mexican culture and tradition classes.

  • Option 1


    This option includes 3 hours of class daily from Monday to Friday which include pure language instruction.

    Standard weekly course schedule: Option 1
    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Weekend
    Tutors available 8:00 – 9:00 Be sure to check out  academic coordination at Babilon what field trips are available for the weekend!!
    Course A9:00 – 10:30 Course A9:00 – 10:30 Course A9:00 – 10:30 Course A9:00 – 10:30 Course A9:00 – 10:30
    Break 10:30 – 10:45
    Course B10:45 – 12:15 Course B10:45 – 12:15 Course B10:45 – 12:15 Course B10:45 – 12:15 Course B10:45 – 12:15
    Tutors available 12:30 – 2:30
    Meal time2:30 – 4:00 Meal time2:30 – 4:00 Meal time2:30 – 4:00 Meal time2:30 – 4:00 Meal time2:30 – 4:00
    Tutors available 4:00 – 6:00

    Course A and B are standard language courses

  • Option 2

    Your second option consists of 5 hours of class daily from Monday to Friday. This schedule combines language instruction with a variety of courses on Mexican culture and tradition. The Mexican culture and tradition classes are called Course C in the schedule and will be given from 12.30pm till 2.30pm. Topics rotate throughout the week to give you a variety of new knowledge even if you just study with us for a week. Students of any level can take the cultural courses as they will be taught according to their Spanish proficiency.

    Standard weekly course schedule: Option 2
    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Weekend
    Tutors available 8:00 – 9:00 Be sure to check with academic coordination at Babilon what field trips are available for the weekend!!
    Course A9:00 – 10:30 Course A9:00 – 10:30 Course A9:00 – 10:30 Course A9:00 – 10:30 Course A9:00 – 10:30
    Break 10.30 – 10.45
    Course B10:45 – 12:15 Course B10:45 – 12:15 Course B10:45 – 12:15 Course B10:45 – 12:15 Course B10:45 – 12:15
    Break 12.15 – 12.30
    Course C12:30 – 2:30 Course C12:30 – 2:30 Course C12:30 – 2:30 Course C12:30 – 2:30 Course C12:30 – 2:30
    Meal time2:30 – 4:00 Meal time2:30 – 4:00 Meal time2:30 – 4:00 Meal time2:30 – 4:00 Meal time2:30 – 4:00
    Tutors available 4:00 – 6:00

    Course A and B are standard language courses
    Course C is a practical application class according to your level. There is a different topic covered each day of the week.
    With either of these options you can also add private tutoring hours into your schedule to complement your group classes. See the Standard Group Course Schedules for more details.

    To get an idea of the content of the Spanish courses, we listed the content of course A and B in the table below. It shows what content you will cover per week of your Spanish course, of course depending on the amount of weeks you study at Babilon. If you study two weeks, you will cover the material shown in the table called week 1 and week 2.

  • Content Course A & B

    Week 1
    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    Survival Introducing yourself and meeting others Money, numbers, paying for things Geography: States, Tourist Attractions At the Market Field Trip: Museum
    Oral Skills
    Extra Activity: Piñata Party

     

    Week 2
    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    Survival The Classroom Entertainment, asking and giving directions History: Timeline of Mexico Hotels, Reservations Field Trip: Churches
    Oral Skills
    Extra Activity: Mixed Drinks

     

    Week 3
    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    Survival Describing things and people Telling time, Making plans Culture, Taboos and Nonverbal communication Tourism, Exploring Mexico, Transport Field Trip: Art
    Oral Skills
    Extra Activity: Movie Night

     

    Week 4
    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    Survival Family Emergency, Medical, How do you feel? Music in Mexico Clothing and Accessories Field Trip: Market
    Oral Skills
    Extra Activity: Dance Lessons

     

    Week 5
    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    Survival Meal time, Food, Restaurants The House Cultural Symbols of Mexico Negotiating Prices Field Trip: Tour Downtown
    Oral Skills
    Extra Activity: Cooking Classes

    **If the level you wish to register for does not have a group available during the time you wish to study, we will adjust your hours to accommodate private courses for you. You will still cover the same amount of material as you would in a group course, but with the personal attention of your own private tutor.

    The table below indicates the topics that will be covered when taking Course C, which are the Mexican culture and tradition classes. The longer you take this course, the deeper you will go into the material of the topics indicated.

     

  • Content Course C

    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    Modern History of Mexico Geography of Mexico Mexican Literature Indigenous Cultures of Mexico Mexican Politics
    Mexican Cuisine Travel/ Tourism Mexican Traditions Idiomatic Expressions Mexican Legends


Personalized Standard Courses

Take advantage of the personalized attention of your own teachers and work at your own rate. Choose your own start and end dates. You can follow one of our standard course plans of 3 or 5 hours daily, or you can choose your own study schedule.

Specialized Courses

Do you need to learn specialized or technical Spanish? Would a specific Spanish vocabulary help you get ahead in the office? Plan your vacation and get ahead in your carrer! Arrange your custom-made class schedule with us at your own level and according to your own field of work or study. Create your own Spanish for medicine, law, engineering, or any other field you wish. Like the other programs, you can follow a standard class schedule, or design your own according to your own needs.

DELE Preparation (levels Intermediate and above)

If you plan to use Spanish in the workplace, or if you want to study a degree in Spanish, the DELE certificates (Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera) may be ideal for you. The exam is produced by the Cervantes Institute in Spain whose goal is to promote the learning and use of the Spanish language throughout the world. There are three exams available, which upon successful completion; you are awarded one of the following certificates:

  • Diploma de Español Nivel Inicial (certifies the equivalent of B1 proficiency according to the CEF)
  • Diploma de Español Nivel Intermedio (certifies the equivalent of B2 proficiency according to the CEF)
  • Diploma de Español Nivel Superior (certifies the equivalent of C2 proficiency according to the CEF)

We recommend taking one of our Spanish courses immediately before you take a DELE preparation course, to reinforce both your Spanish proficiency skills as well as your test taking skills. However, we do offer the DELE preparation courses independent of our Spanish courses. You will take the same Spanish Placement Exam to determine with DELE certification you will be ready to take following your preparation course.

For more information about the DELE certifications, contact us or visit http://www.dele.org/

Teacher courses

Do you teach Spanish as a second language or do you teach in a bilingual English-Spanish program? Do you want to brush up your Spanish, widen your variety of dynamic classroom activities, or expand your cultural acquaintance with Latin America? If so, then Babilon Language Coaching is the place for you!

We offer a course designed as a resource for Spanish teachers around the world. We´ll give you fresh new ideas, resources, games and activities and we´ ll recharge your battery so you go back to the classroom excited about teaching Spanish. If you´re interested in a teacher course at Babilon, please contact us for the course fitting to your needs.

If you are a full-time teacher in your country, then you are eligible to apply for the ITIC, an internationally recognized teacher ID that will help you get travel discounts here in Mexico and around the world.

For more information go to www.learnspanishblc.com

Accommodations

Of course, you will need accommodations during your stay in Querétaro. Babilon Language Coaching is happy to help you arrange any accommodations you would like. You are also free to arrange your own place to stay if you prefer. However, if you would like some help with finding the best place to stay, please fill in our housing questionnaire. This enables us to find the best possible accommodation to fit all your wishes. After you fill in the questionnaire we are going to look for the option that best suits your needs. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Homestay

An excellent way to practice what you learn in your Spanish classes and discover Mexican culture first-hand is to stay in the home of a Mexican family.  Our homestay option provides you with an enriching experience and new friendships that will last forever.

If you opt for a homestay, we will do our best to place you in a home that best fits you.  Please make sure you fill out our homestay registration form with as much information as possible when you send your registration for classes.

Your homestay includes all of the following:

  • A private or shared room (depending on your choice).  Please note that if you choose to share a room in a homestay, then you must provide your own roommate.
  • Access to the common areas of the house (TV room, dining room, patios, garden, etc.)
  • Three meals a day
  • Towels and sheets (changed weekly)
  • You may buy your own detergent and wash clothes in your host home or use a separate laundry facility (at your own expense)
  • On the first day of class, a member of your host family will accompany you to school so you learn the route.

You will not be able to make phone calls (local, national, or international) directly from your host home, but Babilon Language Coaching will help you get a calling card to cover your calls from the host home or to make calls from any public phone.  You may receive phone calls at your host home between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. unless you make other arrangements with your host family.

Hotel

There is a wide variety of hotels in Querétaro, many with English speaking personnel. If you wish to stay in a hotel during your studies here with Babilon Language Coaching, you can find accommodations ranging from five star hotels to more economic ones.

Rental

Querétaro has a wide range of apartments and houses both furnished and unfurnished available for rent.  If you wish to rent such accommodations, we will be happy to put you in contact with an English speaking Real Estate agent who will help you make all your arrangements.

For more information go to www.learnspanishblc.com

Extra activities

In addition to your regular classes, Babilon regularly offers additional activities to broaden your cultural experience and understanding of the Mexican culture.  Some of the activities include:

Piñata Party: Celebrate a traditional Mexican fiesta with us.  Enjoy food, fun, friends and don´t forget the piñata!

Coffee Night: Get to know your professors and other Mexican students at one of the local coffee houses downtown.

Querétaro and its Legends: Take a walking tour through the city at night.  Your guide, leading the way with a fire-lit torch, is an important person in the history of Mexico.  Live the drama of Mexico´s history in the very locations where it took place.

Mexican Movie Night: Come with popcorn and a soft drink in hand to enjoy a Mexican classic or recent favorite film with us.

Field trips

You can sign up for any of our field trips planned during your time studying with us. Make sure you sign up early before all the spaces are filled up!  Costs for each trip include transportation between the school and our travel destination and admission tickets when applicable.  We will let you know if you should plan to budget for food or bring a sack lunch if necessary.

Cavas Freixenet (The Wine Cellar of Freixenet)

 

Freixenet offers free tours of the facilities every day. They show you the whole wine process: from the extraction of the grapes´ liquid after the harvest, up to the final process of putting it into bottles and labeling them.

 

You descend 25 meters to where the temperature and humidity are controlled for the perfect aging of the wines and where thousands of bottles rest in cellars, waiting for the optimal moment for them to be opened.

http://www.freixenetmexico.com.mx

http://www.queretaro.travel/fichatecnica.aspx?q=KP71rlORWRXhamnQZMG8eA==&Lang=eng

Viñedos a la Redonda (The Vineyards of La Redonda)

This winery offers free tours every day. Once there, you can observe, for example, the colorful Salvador grape and the recognized Cabernet Sauvignon. The tour ends at the winery´s store, where one can taste and buy exquisite wines.

http://www.laredonda.com.mx/

http://www.queretaro.travel/fichatecnica.aspx?q=KP71rlORWRUbMNQbhzGqVQ==&Lang=eng

Peña de Bernal (The Rock of Bernal)

With 350 meters of height, 4,000,000 tons and 10,000,000 years old, the Peña de Bernal is the third biggest monolith in the world after El Peñón de Gibraltar in Spain and Pan de azúcar, in Brazil. It is possible to climb to the top of this rock with the proper equipment and a professional guide.

The pilgrimage is rewarded with a spectacular view over the expansive semidesert grasslands of Querétaro. In the evening, you can appreciate the light show, illuminating the Peña from the walkway below.

 

http://www.queretaro.travel/fichatecnica.aspx?q=KP71rlORWRUXBkoGTcHOlA%3d%3d

Tequisquiapan

Tequisquiapan is an exquisite example of Querétaro´ s provincial period, which it preserves in its streets and squares the colonial appearance of the time. Tequis, as the locals call it, is an ideal weekend destination; this traditional town invites the traveler to wander, to relax, and to enjoy. Tequisquiapan is also famous for its handcrafting basketry production: hand-woven baskets, trays, chairs, tables and more. At the same time, one can go horseback riding, ride an ATV, or fly in a hot-air balloon.

http://www.queretaro.travel/explora.aspx?q=RrRbGx+QAUghzGEqZQ5xtQ%3d%3d

Hot air balloon flight

Enjoy Tequisquiapan´s sunrise from the sky. Contact the Club Aerostático Nacional, book your flight, stay in Tequisquiapan, get up early, fly and enjoy. It doesn´t matter from which direction the wind is blowing; the ride is always peaceful, light and, at the same time, exciting and delightful.

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The Missions of the Sierra Gorda

The five Franciscan Missions symbolize the last phase of the Mexican evangelization and each of their temples represents an artistic declaration of the faith expansion in the middle of a wild territory; they are the signature of a Christian utopia. Because of their proximity, the missions have been maintained in a prodigious state of preservation, and today they continue to be within the mountains for the admiration of millions of visitors each year. The missions are all within a one hour car ride away from each other.

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Aventura Park Eco-camp

Enjoy the peacefulness of nature combined with adventure and adrenaline, inside the Aventura Park, by going on activities like zip-lining on three lines, each more than 120 m (394 ft.) long, the highest at 40 m (131 ft.) in the air; go mountain biking with different levels of intensity, learn archery, and practice rock-climbing and rappeling. You can also play gotcha and learn spelunking techniques.

http://www.aventurapark.com.mx

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San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende is the most representative city of the Baroque period in Mexico. Its streets, gardens, houses, plazas, and above all its churches embody the architectural style of that period, which had characteristics unique to Mexico, so much so that the period was known as the Mexican Baroque.

http://www.visitmexico.com/en_us/visit/San-Miguel-de-Allende

http://www.visitmexico.com/en/san-miguel-de-allende

Teotihuacán

The ruins of the Teotihuacan archaeological site are among the most remarkable in Mexico. The Aztecs believed that the gods created the universe in this ancient city that once flourished as the epicenter of culture and commerce during Mesoamerica´s Classic Period. Located about 50 km (30 miles) north of Mexico City makes it an ideal day trip for history and anthropology buffs.

http://www.teotihuacan.com.mx/

http://www.visitmexico.com/en-us/archaeological-ruins-of-teotihuacan-mexico

Ixtapa

Ixtapa, once a coconut plantation, boasts the high-rise hotels, all-inclusive resorts, air-conditioned restaurants and upscale shopping you associate with Mexican beach resorts and luxury travel.

Ixtapa appeals to travelers seeking adventure vacations and outdoor recreation. Outfitters and hotels offer tours to Isla Ixtapa, where seafood shacks share beach space with stands renting snorkeling equipment. Whether you play golf or tennis, prefer swimming laps or scuba diving, devote yourself to sport fishing or surfing, you will find your activity in Ixtapa. Enlist the services of a guide to take you further out to ride horses on remote trails or go bird watching near lagoons.

Mexico City

Mexico City is a fascinating capital that beguiles its visitors with endless options. Thanks to the great number of museums, monuments, traditional neighborhoods, historical buildings and cultural centers, the Mexican capital is the city where there is no room for boredom.

http://www.visitmexico.com/en-us/mexico-city

Guadalajara

Guadalajara is the cradle of Mexican traditions, a place full of vitality and romance.

Guadalajara is a big city that looks and feels like the country. Year round spring temperatures, ever flowering sprawling gardens and parks make it seem more like a giant country club than Mexico’s second largest city. This is the home of several famous Mexican phenomena: Mariachi, the leather throated musicians who belt out songs at the drop of a sombrero; Tequila, the heady national drink; and the Mexican Hat Dance, “Jarabe Tapatio,” and Charros, talented equestrians. The whole area has an Old World air of colonial charm and grace.

http://www.visitmexico.com/en_mx/VisitMexico30/Guadalajara_W

Tequila Express in Guadalajara (The world of Tequila)

Created in 1997, the “Tequila Express” aims to be pioneers in a new form of tourism by bringing back the passenger train so visitors can relive this exciting experience and to let the world discover 3 pillars that form our national identity: Mariachi, Tequila and Charrería (A traditional Mexican rodeo and a national sport in Mexico).

http://tequilaexpress.mx/ 

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