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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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).