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Mexico is naturally blessed with extraordinary places for adventure tourism by air, sea and land. Almost nine million international visitors come annually for activities related to nature tourism. These are seven of the best Mexican adventure destinations that combine natural beauty, challenges to overcome, and other tourist attractions for a fun and enjoyable trip.
Mesoamerican Reef, Quintana Roo
This reef system – which measures 62 miles and includes four countries (Mexico, Belize, Honduras, and Guatemala) – is the second largest in the world after the Great Barrier Reef. It’s a wonderful place for diving, especially on Mexico’s Mayan Riviera, which is part of four national parks and two biosphere reserves on Mexico’s Caribbean coast. There are countless dive sites at different depths in Puerto Morelos Reef National Park.
For example, there is Cozumel National Park, Isla Contoy National Park and the West Coast National Park of Isla Mujeres, Punta Cancun and Punta Nizuc, as well as the Banco Chinchorro and Sian Ka’an reserves. Large numbers of beautiful specimens of marine fauna parade before the eyes of divers, including several endangered species of turtles, fish of all types and colors, manatees, sharks and a wide variety of corals. All of this makes diving through these reefs one of the most enjoyable experiences of adventure tourism in Mexico.
Copper Canyon, Chihuahua
These gorges of the Sierra Tarahumara are more overwhelming than the Grand Canyon of Colorado and offer the opportunity to practice various adventure activities such as hiking, horseback riding, climbing, abseiling, mountain biking, canyoning, and white water rafting. Taking the El Chepe train is an adventure in itself, crossing bridges with abysses that will take your breath away. The Barrancas del Cobre Adventure Park has all the facilities to do your favorite activity; It has zip lines, cable cars, among other things. Don’t forget to visit the Tarahumara communities, indigenous people of the mountains, with their unique cultural history.
Rafting is an exhilarating, adrenaline-fueled sport where you go at full speed through the rapids of the rivers and enjoy the pleasant and refreshing contact with the water. One of the Mexican sanctuaries is the La Antigua River that flows through the Veracruz city of Jalcomulco. The river slopes down with varying degrees of rough water, with sections of varying difficulty for rafting. There are areas near the river bank for other adventure activities such as zip lining and river trekking. Jalcomulco is 25 miles south of Xalapa and multiple providers can guide you to the best places for adventure tourism and provide the necessary equipment.
Peña de Bernal, Querétaro
Bernal is an enchanting magical town of Queretaro located 58 km northeast of Querétaro. This 945 foot high rock is the largest monolith in Mexico and is frequented by national and international elite climbers. Located in the magical town of Bernal, it is the third largest monolith in the world, just behind the Sugar Loaf and the Rock of Gibraltar, and has four routes for climbing. All courses recommend that you climb them with an expert guide, especially for beginners. Other attractions include the Temple of San Sebastian and its viceroy mansions.
Valle de Bravo, State of Mexico
Paragliding originated from mountaineering when mountaineers decided to descend from the peaks a little faster, and it has developed into an adventure sport with its own personality. In Mexico, one of the best places to practice paragliding is Valle de Bravo, a city in the state of Mexico that has the ideal weather conditions for this type of flight. The Temascaltepec rock, 11 km from Valle de Bravo, is considered one of the world’s best destinations for these flights. Valle de Bravo has several paragliding schools that teach beginners and experienced pilots the secrets and tricks of this sport.
Hot air balloon rides in Guanajuato or in the state of Mexico
Hot air balloon rides are a fascinating adventure where you can discover beautiful places from the air from an incomparable perspective. These tours depart from multiple points in Mexico City, the state of Mexico, and other parts of the country. Top-rated hot air balloon rides include admiring locations such as the Pyramids of Teotihuacan, Tequisquiapan, Tlaxcala, Tepotzotlan, and San Miguel de Allende.
Hot air balloon rides are done by experienced pilots and offer shared or private rides that include a personalized certificate and toast, a worldwide post-graduate tradition. The panoramic view of the majestic volcanoes Popocatépetl, Iztaccíhuatl, Orizaba, La Malinche and other spectacular Mexican landscapes is a unique experience from a hot air balloon.
Lacandon Jungle, Chiapas
Jungle adventure tourism lovers will love the Chiapas Lacandon jungle. This almost untouched paradise with huge trees, mighty rivers and the typical heat of the humid jungle offers many unique activities. Popular activities include rafting, abseiling, hiking, and many other adventures. This lush area full of flora and fauna is dotted with small indigenous communities, especially Choles, Tojolabales, Tzotziles and Tzeltals, who continue to live by their ancient customs and traditions.
Adventure tourism is one of the fastest growing segments of tourism in the world, and its practitioners spend more than $ 260 billion annually. It is estimated that nearly nine million international visitors annually engage in nature tourism-related activities in Mexico. The possibilities of adventure tourism in Mexico are many and there is something for everyone. Plan a fun trip with friends to one of these destinations.
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