Mexico has been blessed by nature with extraordinary places for adventure tourism. Almost nine million international visitors come yearly to carry out some activity related to nature tourism. Here are some of the best Mexican adventure destinations that bring together natural beauty, adrenalin-filled activities, and other tourist charms, to ensure a fun and enjoyable trip. Everyone's idea of adventure may be a bit different, but when you get out of the ordinary, maybe push yourself physically, possibly get an adrenaline rush, or just do something you never imagined you might do, that's when you have peak experiences that stay in your memory for a long time. Here is our choice of the best adventure activities in Mexico!
The reef system measures 62 miles and covers the four countries of Mexico, Belize, Honduras, and Guatemala and is the second-largest barrier reef in the world after the Great Barrier Reef. It’s a wonderful place for diving, especially in the Mexican Riviera Maya, which forms part of four national parks and two biosphere reserves on Mexico’s Caribbean coast. There are many opportunities for diving at different depths in the Puerto Morelos Reef National Park. there is the Cozumel National Park, the Isla Contoy National Park, and the West Coast National Park of Isla Mujeres, Punta Cancun, and Punta Nizuc, as well as in the reserves of Banco Chinchorro and Sian Ka’an. A remarkable number of beautiful sea-life specimens parade before divers’ eyes, including several species of turtles at risk of extinction, different species of brightly colored fish, manatees, sharks, and a wide variety of corals. All this makes diving through these reefs one of the most beautiful experiences of adventure tourism in Mexico.
Jungle adventure tourism enthusiasts will love the Chiapas Lacandon Jungle. This almost virgin paradise, with colossal trees, mighty rivers, and the typical heat of the humid jungle, offers many unique activities. The most popular activities include rafting, rappelling, hiking, and many other adventures. This lush territory, full of animal and plant life, is dotted with small indigenous communities, especially Choles, Tojolabales, Tzotziles, and Tzeltals, who continue to live tied to their ancient customs and traditions.
Whether you’re a kayaking expert or you’re wanting to try out your skills for the first time, a kayaking trip in Baja can make for a great time! Not only is the area home to stunning waters, but it is also frequented by wildlife such as whales that you may get to see!
You won’t want to miss out on seeing these beautiful waterfalls! Located in the southern state of Chiapas, these falls boast both viewing spots as well as swimming spots. The waterfalls are well-known for their stunning blue hues and are sure to make a truly memorable excursion.
Located in Playa del Carmen, the Rio Secreto Nature Reserve is home to a gorgeous underground river and incredible stalactites and stalagmites formations. To visit this memorable and unique cave system, you’ll need to reserve a tour – traversing the caverns by yourself is not currently allowed. Once inside, you’ll hike through the underground river to see and experience this natural wonder firsthand!
These ravines of the Sierra Tarahumara are more overwhelming than the Grand Canyon of Colorado and offer the possibility of practicing various adventure activities, such as hiking, horseback riding, climbing, rappelling, mountain biking, canyoning, and white water rafting. The journey on the Train El Chepe is in itself an adventure trip, crossing over bridges with abysses that will leave you breathless. The Barrancas del Cobre Adventure Park offers all the facilities to practice your favorite activity; it has zip lines, and cable cars, among many others. Don’t forget to visit the Tarahumara communities, the ancestral inhabitants of the mountains, with their unique cultural history.
Cave diving isn’t for the faint-hearted, weak swimmers, or anyone who gets claustrophobic. However, if you can get past the idea of being sandwiched between solid rock and water, then you are in for a treat. Freshwater cave diving in Mexico is like no other kind of diving; you enter a vast hidden world. The Yucatán Peninsula is popular for its cenotes (large holes with their own cave systems), crystal-clear water, and ancient stalactites.
Known as the kitesurfing destination in Mexico, La Ventana is a simple fishing village. Yet it is its strong, steady thermal winds that make it the perfect spot for kitesurfing. The ambiance is mellow, the Sea of Cortez is a stunning blue and the lifestyle is cheap. A lot of kitesurfers spend their winters here, just enjoying the waves, the atmosphere, and the laid-back lifestyle. This is the perfect trip for a bit of an adrenaline rush and some downtime, too.
The Pyramid of the Sun and the Moon as you’ve never seen them before. This trip through the skies above Teotihuacan at sunrise is worth dragging yourself out of bed for. Most tourists to Mexico City make the 30-minute drive to this 1,800-year-old archaeological site, but how many can say they’ve flown above it in a hot air balloon?
Just 50 miles west of Mexico City, the 15,350-foot summit of Nevado de Toluca is often covered in snow, and the hike up can be…intense. However, your effort is rewarded at every step with views of the surrounding mountain peaks (some of Mexico’s tallest) and the valley lakes far below.
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