Best places for thrill seekers in Mexico

In addition to having extraordinary beaches, Mexico has many places where travelers can practice popular extreme sports. These are some destinations where travelers can release adrenaline in fun experiences in the midst of beautiful natural environments.

bravo valley

This fantastic Magical Town, located in a lush forest two hours from Mexico City, is one of the best places to enjoy extreme sports, such as paragliding, with which athletes seek a fantastic view over Lake Avandaro. In addition to paragliding, visitors can practice other sports such as wakeboarding, motorcycling, and kayaking or cycling in the lush forest of Valle de Bravo. In addition, there are more than 40 yacht clubs on Lake Avandaro where tourists can practice sailing, yachting, kayaking and water sports.


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In addition to enjoying extreme sports, visitors can visit the craft market, where local artisans offer materials such as textiles, glazed clay, wooden items, ceramics, iron, and jewelry. The traveler can also visit the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere located to the north of the city and the viewpoint of the Monte Alto Park from where the paragliders depart and where visitors can rent cabins in the middle of the majestic forest.

Pico de Orizaba

This volcano, also called Citlaltépetl (Cerro de la Estrella), located between the states of Puebla and Veracruz, three hours from Mexico City, is the highest in the country and the third on the continent. Furthermore, it is one of the most impressive destinations for practicing extreme sports.

Experts and climbers come to this national park to enjoy the majestic volcano along the extreme north route that runs through different locations and where they can admire extraordinary landscapes that offer incomparable views of the jungle and the Puebla valley. In addition, visitors can hire tours in 4×4 trucks that make stops for nature walks where they enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the High Mountains region, the ravine and the Jamapa River until they reach 14,000 feet above sea level. sea ​​where you can observe flora and fauna of the region, some of them endemic.

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This area is ideal for lovers of ecotourism and mountaineers looking for peaks to climb in this area full of volcanoes, such as Lengua del Chichimeco, Jamapa and El Toro, among others. From October to March the flow of visitors increases, and the most popular route starts at the Refugio de Piedra Grande base camp through the Jamapa glacier. Another path widely used by expert climbers is the south side of the volcano, which offers more difficulties.

Salamayuca Dunes, Chihuahua

These dunes, located less than an hour from Ciudad Juárez, on the border with the United States, are one of the most sought after spots in Mexico for lovers of strong emotions. Its imposing sand formations are located in the heart of the Chihuahuan desert and offer visitors incredible views. It is also one of the most popular places to go sandboarding.

The Chihuahua State International Adventure Tourism Festival is held here every year. The event welcomes athletes from around the world who compete in sand biking, volleyball, bubble soccer, motorcycle and jeep racing, as well as sandboarding.

The Samalayuca Tourist and Environmental Complex, which aims to develop tourism in this part of the desert, offers restaurant services, restrooms, several stone paths for people to travel, a motocross track and quadricycles, as well as various areas to camp

Sandboarding consists of climbing to the top of the dunes and sliding down in an experience for children and adults. In addition, there are tours in all-terrain vehicles on motorcycles and buggies going up the dunes at full speed. Meanwhile, bubble soccer is one of the most fun activities in the Samalayuca dunes. It consists of sliding down the slopes running after a ball.

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Many places where extreme sports are practiced in Mexico offer camping areas. (Photo by Emily Krause)

Jalcomulco, Veracruz

This site, located five hours from Mexico City, is one of the best for rafting in Mexico due to its options for beginners and experts. The less experienced enjoy the adventure in the Antigua River (levels II and III), which has calmer waters between July and October. For experts, the option is the Pescados River (levels III and IV) that can be traveled all year round.

Visitors can sign up for tours that include transportation by car or minibus, specialized guides, rafting equipment, and a life jacket. In addition, tour operators offer comprehensive services including rafting, rappelling, gotcha, zip lining, and even a temazcal (traditional Aztec steam bath).

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Veracruz has rivers for rafting with different levels of difficulty. (Photo via StrahilDimitrov/iStock/Getty Images Plus)

The companies that offer the services accept children from the age of six in safe and controlled conditions. The guides are placed at the rear to steer the boat. At the same time, the rest of the participants use the oars as a motor to cross the rapids and dodge the river rocks in team activities ranging from two to six participants on both sides of the boat to maintain stability.

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