Tequila, rattlers and heaps of adrenaline adventure wait in that beautiful place they call Meh-hee-koh (Mexico). We want you to savor and enjoy the most outrageous adventures or seductively calming (if that’s your thing) escapes this flavor-filled country has to offer. Do you have what it takes to ride that Mexican wave for all its worth? Yes? Ok let’s do this!
1. Zip-lining through the Mexican Forest
First on our list of amazing and ridiculously intense fun is slipping through the canopies of the Mexican forests. The tours mostly leave Cancun, Puerto Morelos and Riviera Maya hotels. Make sure you verify the departure times in advance so as to avoid inconveniences.
2. Scuba-Diving the Second Largest Barrier Reef in the World
If things get hairy when you’re up in the air, we recommend the stunning clear warm waters of the Caribbean Coast. Grab your scuba gear and head down to explore the amazing coral reefs, for example the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, which is the second largest barrier reef in the world. Here you will find an underwater sea adventure next to none. There is a wide selection of tour operators and as many destinations. Our favorites have to be the Riviera Maya and Costa Maya.
3. Downhill Biking at the Warren Ave Mountain Bike Trail
Everyone loves a good spin on the ol’ two wheeler (and we talking bike here). Mexico has no shortage of incredible fun off road mountain bike trails to sink your tires into. With a name that doesn’t even come close to describing the exhilaration, Warren Ave mountain bike trail is our fav. You can fly to Los Cabos 180 minutes south of La Ventana and hire your bike from Ventana Windsports. This trail is described as being a high paced streamlined track with brilliant vistas of the surrounding mountains and the Sea of Cortez.
4. Cave Diving in the Cenotes of the Yucatan Peninsula
Let us take you where no man has gone before. Ok. Seriously. People go here but it takes a rare breed of crazy wild man with an irrepressible appetite for adventure. How about some cave diving? Yup, it’s here in the cenote of Yucatan Peninsula’s Riviera Maya. A cenote is basically a sink hole that has exposed underground water. It so happens the cenotes of the Yucatan peninsula are a complex interconnected weave of underwater caves. Seasoned professionals will immerse you in the world of ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ or some other freak adventure movie. If this is your cup-o-tea then we say climb aboard! Or rather sink and swim.
5. See Rare and Exciting Wildlife at the Sandos Caracol Eco Resort
For our not-so-way-out intrepid travelers we recommend a visit to the Sandos Caracol Eco Resort located in a jungle in the Riviera Maya. Here you will be transported into a magical world of rare and exciting wildlife. The resort offers 80+ eco tours and promises sightings of a wide spectrum of animals from peacocks, macaws, spider monkeys, the Mexican hairless dogs, and many more.
6. Skydiving at Playa del Carmen
So let’s take things up a notch. And we mean waaay up! If you’ve ever considered throwing yourself out of a plane (in a good way), why not let folk at Skydive Playa be the first people to help you make this a reality. On many people’s proverbial bucket list we think you should not hesitate to tick this one off right here in beautiful Mexico.
7. White Water Rafting in Veracruz
There’s a wild river that calls your name. And it runs through the Pescados River (aka Antigua River), which is located in the central Gulf Coast state of Veracruz, one of Mexico’s most populous states. Adventure doesn’t come more concentrated than riding the rapids of an unruly beast like the Antigua River. Tours depart from Veracruz hotels at 07:30 am. Included in this adventure is an 11 mile paddle down river. You also (and this is the best part) get to traverse Class III and IV rapids. The tour winds down with an enjoyable lunch at the base camp before heading back to your hotel. You can read more about this fabulous white water rafting adventure here.
8. Skycoaster Ride in Acapulco
Ok so we’ve dragged through some of the most heart pounding adventures Mexico has to offer and we haven’t forgotten the folk who love a more structured approach to craziness. And by structured we are talking about this way out over top ride called the skycoaster and only found in Acapulco Mexico. This is a gargantuan mammoth of a ride so buckle up and try to keep your lunch down!
9. Climbing the Highest Mountain in Mexico – El Pico de Orizaba
Almost done and it went so damn fast. But not as fast as our mountaineers are going to queue for a chance to climb this baby. In Puebla, Mexico, is El Pico de Orizaba, also known as Citlaltépetl, which means “Star Mountain” (Elevation: 18490 ft / 5636 m). Although the actual summit height is ambiguous, this climbing adventure has it all. On its western border it appears as a gracious lady with its white cone shaped “apron” which silently guards over the town of Tlachichuca. Take the time, make the trip. You won’t be sorry.
10. Hiking in Copper Canyon, North America’s Deepest Canyon
Our journey through Mexico’s best is drawing to a close and what better way to round things off than with a hike through Copper Canyon, North Americas deepest canyon! This huge area is simply stunning with its beautiful vistas and is great for hikers who want wilderness mixed with a glimpse into indigenous culture. You should venture deep into the canyon floor to meet the Tarahumara people (also known as the Rarámuri) who are known to be excellent endurance runners. Another great way to see the canyon is a ride on El Chepe, a 12 hour, 405-mile-long train ride that passes over 37 spectacular bridges and stops at popular hiker’s destinations. Truth be told Mexico is so incredibly rich in walking trails, we believe you’ll be hard pressed to select only one.
What are your favorite Outdoor Adventure Destinations in Mexico? Let us know in the comments below!