Destination offers wide range of adventures

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MEXICO CITY -- Looking for a kayaking excursion in Baja? Or how about an all-terrain vehicle tour through the Mexican jungle?

The following is a sampling of tour companies that market adventure trips in Mexico geared to almost any client's level of physical fitness.

Kayaking

  • Baja Kayak Tours in La Paz is marketing excursions that feature eight days of sea exploration.
  • Participants paddle three to four hours per day from camp to camp, circumnavigating the Espiritu Santo island off the Baja California Peninsula.

    Baja Kayak Tours created an eight-day kayaking excursion off the Baja California Peninsula. Along the way, participants have the opportunity to snorkel, hike, swim and camp overnight on the beaches.

    The trip includes hotel accommodations on arrival and departure night, all meals and use of equipment.

    From March 31 to April 7, the trip is priced at $640 per person, double. Single supplements are an additional $40. Other departure dates are available.

    For more information or reservations, call (011) 52 112-55636, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.kayactivities.com.

    Hot-air ballooning

  • Globo Aventura in the Tenancingo valley, 60 miles west of Mexico City, is offering hot-air balloon tours of the area for groups of three to six passengers.
  • Participants will be picked up at 6 a.m. for a sunrise flight that takes about three hours.

    xGlobo Aventura offers a birds-eye view of Tenancingo with its hot-air balloon tours. The flight is followed by brunch and a one- to three-hour mountain-bike tour through nearby woods back to Tenancingo.

    The program is priced at $180 per person and includes one nights' accommodations before the flight, transfers to and from the balloon, a champagne toast, brunch and the mountain-bike tour.

    For more information or reservations, call (011) 52 566- 24023 or visit www.globoaventura.com.

    Hiking

  • BikeMex Adventures in Puerto Vallarta offers a day trip for intermediate and advanced hikers into the Sierra Madre Mountains. The company also sells a variety of mountain-biking tours.
  • Participants will hike up to a secluded waterfall where they will stop for lunch and a swim.

    The six-hour hike is priced at $40 per person and includes guide services, transportation, bottled water, snacks, soft drink and lunch.

    For more information, call (011) 52 322-31834 or visit www.bikemex.com.

    ATV jungle tours

  • Marina Neptuno in Cancun is offering its all-terrain vehicle (ATV) jungle tours for small groups, priced at $44 per person.
  • The ATV tours travel through the jungles of Cancun and emerge on the beaches of the Riviera Maya.

    The tour includes equipment, instruction, the services of a tour guide and bottled water.

    Departures are available every day at 9 a.m., 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

    For more information and reservations, visit the Web site at www.cancunmermaid.com.

    Rappelling

  • Veleta Tours in Veracruz offers the opportunity to descend the Popoca Abyss in Veracruz.
  • Participants rappel down the 150-foot-diameter abyss (similar to a volcanic crater) to the bottom, where they will find a 230-foot waterfall.

    This two-day package is priced at $160 per person and includes equipment and one nights' hotel accommodations.

    For more information, call (011) 52 272-11316 or visit the Web at www.mexonline.com/veleta.htm.

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