relaxation in Mexico is like finding a good slice of pizza in New York: It’s
everywhere. But lately more and more travelers are trading in their bathing
suits for hiking boots and hitting Mexico’s many, many trails and rivers for a
taste of soft adventure.
has some of the world’s most diverse topography, including ocean, desert,
forest and jungle, as well as a range of climates making it possible to enjoy
activities like surfing, kayaking, rafting, skydiving, hang gliding, hot-air
ballooning and scuba diving, to name a few.
in Baja California, nature is the name of the game. The town of Loreto on the
Sea of Cortes is a good spot to stay because you can see the whales in Magdalena
Bay,” says Hope Smith, president of Born to Travel.
“There is also Espiritu Santo island, where you can snorkel, kayak and spot
dolphins. Mexico is still a big beach destination, but the interest in
adventure is definitely rising.”
seeing a dynamically growing interest in ‘active travel light.’ What I mean by
‘light’ is that guests are more and more interested in peppering their sun and
sand vacations with activity, including hiking, biking, cenote swimming,
snorkeling, diving, zip lines, scuba, surfing, Stand Up Paddling and more,”
says Zachary Rabinor, director general of Journey Mexico. “Where Mexico still struggles, however, is positioning
itself as a multisport destination where guests have a keen and deep interest
in multiday active travel, like hiking the Copper Canyon, Volcano Climbing
Expeditions, Baja Multisport and dedicated surf trips.”
only a matter of time before American travelers catch on to the wealth of
adventure opportunities at their fingertips just south of the border, where
serious adventure abounds. Travelers who get their adrenaline rush from heights
should visit the states of Jalisco, Baja California Norte and Baja California
Sur as well as the state of Mexico; there states are home to many volcanoes, slopes
and hills for hang gliding or hopping aboard an ultralight airplane.
need for speed will bring you to Oaxaca and Veracruz for great river rafting,
while mountain biking enthusiasts will hit the trails of Quintana Roo. Climbing
is also popular in places like Yucatan and Chiapas. Visit the website for Kayak
School Mexico to learn the ins and outs of kayaking
Mexico’s rivers. There are two- to five-day intermediate or advanced courses
where kayakers will hone their technique. The tours will take travelers to
rivers of Veracruz, San Luis Potosi, Oaxaca, Chiapas and Morelos.
deep-water adventures, diving and snorkel sites can be found among Mexico’s
already well-known tourist destinations. Quintana Roo, Oaxaca, Baja California
Sur and the Yucatan have a great variety of destinations with beaches, reefs,
caves, underground rivers and underwater archaeological sites.
a company like Nautilus Explorer, a Canadian charter
company that creates diving itineraries for experienced divers. One of their
top tours sails 220 miles south of Cabo San Lucas to the Revillagigedo
Archipelago. This chain of volcanic islands is known for giant manta rays. It’s
also possible to spot yellowfin tuna, humpback whales and whale sharks.
tour operators to consider for adventure travel, whether active or light,
include Vallarta Adventures, Cabo Adventures, Geckos Adventures and