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Outdoor Activities

Our most recommended Central Mexico Outdoor Activities

From Mexico City: Full-Day Volcano Hiking Tour

1. From Mexico City: Full-Day Volcano Hiking Tour

Depart Mexico City and spend the day touring the Izta-Popo National Park. Following pickup from either of the 2 meeting points in the city, head to the foothills of Popocatépetl to start your hike up Iztaccíhuatl from the base of the dormant volcanic mountain. Take in the beautiful scenery and fresh air as you walk in a small group. Your own skill level will determine how high the hike will go, so you won't feel strained beyond your abilities. Popocatépetl is Mexico’s 2nd highest peak and part of the tour offers splendid views of the valley and village of Amecameca below. Marvel at the 3,700-meter high mountain of La Joya in the famous Paso de Cortés, named after the Spanish conquistadors who crossed it on their way to Mexico-Tenochtitlan in 1519.  Descend the mountain for a light lunch in the foothills to replenish your energy. Then, commence the return trip to Mexico City and reflect on the tranquility of the mountain and the miraculous wonder of nature.

From Puebla: Iztaccihuatl and Popocatepetl Volcanoes Hike

2. From Puebla: Iztaccihuatl and Popocatepetl Volcanoes Hike

After pickup from your accommodation in Puebla, head out towards Iztaccíhuatl-Popocatépetl National Park. After 2 hours, you’ll arrive at La Joyita, where you’ll register with officials and gain a better understanding of the route via a scale model of the volcanoes. From there, you’ll continue driving to La Joya, 13,133 feet above sea level, and the main parking area for volcanic exploration. Begin your hike, climbing to the first scenic viewpoint at 13,914 feet above sea level. Gaze out across the breathtaking vista before climbing even higher, to 14,340 feet, where you’ll pause again, finally ending your hike at an unbelievable 14,842 feet above sea level. Break for lunch, taking in the otherworldly views. Afterwards, you’ll descend back to the parking lots, before heading back to your accommodation.

Iztaccihuatl Guided Climb

3. Iztaccihuatl Guided Climb

Get ready for your climb and discover the beautiful countryside that surrounds this emblematic volcanic mountain. Arrive at the first pass and see the other side of the mountain, giving you magnificent views of the volcano Popocatepetl. Continue climbing to a scree slope and arrive at the third pass, passing again to the other side of the mountain where you will be able to see the city of Puebla and the impressive Pico de Orizaba, the highest point in Mexico.  Continue on the last climb to be able to reach our destination, the 100 Hut at 4,720 meters above sea level.

San Miguel de Allende: ATV and Ziplining Adventure Tour

4. San Miguel de Allende: ATV and Ziplining Adventure Tour

Get your heart pumping with an action-packed ATV tour at the San Miguel Adventure Park in San Miguel de Allende. Admire the countryside and pass over a stunning canyon as you complete 7 zipline courses.  Check in at the San Miguel Adventure Park and get fitted with equipment that will ensure your safety throughout your ATV adventure. Learn how to operate the ATV and set off through the Red Tailed Eagle Canyon. Look for wildlife as you ride thorugh the canyon like golden eagles, red-tailed hawks, and prairie falcons. Stop and get fitted with your zipline harness. View the canyon from above as you fly thorugh the air on each zipline course.  Challenge yourself to crossing a suspension bridge that is over a hundred meters long with a protective helmet and safety rope. 

San Miguel de Allende: Full-Day Ranch Adventure

5. San Miguel de Allende: Full-Day Ranch Adventure

Meet your guide in San Miguel de Allende and head towards a small community that is 30 minutes away by car.  Once arrived, visit the ranch animals, collect the eggs for your breakfast and learn how to prepare hand-made tortillas and Mexican sauces before enjoying a delicious home-made breakfast. After breakfast, your guide drives you to the canyon where the horseback riding will start. Explore the beautiful area with a river and the traditional cattle ranches. Enjoy the amazing views to take some memorable photos. During this adventure, you will also have the possibility to do activities such as hiking, swimming or get some roping lessons.  Witness a delicious campfire meal prepared by the cowboys on the trail and expand your knowledge about daily ranch activities.  This is a great family-oriented adventure that is a very special experience for everyone.

From San Miguel de Allende: Hiking in the Canyon with Lunch

6. From San Miguel de Allende: Hiking in the Canyon with Lunch

Begin the adventure by meeting your guide at the meeting point in downtown San Miguel. Head off on a 30-minute drive to reach the canyon. Once there, enjoy a maximum 2.5-hour hike accompanied by a Spanish and English-speaking, specialized guide, as well as a local of the area who will share some fun facts about this beautiful location.  The hike will take place on the same trail used for horseback excursions, and is recommended for intermediate hikers. Walk along moderately rugged paths and take in the dramatic scenery unfolding before you. Afterwards, head back to the ranch, where the ladies will have cooked up the best organic, ranch-style meal you'll ever have. This authentic meal will include handmade tortillas, organic cheeses, beans, quesadillas, nopales (cactus), rice, salad, guacamole and salsa, fresh fruit, among other traditional dishes. Settle in and feast on this meal in the company of your group and guide, guaranteed to be one of the best you can find in the San Miguel de Allende area. 

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What people are saying about Central Mexico

Our full day ranch and horseback riding adventure was the highlight of our trip. I took my two kids, ages 11 and 7, neither of whom had any experience with horseback riding. They both we were hooting and hollering on the trails. Loved the ranch cookout food. It was so much fun for me to see then having an amazing adventure. Our guide Frederico was so patient and kind, showed us all sorts of interesting areas and fun facts. I would recommend light long sleeves and long pants. We bought cowboy hats in town sort of for fun but they ended up being crucial for sun protection on a full day at the ranch. I will always remember my son kicking his horse and trying yelling, “Yee haw’”. Highly recommend this tour, especially with little kids.

My family had a great time on our half-day hike in Coyote Canyon! The terrain was interesting and diverse—and more challenging than expected, which we enjoyed! Our guide, June, was terrific, as were the brother and sister duo (Araceli and her hilarious brother who both guided and entertained us! Unfortunately, I never quite caught his name!) Lunch afterward was lovely as well...one of our daughters said it was the best meal she had all week! We highly recommend this tour...don't hesitate to book!

One of the best hikes I have ever done.The View Amazing.My best friend and I we always go hiking so we consider this one to have been the best ,because The trail is in between the mountains you can enjoy the nature the smell the greenery as you’re climbing up to the top

We had a great hike with June and the dogs into some beautiful areas surrounding the canyon. This was followed by a delicious meal, joined by a group of horseback riders ( we’ll do that tour next time.) All in all, a well run and fun activity.

Very father experience, the best guides, super treatment and care in everything. I was surprised by the tour more than expected. Without a doubt highly recommended