To those who don't know it, Mexico is not often thought of as an outdoors destination. However, this large and varied country is actually full of a range of outdoor adventure opportunities. It has a variety of distinct regions that combine ancient Indian traditions with diverse wildlife, rugged and challenging terrain, and even great surfing and scuba diving in some places. There are plenty of interesting, outdoors-oriented places in Mexico.
Copper Canyon is a network of separate, but interconnected canyons that drain the western Sierra Tarahumara. Taken as a whole, Copper Canyon is actually much larger than the Grand Canyon, and even on an individual basis, four out of the six canyons in the network are deeper. The name of the canyon derives from its green fringe of vegetation, and the climate ranges between subtropical in the basin to alpine along the rim. There is plenty of wildlife in the canyons, and it is also home to one of Mexico's largest Native American communities, the Tarahumara. Towns such as Creel serve as good bases for hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing.
The Baja Peninsula juts into the Pacific Ocean due south from California. This area is home to one of the world's most inhospitable deserts as well as highland forests and lakes. The area offers trekking, mountain biking, surfing on isolated beaches, whale-watching, sea kayaking and hot mineral springs.
The Yucatan Peninsula is the ancient home of the Maya civilization and is famous for the ruins left behind after the conquest of the area by the Spanish in the 17th century. The area is renowned in the scuba diving community for the Great Maya Barrier Reef, cave diving and the Cenotes. The Cenotes are huge inland caverns that are part of a freshwater, underground river system. They offer a diving experience that is found only in Mexico. Ecotourism in the Yucatan also offers jungle trekking, birding tours, mountain biking, kayaking and tree climbing.
Article Written By Edwin Thomas
Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.