It might seem that Mexico City is all about that cosmopolitan lifestyle, with its hip bars and world-class museums. However, if you venture outside the city limits a little you’ll find a veritable wealth of exquisite natural attractions and activities to keep you occupied and give you some respite from the often overwhelming capital. Here are the seven best natural attractions to visit from Mexico City.
For breathtaking views and brisk walks, you need to check out the Nevado de Toluca, also known as Xinantécatl. It too is situated in a national park. Located in the State of Mexico, this volcano makes for an amazing visit from central Mexico City. Winter is as good a time as any to visit this natural marvel, because you can admire the snow topped peaks and wrap up warm against the biting cold.
Water fans will love this natural attraction in the state of Morelos. In the small town of Amacuzac, which is also the name of the river which runs right through it, you can try your hand at white water rafting. Float down the river and enjoy the flora and fauna that surrounds you, but don’t forget to stay alert as the currents are fearsome from mid-June to December. Over the course of a two-hour journey, River Amacuzac crosses around ten rapids in total which all have suitably terrifying names like ‘the black hole’.
Known in English as Bernal Rock, Peña de Bernal is situated in the Gorda Sierra of Querétaro state. The third biggest monolith in the world, measuring in at 1,000 feet tall and only coming runner-up to Spain’s Gibraltar Rock and Brazil’s Sugar Loaf, Bernal’s Rock is certainly impressive. While this rock can be climbed, it looks far easier to do than it is, so you’ll need some practice before you can even think about reaching the top. Either way it’s well worth a visit.