The Best Adventure Sports to Try in Mexico

The Best Adventure Sports to Try in Mexico
Mexico isn’t just about meandering through colonial towns and sipping margaritas on the beach. There’s plenty of action for tourists that want a heart-thumping, breathtaking and hair-raising vacation. While you will find adventure everywhere you go, here are a few of our favorite spots to get your adrenaline going.

Freshwater cave diving – Yucatan peninsula

Like a journey to the center of the earth, freshwater cave diving in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula is no regular scuba-dive. You can go beneath the surface into one of Mexico’s crystal-clear sinkholes (cenotes) and check out the world upside down with cave systems and stalactites galore.

Cave Diving in the Yucatan │ © Mal B / flickr

Skydiving – Ixtapa

With the ocean below and nothing but sky above you can have a rip-roaring adventure skydiving off Mexico’s Pacific coast. Skydive Ixtapa has over 25 years of experience in the business and they will take you out and bring you home safely – with an incredible story to tell about your latest Mexico vacation. In addition to the beach there are dozens of locations in Mexico where you skydive, so take your pick!

Glacier climbing – Pico de Orizaba

Once you hit the boundary of Pico de Orizaba’s glacier sheet at 16,000 feet there’s no turning back, it’s just you and your crampons facing the mountain. A climb that will test your resilience and willpower as the cold and danger make you consider turning back at every step. Good thing the view from the summit is so worth it.

Pico de Orizaba │ © Mark Horrell / flickr

Bungee-jumping – Los Cabos

Baja California’s wild landscape awaits you and your bungee in Los Cabos. This tour takes you out to jump from a glass gondola over a canyon with views of the Sea of Cortez. You’ll get to enjoy the beautiful views of Los Cabos while having the thrill of a lifetime.

Kitesurfing – La Ventana, Baja California Sur

Known as the kitesurfing destination in Mexico, La Ventana is just a simple fishing village but with strong, steady thermal winds that make it the perfect spot for your kitesurfing vacation. The ambience is mellow, the Sea of Cortez a stunning blue and the livin’ cheap and easy. You will find lots of kitesurfers spend their winters here, just enjoying the waves.

Kite Surfing in Baja │ © Pierce Martin / flickr

White water rafting – Jalcomulco, Veracruz

Jalcomulco, Veracruz is known for its amazing rapids suitable for all ability levels, making it a great rafting trip. Rapids range from Class I (easy) to IV (advanced) and certified guides take out groups according to skill level. You’ll be rafting along Río Antigua, known locally as the Río Pescados, and not only have a gut-churning good time but also see some incredible landscapes along the way.

Sport climbing – Chico Potrero

All you have to do is watch Alex Honnold’s free solo ascent of the Sendero Luminoso to get your heart pumping a little faster. The Sendero Luminoso rises over 1,500 ft in a stiff vertical ascent, and is one of the most popular sport climbing routes in North America.

Extreme urban downhill biking – Taxco

Think you’ve biked it all? What about a heart-pounding descent through a Mexican colonial town. Narrow alleyways, obstacles, vertical stairwells and, of course, onlookers are all part of the Down Hill Taxco – an extreme biking course that runs right through this mountainous town, testing your mettle in front of over 1,300 spectators.

Taxco, Mexico │ © Cordella Persen / flickr