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Our most recommended Central Mexico Outdoor Activities

Nevado De Toluca: Reach the Summit with Professionals

1. Nevado De Toluca: Reach the Summit with Professionals

You will climb the 4th highest volcano in Mexico on this tour with professional guides and all the necessary equipment provided. Admire the stunning landscapes and natural beauty of the area. The route takes you to the Summit of El Nevado de Toluca via the famous Cañada del Oso (Bear Ravine). You will start by walking through the incredible woods that are found on the sides of this magnificent mountain. Once you have arrived at the top, you can take in beautiful views of the woods and valleys all around. You will also be able to spot the lovely lakes inside the crater. This is a route that is definitely well worth the effort.

Vallarta: Yelapa Waterfall & Majahuitas Snorkel Adventure

2. Vallarta: Yelapa Waterfall & Majahuitas Snorkel Adventure

Depart from Puerto Vallarta and set off on a boat cruise towards the tropical paradise coves of Yelapa and Majahuitas. Admire the picturesque coastal scenery, where dolphin encounters and humpback whale sightings (in winter) are common occurrences.  Make your first stop at the breathtaking shores of Majahuitas Cove. With its untouched sandy beach and crystal clear water, it's the perfect hideaway for a day of snorkeling, paddle boarding, and kayaking with an expert guide. Accessible only by boat, Majahuitas Cove features spectacular marine wildlife protected from the human hustle and bustle of nearby Puerto Vallarta. Enjoy the opportunity to snorkel here with all equipment included by the crew. Then, head over to Yelapa, which offers another incredible option for a scenic beach retreat. Nestled in a stunning natural cove, this tiny community is free of any roads and surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty. This tour gives you the opportunity to relax on Yelapa beach and explore the surrounding area, where stunning tropical wildlife and a hidden Yelapa waterfall lay just minutes from the shore. Stroll through the charming fishing village to the cascading, Cola de Caballo waterfalls and jump into the refreshing water, or simply sit and enjoy the natural beauty. Browse through the native artisan handicrafts along the way, then kick back in the sun at Yelapa's expansive beach where the river streams into the ocean, surrounded by an incomparable green mountains landscape. Whether you hike to the waterfalls, snorkel, or bury your toes in the sand, you’ll be struck by the idyllic beauty of these tropical retreats. As you cruise back to Puerto Vallarta with an open bar and onboard fiesta, wrap up a perfect day with some great music, dancing, and unforgettable entertainment provided onboard.

Puerto Vallarta: Horseback Riding Tour with ATV and Zip Line

3. Puerto Vallarta: Horseback Riding Tour with ATV and Zip Line

Enjoy an action-packed day in the beautiful Mexican countryside with this horseback riding tour. Ride alongside the river, then dismount to walk up to a waterfall, crossing rope bridges and climbing steep steps. Stop by the tranquil waterfall and cool off with a dip in the river. Get back on your horse and head to a sloping hill where you can jog a little before riding home. A delicious meal will be waiting for you back at the ranch. Learn how to make traditional Mexican dishes. Enjoy fajitas or chicken with rich guacamole, salsa, handmade tortillas, beans, and rice.  If you want even more adventure, choose to ride an ATV through the jungle of Puerto Vallarta. Feel the power beneath you as you race along paths through the beautiful rainforest of the Sierra Madre. Or get up close to nature with a zip line tour through the jungle at an ecological park in Puerto Vallarta. Rancho Capomo is a unique place where you'll enjoy unparalleled adventure, flying between trees and over rivers on 13 zip lines.

From Mexico City: Hot Air Balloon in Teotihuacan

4. From Mexico City: Hot Air Balloon in Teotihuacan

Take in the views of the hot air balloons flying alongside you, the beautiful landscape, and the magnificent Teotihuacan pyramids.  See the highest part of the pyramids of the sun and the moon. Your pilot will find the perfect time to share a bottle of sparkling wine, a traditional toast which has been a part of every balloon flight since 1783.  Once you're back down on solid ground, enjoy touring the streets of Teotihuacan. In Globopuerto you will receive a personalized flight certificate and a delicious traditional breakfast in a panoramic restaurant. After your breakfast, it will be time to visit the Archaeological Zone. Go up to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun and see the whole valley of Teotihuacan from above, or take a walk through the site to reach the top of the Pyramid of the Moon.

From Mexico City: Puebla, Cholula and Tonantzintla Day trip

5. From Mexico City: Puebla, Cholula and Tonantzintla Day trip

Enjoy a full day tour to the most beautiful and important historical sites outside Mexico City: Puebla, Cholula and Tonantzintla. You will start driving from Mexico City and cross the highway with the mountains in the backdrop, towards the east side of the city. Admire breathtaking views and beautiful scenery of Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes and get to the town of Cholula. Then, head to Santa María de Tonantzintla, this unique Church combines two religious interpretations that coexist (the indigenous and the Christian) and it its considered the most representative church of the indigenous baroque art. Visit the Cathedral and the historic center of Puebla in a guided walking tour, that will take you to the most important and representative places of this "City of Angels". Before returning to Mexico City, you'll be able to taste the local food, visit Parian Market and have free time to explore on your own.

Mexico City: Street Art Bike Tour with Snack

6. Mexico City: Street Art Bike Tour with Snack

Get off the tourist path and closer to the local spirit, riding through the barrios and admiring the street art in contrasting areas. Make a stop for street food and learn about the history and culture of Mexico City from a passionate guide. The walls of Mexico City reflect the Muralist movement’s evolution from museums into public space as an attempt to forge a connection between people and their community. Ride through the city at a pleasant pace, stopping to talk about landmarks and murals.  Break for local street food, perfect for everyone’s palate — with varying levels of spiciness, as well as vegan, gluten, and dairy-free options.  Wind through the bustling streets of Mexico City's main district on a tour punctuated by fun facts and fascinating history. Discover gems of the city otherwise left unnoticed. Beginning and ending on the beautiful wide boulevard of Paseo de la Reforma, this biking tour is a great way to orient yourself within the wonderful capital of Mexico.

Mazatlan: All-Inclusive Party Boat/Deer Island Tour

7. Mazatlan: All-Inclusive Party Boat/Deer Island Tour

Board your boat 15 minutes before the tour departure time at Marina Mazatlan. As soon as you step onboard, savor a freshly-made drink by a super-skilled bartender or a cold beer from the open bar. Then, cruise through the marina, the Golden Zone and its hotels, and take in great views of Valentinos and the Malecon. Afterward, head to Deer Island where, after putting a life jacket on, you will disembark to perform as many water activities as you like from the ones offered. Once you've had your fun in the water, get ready to enjoy a variety of local dishes served by one of the crew members. On the way back to the marina, dance on the upper deck or simply relax lying down on the lounge sofas.

From Mexico City: Hot Air Balloon & Walking Teotihuacan Tour

8. From Mexico City: Hot Air Balloon & Walking Teotihuacan Tour

Enjoy a breathtaking hot air balloon flight through the Teotihuacan Pyramids, and compare different views from the sky and in land. Savor a hearty breakfast so you can and continue your adventure in the archeological site, where you'll see the famous Pyramids of the Sun and Moon. Walk through the iconic city to the fresco murals that are still preserved in the old residential neighborhoods. Before leaving the archaeological site, visit the home of an artisan to learn more about obsidian, and the most famous drinks of Mexico: Pulque, Tequila and Mezcal. Enjoy a typical lunch in the Village of San Martín de las Pirámides. You will return to Mexico City around 4:00 PM.

CDMX: Hot-Air Balloon Flight over Teotihuacan & Breakfast

9. CDMX: Hot-Air Balloon Flight over Teotihuacan & Breakfast

Discover the magnificent Teotihuacan Pyramids from the air! This exciting 1-hour journey will take you up into the clouds for a truly unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience! Your adventure starts at 07:00 with the inflating of the hot air balloon and instructions from your leader. You’ll be part of a hard-working team, preparing the balloon for flight. Then climb aboard to experience amazing views of the pyramids, including the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon. The Teotihuacan archaeological site is in the Basin of Mexico, just 30 miles (48 km) northeast of Mexico City, which contains some of the largest pyramids built in the pre-Columbian Americas. Don’t miss out on seeing the site from this unique, airborne perspective!

From Mexico City: Full-Day Volcano Hiking Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Central Mexico

The bus came about 20mins late to puck us up but otherwise the ride to and from was good. The balloon ride was truly exhilarating. The view over the pyramids really was a treat. Our pilot Ernesto was a champ snd the landing was smooth. Breakfast was tasty and varied. Only issue was that is was not ver hot. In all a wonderful experience.

Tour guides were extremely patient and encouraging for first timers. They made the experience very fun from the trip there, the canyoning, the meal and trip back. They were professional, knowledgeable and their focus on safety was unparalleled. That said, the guides were warm and friendly and made us feel very welcomed.

What a fun day! We chose to do all three activities. I think the ziplining was my favorite. The views were stunning! The staff was incredibly friendly and made the day extra fun. Good food and good times. Highly recommend.

Amazing experience! Couldn’t recommend enough this tour for someone visiting Mexico City. Smooth ballon ride, great coordination, very nice staff and mesmerizing views.

It’s a little chilly in the morning so bring a jacket. No food until after so also pack a snack!