The Best Outdoor Activities in Mexico

Discover the best hiking, camping, backpacking, fitness, and more.

Explore El Aguacero

Mexico / El Aguacero

El Aguacero is the most mystical waterfall-filled canyon you’ve ever seen. Imagine Zion National Park and Havasupai with lush green jungle.

Garrett Gossett
222 Saves

Surf in Baja Norte

Mexico / Robert's K 38

Hit an ATM before crossing the border, then take the 1 down the coast past Tijuana and into Rosarito. Make sure to pack the wallet with singles and nickels to pay the $2.05 at each booth.

Nathaniel Polta
96 Saves

Big Wall Climbing El Potrero Chico

Mexico / El Potrero Chico

El Potrero Chico (“Little Corral”) is located north of Monterrey, in the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, just under two miles outside of the small town of Hidalgo.

Sam Mauldin
50 Saves

Hike the Nevado de Toluca Cirque

Mexico / Nevado de Toluca Cirque Staging Area

Entering the Nevada de Toluca National Park, follow the windy road toward the crater rim.

Stephen Underhay
39 Saves

Hike to the Cascada Sol de Mayo Waterfall

Mexico / Rancho Ecologico Sol De Mayo

Cascada Sol De Mayo can be found just beyond the village of Santiago off Highway 1, the main road between La Paz and San Jose Del Cabo.

Josiah Roe
30 Saves

Kayak in the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve

Mexico / Tulum, Mexico

Located just south of Tulum, Mexico, along the eastern coast of the Yucatan peninsula, the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve is considered a UNESCO World heritage site due to the exceptional diversity of .

Melanie Zaffran
24 Saves

Summit Pico de Orizaba

Mexico / PIco de Orizaba

From the Piedra Grande base camp at 14,025ft an alpine start is recommended. Beginning at 2am will offer the best weather near the summit. Begin by hiking along the concrete aqueduct above the hut.

Stephen Underhay
24 Saves

Climb the Iztaccihuatl Volcano

Mexico / Iztaccihuatl Trail

To reach the Izta-Popo National Park from the city of Puebla, you will have to drive 31 miles on the open road to "Paso de Cortés" towards San Nicolás de los ranchos.

Javier Casillas
23 Saves

Summit Iztaccihuatl

Mexico / Iztaccihuatl Trail

Beginning at the Izta Popo National Park entrance, obtain your permit and follow the bumpy road as it winds towards La Joya.

Stephen Underhay
23 Saves

Bike around the Coba Mayan Ruins

Mexico / Coba Parking Lot

A short 45 minutes from Tulum, Mexico lies the partially excavated Mayan ruins of Coba. Encompassing 80 square kilometers, ancient Coba was connected via a network of elevated roads called sacbes.

Sara Sheehy
21 Saves

Rock Climb in Las Ventanas

Mexico / Las Ventanas Climbing Area

Las Ventanas is an amazing rock climbing spot for beginners and intermediates. It is located in a national park called El Chico.

Aire Libre
14 Saves

Climb the Malinche Volcano

Mexico / Albuergue Malinzi

To do so, you have to first get to the city of Huamantla, located in the Tlaxcala state. Once you are there, you must take road 136 and drive 8 miles before taking the exit to Teacalco.

Javier Casillas
13 Saves

Visit the Mayan Ruins in Tulum

Mexico / Tulum Ruins

About a two hour drive from Cancun, these Mayan ruins are one of the most visited in the Yucatan Peninsula.

Tori Marsh
12 Saves

Explore the Mayan Ruins at Chichen Itza

Mexico / Chichen Itza

Located in the small town of Piste, about 2.

Tori Marsh
10 Saves

Swim with Sea Turtles in Akumal

Mexico / Akumal Bay

Just 25km north of Tulum and 39km south of Playa del Carmen lies Akumal Bay. Despite its proximity to the big vacation destinations and massive resorts, Akumal remains relatively quiet.

Kayak Coronado Island in Loreto Bay

Mexico / Coronado Island Boat Launch

There are several ways to kayak to Coronado Island at the north end of Loreto Bay. The easiest way is to drive north from town on Davis Street.

Michael Wigle
8 Saves

Explore El Aguacate Waterfall

Mexico / El Aguacate

In order to get from the city of Puebla, you have to cross the dam of Valsequillo. Once you have crossed, you must drive to the third town called "El Aguacate".

Javier Casillas
8 Saves

Bouldering in Mineral del Chico

Mexico / Las Manzanas

To get to Mineral del Chico you have to drive 11 miles from the city of Pachuca. The town is next to the National Park El Chico, which you have to go through in order to get to the town.

Javier Casillas
8 Saves

Climb the North Face of Pico de Orizaba

Mexico / Refugio Piedra Grande

To be able to arrive from Mexico City to the base camp of the North face, it is necessary to take the road to Veracruz and in the tollbooth Esperanza, go toward Ciudad Serdan.

Javier Casillas
7 Saves

Night Photography at Popocatépetl

Mexico / La Joyita

To get to the national park Izta-Popo, you must take the federal road "Paso de Cortes" in the direction of San Nicolas de los Ranchos and Santiago Xalitzintla.

Javier Casillas
7 Saves

Hike to Hanson's Peak in Parque Nacional Constitucion de 1857

Mexico / Hanson Peak Hike

Recommended way to get there is from Ensenada take highway #3 going to Ojos Negros and take exit to Parque Constitucion 1857, 3 hours from San Diego.

Jorge Landeros
7 Saves

Off-Road to La Lobera Sea Cave

Mexico / La Lobera

The road from the highway to the coast is packed sand and gravel. Fortunately the marine fog keeps the sand in good condition for traveling over.

Michael Wigle
6 Saves

Hike the Altar Trail in the San Pedro Martir NF

Mexico / The Altar Hiking Trail Start Point

To get to San Pedro Martir National Forest, you'll take Highway 1 down towards Ensenada taking the San Telmo exit to the "Sierra San Pedro Martir" sign.

Jorge Landeros
6 Saves

Rock Climb in Los Pericos

Mexico / Los Pericos

To get from México city, you should take the highway to Puebla and 19.

Javier Casillas
5 Saves

Bouldering in Tlaxcala

Mexico / Tlaxcala Bouldering Zone

To reach the boulder area of San Mateo, you have to arrive to the state capital, the city of Tlaxcala; so you must take highway 150 México-Puebla-Veracruz, and passing (50 meters) of the toll booth S.

Javier Casillas
5 Saves

Climb the South Face of Pico de Orizaba

Mexico / Refugio Fausto González Gomár

To get to the south face of Pico de Orizaba, you need to go towards Ciudad Serdán, Puebla. Once you pass "Esperanza" toll station, you have to divert to the right towards Atzizintla.

Javier Casillas
5 Saves

Rock Climb in Río Blanco

Mexico / Santa Catarina

To get from México city you must take the highway to Veracruz and drive 165 miles, you should take the diversion to Río Blanco, you will get easily to the main street.

Javier Casillas
3 Saves

Rock Climb in Jalcomulco

Mexico / Adventures SelvAzul

To reach Jalcomulco from Xalapa, you have to take the road Xalapa - Totutla, driving 25 miles you will be in the center of Jalcomulco.

Javier Casillas
3 Saves

Run the Land of the Seri: El Desemboque to Bahía de Kino

Mexico / El Desemboque

This adventure is a life changing 90km (56mi) trail run along the coast of the Sonoran Desert in Mexico.

Aire Libre
3 Saves

Hike El Tular Canyon in the Sierra de la Gigante Mountains

Mexico / El Tular Canyon

My favorite time to make this hike is just before sunrise. The alpine glow on the range above the cool canyon is a beautiful sight.

Michael Wigle
1 Saves

Hike to Table Top Mountain

Mexico / Table Top Mountain Trailhead

This hike is relatively easy with amazing views at the top and during the trail. There is little elevation gain in the beginning, and the gain is gradual as you make it to the top of the mountain.