9 Unforgettable Adventures in Mexico

Mom & son on paddle board with pelicans

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There are many ways to have fun and stay active on a trip to Mexico, and as a bonus, you will be surrounded by some of the most beautiful natural scenery you can imagine.  Everyone's idea of adventure may be a bit different, but when you get out of the ordinary, maybe push yourself physically, possibly get an adrenaline rush, or just do something you never imagined you might do, that's when you have peak experiences that stay in your memory for a long time. Some of these active adventures may require you to step out of your comfort zone, but they will definitely be memorable inclusions to your vacation itinerary.

Are you ready to get adventurous? Here are nine different adventurous ways to enjoy some of Mexico's stunning landscapes.

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Kayak to a Hidden Cenote

Kayaking in the Yucatan

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Paddle your kayak through a clear turquoise lagoon and spot flamingos, pelicans and herons, then enter a canal in the mangrove forest to continue exploring this unique ecosystem. You will arrive at a freshwater cenote in the center of the mangroves where you can take a swim before heading to a private beach for a picnic lunch of grilled fish and ceviche.

Maya Amazing Adventures offers this activity as a day trip from Merida or as part of a longer package tour that may include cycling, swimming in cenotes and kayaking.

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Ride the World's Highest and Longest Zipline

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The longest (3km), highest (300 meters) and fastest (120 km per hour) zipline in the world is in the Copper Canyon Adventure Park (Parque de Aventuras) near Divisadero. This is part of a system of seven ziplines and two suspension bridges. Other optional activities at the park include a trip in a cable car and a Via Ferrata that allows you to scale and rappel the wall of the canyon. Enjoy the beauty of the canyon and get an adrenaline rush at the same time!

The 3 Amigos Adventures offers a Divisadero Tour that includes a stop at the adventure park as well as visits to several lookout points in the area. The company also offers custom trips and rentals of bicycles, scooters, ​and ATVs.

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Surf a Sand Dune

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This activity is perfect for people who want to try snowboarding but dislike cold weather! The Algodones sand dunes are located just 45 minutes outside of Mexicali, Baja California and are a perfect spot to practice this sport. 

Adixion Tours offers one-day sandboarding excursions from Mexicali which include transportation, instruction and all the equipment needed for sandboarding, as well as lunch.

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Raft Whitewater Rapids

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Sit tight and hang on to your paddle as you face the swirling water of the Rio Antiguo in Veracruz state. There are Class 2 or Class 4 rapids depending on the area of the river and the time of year.

Mexico Verde Expeditions offers white water rafting as well as mountain biking and glamping near Jalcomulco, Veracruz.

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Hike Around a Petrified Waterfall

Hike around a petrified waterfall in Oaxaca, Mexico
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A mineral spring in the state of Oaxaca located on the edge of a cliff has made a mineral formation over thousands of years that looks like a waterfall made of stone. The site is called Hierve el Agua (the water boils), although the water is not hot. Most people just enjoy the view from the top and perhaps a dip in the cool mineral-laden water, but visitors who are in good physical condition can enjoy a walk all the way around the falls to enjoy the views from beside and below.  

Discover Oaxaca Tours offers a visit to Hierve el Agua as a day trip from Oaxaca city. 

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Explore a Colonial Town on Horseback

Horseback San Miguel de Allende
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The colorful city streets of San Miguel de Allende are even more beautiful at dusk. Mount your horse and imagine what this town looked like at the time of Allende when horses were the main form of transportation.

Coyote Canyon Adventures offers these exclusive horseback riding excursions as well as cultural and nature tours.

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Jump Off a Waterfall

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Las Cascadas de Micos in San Luis Potosi is made up of seven waterfalls of different heights. Visitors don hard hats and life jackets to jump from the top of the falls into the churning water below.

Huaxteca is a tour company that offers waterfall jumping as well as a variety of other adventurous activities in the Huasteca region, including white water rafting, scuba diving, and rappel.

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Snorkel With Sea Lions

Diving in Baja with sea lions
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You can enjoy a unique adventure in Baja California Sur state, not too far north of Los Cabos. Join some sea lions in their natural environment, by swimming and snorkeling with them. These friendly animals are playful and generally seem happy to swim around with visitors, although some may not bother to leave their spot where they're resting on a nearby rock sunning themselves while swimmers frolic in the ocean.

You can enjoy this activity either on a day trip to Isla Espritu Santo, which is close to the city of La Paz, or at the Cabo Pulmo Marine Protected Area, just north of Los Cabos.

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Stand Up Paddle Board Through a Cave

Four Friends Sea Cave, Stand Up Paddle Boarding
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Stand up paddle boarding is an activity that is gaining more and more popularity, and it can be done by most anyone. You use a board similar to a surfboard, but you stand on it the whole time and propel yourself with a paddle. You don't have to be super fit to participate, but it is helpful to have good balance! You can practice this sport in many places, and it's not just for tranquil lakes, many people SUP in the ocean. You'll probably want to get the hang of it in a fairly tranquil spot and work your way up to more wavy ocean environments. Once you've got your SUP legs, you'll be ready to explore a wide variety of settings, including these caves near Sayulita, in Jalisco state.

Find out more about SUP in Sayulita, or an experience stand-up paddle boarding in the Acapulco Bay.