Having trouble deciding where next to explore the world on foot? Look no further, as Mexico has stunning hikes to suit every level of walker…
Urique-Batopilas Trail, Copper Canyon, Mexico
At 30 miles long and taking around three days for the average walker, this stunning hike connects the two small towns of Urique, a sleepy place that’s pretty much tourist-free, with Batopilas, a former silver mining spot. Along the way, the trail dips in and out of a series of canyons that are, all combined, larger than the Grand Canyon itself.
These six huge, river-carved canyons bring hikers a vast array of visual spectacles – from huge agave plants to steep sandstone walls. And in amongst the wilderness, trekkers will even come across the occasional villages inhabited by the native Tarahumara people.
For many, though, the highlight of this hike is the final stop at the historic town of Batopilas. One of the principal attractions of the town is an aqueduct of ingenious design made by an American, Alexander Shepherd at the end of the 19th century, that runs parallel to the road.
El Tepozteco, Morelos
Just one hour’s drive south of Mexico City, hikers will find a trek that offers double rewards: a fun scramble surrounded by tall rock spires to get to the top, and incredible archaeological treasures when you get there.
This small mountain is found next to the village of Tepoztlan, where hikers can start their trail up into the heights. After walking down the main street of the village, the road turns into a small trail, which then snakes up into the mountainside.
After some surprisingly steep ascents, with the trail climbing by a sudden 1,200 feet in less than a mile at one point, hikers will reach one of the most fascinating archaeological sites in all of Mexico: a 12th century pyramid that stands an impressive 30 feet high.
One last climb to the top of this wonder, and you can enjoy a well-earned rest, while soaking in the breathtaking view of the valley below.
El Cielo Biosphere Park, Tamaulipas
Whether you’re an experienced hiker or a stroll down the beach is as active as you usually get on holiday, the third of our Mexican trails has the perfect hike for you.
The spectacular El Cielo Biosphere Park is considered one of Mexico’s most beautiful natural hidden treasures. The enormous park boasts four distinct ecological zones: a tropical jungle, mountain forest, heath forest and a dwarf and pine oak forest. This combination means the trails available range from moderate to more challenging routes – so you can take your pick.
Highlights include a one-of-a-kind cloud forest, the inspiration for the park’s heavenly name. There are also a huge number of different species to behold, with an array of exotic plants in the tropical forest region.
Elsewhere, you can spot unique bird species that can’t be found anywhere else on earth. For some, though, the Park is more than just a trekkers’ paradise – it’s home to several villages, with many of the local residents working as guides or at the nearby lodges.