5 Best Hikes in Mexico for the Active Traveler

Last updated March 26, 2022

Mexico offers active adventures of all types. With beaches, jungles, mountains, vibrant cultures, ancient sites, modern cities, nightlife and more—Mexico offers it all.

Each adventure comes with plenty of wellness opportunities for the diverse traveler. For those who love to hike there are plenty of places to be outdoors enjoying nature.

If you are planning to go hiking south of the border, start with these five best hikes in Mexico.

1. Copper Canyon of Chihuahua

one of the best hikes in mexico copper canyon chihuahua

Most travelers take the train through Copper Canyon to experience the incredible views from the window seat.

Once in town, there are plenty of opportunities for greater discovery through additional adventures and wellness offerings. One of the best hikes in Mexico—from the stop at the Pueblo Magico (magic town) of Creel—is to Basaseachic Falls.

This seasonal waterfall, one of the tallest in Mexico, allows visitors to get deep inside the canyons of one of Mexico’s National Parks. And to put it into scale, the Copper Canyons are four times the size of the Grand Canyon! 

2. Los Cabos or La Paz

one of the best hikes in mexico sierra de la laguna baja

Los Cabos and La Paz on the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula offer more than just idyllic beach holidays and the opportunity to experience the “aquarium of the world.”

With some of the clearest vivid sky hikes in the neighboring Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve, this is one of the best hikes in Mexico for those who love the natural outdoors. 

Less than two hours will get you up into a protected land, where local rancheros open up their homes as stops on the hikes that range from one to multiple days.

Here Baja-based sustainable glamping options can improve your experience as the views of the constellations in the night sky rival the daytime mountain landscape.

3. Oaxaca City

Church in the Sierra Norte de Puebla

A trip to Oaxaca City is a must. The UNESCO heritage city is one of Mexico’s culinary capitals—an experience you do not want to miss.

From this colonial city, visitors can take a perfect day trip to hike the Sierra Norte or spend multiple days hiking through the sustainable eco-friendly pueblos known as the Pueblos Mancomunados (commonwealth of villages). 

There is more to this region’s breathtaking views among the cloud forests; Oaxaca offers opportunities to discover local Zapoteca (indigenous) culture. Enjoy a temazcal—a guided spiritual steam—or spend time learning about multiple medicinal plants.

And when you return, mezcal—the local agave-based spirit—awaits. 

4. Chiapas 

dense jungle vegetation under hazy afternoon sun in Chiapas

The jungles of Chiapas offer visitors incredible beauty and native riches. Here’s a perfect chance to get off the grid with a visit to the natural, largely untouched world.

Many locations within the state are known to be “birder” paradises, complete with both with migrating birds (in the dry months) and endemic species all year round. 

To see plenty of “bucket list” birds, take one of the many day hikes or opt for a multiple day birding hike with camping.

5. San Juan Teotihuacan

teotihuacan pyramids

Adjacent to Mexico City, visitors can take an excursion away from the luxuries the capital offers to visit an ancient Aztec site.

Teotihuacan remains a mystery and takes its name from the local Nahuatl language meaning “land of the gods.” 

Located at seven thousand feet above sea level—with both the pyramid of the sun and pyramid of the moon accessible to climb—a visit here can certainly be considered one of the best hikes in Mexico!

Visitors will get more than their fair share of steps in while learning about this mysterious ancient culture before a return to the city and a chance for some guilt-free tacos. 

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Mexico offers many destinations for wellness vacations and hiking. Whether it is a single day or multiple-night adventure, these are some of the best hikes in Mexico to put on your bucket list.

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