Canyoneering, in its simplest form, has been around since prehistoric times.
Ancient people sought out canyons for sources of water, food and shelter, and evidence of prehistoric people inhabiting canyons can be found, not only in places such as Mexico’s Monterrey, Chihuahua and Cuernavaca, but also across the Americas, Europe, Australia and all around the world.
Today technological development has allowed for access to virtually any canyon on the planet, and has sparked a race to claim “first descents” amongst budding canyoneers. The terms canyoning or canyoneering, are more often associated with technical descents such as rappelling, rope work, zip lining, technical climbing and technical jumps, or technical swims, rather than non-technical activities such as canyon hiking or walking.
Take note of the opportunities available at the Hacienda Cola De Caballo and the Matacanes Canyon, which have been bookmarked by many as some of the best tours in Monterrey, and the pinnacle of canyoneering in Mexico.
Regardless of where you choose to go, or which activity to partake in, be sure to include this on your list of things to do when next traveling to Mexico. If you have the time and the courage to try something new, it’s definitely worth the experience.