The Mountainous Outskirts of Mexico City are a Door to Pristine Nature at its Best

When it comes to flora, fauna, and amazing landscapes, Mexico City and its surroundings is surprisingly diverse. The city’s topography is highly varied and its geographic situation places it between distinct ecozones.

if you venture outside the city limits a little, you’ll find a veritable wealth of exquisite natural attractions and activities to keep you occupied on Mexico City tours.

For breathtaking views and mountain hiking, you need to check out the Nevado de Toluca, also known as Xinantécatl. It is situated in a national park. This volcano makes for an amazing visit from central Mexico City. Winter is as good a time as any to visit this natural marvel, because you can admire the snow capped peaks and wrap up warm against the biting cold.

The chinampas (floating islands) that make Xochimilco what it is may well be artificial, but the canals are very much a natural attraction that are an absolute must-visit on any family activities to-do list. Take a boat trip in one of the iconic and colourful trajineras that run daily up and down the interconnected canal system, while enjoying some drinks, soaking up the atmosphere and gaining some respite from the overwhelming capital.

Water fans will love Amacuzac, in the state of Morelos – which is also home of the best Mexican cooking classes available. In this small town, which is also the name of the river which runs right through it, you can try your hand at white water rafting, or spot the occasional monarch butterfly when the season is right. Float down the river and enjoy the flora and fauna that surrounds you, but don’t forget to stay alert as the currents are fearsome from mid-June to December. Over the course of a two-hour journey, River Amacuzac crosses around ten rapids in total, making for some of the best adventure activity around.

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