Valle de Bravo has been called the “Switzerland of Mexico.” Ringed by pine-forested mountains and set beside a beautiful lake, Valle de Bravo is a 16th-century village with cobblestone streets and colonial structures built around a town plaza. Like San Miguel de Allende, Taxco, and Puerto Vallarta, Valle de Bravo is a National Heritage village; new construction must conform to the colonial style of the original village.
The cobbled streets, small restaurants, hotels, spas, and shops are usually full on weekends – this is a very popular retreat from Mexico City. The crafts market, three blocks from the main square, is open daily from 10am to 5pm, and colorfully dressed Mazahua Indians sell their handmade tapestries daily around the town plaza.
However, the city is located in a privileged position, as it is close to the very popular, adventure rich Bosencheve and Monte Alto national parks. Here, adventurers can climb mountains, hang glide and enjoy some of the best paragliding in Mexico.
Elsewhere, the landscape of the Valle de Bravo river basin is made up of several springs and rivers which flow into the Balsas River. Some of these bodies of water have beautiful waterfalls, such as Rio de Molino or Rio de Avandaro, which is also popular for camping and hiking, and offers plenty of exciting fun activities for kids. And Velo de Novia Cascade, with a drop of 115 ft (35 mts), fed by the San Juan Creek, is another beautiful place well worth visiting.