Valle de Bravo’s natural charm led to its official designation as a “Pueblo Mágico” by the Secretary of Tourism in 2005. The vivid contrasts between the crystalline lake, the colonial buildings constructed of adobe and terra cotta, and the abundant wooded landscapes make this one of the most naturally scenic destinations in Mexico. A favorite weekend retreat for residents of Mexico City and Toluca, Valle de Bravo increasingly draws visitors from all over the world. The pace of life here is casual and relaxed, and the town rewards exploration with cultural treasures, unique activities, and a welcoming spirit.
The city is home to one of the most important arts and culture festivals in all of Mexico, the Festival of Souls. Having grown in size and prominence every year, this renowned celebration takes place around the Day of the Dead and features great Mexican food, folkloric dances, theatrical performances, photography exhibitions, short films, and music.
Elsewhere, Lake Avendaro is the shimmering centre of life in Valle. The region’s mild climate makes it possible to enjoy water sports throughout the year. Rent a sailboat, hop onto a ferry tour, or really dive in: Water skiing, windsurfing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboard yoga are all popular activities that can be easily arranged.
However, if you are looking for what to do in Valle de Bravo, look no further than the mountainside. Here, you will find Mexico’s most famous and most flown paragliding and hang-gliding site. Prime season usually starts in January and goes into May when the rains come. But, above all else, the wooded landscapes, consistent weather and qualified personnel make this magical town one of the best places in the world to go gliding.