Adventure and Ecotourism in Guanajuato


Camping in Guanajuato

Camping in Guanajuato

The Cuenca de la Esperanza offers the possibility of renting a tent and even provides you with an essential load of firewood to have a good time on an unforgettable honeymoon. It has the essential basic services and total security.

In the surroundings of Vergel de Bernalejo, you can also camp since there is an esplanade with all services, there is no electricity, so the spectacular starry sky can be seen in all its splendor. Additionally, in the same area, the Puente de Dios is located, which is a majestic work of nature, it is a natural arch that was created thousands of years.

The Paralillo Dam, near the town of Santa Rosa, with a landscape of oak trees and some cacti is perfect for camping and living with nature.

In the Sierra de Santa Rosa, a protected natural area you can camp in the Xúmu Ecological Park surrounded by trees, or in the Llano Largo area.

Other options are: Valle de Santiago, Sierra de Lobos and Cerro del Cubilete.

Canyoning in Guanajuato

Canonism in Guanajuato

In Tierra Blanca, the Cañón del Salto is located, which offers a unique landscape, full of capricious rock formations that invite adventure and new challenges, or in Cañón de Alfaro, an impressive place with walls of 10 to 70 meters. Tall.

Paso de Vaqueros, located east of San Luis de la Paz, is a place that offers significant challenges due to its vertical walls, its wildlife, and its beautiful waterfalls that form water pits and natural slides.

In the vicinity of León, you can visit the Garita Canyon with incredible descents, several rappels along the way, and beautiful pools of water in the depths of the canyon.

You can also explore the Uriptio Canyon, an impressive landscape that offers several challenges. It has three rappels of heights ranging from 25 and 70 meters. and walk through the volcanic stone canyon until you reach two pools of water where you can swim.

Another good option is the Paso de Vaqueros Dam, going through the canyon that is located behind the dam. The path includes rappelling, waterfalls, natural rock slide, and of course hiking.

Mountain Biking in Guanajuato

Cycling in Guanajuato

The protected natural area of ​​the Cuenca de la Esperanza gives you the opportunity to enjoy the forest on a mountain bike. Going through the forests that surround the city by bicycle is quite an experience, you can walk among oaks and penguin bushes, while observing the various birds that inhabit them, such as the woodpecker.

In the city of Guanajuato there are routes of mining districts to visit by car or mountain bike that include, on the one hand, the Valenciana, Mina de Guadalupe, Real de Santa Ana, and Mineral de la Luz and on the other, Calderone’s, El Cubo and Peregrina. These itineraries put in contact with vestiges of the mineral wealth of Guanajuato, the system of dams that supplied the mines, and the imposing landscape of the mountains. Additionally, every year the Urban Downhill is carried out where its winding streets are crossed in the month of November.

In the Sierra de Santa Rosa, you can also walk the gaps and trails where the miners transported gold during the colonial period. On the way, there are shots of mines and small towns. Quite a challenge for lovers of this sport.

The Valley of Santiago, known as “The country of the Seven Luminaries”, offers a very special challenge for cyclists since it is made up of 13 craters, located in an area of ​​89.52 kilometers of protected ecological zone, the average height of these hills It is 2100 meters above sea level.

In general, the area where San Miguel Allende is located is ideal for this sport since it combines mountains of more than 2,000 meters. high with semi-tropical climates and desert plains. There are paths that link picturesque villages, where in addition to enjoying nature, you can enjoy the customs and traditions of the place.

In the surroundings of León, you can try the Nuevo Valle Moreno route with old royal roads and routes that commemorate the time of Independence.

In general, the entire Northwest region of the State of Guanajuato is the richest in mountain landscapes.

Quads / ATV’s in Guanajuato

ATV-ATVs in Guanajuato

An experience that can only be lived in Guanajuato is touring the alleys and tunnels of this historic city on an ATV, visiting some of its iconic places.

Other options are to visit the mining towns of the Sierra de Guanajuato, or the surroundings of San Miguel de Allende, visiting the old springs and the Charco del Ingenio. You can also walk the road from San Miguel Allende to the archaeological site of Cañada de la Virgen, or to Dolores Hidalgo enjoying both nature and history. In this sector you can also walk the banks of the Allende Dam, passing through the communities of San Miguel Viejo and Bandita, visiting historical farms, viceregal chapels, and the Sanctuary of Atotonilco.

In the surroundings of San Miguel Allende, you can explore the shores of the Allende Dam and of course the landscapes that surround the city.

Climbing in Guanajuato

Climbing in Guanajuato

Near the city of Guanajuato, La Bufa and Calderones are located with numerous sports sectors and blocks for bouldering.

Alcocer, located 10 minutes from San Miguel Allende, offers 42 routes, many of them short on solid rocks. 25 minutes from San Miguel Allende, in Jalpa, there is a black basalt rock wall of approximately 25 meters. high, which offers 27 sports routes and 11 traditional routes. It has some cracks and is one of the best options in the region.

Other options are: the Peña Sola located in the municipality of Salamanca and the Cañada del Gigante, located 15 km from León at the foot of the Cerro del Gigante.

You can also climb the Siete Luminarias, a series of volcanic craters located in the Santiago Valley. Each one of them has a unique landscape and offers the possibility of climbing inside the volcanoes.

The Salto de las Brujas Canyon, which is located near León, offers the possibility of climbing from 10 to 20 meters. high, in addition to knowing the mining history of the place.

The Garita Canyon in Cuerámaro offers waterfalls and vegetation that combines cacti, biznagas, organs, and huizahes, as well as the possibility of rock climbing.

The Xúmu Ecological Park, in the Sierra de Santa Rosa offers the possibility of climbing both in the free mode and in bouldering.

Caving in Guanajuato

Speleology in Guanajuato

The Grutas de Bernalejo, near the community of the same name, is a set of stalactite and stalagmite chambers. It is a true sanctuary of nature. The tour of the grotto is approximately 55 minutes and much of it has to be done lying down in the narrowness of the grottoes.

In this same region, there are several basements with a diversity of fauna and flora, some have not yet been explored due to the difficulty of access. The excursions are limited to 20 people, this in order not to damage the caves.

Another option is to explore the Cueva de Indios and Cueva de Longa in the Sierra del Cubo. The Cueva de Indios is a natural concavity that seems to have been enlarged by man. The interesting thing is that inside there are petroglyphs and ocher-reddish engravings dating from pre-Hispanic times.

Jeep Safari in Guanajuato

Jeep Safari in Guanajuato

What better way to get to know the mines near the city of Guanajuato than on a safari. Get to know the Cata, Rayas and Peñafiel mines on the Ruta de la Plata.

You can also visit several mining towns such as Camino Real, Monte de San Nicolás, Santa Rosa de Lima and of course Guanajuato.

This is also a way to enter the unknown San Miguel de Allende, visiting some rural communities in the area, as well as some of the chapels of the colonial era.

The area of ​​León can also be lived with an exciting adventure entering the Central Sierra, visiting the rock formations of Mesa del Gallo and the old town of Nuevo Valle de Moreno, as well as Las Coloradas.

Kayaking in Guanajuato

Kayaking in Guanajuato

One of the most peculiar places to practice kayaking is in the Solis Dam, near Acámbaro, since in addition to appreciating nature you can paddle to the Puruagüita sunken church that has been underwater for more than 70 years, you can still see the many features of the church, including its paintings.

You can also kayak in Sierra de Lobos near León.

Mountaineering in Guanajuato

Mountaineering in Guanajuato

Cerro Grande, which is located in the Municipality of Victoria, is a good option since it offers trails to climb, in which you can see vestiges of cave paintings.

Another option is Valle de Santiago where 13 craters are located that can also be climbed.

Bird Watching in Guanajuato

Bird Watching in Guanajuato

The Las Palomas recreational area in the Esperanza Basin is located 15 minutes from the city of Guanajuato on the road to Dolores Hidalgo. Due to its important biodiversity, it is an ideal place for naturalists and bird watchers. These include buzzards, hawks, owls, coquenas, quails, hawks and pigeons.

In addition, Las Palomas represents part of the migratory corridor of the center of neotropical species of birds from Alaska, Canada, and the United States. It has the right infrastructure to practice mountain biking, hiking, and camping.

In the Paso de Ovejas in Tanrandacuao is located one of the largest bodies of water in the state, the Solís Dam, a habitat of a great variety of birds such as ducks, pelicans, herons, and seagulls, among others. Another attraction of the dam is to be able to observe the sunken church of Puruaguita.

Skydiving in Guanajuato

Skydiving in Guanajuato

If you like adrenaline you can try the Tandem Jump. The place of departure is the Celaya airport.

Horseback Riding in Guanajuato

Horseback Riding in Guanajuato

In the vicinity of San Miguel Allende, in the Cañada de la Vírgen you can tour the area on horseback and explore the canyons. You can also explore the streets of San Miguel Allende on horseback, either by day or at night. From San Miguel, you can go on a tour to Cañada de la Virgen and learn about the pre-Hispanic history of the area.

In the Peña Alta area, a growth and adaptation forest nursery has been established, in the middle of a wooded area where guided horseback riding is carried out.

Other interesting options are the guided routes on horseback along the old royal roads and the equestrian mounts in Jalpa de Cánovas, one of the beautiful Magical Towns of Guanajuato, or in San José del Torreón, where in addition to enjoying the landscape you visit the area El Cóporo archaeological site.

You can also walk the trails that lead to the old mining towns and visit the mine shafts.

If you want to enjoy nature, you can visit the surroundings of a town called Xichú located in a protected natural area within the Sierra Gorda de Guanajuato biosphere reserve. It is an area of ​​coniferous forests with rivers and waterfalls.

In Santa María del Refugio, very close to Celaya, you can also enjoy horseback riding at the La Palapa Tourist Center.

Fishing in Guanajuato

Fishing in Guanajuato

You can fish in the two dams that are located in Peña Alta, in the Sierra de Lobos dam, and in the Tierra Blanca dam, the species found here are basically carp and bass.

In the Presa del Cedro, located in the Salto Canyon, in addition to being able to fish, you can enjoy an incomparable landscape with various rock formations.

Rafting in Guanajuato

Rafting in Guanajuato

Near Tarandacuao, in La Carbonera, you can go rafting and experience an adventure in the rapids that run between ancient junipers and ahuehuetes. On the way, you can see a great variety of birds such as herons, ducks, and water dogs, a typical species of the area.

Rappel in Guanajuato

Rappel in Guanajuato

A good place to practice this exciting sport is Cerro de la Bufa, where you can also take pleasant walks to enjoy the flora and fauna of the region. You must climb 20 minutes to get to Los Picachos, a journey that is not difficult and you have an incredible panoramic view of Guanajuato.

In the vicinity of San Miguel Allende, you can explore the Coyote Canyon where rappels of more than 50 meters are carried out. in the middle of an incredible landscape

Other options are: the Cañada de la Vírgen, the hills that surround Peña Alta, Vergel de Bernalejo and Sierra Lobos.

In the Valley of Santiago, a group of volcanoes is located, which is made up of 13 craters, located in an area of ​​89.52 kilometers of the protected ecological zone, it is an ideal place for those who like extreme sports such as rappelling.

The Murcielagos Canyon is located in the Sierra de Pénjamo, 45 kilometers from Irapuato. Its name is due to the fact that at the top of the canyon there is a cave from which hundreds of bats emerge every evening. The area is worth exploring for its natural beauty with waterfalls and rivers, as well as for its great diversity of flora and fauna. The canyon walls reach up to 200 meters high and are a real challenge for rappelling lovers.

The Canyon of the Salto de las Brujas, located near León, offers the possibility of rappelling from 25 to 70 meters. high, in addition to knowing the history and some legends of the ancient miners.

Hiking in Guanajuato

Hiking in Guanajuato

You can enjoy nature with a walk to the Los Picachos hill with the wonderful landscapes of San Miguel and its surroundings. In this area, you can also walk along the trails of the San Miguel Adventure Park.

The tour of the Seven Luminaries that are located in the Santiago Valley is quite interesting since you can get to know each one of them: La Alberca, Blanca, Rincón de Parangueo, Ortiz, Álvarez, Cíntora, and La Batea, each their characteristics unique.

The Alfaro Canyon, located 40 minutes from the city of León, offers trails that put you in contact with nature. The landscape offers oak trees, cacti, and organs, among other plants, and the best season to visit is from March to October.

The Cerro de la Bufa in Guanajuato has some trails that you can travel and the best season to visit it is from May to November. You can also practice rappelling.

The landscapes that surround Jalpa de Cánovas, covered with laurel and pirule trees, offer many possibilities for those who like hiking.

Explore the Sierra del Cubo, whose maximum height reaches 2960 meters above sea level. It’s a good option. It has some trails that lead to some engravings and petroglyphs near the community known as San Andrés del Cubo.

El Salto in San José Iturbide has beautiful trails that lead to a waterfall that you can visit in the rainy season.

The surroundings of Salvatierra have some trails that run along the banks of the Lerma River.

Llano Largo – El Peralillo Dam, is another of the options offered by Guanajuato for hiking, with a landscape of oak forests.

Spa in Guanajuato

Spa in Guanajuato

In all the destinations that the state of Guanajuato has, you can enjoy various techniques that serve to harmonize the body and spirit. Most offer highly qualified personnel offering various types of facials and body massages.

Zipline in Guanajuato

Zipline in Guanajuato

In the San Miguel Adventure Park you can enjoy 7 extraordinary zip lines and a suspension bridge that offer more than a kilometer of adventure. The zip lines run over a canyon at a height of 70 and 80 meters. and the tour lasts approximately three hours.

In El Chorro Water Park there is a 200 meter long zip line that runs through the entire park.

The León Metropolitan Park has a zip line of 110-meters. long that crosses the dam and the forest that make up the park.

In the Parque Madre Vieja in Comonfort there is a zip line that crosses the entire park.

At the El Salto Vacation Center, in San José Iturbide, there is a 60-meter long circuit at a height of 15 meters. over a beautiful wooded landscape.

Also in the San José Iturbide area is the Peral which offers a suspension bridge and a zip line. In addition, you can enjoy the mostly wooded natural landscapes, ideal for hiking.

The Sierra de Guanajuato Zipline is located at the Rancho de Enmedia Restaurant on the Guanajuato-Dolores Hidalgo highway. The line runs for 500-meters. over the Sierra with a spectacular view of the landscape.

Hang Gliding Flight in Guanajuato

Hang Gliding Flight in Guanajuato

Just 40 minutes from Guanajuato is the Cerro del Cubilete, an elevation that reaches a height of 2580 meters above sea level and from where a beautiful landscape is dominated when flying in a hang glider.

Another good option is the El Salto Vacation Center, located on top of a hill above a beautiful semi-desert valley. Every weekend kites and hang gliders meet here to practice this exciting sport.

Very close to the Magic Town of Jalpa de Cánovas, the Sierra de la Comanja, serves as a platform for all those who like to fly paragliding.

Balloon Flight in Guanajuato

Balloon Flight in Guanajuato

One of the most original ways to get to know San Miguel Allende and its surroundings is from the air. You can hire a one-hour trip and enjoy this wonderful experience. Flights are very early in the morning, or it can be a romantic sunset flight.

You can also fly over the historic city of Guanajuato, contemplating all its beautiful colonial buildings.

However, if you really like to fly in a balloon, you should not miss the Leon Balloon Festival, which is quite a spectacle.



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