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Eight of the most popular hikes and walking routes in Mexico

Eight of the most popular hikes and walking routes in Mexico

Keen ramblers, walkers and outdoor enthusiasts have been advised on eight of the most popular hikes to tackle in Mexico in 2023. 

Remitly, who specialize in helping people send money to Mexico, has analyzed 50 of the country’s most popular walking routes to see which appear most often in online hiking guides when searching for terms like ‘hiking Mexico’ and ‘best walks in Mexico’ on Google. 

Mexico has one of the most diverse topographies on the planet, from colorful lowland jungles and picturesque mountain ranges, to stunning beaches and panoramic deserts, so there’s plenty to see and explore. 

A spokesperson for Remitly said: “Whether you’re a local, traveler, or have recently moved to the country, many people find that the best way to get to know an area is a good, old-fashioned hike. This way, you get to see more than you usually would from the roadside – plus, it’s great for the body and the mind. 

“We looked at some of the most frequently visited blogs and websites about hiking in Mexico to see which routes were most often mentioned, proving their popularity.

”Whether you’re an avid hiking enthusiast or just starting out, there’s something on our list for all abilities.”

In no particular order, here are eight of the most popular hikes in Mexico:

  1. Nevado de Toluca

Vista del Nevado de Toluca.jpg

The hiking route most often mentioned on blogs and guides is Nevado de Toluca – and for good reason. A stratovolcano in central Mexico, Nevado de Toluca is a fairly challenging route that takes around 4-and-a-half hours to complete. It’s a very popular area for hiking, so you’re likely to encounter other people while exploring the volcano. It’s Mexico’s 4th highest peak, standing at 4,680 meters at its tallest point (Pico del Fraile, or Friar’s Peak).

  1. Copper Canyon

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Copper Canyon or Barrancas del Cobre is part of a group of six distinct canyons in the southwestern part of Chihuahua state. It’s known for its spectacular landscapes – but it’s not for the inexperienced trekker. It’s quite rugged, steep and wild, and therefore it’s quite easy to get lost. If you’re not confident if your navigational skills, you can hire a private guide for day hikes around the area. 

  1. Desierto de los Leones

Desierto de los Leones National Park - Wikipedia

There are plenty of hiking trails to choose from in Desierto de los Leones, a national park stretching between Cuajimalpa and Alvaro Obregon boroughs, southwest of Mexico City. A forested area with many brooks, ravines and waterfalls, the park is considered to be the oldest protected biosphere in Mexico. 

  1. Chipinque Ecological Park

At the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains, Chipinque Ecological Park is one of the Cumbres de Monterrey National Park’s most easily accessible areas. Here, you can hike - or even bike! - through pine and oak forests, and take in all the flora and fauna the area has to offer. Best to keep your wits about you though, as Chipinque Park is home to a far few black bears!

  1. Los Tuxtlas Biosphere Reserve

Particularly notable for its diversity of plants and animals, Los Tuxtlas Biosphere Reserve is located in the coastal and higher elevations of the Sierra de los Tuxtlas, in southeastern Mexico. Occupying a vast area of 155,000 hectares, there are plenty of sights to take in, whichever route you decide to take. From crater lakes, sand dunes and waterfalls to thermal springs, lagoons and mangroves, it’s perfect for any nature lover. 

  1. Iztaccihuatl Volcano

Iztaccihuatl - Wikipedia

The third-highest mountain in Mexico and the seventh-highest in North America, Iztaccihuatl is a dormant volcano situated on the Mexico-Puebla state line in central Mexico. Its name translates to the “Woman in White”, reflecting the four individual snow-capped peaks which look like the head, chest, knees and feet of a sleeping woman when seen from the east or west. Hiking Iztaccihuatl is a must for any outdoor enthusiast visiting Mexico City. It’s an intermediate trail that takes around three hours from start to finish. 

  1. Cumbres del Ajusco National Park

Known for its high elevations reaching 3,900 meters above sea level, Cumbres del Ajusco National Park is characterized by pine-oak forests and high mountain grassland. The highest peaks in the park include Cruz del Marquez, Pico del Aguila and Santo Tomas, but there are plenty of areas to explore that don’t involve steep climbs. Accessible from Mexico City, the park is also unique in that it actually makes up half of the Mexico City Federal District.

  1. El Tepozteco

An archaeological site in the Mexican state of Morelos, El Tepozteco consists of a small temple to Tepoztēcatl, the Aztec god of the alcoholic beverage pulque made from the fermented sap of the agave plant. The 2-mile hike up to the 30-foot-tall, 900-year-old Aztec pyramid offers great views over the valleys. There is a small fee at the top to enter the site, but the trail itself is free. 


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Remitly website: https://www.remitly.com/us/en/mexico 


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About Remitly: 

Remitly is a leading digital financial services provider for immigrants and their families in over 170 countries around the world. Remitly helps immigrants send money home in a safe, reliable and transparent manner. Its digitally-native, cross-border remittance app eliminates the long wait times, complexities and fees typical of traditional remittance processes. Building on its strong foundation, Remitly is expanding its suite of products to further its mission and transform financial services for immigrants all around the world. Founded in 2011, Remitly is headquartered in Seattle and has seven global offices, including London, Cork, Singapore, Manila and Managua.


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