Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – 5 adventure travel stars (rounded up)

Scuba diving the Great Mayan Reef

Scuba diving the Great Mayan Reef

Mexico is one of the top travel destinations in the world according to the World Trade Organization, and adventure travel is a big reason why.

Many of the adventure travelers flock to the beach resorts along the 6,000 miles of coastline for water related experiences like scuba diving, snorkeling and deep sea fishing, and more make their way to the jungles in the south and Baja California in the north.

If you’re looking to discover ancient cultures then you’ll have plenty to explore in the Aztec and Mayan ruins in central and southern Mexico.

The Mexican people are friendly, the mouth-watering cuisine is unique and the architecture is extraordinary. The weather can range from arid and hot in the north to tropical in the south. This North American playground is truly an incredible adventure travel experience you’ll want to relive again and again.

Mexico is a veritable paradise for those seeking the most exciting experiences from enjoyable walking tours through the ruins of past civilizations to adrenaline pumping adventures like white water rafting, bungee jumping and paragliding.

You can’t help but see the headlines regarding the drug war, and associated violence, in Mexico these days, so you need to be careful, but it hasn’t caused many problems for tourists. The Mexican government has been careful to protect the tourism industry due to its importance to the economy.

The bottom line: Mexico is a must for everyone looking for an adventure travel experience. Be careful, but don’t miss out on what Mexico has to offer.

Exotic Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – 5 adventure travel stars

Mexico offers exotic experiences from exploration of the ancient Mayan and Aztec cultures to a cuisine consisting of distinctive primordial ingredients important in the making of unique, traditional Mexican dishes.

Guerrero Negro in Baja California Sur has the highest concentration of grey whales in the world, the gorgeous coastline of Oaxaca with leave you speechless and remote destinations like Copper Canyon in Barrancas del Cobre will fill your imagination with visions of lifestyles from centuries gone by.

There are few areas in the world with more biodiversity than Mexico. Jungles, deserts and mountains are filled to overflowing with one-of-a-kind wildlife adventures that include toucans, parrots, monkeys, jaguars and so much more that will leave you in absolute awe of nature.

When you think “exotic” think of Mexico.

Cultural Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

The Mexican people are known to be friendly and helpful. They are class conscious with wealth and social status normally tied to European lineage and skin color, and there are distinct divisions between the wealthy, middle class and the poor.

Even though Mexico doesn’t have an official religion, the great majority of Mexicans practice Roman Catholicism, which has had a very strong influence over their culture.

The architecture takes its influence from the Pre-Hispanic pyramid structures you’ll see in Teotihuacan to the Mexican colonial architecture evidenced in some of the grand cathedrals to the contemporary Mexican high rise buildings of modern times.

The traditional music is lively and chances are you’ll find a small group of local musicians looking to serenade you in many of the tourist areas.

Mexican food can be very different from region to region. Well know for the intense and wide-ranging flavors, Mexican cuisine has its roots in Aztec and Mayan traditions as well as what was brought to the country by Spanish colonists.

You’ll find a steady diet of rice, beans, beef, pork, seafood and chicken along with garlic, onions, maize, tomatoes, avocado, chili peppers, seasonings and many traditional fruit and vegetable offerings sure to delight the most adventurous diners.

Adventure Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – 5 adventure travel stars

Some of the most popular adventure experiences include snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, sea kayaking, whale watching, white water rafting, archaeological tours and trekking. For those with luxury adventure travel on their minds, you need to checks out the spas.

Following is a more complete list of adventure experiences in Mexico just waiting for you to enjoy.


  • Bungee Jumping
  • Canoeing
  • Four Wheel Drive Trips
  • Hang gliding
  • Hunting
  • Jungle Exploring
  • Kayaking (sea)
  • Motorcycling
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Overlanding
  • Paragliding
  • Rappelling
  • Rock climbing
  • Scuba/Snorkeling
  • Skydiving
  • Spelunking (caving)
  • Surfing
  • Whitewater rafting
  • Windsurfing


  • Bird watching
  • Cultural tours
  • Nature Trips
  • Walking Tours
  • Whale watching

Could be either

  • Backpacking
  • Bicycling
  • Camping
  • Canopy tours/Ziplines
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hot-air ballooning
  • Quad-biking ATVs
  • Sailing
  • Trekking
  • Wildlife watching