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Mexico's 13 Natural Wonders

9 May, 2022

After naming Chichen Itza one of the 7 World Wonders in 2007, the council of tourism in Mexico decided to implement a similar contest within the country. Instead of only choosing 7, 13 natural wonders were chosen.

Mexico is home to many beautiful and unique places, today we share with you the 13 Natural Wonders of Mexico! The biodiversity in this country is immense, so be ready to explore some of the most magical places...

                                    Mexico's Natural Wonders

Veracruz Reefs

It is considered one of the largest reefs in the Gulf of Mexico. Since 1992, the area that consists of 17 reefs, is protected by the Mexican government. Here you'll find endless marine species, from multicolor fishes, starfish, and a variety of corals. It is truly a breathtaking experience...

arrecifes de veracruz

Sumidero Canyon, Chiapas

One of the main attractions in the region is the Sumidero Canyon (Cañon del Sumidero), and it's also considered a National Park. This place offers amazing views of the mountains and the river. Take a guided tour through the river is one of the most popular ways to visit the site. Endemic flora and fauna become the essence and the beauty of the place. There're 5 viewpoints from which you can admire the canyon, one of them is located at 1,200 meters (3,937 feet) high.

cañon del sumidero chiapas

Agave Landscapes, Tequila Jalisco

The land of Tequila, a worldwide known drink, and Mexican icon. Tequila is actually the name of a town in the state of Jalisco with beautiful agave landscapes. Agave is the name of the plant which tequila is made out from. The place receives a lot of national and international tourists. Here, they tell you the story of the tequila and explain all the steps to making a tequila bottle.

paisajes agaveros tequila jalisco

Centla Swamps, Tabasco

Admire the ecosystem that holds a great variety of flora and fauna. The tour through the swamps can be made on a boat or canoe, from which you'll be able to observe the different types of manglers and animals that inhabit the region. 

pantanos de centla tabasco

Peña del Bernal, Querétaro

This grandiose monolith is located in the magical town of Bernal, a small village that transports you to another era. Its colonial streets and old facades are a hallmark, but the icon is definitely the rock. You can climb the rock and get to the lookout point to be amazed by the great views. It is also famous because you can perform extreme activities such as rappelling among others. It is worth mentioning that this is the third-largest monolith in the world.

peña de bernal queretaro

Xel-Ha, Quintana Roo

Xel-Ha is a very famous natural park in the Riviera Maya. It is a natural cove where seawater mixes with water from subway rivers. This is a park where you will find beautiful colorful fish of different species and sizes. Immerse yourself in its turquoise waters, do some fun activities and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch.

xel-ha quintana roo

Monarch Butterfly's Reserve

This one is a World Heritage, since it protects the home of the Monarch Butterfly. The forests were they migrate are located between Estado de Mexico and Michoacan. To visit this Monarch Buterfly sanctuary is a magical experience.

reserva de la mariposa monarca

Barrancas del Cobre, Chihuahua

Located in the Sierra Tarahumara, Las Barrancas del Cobre offers unparalleled views and extraordinary activities. You can take a ride on the cable car or go on one of the largest zip lines in the world. In addition to its natural beauty, in the Copper Canyon, you will also find great cultural performances by the Rarámuri communities.

barrancas del cobre chihuahua

Sótano de las Golondrinas, San Luis Potosí

"The swallow's basement", is an opening on earth with a 60 meter (196.85 feet) diameter. Looking down this hole, you can only see endless darkness. But what is most important, you'll be able to witness the spectacle of a lifetime, the birds coming in and out of the hole. You'll see the flock coming and going, making spirals in the sky and then coming back.

sótano de las golondrinas san luis potosi


"El Cielo" Biosphere Reserve, Tamaulipas

This place receives its name because most of the year the clouds are at a low altitude, which makes it a wonderful place. The most interesting thing about this place is its great richness, it has different ecosystems that are home to hundreds of species of flora and fauna. It is also possible to see Monarch Butterflies since this site is one of their migratory routes to Canada.

reserva de la biosfera el cielo tamaulipas

Basaltic Prisms, Hidalgo

The basaltic prisms are basaltic columns that formed naturally millions of years ago due to a lava spill. It has a height of 40 meters (131 feet), which are bathed in water from four incredible waterfalls, coming from the well-known San Antonio Regla dam, offering a visual spectacle that you should not miss.

prismas basálticos hidalgo

El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar, Sonora

The most biodiverse desert in the world. It is located in the state of Sonora, and below the state of Arizona in the United States. An incredible place where you can admire a desert beauty. You can also visit the largest active dune field in North America, and observe the rivers of petrified lava that the Pinacate volcano left in its wake.

pinacate desierto de altar sonora

Cuatro Ciénegas, Coahuila 

Cuatro Cienegas is a protected natural area since it is one of the most important valleys in the desert of Coahuila. It is a completely wonderful oasis of crystalline waters, surrounded by a beautiful natural landscape worth admiring. It is the perfect attraction to visit if you are looking to enjoy nature and outdoor activities.

cuatro cienegas Coahuila

As you can see, Mexico has magnificent places to visit. Don't hesitate and start your adventure in one of them!

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