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Hike, Sail and Relax in Valle de Bravo

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Valle de Bravo is the preferred weekend escape for many in Mexico City. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have the same fun by doing a short one-day trip. Here are some fun suggestions of things to do while in town.
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Jacarandas, La Peña, 51200 Valle de Bravo, Méx., Mexico
Predictably for a town with a big (though artificial) lake, sailing is a major thing here. Even if you know next to nothing about boats, you should check one of the regattas that take place in Valle de Bravo throughout the year. The national...
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Carretera Valle de Bravo, Los Saucos, 51200 Valle de Bravo, Méx., Mexico
Waldemar Franco, the world class mountaineer behind Rodavento boutique hotel, wanted to create a haven within the already calm mountains of Valle de Bravo. If you ask me, he has succeeded. The Spa has a zen like quality like few others. While you...
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Calle de Joaquín Arcadio Pagaza 100, Centro, 51200 Valle de Bravo, Méx., Mexico
Even after 5 years, I still remember the first pizza I had at Dipao. Italian style, of course: made in a wood oven, super thin crust, not too much cheese, but not to little either. The chef came afterwards and asked us how our meal was. Not in a...
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When in Valle de Bravo, many of my friends like to eat in Viva Fajita for its affordable food and simple approach (different kind of fajitas, burgers, some salads, nachos, and that’s about it). They also like the young crowd and the feeling of a...
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Velo de Novia, Avandaro, 51200 Valle de Bravo, Méx., Mexico
When I worked at a summer camp at Valle de Bravo, we used to take kids near the Velo de Novia (Bride's Veil) waterfall. We actually used to rappel int he place. Even if it was a fairly well known at the time, the place was visited by only a few...
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Fray Gregorio Jiménez de La Cuenca, 51200 Valle de Bravo, Méx., Mexico
The lake, seen at high altitude from a glider is one of the best adventure experiences in Valle de Bravo. Alas del Hombre is a 30 year old company that offers the opportunity to glide near the lake and hike through the nearby forest in Amanalco....
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Santo Tomás de los Plátanos, State of Mexico, Mexico
Besides beautiful scenery (think bearded cactus, banana and guava trees, and even orchids!) hiking in Santo Tomás de los Plátanos, in a near Barranca del Diablo (Devil’s Gorge), has an additional perk. You can find cave paintings that date from a...
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Amanalco de Becerra, Méx., Mexico
I am not a frequent hiker, but I have friends that once in a while take me on their expeditions. To this day, one of my favorites has to be the walk through Corral de Piedra, a short drive away from downtown Valle de Bravo. A lush forest of fir...