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Best national parks and other incredible nature spots in Mexico?

Hey there! I'll be in Mexico for about two months next late spring/early summer and I'd like to know what you think the best national parks are there. If there are some with waterfalls and/or really great gardens I would love to know about those. If there are other places that aren't necessarily national parks, but are incredible spots to enjoy nature, that's great, too. Doesn't matter what part of the country as I have no real itinerary yet. All I know is that I'll be starting in Monterrey to visit family who will be joining me on this trip and we'll go from there!

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top answer by
Lucy from Monterrey

There are several natural parks in Monterrey, if you like camping this is El Manzano is located in Villa De Santiago just 20mts from the city of Monterrey, enjoying nature in the mountains of Santiago, houses are rented or is a higher distance are also rented cabins for several people. For an incredible adventure this place called Matacanes, also in Villa de Santiago. His fame was created thanks to the incredible color of the water , the beautiful cave formations , numerous waterfalls and water ahead. Ultimately, Matacanes is a water amusement park . To have slides. But earning the right to have fun going to cost us . And I 'm not talking about what to pay a professional guide. I refer to the 8 hours we will walk and swim to do this tour . The water is usually cold and jumps ..... amazing

Grutas de García ; These are located in Villa De Garcia , 30 km from the city of Monterrey, on the road to Saltillo with access to Garcia. Son Caverns are a very extensive series of galleries with an age of 500,000 years . They have a total length of 300 m and a maximum depth of 105 meters. During prehistoric times were submerged under the sea , so in parts you can see remnants of marine fossils such as shells and snails. You can access them via the cable car , which after a rise of 80 m leading to the entrance to the caves . Inside is lit gallery consisting of 16 scenarios . Balconies of 34 m allow a full view of the gallery.

This also Bioparque Estrella, its main attractions are the Serengeti Safari, Dinosaur Land , Mysteries of the Night , Kilimanjaro and Kamba , the kids enjoy it more . It is located in the citrus region 55 minutes from Monterrey, in the town of Montémoselos , NL

And the park of all , Parque Fundidora, perfect to relax in the company of family , friends etc. . , Can undertake activities from a picnic , biking , skating , running, or just taking a walk .

And in the rest of Mexico 's amazing places , I recommend , Valle de Bravo , Tlaxcala , Puebla, Tequesquitengo , Guanajuato and Chiapas is simply AMAZING .... lots to see and lots to enjoy in Mexico is vast and very very beautiful .... enjoy it for me !

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  1. Monterrey (attraction)
  2. El Manzano (attraction)
  3. Villa De Santiago (attraction)
  4. Matacanes (attraction)
  5. Grutas de García (attraction)
  6. Villa De Garcia (attraction)
  7. Bioparque Estrella (attraction)
  8. Parque Fundidora (attraction)
  9. Valle de Bravo (city)
  10. Tlaxcala (city)
  11. Puebla (attraction)
  12. Tequesquitengo (city)
  13. Guanajuato (city)
  14. Chiapas (state)
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answered by
CJ from Los Angeles

If you have two months, try to make it down to the  Costa Maya area, and do an excursion to  Tulum. While they have much smaller ruins than  Chichen Itza, the coastal views amidst the ruins is really unique and worth the drive. While in that area, consider spending an afternoon snorkeling in  Akumal where you can jump right into the water and usually see a dozen or so sea turtles swimming and eating sea grass. Very cool!

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  2. Akumal (attraction)
  3. Tulum (city)
  4. Chichen Itza (city)
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You are in for a treat.

I have cycled through Mexico myself 3 times and really like the rural parts of the country.

Copper Canyon would be a good place to visit i would say as this has some of the most stunning natural scenery in the country.

Cañon del Sumidero in Chiapas is another really nice place with fantastic natural beauty and good opportunities for water related activities.

And if i may recommend a couple of towns in Mexico then it would be  Zacatecas and Oaxaca which are both absolute gems with a lot of history to them aswell as a vibrant student population that makes the cities lively 7 days a week.

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  2. Cañon del Sumidero (region)
  3. Zacatecas (attraction)
  4. Oaxaca (city)
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answered by
Mittie from San Miguel de Allende

Michoacán has the lagest bioreserve in Mexico. Its forests are home to the Monarch migration. The best access is from Mineral de Angangueo

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  2. Mineral de Angangueo (city)
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answered by
Jessica from Cabo San Lucas

You should come to see the natural beauty of Baja California Sur, there is Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino (El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve) that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and here you can see the migration of the grey Whale from December to March!! is a wonderful experience don't miss it.

I work for this magazine in Los Cabos, you can check our editions and get more information on differences topics of Baja California Sur

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answered by

Claus has a good list there, but you shouldn't miss out on  Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve - absolutely stunning display of butterflies that emigrate from the States each year, to return to Mexico - one of the most spectacular experiences of my life!

Xilitla, a surrealist park and castle designed by the English aristocrat James Edward, is also well worth a trip - the sheer magnitude of the architecture, the way it seeps into nature and the climate, makes for a well spent weekend!

And if you're heading north, don't miss out on the desert, slightly up to the East of Zacatecas - gorgeous sunsets, cliffs and mountain rage barely in view, a real treat.

Have so much fun!


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  2. Zacatecas (attraction)
  3. Xilitla (attraction)
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answered by
Brennen from Dallas

The Bahias De Huatulco is a national park in  Huatulco on the west coast. The protected bays are havens for exotic wildlife, vegetation and even a coral reef. Many of the businesses and institutions around and in this park observe eco-friendly practices, including the use of renewable energy.

Sources: destination info

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