La Tovara Spy a variety of bird species on a boat tour through the San Blas mangroves.

Laguna Manialtepec Coastal lagoon just north of Puerto Escondido chock-a-block with colorful waterfowl.

Yucatán Jay Expeditions & Tours Maya cooperative combining excellent birding tours with insights into Mayan culture.

Laguna Catemaco Dozens of species of native and migrating waterfowl, including herons and cormorants.

Diving & Snorkeling

Isla San Jorge Snorkel with sea lions and spot dolphins around this rocky island near Puerto Peñasco.

La Paz Snorkel with whale sharks or dive with schooling balls of jacks, sea lions and more.

Veracruz City Explore the wrecks in the port harbor and the reefs around Isla de Sacrificios.

Isla Cozumel Explore remarkable coral gardens, home to over 500 species of fish.

Isla Mujeres Shark cave dives and snorkeling trips to an underwater sculpture museum await.

Riviera Maya Explore the bottomless blue yonder of the many cenotes (limestone sinkholes) that dot the landscape.


Prime Surfboards Soak up Troncones' mellow vibe and take a class from a surfing guru.

Puerto Escondido Pros come for Mexican Pipeline, but mellower breaks can also be found along the same stretch of beach.

Sayulita Dependable medium waves ideal for learning and a relaxed surf town vibe.

Ensenada Northern Baja's original surf spot remains one of the best, with year-round swells.


El Cuyo Kite School Great instructors and a superb place for catching the northern winds in Yucatán.

Isla Holbox Sandy streets, few visitors, reliable winds and glorious, empty waters.

Sian Kite Watersports Whiz along the waves by the ruins in Tulum.

La Ventana Small fishing town, great kitesurfing community and reliable winds from October to April.

Whitewater Rafting

Expediciones México Verde Ride the churning rapids of the Río Antigua, then relax in a temascal (herbal steam room).

Aventurec Combine wet'n'wild adventure on the Río Filobobos with visiting two beautiful, barely discovered archaeological sites.

MS Xpediciones Recommended whitewater adventures on the Río Santa Maria.

Hiking & Trekking

3 Amigos Explore Copper Canyon with this top tier outfit or take one of its self-guided hikes.

Expediciones Sierra Norte Organize one to four-day hiking trips to the Pueblos Mancomunados, a pioneering community tourism project.

Pico de Orizaba Mexico's tallest mountain and toughest trekking challenge.

Popocatépetl & Iztaccíhuatl Private hikes up dormant volcano Iztaccíhuatl for panoramic views across to sometimes-smouldering volcano Popocatépetl.