Explore the most popular wildlife trails in Mexico with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

20 days ago

It’s great but no specific trail to guide you.

great trail. it is all uphill until you get near the top... I would rate it as moderate/hard.
trail is clearly marked the entire way.
you will truly get to enjoy the sounds out nature on this trail.

My husband and I have done this drive twice. the coastal views from the road are fantastic. This drive is for adventurers who want to get off the beaten path and away from all the chaos. The road is bumpy in places and ALL dirt. It was adequately maintained for travel in most vehicles. We will likely take this road on our next trip with my mother and brother next week.

Before I begin, make sure you check out my video of this location here: https://youtu.be/uq33SCfHGiY
as it will really help your understanding of the trail.

This was my first high altitude hike. It's short and straight forward. Bring water and a camera. The hike will take you to some lakes at the top. The drive (from Mexico City) will take longer than the hike. It's colder there than in the city, so bring some warmer clothes and check the weather before you go.

The trail is pretty busy with locals, so you won't be alone which is nice. There is an official that was at the top keeping an eye on things, so you do have help once you get to the view of the lakes if you need anything.

Great hike, I would do it again!

Easy enough for a beginner. it was my first hike up a mountain. Took me about 3 hours. Very easy because there is a road that leads you to the top, but don't be fooled because it's entirely vertical. There are no easy/flat parts. The view from the top at the antenas is well worth it. Hang out with some Coatis if you get the chance they're really cute and really friendly.

Did this hike in June and it rained for a week straight but wouldn't have it ant other way! The rain made it that more great of an experience but did make the steps up to the ruins a bit slippery but we took our time and made it!

Highly recommended. We also went up to the peak. A bit of a slog but well worth it. Going up the gully on the north side of the peak is not pleasant but does not involve the exposed scrambling that is required for accessing from the trail on the south side of the peak.

Loved this hike! Amazing views. Started the hike early in the morning to watch the sun rise. The incline in some areas are steep. Make sure to bring the correct shoes. Overall it was beautiful.

This is a nice and easy trail that goes inside of a wonderful place full of vegetation and trees, and with a beautiful river of clear and fresh water. Wonderful views!

2 months ago

I decided to visit the Sótano del Barro and see the guacamayas (macaws) leaving the cave. To do this, I had to leave at 2am from Jalpan de Serra to get to the trailhead on time to start walking and be ready at the sinkhole before the sunrise. Hiking in the dark and on a sloping trail was an exciting experience for me, I had to use a headlamp to see the path but it was easy with the help of the guide. Once at the top, and contemplating the sinkhole, the beautiful landscape and the flight of the macaws, I felt it was worth the effort.

Tough hike for a hot day! Very few switchbacks, almost straight up! Great views of the city below all the way up however. Well used by a lot of people of all ages, even on the Wednesday afternoon that I went. Beautiful blooming cactus and a friendly raccoon that met me up top!

on Malinche

3 months ago

Nice altitude climb. Relatively easy compared to the other volcanoes

3 months ago

Awesome place to hike, although trails are not marked!

3 months ago

It’s scary AF but I managed to finished it.the wind blows decent enough throw you off the cliff. So be careful at midpoint for that. There’s a song about el cerro del centinela. Listen to it first before hiking the ancient guardian!

It was my first hike ever. The view from up there it’s definitely worth it. Although I must admit that I didn’t fully complete it as my group decided to only go as far as the vacant Cableway.

Me and two friends did this trail in September 2016, it is an amazing place, very nice views full of plants and beautiful flowers, and the lagoons, fantastic! Although it was with fog we enjoyed a lot, we could contemplate the wonderful landscape. This is a very nice trail, next time we hope to go to the top of El Fraile.

Walking on this trail and contemplate the beauty of the river and the landscape, was an unforgettable experience. I did not believe that this beautiful place existed, beautiful waterfalls, natural pools to swim and a landscape that will leave you with the mouth open. I definitely come back again soon.

4 months ago

I did this beautiful trail in the second week of March, although it was a bit of fog, I could enjoy the nice views of the wonderful landscape. An inhabitant of the town of La Silleta with a lot of experience walking on this mountain accompanied us on the trip. Almost at the top, the rocks are too steep and you have to climb them, but it was a nice experience that I will never forget.

5 months ago

Awesome walk along the boardwalk and through some shopping areas. We also took in the Whale Museum. This area in La Paz is very beautiful and they work very hard to keep it that way. Every time I have been here there have been many workers raking the sand, sweeping and repairing the sidewalks, etc. There are so many beautiful sculptures all along the water as well. We'll be back in a week!

I decided to walk better than drive on this incredible road contemplating the beautiful landscape full of plants and trees. The countryside, the waterfalls and the pools are a fascinating natural beauty, I really enjoyed this incredible place. I will definitely come back again.

7 months ago

The first section is very steep and there’s another very steep part, just before you descend. Otherwise it was a great hike with great views!! Also, there are markings along most of the trail to give a sense of direction. Be careful not to follow the marked rocks which lead toward the big beautiful rock formations to your left, as this moves you away from the steep trail down.

7 months ago

It was a LONG 5 miles, but beautiful views of the city and surrounding countryside.

11 months ago

The Sierra de Santa Rosa is an ideal place to hike and enjoy nature. I could not imagine how close to the city of Guanajuato in Mexico there would be such a fascinating place, everything there is beautiful. I hiked on this mountains and visited the little town of Santa Rosa de Lima during the rainy season, but it was a day without rain with a pleasant climate, and a little fog that gave a very nice touch to the landscape. The dam is an amazing place, here I was resting and enjoying some pleasant moments of quietude. Definitely I will come again and explore more trails of this beautiful sierra.

11 months ago

Contemplate the city of Guanajuato in Mexico from the mountains that surround it, was a great experience for me. This time I wanted to hike and a guide accompanied me to visit the beautiful area named Los Picachos. Once I arrived to el Cerro de las Comadres, an area with beautiful rocks, I enjoyed a lot the views of the fascinating landscape in all directions. But being in front of the rocks and the cave at el Cerro de la Bufa, and also contemplate the city from there, take your breath away. Walking by the Paseo de la Presa Ave, on the park and near the dam, were also a very pleasant moments. Definitely this was a great trail.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Buena ruta, un poco pesada pero vale la pena.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Excelente clima, camino de fácil acceso, mucha gente muy amable.

scenic driving
Sunday, May 07, 2017

Just did this drive and tour of the ruins 4/28/17. The drive from Playacar, which is where we stayed, was easy. 4 lane road the whole way. Rented a car and did our own thing that day. Tulum was awesome right on the coast. We hopped on the shuttle they have from the village area where you park to the ruins. Saves having to walk about a half mile each way in the heat and humidity. Doesn't take long to do the walk around the ruins, but be prepared for lots of people. Crowded to the max. Did not go to gran cenote though. Planned on it but ran out of time. This is a great day trip if you're in Playa. Worth doing for sure.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

This Trail has lots of surprises, initially with an uphill very tough; once you get to the flat surface after this we had some bushwhacking. You have one cave once the Rock formations start. The interesting part there is lots of butterflies and mosquitoes on the very top.
Second opinion by Alan Antares: It’s a good Trail for training, to begin you will have a steep slope followed by flat-topped mountain where you could see lots of desert vegetation all the way to the top, also you can have a wonderful morning view of Tijuana City and some part of the San Diego CA Area.

scenic driving
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Awesome drive along the lower east cape of Baja from San Jose Del Cabo to La Ribera that I've done a couple of times. The 1st was with my brother and a good friend and more than a few beers and a few fishing poles with a few stops along the way. The 2nd time was in 2010 with my wife. She didn't have as much fun because the road is all dirt and road maintenance in Mexico is usually done "manana" and that can be a day, week or a year depending on who's talking... The highlight with my wife was when she saw some burros eating out of a roadside garbage can and told me to stop. When I did 2 burros tried to stick their heads in her window at the same time. One succeeded while I was about to die laughing as she was yelling "drive, drive,drive". The burro manged to get her sandwich out of her lap but missed the beer... The last time through they had built a lot of little beach shaded palapas along the water. The map is outdated and doesn't show a new marina at La Ribera as well even since I made the drive last...

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Simply a beautiful area i almost lived in. The ocean here has so much life that the shells just stack up on the beaches. If you like to collect seashells this little walk is for you. We probably brought back 25 lbs from our different visits there. There are so many shells the city hires workers to shovel them off periodically to dispose of them. The water is very shallow, very warm and full of life. We walk in the water quite a bit and you see all kinds of fish swimming around you as you walk.

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