If you are into outdoor and sports-related activities, you will definitely enjoy Mexico! There are lots of outdoor activities in Mexico. Apart from skiing, I cannot think of any outdoor activity you cannot do here. Climbing, cycling, diving, playing golf, hiking, horseback riding, bird watching, parasailing, surfing, fishing, swimming, rafting, golfing, kayaking, skydiving, mountain biking, it is all possible in Mexico. It’s also less expensive to do outdoor activities here than in North America or Europe.
Here in Oaxaca there are many nice routes to go hiking or cycling. In my free time I go hiking in the mountains, and sometimes we stay over one night in a cabin with amazing views over the mountains. It’s a pure serene environment, this is so beautiful! In Chiapas there are many special hikes you can do in the jungle, which can be 4 hours till 5 days!
Another outdoor activity I often do is sightseeing. I visit villages outside Oaxaca and visit families to see how they live. Many people in the villages survive on making handicrafts and it´s amazing to see what a beautiful crafts people make and they mostly only use natural materials. Black, red, green or colorful pottery, woven rugs dyed with natural colors, wooden colorful figures called Alebrijes, jewelry made with natural stones, candles made of beeswax are just some examples of handicrafts.
You can also go boating if you go to the coast of Oaxaca. You can rent a boat to go fishing, or just to see animals! All year round, you can see dolphins, turtles and manta rays. Whales you will only see 4 months a year, from November till February/March.
If you like adventure, zipline is another outdoor activity in Mexico that you can do. There are different places in Mexico where you can admire the nature while having an adventure on a zipline! I have ziplined twice. In Oaxaca and in Chiapas. In Oaxaca it is very nice because of its mountains. In Chiapas, I ziplined close to my favorite waterfall. It was my first experience with a zipline. My parents came to visit me and me and my father decided to go for it. I was a bit scared because it was quite high. And guess what happened I didn’t make it to the end! I was almost at the other side, but I did not have enough speed and slowly moved backwards. Underneath me was the river and the waterfall to my right. I saw the people telling me what to do, but the waterfall was making so much noise I could not hear anything. So I just kept hanging on and hoping they would solve it! Of course all went fine because they had an extra line and they pulled me to the other side. It was a memorable first zipline experience at the Chiflon, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Chiapas!
(Boating on the coast of Oaxaca, Mexico, pictured.)