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Our Top 3 Private Nature Tours In Mexico City

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by GoWithGuide travel specialist:Pia V.

Last updated : May 21, 20247 min read

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The capital city of Mexico is filled with fabulous museums, delicious restaurants, innovative art galleries, and endless shopping opportunities. While there is definitely a lot to see in Mexico City, the city is also filled with people and traffic. After a while, it can all start to feel a bit overwhelming, and you might find yourself craving a more nature-bound setting. Fear not, as there are more than a few tours that will help you get back to nature available in the area surrounding Mexico City. 

 

This guide will introduce you to our top 3 nature tours around Mexico City, from a scenic mountainside escape, to a once-in-a-lifetime butterfly migration spectacle. We know it can be difficult to navigate the region on your own, that's why our local guides are ready to assist you on your nature getaway. Here are our top 3 picks to help get you inspired!

 

Popocatépetl National Park

 

Did you know that one of Mexico's most spectacular national parks is located less than two hours from Mexico City? Situated just 60 kilometers from the busy metropolis, the Izta-Popo Zoquiapan National Park spans almost 40,000 hectares of land. The landscape in this mountainous area is probably not what you would expect from Mexico. The park area is dominated by pine forests and alpine grasslands, and the mountaintops are covered in an almost permanent blanket of snow!

 

Iztaccíhuatl and Popocatépetl are the most famous residents of Popocatépetl National Park. These long-dormant volcanoes are the second and third-highest peaks in Mexico, measuring 5,230 and 5,426 meters tall respectively. (The highest mountain in Mexico is the 5,636-meter Pico de Orizaba, which is located in the state of Veracruz.) Of the two mountains, Iztaccíhuatl has been dormant since the late 1800s (earning it the nickname, ‘the Sleeping Woman’), while Popocatépetl is still an active volcano. You can expect to see the odd puff of smoke rising from its crater!

 

There are a number of ways to explore the park, the easiest option being to simply enjoy a lovely walk on one of the trails which launch off from the park's visitor center. If you're feeling more ambitious, you can also hike up Iztaccíhuatl, but please note that the hike up to the snowline will take around 3–4 hours. Needless to say, you will definitely need a guide to navigate the terrain! It is a tough climb, but the views from up high make it more than worth the effort.

 

Soak in the Tolantongo grottoes

 

Las Grutas de Tolantongo is the perfect place for escaping the hustle and bustle of Mexico City.  The Tolantongo canyon is known for its beauty, with natural minerals coloring the waters a stunning shade of turquoise. The water feeds into the river from the surrounding mountains, with complex channels warming the water up to a pleasant 20 degrees Celsius. The setting is perfect for soaking away all your worldly worries.

 

Visitors to Las Grutas de Tolantongo can bathe in the turquoise waters in small pools shaded by leafy green trees. The scenery is absolutely stunning, but if you're expecting to have a remote lagoon all to yourself, it's worth noting that tales of the region's beauty have traveled far and wide and the pools can get crowded! Besides the hot springs, Tolantongo offers caves to explore, waterfalls to discover, a suspension bridge to navigate, and, if you're feeling adventurous, even a zip line to zoom down on.

 

Tolantongo is open every day of the year. Note that the entrance fee (around $7 USD) allows you to explore the pools, waterfalls, caves and suspension bridge, but for the zip line a separate charge will apply. Las Grutas de Tolantongo is located about 3.5 hours from Mexico City. Unless you want to spend the night in one of the local resorts (or if you're outdoorsy you can also camp by the riverside), we definitely recommend arranging a day trip with a private guide from Mexico City. 

 

Marvel at the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve

 

If you time your visit just right, a trip to the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve is guaranteed to take your breath away. Every autumn, millions of butterflies (or maybe even a billion, according to some estimates) arrive from all over the North American continent to this mountainous area located about 100 kilometers west of Mexico City. The migrating butterflies completely transform the scenery, bending tree branches with their sheer combined weight, and painting the trees a flaming shade of orange. The sound their wings make resembles the pitter-patter of falling rain. Anyone who's ever experienced it in person will agree that it is one of the most jaw-dropping natural phenomena you can witness anywhere in the world.

 

The area that now makes up the reserve was first discovered by researchers in 1975. In the 1980s, the area was declared a Biosphere Reserve. Later on in 2008 it was also declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The protected area covers some 56,000 hectares of land, mostly covered in oak, pine, and fir tree forests. Illegal logging continues to be one of the biggest threats to this unique region, its forests, and their microclimates. There are 8 colonies of butterflies located within the protected area, the most popular to visit is called El Rosario.

 

Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve is best explored with a well-versed local guide who will show you the way to the butterflies - after all, it would be a pretty big disappointment to travel all the way here without seeing any! Additionally, a knowledgeable guide can introduce you to other unique elements of the local landscape. If you arrange a day trip to the reserve from Mexico City, expect the drive to take around 2 hours.

 

Conclusion

A refreshing nature escape is a great addition to any Mexico City itinerary. The beauty and serenity of the local landscape is the perfect antidote for the hectic pace of the city. Luckily, there are more than a few nature tours available in the area. Whether you're interested in exploring Mexico's majestic mountains or luxuriating in natural hot springs, private tours are the most immersive and stress-free way to make it happen. Feel free to contact our guides and start planning your Mexican nature escape today!

Mexico City Tour Guide - Oskar enrique M.

Oskar enrique M.

5.00 / 5
(22 reviews)
Mexico

I have been a volunteer local guide since 2018, during that time I have met people from all around the world which taught me a lot to interact with all kinds of people as well as to show my city in an authentic and interesting way. I like taking people to places that show the other Mexico city's face, a closer perspective to how its inhabitants live it day by day. History and photography are my other two great passions                                                                                                                                 

Mexico City Tour Guide - Jazmín C.

Jazmín C.

5.00 / 5
(4 reviews)
Mexico

Born and raised in the vibrant heart of Mexico City, I've always been captivated by the ancient wonders and rich cultural tapestry that our country has to offer. My journey led me to study archaeology and become a certified tourist guide, driven by a passion for uncovering the hidden stories of pre-Colonial art and worldviews. In 2018, I proudly earned my Master's Degree in Mesoamerican Studies from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). It was during this time that my love and passion for Mexico and its ancient cultures inspired me to create unforgettable archaeological and adventure tours in the Riviera Maya and Mexico City. My mission is clear - I aim to ignite interest and awareness about Mexico's rich historical, cultural, and natural heritage. That's why, with a commitment to preserving our heritage, my friends and I started our own project. In our project, we're on a mission to share the magic of Mexico with travelers who crave more than just a typical tourist experience. Our tours, led by passionate experts, promise to immerse you in the captivating history, art, and natural beauty of Mexico. Whether you're a history buff, art enthusiast, or nature lover, we have a unique adventure waiting for you. Join me for an unforgettable journey that transcends traditional tourism. Let's explore ancient wonders, create lasting memories, and support sustainable tourism. Book your adventure today and be a part of preserving Mexico's roots for generations to come. Come, let's make history together with us: Where the tourist becomes a traveler"!                                                                                                                                 

Mexico City Tour Guide - Hilary D.

Hilary D.

5.00 / 5
(3 reviews)
Mexico

Hello! My name is Hilary I have a degree in Tourism and I am certified as a tour guide by the Ministry of Tourism in Mexico, I have done this for 4 years. To make friends and show my country's best places is what I love. Support and help and be there for my tourists, that is my passion! I propose the most visited places in the city, those are wonderful places but I'd enjoy if you take off the beaten path, let me know your preferences, We could create together the perfect tour for you. I understand you are in Mexico probably just for once in your life so let's do together a truly unforgettable experience. Welcome to Mexico.                                                                                                                                 

Mexico City Tour Guide - Alex V.

Alex V.

Mexico

Hi guys, it's Alex here! ✌️ For over 5 years, I and my colleagues have been organizing tours to some of the most incredible places in and around Mexico City. As a team of local guides, we aim to help travelers discover our beautiful city and its surroundings in the most interactive, authentic, and fun way. In our tours, we strive to do things differently: avoid tourist traps, go off-the-beaten paths, interact with locals, learn about their traditions, and connect with their core values. So, if you want wanna discover Mexico from a local perspective, and get to know its history, culture, gastronomy, and nature, consider hiring us as your guides. Be sure, we will make your experience in Mexico City unforgettable!                                                                                                                                  

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