AMUSEMENT AND RECREATION
ECOTOURISM AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
FESTIVALS AND TRADITIONS
Valle de Bravo is located 67 km
(41 mi) east of Toluca, the capital of the State of Mexico,
and 145 km (90 mi) from Mexico City. It has a temperate
semi-humid climate, with an average year-round temperature
of 17º C (63º F.)
Surrounded by mountains, this magical town is an important
tourist destination, thanks to its excellent hotels,
restaurants, equestrian club, beautiful golf courses and
manmade lake. At the lake you can do all kinds of water
sports, including water skiing, sailing, kayaking and
fishing. As you take a stroll along the cobblestone streets
you’ll see white stucco houses with wrought iron balconies
and red tile roofs. Under the arches of the main plaza you
can enjoy delicious Mexican cuisine. The city also offers a
crafts market, numerous boutiques, art galleries and the
Church of San Francisco de Assisi, the patron saint of Valle
de Bravo. The most striking feature of the church is an
original 16th-century bell.
In the surrounding areas you’ll
find beautiful nature reserves like the Santuario de la
Mariposa Monarca (Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary.) The area
becomes the nesting grounds of the monarch butterflies from
November through March. You also can visit the Parque
Natural Bosencheve (Bosencheve Nature Park) and the Reserva
de Monte Alto (Monte Alto Reserve) which are ideal spots to
enjoy various adventure sports, such as mountain and rock
climbing, bicycling and camping. As for extreme sports,
Valle de Bravo has become a popular spot for hang gliding
and paragliding, making this a preferred destination for
thrill seekers. You find all of this and much more in Valle
de Bravo, a paradise near Mexico City.
Hotel El Santuario
Resort and Spa
ECOTOURISM AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES:
The hilly surroundings areas of Valle de Bravo offer
ideal conditions for camping outings in totally safe
Valle de Bravo’s environs offer ideal spots for observing
flora and fauna, hiking and photo safaris.
The mountain zone that surrounds Valle de Bravo provides the
perfect setting to do various extreme sports, including
mountain biking, paragliding and hang gliding. In this area
you can even take a flight on an ultra light aircraft.
Valle de Bravo’s main attraction is its lake, where you can
practice all kinds of water sports and fishing. Near the
town you’ll find another good fishing spots.
In Valle de Bravo you can enjoy kayaking excursions while
you take in the beautiful scenery.
Valle de Bravo is a town surrounded by the mountain ranges
of Temascaltepec, Tenayac and Valle de Bravo. At the
foothills of these sierras you can set out on a mountain
climbing adventure, which allows you to immerse yourself in
the beautiful nature.
In Valle de Bravo’s environs you can visit nature reserves,
forest zones surrounded by mountains, national parks and
recreational areas where you can do outdoor activities such
as hiking, horseback riding and mountain climbing.
Surrounded by a forest, the Valle de Bravo Lake, which
covers 2900 hectares (7,163 acres), is a great spot for
windsurfing, thanks to the excellent wind and water
At Valle de Bravo Lake you will find numerous places to rent
big and small boats.
Just minutes away from Valle de Bravo’s city center, at
this place you can rent yachts and other boats, as well
as any boating equipment you might need.
Club de Vela El Zarco:
Located on San Gaspar Street, five
minutes from downtown Valle de Bravo. This club offers
rentals and maintenance for yachts and sailboats.
Club Nautico y Deportivo de Vela La Peña:
Located on Prolongacion 16 de Septiembre. Here you’ll
find docking and maintenance service for all kinds of
Club Nautico El Santuario:
Located less than 10 minutes from
downtown Valle de Bravo, at Km 4.5 on the Colorines
Highway, in the San Gaspar del Lago neighborhood. This
club offers docking for yachts and other boats, as well
as equipment rentals for water sports.
In Valle de Bravo you’ll find excellent golf courses where
you will be able to enjoy beautiful views of the lake.
In Valle de Bravo you’ll find resort hotels that offer spa
treatments using ancient therapies and new methods designed
to take care of your body and mind. One of the best and most
recommended is the SPA at the Hotel el Santuario.
Located at six km (four mi) south of Valle de Bravo. This is
a forest area with mountains and valleys surrounding a big
lake. Here you can go hiking along trails in an area with a
wide array of flora and fauna and impressive waterfalls.
The Cascada Rio del Molino (Waterfall River of the Mill):
Located 10 minutes from Valle de Bravo, off the Avandaro
Highway. This is the perfect place for hiking or a family
picnic. Here you will find picnic tables, barbeque grills, a
parking lot, restrooms, a restaurant and a handicrafts shop.
The Cascada Velo de Novia (Waterfall the Bride’s veil):
Located in the Avandaro district, 15 minutes from
downtown Valle de Bravo. At this 35 meter (115 foot)
waterfall surrounded by gorgeous natural scenery, you’ll
find designated camping grounds, barbeque grills, picnic
tables and public restrooms. Here you can go mountain biking
along the nature trails. Also, you can go hiking along a
tree-lined trail. During the hike, you’ll come across
suspended bridges, which serve as excellent lookout points
to observe the flora and small cascades. Here you also can
go horseback riding.
The Lake at Valle de Bravo: Located in the town of
Valle de Bravo. This manmade lake covers a surface area of
21 sq. kilometers (13 sq. miles) and is about 40 meters (132
feet) deep. Here you can catch freshwater fish, such as:
Mojarra, trout, carp and largemouth black bass. You can rent
all the necessary fishing equipment at the lake. You can
also find various places where you can rent all the
necessary equipment to do a kayaking outing on the lake’s
calm waters or to practice windsurfing.
The Bosencheve National Park: Located 44 km (27 mi)
north of Valle de Bravo, off Highway 15. Here you can
observe plants and animal species and go hiking in the
surrounding areas of the Lagoon El Carmen. You may also
catch mojarra and carp.
La Peña (The Rock): located 20 minutes northeast of
Valle de Bravo. This is the ideal spot to go paragliding, as
it offers an excellent launching pad for aerial sports. At
this place you’ll discover a rocky headland that is fairly
easy to climb. Trained guides are available to accompany you
to assure that you have a safe climb.
The Peñon del Diablo (The rock of the Devil): Located
25 km (15 mi) southeast of Valle de Bravo. This gorge is 600
meters (1,980 feet) deep and has high cliffs that are ideal
The Monte Alto Reserve: Located ten minutes from
downtown Valle de Bravo, off the highway that leads to the
nearby town of Avandaro. This reserve has rustic cabins,
recreational areas, fire pits, restrooms, security service
and camping grounds where you can pitch tents. At this
natural reserve you can observe a wide variety of flora and
fauna while hiking or going on a photo safari that departs
from the town. Also you can go on 20 km (14 mi) mountain
bike tracks and enjoy exciting hang gliding and paragliding
adventures. At the launching pad you’ll find trained
instructors who will prepare you for the flights and provide
all the necessary equipment. Here you will also find ideal
spots for mountain climbing, which offer beautiful views.
This reserve has great trails for hiking and horseback
riding. Along the routes you’ll come across various lookouts
that offer lovely views of the lake.
The Rodavento: Located ten minutes from downtown
Valle de Bravo, at Km 3.5 on the Valle de Bravo - Los Saucos
Highway. At this place you’ll find a platform where you can
do rappelling, as well as various routes for mountain bikes
and all-terrain vehicles. Here you also can do archery and
The Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary: Lays 25 km (15 mi)
north of Valle de Bravo, off the highway to Los Saucos. At
this majestic place you can go on guided tours and photo
safaris through the nesting grounds of the monarch
butterfly. Here you can go hiking or horseback riding while
observing the monarch butterflies in their natural refuge.
The San Gaspar Zone: Located on the lakeshore, about
five minutes from the city center. This spot offers camping
facilities, public restrooms, potable water, security
services and a beautiful view of the lake and the nearby
As you walk along the
streets full of many years of tradition you’ll see edifices
that date back to the colonial era. Among the most notable
The Church of Saint Francis of Assisi: Located on
Valle de Bravo’s main square. This old parish church is made
of stone, adobe, wood and tiles. Some of its original
features remain intact, such as its baptismal fountain and a
16th-century statue of St. Francis of Assisi.
The Church of Santa Maria Ahuacatlan: Located in
Valle de Bravo’s Santa Maria Ahuacatlan neighborhood.
Founded in the 17th century, this church’s main altar
features a black Christ statue, which is believed to perform
The Kiosk: Located on Valle de Bravo’s main square.
This is a construction that has wood columns and a red tile
roof. It is surrounded by gardens, benches and stalls
selling crafts and food.
ARTS AND CRAFTS:
In Valle de Bravo
you’ll find ceramics, leather goods, glazed pottery and
embroidered textiles made by Mazahua women. You can buy
these crafts and much more at the Mercado de Artesanias on
FESTIVALS AND TRADITIONS:
Among Valle de
Bravo’s most important festivities is the Festival Vallesano,
which takes place in March and features numerous sporting
and cultural events. On November 15, the city celebrates its
founding in the main square. On October 4, Valle de Bravo
honors its patron saint, Saint Francis of Assisi, with a
parade, a traditional costume contest and plows adorned with
flowers. At night, a fair is held in the main square, which
offers a fireworks show and food stalls.
On just about every
corner of this picturesque town you’ll find all kinds of
culinary surprises as you appreciate the food’s beautiful
colors and its pleasant aromas. In Valle de Bravo’s main
square you can enjoy traditional Mexican fare and the town’s
famous homemade ice cream, which comes in many flavors.
Among the most popular dishes are rainbow trout and black
bass. Also common are artichokes, which are cultivated in
this region of the State of Mexico. During your stay, be
sure to visit the local market to discover this
destination’s rich culinary offering.
In Valle de Bravo
there are various museums where you can learn about the
lives and works of famous personalities. These places also
host diverse cultural events.
The Casa de la Cultura (House of Culture): Located in
the downtown area, this cultural center has a library, an
auditorium, a cafe and various rooms used for temporary art
exhibits. Open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to
The Cultural Center Joaquin Arcadio Pagaza: Located
at 201 Joaquin Arcadio Pagaza. Center dedicated to the
famous poet Joaquin Arcadio Pagaza, this cultural center has
the poet’s personal objects on display, as well as regional,
national and international art exhibits. It also offers
courses and workshops in fine arts, music and literature as
well as a library. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00
a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
AMUSEMENT AND RECREATION:
Valle de Bravo has
several swimming resorts and recreational areas that are
ideal for a family outing.
The Park Alameda del Pueblo: Located in Valle de
Bravo, five minutes from the city center. This park has
amusement rides for children and a path for bicycling and
The Rodavento: Located ten minutes from downtown
Valle de Bravo, at Km 3.5 on the Valle de Bravo - Los Saucos
Highway. At this place you’ll find spacious areas for
picnics, bicycling or taking walks with the family. There’s
also a bicycle path with four difficulty levels that
presents a challenge for children and adults alike.
The Thematic (aquatic) Park of Ixtapan de la Sal:
Located southeast of Valle de Bravo, off Highway 55. This
aquatic park has giant 150 meters (495 foot) water slides.
It also offers a wave pool, thermal springs and other
Valle de Bravo offers
various options for a night out, including dim lit bars, or
nightclubs where you can dance all night to the rhythms of
pop, rock and electronic music. One of the most famous
establishments is the Des Artistes bar, which is located in
a large house on Francisco Gonzales Bocanegra Street. The
first floor of the house is an art gallery where you will
see works of national and international artists.
On the streets near
the main square you’ll find various boutiques selling
household furnishings, clothes, accessories and jewelry.
You’ll also come across several art galleries. As you walk
along the streets you can go window shopping, or visit the
municipal market, which is one block from the historic
center. There you’ll find a wide variety of food stalls and
other items. The best places to purchase crafts are the Casa
de las Artesanias, El Centro de Ceramica Carlos Hank
Gonzalez and the Mercado de Artesanias on Avenue Benito
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