Guanajuato is an excellent outdoor destination with pleasant year round weather and beautiful landscapes. Nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts and adventurous travelers can explore the mountainous terrain and vast natural areas of Guanajuato; including the nature reserve at Las Palomas, Sierra de Lobos and the ecological zone at Valle de Santiago. Popular activities include hiking, mountain biking, rappelling, fishing and camping.
Adventure sports enthusiasts flock to Guanajuato for paragliding and hang gliding. Paragliding and hang gliding are similar to one another in that both sports provide spectacular bird’s eye views of the rugged and beautiful landscapes of Guanajuato. The equipment used for each differs however depending on the sport, and you’ll want to decide which is right for you.
Paragliding makes use of a lightweight and free flying glider with a hanging harness for the flyer, whereas hang gliding utilizes a structured, framed fabric wing and harness. Adventure sports outfitters in Guanajuato offer both experiences and provide all of the necessary equipment, so all you have to do is sit back, enjoy the ride and of course, take in the views.
The most popular destination for paragliding and hang gliding in Guanajuato is the Cerro del Cubilete (Cubilete Hill). Cubilete Hill is one of the top Guanajuato attractions and the site of the famous Cristo Rey (Christ the King) monument. Rising an impressive 2,579m (8,460 feet) above sea level, Cubilete Hill is the highest mountain in Guanajuato state and situated in the heart of the Bajio, or heartland, one of Mexico’s most picturesque regions.
You can also enjoy spectacular bird’s eye views of the region while floating through the air in the basket of a hot air balloon. Head to the city of Leon for hot air balloon tours in Guanajuato. Group tours depart daily, and each year in November the city hosts the Festival Internacional del Globo (International Hot Air Balloon Festival). The Annual International Hot Air Balloon Festival in León is one of the best known Guanajuato attractions and draws an international crowd. More information: www.festivaldelglobo.com.mx