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Jet skiing in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora

Nature and Activities in Sonora

In Sonora, ecotourism and extreme sports hold out the promise of a great adventure

Ricardo Espinosa REO/CPTM
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Celestial beaches and vast desert spaces provide everything you could wish for, offering visitors an array of options for ecotourism and extreme sports.

Coastal spots such as Puerto Peñasco, El Himalaya, the bays of San Carlos, El Muerto and Peña Blanca or the islands of San Pedro Nolasco, Tiburón, Patos and San Jorge are all great places for diving down into amazing aquatic landscapes where the coral reefs flourish among countless marine species.

Along its desert trails, carved out of the imposing dunes, the recreational alternatives multiply, opening the way for adventures like trekking or mountain hiking through places such as the Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve, the Mesa del Campanero-Arroyo Reserve and the Cuchujaqui reserve.

The journey can be continued into the state’s mountain ranges, where mountain biking has become the essential sporting activity.

The mountains of El Cerro Pico Guacamayas, Sierra Los Ajos, San José, El Pinacate, Sierra Libre, San José de Guaymas and El Faro de Guaymas are perfect mountain-biking terrain.

Fishing is another sport the state offers, with spots such as Kino Bay, San Carlos and Puerto Peñasco giving abundant opportunities to share in the bounty of the Sea of Cortez.

Lastly, there are many opportunities to hunt on the state’s hundreds of hunting ranches, teeming with a huge variety of game animals.

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