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Valle de Bravo Lake

Valle de Bravo

You can go water skiing, boating, kayaking, and sailing (among many other things) at the greatest attraction that the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Valle de Bravo has to offer: the lake. Its shore is the perfect place to enjoy a meal or to watch the sunset. However, did you know that it is not a natural lake?

For three centuries, Valle de Bravo was a place of transition for the Náhuatl, Matlatzinca, and Purépecha people, who converted the land into an ideal agricultural site. As a result of this, other settlements were established gradually until, in 1937, construction work began on the Ixtapantongo power plant, which would later be renamed the Miguel Alemán System.

This ambitious project, which would satisfy the high demand for electricity in Mexico City, required that 2,900 hectares (7,166 acres) of agricultural land in the central valley be flooded. This was how the Valle de Bravo Lake was created in 1955. This is the reason why old houses face away from the body of water, since their main entrances faced the town square.

Nowadays, the lake boasts over 40 nautical clubs authorized to plan regattas.

You can go water skiing, boating, kayaking, and sailing (among many other things) at the greatest attraction that the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Valle de Bravo has to offer: the lake. Its shore is the perfect place to enjoy a meal or to watch the sunset. However, did you know that it is not a natural lake?

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For three centuries, Valle de Bravo was a place of transition for the Náhuatl, Matlatzinca, and Purépecha people, who converted the land into an ideal agricultural site. As a result of this, other settlements were established gradually until, in 1937, construction work began on the Ixtapantongo power plant, which would later be renamed the Miguel Alemán System.

This ambitious project, which would satisfy the high demand for electricity in Mexico City, required that 2,900 hectares (7,166 acres) of agricultural land in the central valley be flooded. This was how the Valle de Bravo Lake was created in 1955. This is the reason why old houses face away from the body of water, since their main entrances faced the town square.

Nowadays, the lake boasts over 40 nautical clubs authorized to plan regattas.

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