13 Natural Wonders in Mexico

usuario Alexia Arana

Mexico is undoubtedly known for being one of the countries with the greatest diversity of both flora and fauna. It has more than 70% of the species that exist, occupying the fifth place in the list of the 17 megadiverse countries.

That is why in 2007, through a vote, the 13 Natural Wonders of Mexico were chosen, 13 destinations that are worthy of mention. Perfect to visit on your next trip, below we will tell you more about the 13 Natural Wonders of Mexico and where each of them is located.

Veracruz reef

Considered one of the largest reefs in the Gulf of Mexico, composed of 17 reefs, and declared a protected area since 1992. Its landscapes include the extensive examples of marine life that inhabit the reef, such as various species of fish, starfish  and sunken ships dating from the time of colonization, a visual spectacle that you should not miss.

It is advisable to visit this natural wonder between May and September, in order to better enjoy the views that the reefs offer.

"Barrancas del Cobre" Chihuahua

They are located southwest of Chihuahua in the Sierra Tarahumara. “Barrancas del Cobre”, named for their coppery tone, is one of the tourist attractions that you should not miss on your next visit to Chihuahua.

From a ride through one of the longest zip lines in the world, incredible views from the cable car, and a warm welcome from the Rarámuris, a community that is part of the Sierra Tarahumara, this destination will take your breath away from the first moment. If you want to know what else you can visit on your trip to Chihuahua, you can read our note: What you should not miss in Chihuahua.

"Cañón del Sumidero", Chiapas

Protected natural area, under the name of "Parque Nacional Cañón del Sumidero". This natural wonder began its formation process 70 million years ago, and each year, the canyon opens an additional two centimeters. So far, it covers four municipalities in Chiapas. In it you can find various species of flora and fauna endemic to the region, in addition to offering you spectacular views of the extensive canyon walls, which are more than 2 km (1.24 miles) wide.

In order to enjoy a better view, you can find five viewpoints along the way, specially made so that visitors can better appreciate the natural beauty of the Canyon. One of them is 1,200 m (over 3,900 feet) above sea level, one of the highest, and is the one that is called "El Roblar".

Cuatro Cienegas, Coahuila

Considered one of the main wetlands in the country, the Cuatro Ciénegas Valley is one of the most important within the Coahuila desert. Like the previous ones, it is a Protected Natural Area, and it has even been under the sights of NASA, since it has structures and organisms similar to those that were found on Mars. In addition to being recognized as Magical Town, this incredible oasis with crystal clear waters is the perfect attraction to visit if you are looking to enjoy nature and outdoor activities.

El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar, Sonora

The most biodiverse desert that exists in the world. It is located in the state of Sonora, and below the state of Arizona (US), a magical place where you can enjoy a desolate beauty. You will be able to know the largest active dune field in North America, observe the rivers of petrified lava that the Pinacate volcano left in its wake.

Agave Landscapes, Jalisco

Inevitable to think of Jalisco and not associate it with one of the most emblematic drinks in Mexico: Tequila. That is why the agave landscape and old industrial facilities of Tequila are one of the 13 natural wonders of Mexico. Here you will find the roots of tequila, you will learn more about its history, and you will be able to admire more closely the fields full of the plant known as Agave, very important for the process of creating this important drink.

Centla swamps, Tabasco

Located in the state of Tabasco, the swamps are one of the ecosystems where a great diversity of species can be found, with more than 300 hectares (741 acres) of water and land. It is characterized by having a privileged location, in which you can enjoy the presence of a large concentration of different types of birds, such as the osprey, the peregrine falcon, among others.

The tour through the swamps can be done by boat or canoe, and during it you will be able to observe the different types of mangroves, and various species of animals. If ecotourism activities are your thing, no doubt that this destination is the perfect one for you.

Huasca de Ocampo, Hidalgo

Located in the municipality of Huasca de Ocampo, Hidalgo, one of the first Magical Towns (Pueblos Mágicos) in the country, it is home to one of the most extraordinary natural wonders.

The Basalt Prisms were born from an accelerated cooling of a lava spill, this happened millions of years ago. For this reason, this phenomenon caused the formation of columns of volcanic stones, unique in the whole country.

With a height of up to 40 meters, these columns are bathed with the water of four incredible waterfalls, coming from the well-known San Antonio Regla dam, offering a visual spectacle that you should not miss.

If you tour the Basaltic Primes by boat, you will get a glimpse of the popular Hacienda that was flooded in 1915, where you can still see certain parts of the estate remaining intact. Full of hanging bridges for the adventurers and breathtaking views, Huasca de Ocampo is the perfect destination for your next vacation.

Peña de Bernal, Querétaro

The perfect destination for fans of rappelling and climbing. Peña de Bernal, is located within the Magical Town of Bernal. It is the third largest monolith in the world, where at the top of it, you can enjoy one of the most incredible views, and where you can have better access to the magnificent Sierra Gorda. If height is not your thing, you can always go visit the different museums that are under La Peña, and let yourself soak up this magical place full of history.

"El Cielo" Biosphere Reserve, Tamaulipas

Named like this because most of the year, you can see the natural phenomenon where the clouds are lower than normal. One of the most important visits that "El Cielo" receives is that of the Monarch Butterflies, since this place is part of its migratory route, bound for Michoacán.

One of its most peculiar attractions is the Valley of the UFO, named after various UFO sightings have been reported in the place, perfect for camping and being able to observe the stars at night, and who knows, maybe one of these days, see a UFO.

Monarch Butterfly Reserve

Formed by municipalities within the State of Mexico and Michoacan. It is considered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, since it protects key sites of the Monarch Butterfly, since in these forests, its migration, wintering and reproduction zone is located. If you want to be part of this important moment of nature, you can visit the sanctuaries open to the public that you can find both in the State of Mexico and in Michoacán. Learn more about the Monarch Butterfly Reserve.

Sótano de las Golondrinas, San Luis Potosí

Located within the heart of the famous Huasteca Potosina, better known as a hole, it has an extension of 60 m (37 ft.) in diameter, in which you can only observe an infinite darkness. But, don't let that discourage you, because we still haven't told you the best part, in addition to being a visual spectacle, created by nature, different types of birds inhabit it, the best known of this group is the swallow.

Every day, the birds flock in and out, very early in the morning, you can watch how thousands of birds leave the hole, creating a spiral with their elegant movements, a sight to see, and at night they swoop back into the hole.

Xel-Ha, Quintana Roo

Most likely, you have heard about this famous park located in the state of Quintana Roo, Xel-Ha, which means "where the water is born." It receives its name due to the fact that several underground rivers converge that flow out forming a cove. It is one of the many parks that belong to Grupo Xcaret, and today we will tell you why it is considered one of the 13 Natural Wonders of Mexico. It is gifted with a great natural wealth of flora and fauna, both aquatic and terrestrial species.

One of its main attractions is that it has an open sea aquarium, in which you can immerse yourself, and enjoy the different marine species in a way that you cannot imagine, of course, always respecting the space of the species, and trying not to disturb them In their habitat.

As you can see, Mexico is a country full of surprises, with tourist attractions for every type of traveler.  A country full of culture, traditions and unique customs, do not think twice and come to know more of what Mexico has for you.

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