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Best Ways to Explore Valle de Bravo, Mexico

Date Added: January 18, 2013 04:06:59 PM
Author: Cao Hieu
Category: Regional
This colonial mountain town, 90 miles from Mexico City, is the ideal weekend getaway for idlers and adventurers alike.

1.    You should check the area's top hotel: the Rodavento Boutique Hotel. It has 28 stylish—and affordable—tented suites and a Japanese onsen–inspired spa, complete with bamboo furniture, burning incense, and serene fountains. There, you will have a wonderful 90-minute Shaman Healing session, which includes an energy-balancing massage.

2.    The 17th-cenutry Temple of Santa Maria Ahuacatian is the next place for you. The cobblestoned town is chockablock with colonial-era sites, including the 17th-century Temple of Santa María Ahuacatlán (Colonia Santa María). The church's fire-blackened Black Christ (Cristo Negro) sculpture is said to perform miracles and attracts thousands of Mexican pilgrims each year.

3.    Valle de Bravo sits just above the shoreline of the man-made Lake Avándaro. Take a tour on a J-24 racing sailboat with expert guide, and you will have amazing trip. Race other crafts around the lake or lazily explore the area, stopping for a dip under one of three waterfalls. At night, you should take the three-hour sail on the triple-decker Yate Fiesta Valle where locals dance to salsa music and sip cocktails.

4.    Nowhere are the town's Mediterranean influences more apparent than in its love of Italian food. For Mexican food, let’s try a taquito dorado from a local food stand. It filled with meat, grilled onions, sautéed squash blossoms, and rajas (poblano peppers).

5.    Get a bird's-eye view of Valle's pine forests and mountains with a paragliding lesson from FlyMexico. You'll leap off the 7,300-foot-high Peñón de Temascaltepec, then touch down at restaurant Boga Boga for grilled trout and a margarita.