Cycling and Hiking in Mexico

An introduction to cycling, mountain biking and hiking in Mexico...

Cycling and Mountain Biking

Cycling is a great way to explore Mexico. Away from the cities the roads are often very quiet, making them perfect for cyclists. Both mountain biking and road biking are very popular; there are many clubs around the country, and a thriving competition scene.

The governing body for all cycling disciplines in the country is the Mexican Cycling Federation (website in Spanish), which organizes both competitions and training.

Mexico has many good mountain biking destinations, although the sport is still relatively new in the country. The mountains of the Sierra Norte, a forested range in the state of Oaxaca, are covered in foot trails and dirt tracks, perfect for biking. Other good locations include Copper Canyon in the Sierra Madre and the Baja Peninsula.

Hiking and Walking

Mexico’s many volcanoes offer great hiking opportunities; most summits can be reached by walkers. Hiking is popular in the Sierra Madre, the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt, Baja, the Oaxaca ranges and the Mixteco shield. There are many specialist adventure and hiking companies in the country offering guided walks.

Copper Canyon in the Sierra Madre is popular with walkers and has countless trails to explore. Some of the best walks are in the Basaseachi National Park, home to the two highest waterfalls in the country. Copper Canyon is only one of a number of canyons in the area; overall it is a larger canyon system than the Grand Canyon, and the walking possibilities are endless.

People living in Mexico City can hike in the nearby Cucapa and El Mayor hills. Other popular hiking spots in Mexico include the Hardy River and the Mexicali Valley. Monterrey offers some of the country’s most spectacular walking; Cerro de la Silla and Cerro de las Mitras are both popular objectives. Puebla is home to many of Mexico’s volcanoes and some great hiking. Volcanoes accessible to walkers include Teyotl, Malinche, Huehue, Sillatepec, Ilamatzin, Tliltépetl, Tepechichina and Xaltonali.