Snowing areas in Mexico – Yes, they exist!
For some travelers, Mexico is a land with golden and white sandy beaches, full of mysteries of ancient civilizations, while for others it is an excellent alternative to the ski resorts of Austria, Switzerland, and Canada.
Yes, right, there is also snow in this sunny country. Skiing in Mexico is ideal for novices, beginners, amateurs as well as professionals. Compared to European ski resorts, Mexico boasts more affordable prices.
Despite this, the level of service remains quite high. Today, ski resorts, and active and extreme mountain tourism in Mexico let travelers take a fresh and invigorating look at this dynamically developing country.
But why does it snow in sunny Mexico?
Mexico’s diverse geography is the surprising secret behind its snow-covered landscapes. While the country is widely renowned for its sunny beaches, it also boasts high-altitude regions and mountainous terrains.
The elevation in the northern states, mountain, and volcanic regions creates the perfect conditions for snowfall and provides a unique opportunity for winter sports enthusiasts to enjoy skiing and snowboarding.
The small town of Arteaga is located just 18 km to the east of Saltillo.
Arteaga resembles an oasis in the middle of the desert area, which conquers travelers with beautiful landscapes of forests, fruit flavors, and an impressive mountain range, affectionately called “Little Switzerland”.
Walk through the quiet cobbled streets, try tasty regional cuisine, and visit the temple of San Isidoro Labrador, next to which there are souvenir shops with authentic products. And, of course, climb the mountains.
Copper Canyon, Chihuahua
The Copper Canyon (“Barranca del Cobre”) is a chain of canyons in the Sierra Tarahumara in the state of Chihuahua. It is one of the most remote places in Mexico due to its location in the Tarahumara Mountain range.
From here you can enjoy an incredible view of the snow-capped mountain peaks!
The numerous waterfalls and hot springs of Najeno Copper Canyon region are hidden from curious tourists’ eyes. You can reach these nature wonders on foot on your own, or with a guided tour (on horseback or donkeys).
Spending the night under the open star sky on countless sandy islands is magic.
There are enough travelers and tourists in the region, but it is not crowded. Most likely, small towns maintain the right balance: there are enough visitors, so you can meet like-minded people and go on expeditions together.
Mexiquillo is a very attractive nature park for mountain lovers.
Mexiquillo is located in the west of the state of Durango. A significant part of its territory is covered by virgin coniferous forest with several endemic species of pine trees, as well as ravines, tunnels, canyons, and waterfalls.
The park is not included in the national park system of Mexico, nor is it a natural monument, but it is of interest to tourists due to the opportunities for active recreation: tracking, horseback riding, mountain biking, rock climbing, and kayaking down rivers.
In 1981, in the Mexiquillo, Ringo Starr starred in the movie “The Caveman”.
Not far from the large city of Zacatecas is one of the oldest cities in Mexico – Sombrerete, founded in 1555. It is worth noting that the city of Sombrerete has preserved its unique cultural and historical heritage to this day.
The grandeur of the architectural monuments, a large number of interesting sights, snow-capped mountains, caves, and ancient gold mines have made Sombrerete one of the most popular tourist destinations.
Nevado de Toluca, State of Mexico
Nevado de Toluca is the 4th highest volcano in Mexico. It is located about 80 km west of Mexico City, on the territory of a national park also named Nevado de Toluca (after the volcano).
The volcano is a popular destination for sledding and a variety of improvised means. This is one of the few places in Mexico where there is snow not only in winter but when the temperature and humidity contribute to it.
Before you go make sure you don’t need a visa
The Mexico Tourist Card is a travel document introduced in 2015 to increase tourism. Travelers from some countries have the opportunity to obtain an electronic permit to enter Mexico online with the Natvisa service.
The key advantage of this document is saving time that you previously spent visiting the embassy or visa center. The card is also linked to your passport, so you can go through all migration procedures at the airport.
Please note that the Mexico Tourist Card does not have visa status. Passport holders from some countries may still need a visa in addition to the Mexico Tourist Card to have a comfortable and legal stay in Mexico.
Mexico is the embodiment of an ideal tourist destination for a holiday.
The country meets the most optimistic expectations of travelers and impresses with unexpected discoveries. Holidays in Mexico is not only tequila, Mexicans in sombreros, and human-sized cacti, but also ski resorts!
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