27 amazing natural sites in Mexico

Unbelievable places.

A photographic journey through the natural wealth of Mexico.

 

There’s a lot to find in Mexico, but something that makes us great is our nature. Thanks to our privileged geographical location we have almost all types of climate and ecosystems, which results in the formation of spectacular places.

Join us in discovering 27 natural sites that are part of this paradise.

1. Hierve El Agua. Although they seem from another planet, these pools of water and petrified waterfalls are in the midst of the mountains in Oaxaca, the view from this place is just awesome.

 

Picture by: Dingledoodie via Flickr.

Picture by: Dingledoodie via Flickr.

 

 

2. Hanson Lagoon. Yes, this lagoon is in our country and it is part of the Constitution of 1857 National Park in Ensenada, Baja California.

 

Picture by: Luis Torres via Flickr.

Picture by: Luis Torres via Flickr.

 

 

3. Marieta Islands.  Located a few kilometers from Punta Mita, Nayarit,everyone who visits them fall in love with  these small islands.

 

Picture by: Christian Fausto Bernal via Flickr.

Picture by: Christian Fausto Bernal via Flickr.

 

 

4. Cabo San Lucas Arch. In Baja California Sur, also known as “The End of the Earth”, the arch separates the Gulf of California from the Pacific Ocean.

 

Picture by: W&PS via Flickr

Picture by: W&PS via Flickr

 

 

 5. Rosario Sanctuary.  In Michoacán, it is a part of the Biosphere Reserve of the Monarch Butterfly and it is a natural phenomenon. Surrounded by pines, firs and cedars on the Cerro del Campanario, receives the highest number of butterflies per year.

 

Picture by: livemichoacan via Flickr.

Picture by: livemichoacan via Flickr.

 

 

6. Lagoons of Nevado de Toluca. These beautiful lakes in the State of Mexico, are the product of  the volcano’s melting snow.

 

Picture by: Deiv_id via Flickr.

Picture by: Deiv_id via Flickr.

 

 

 7. Sumidero Canyon. Surprising for its vertical walls, its flora and fauna, Sumidero Canyon covers four municipalities in Chiapas and it is considered as a National Park.

 

Picture by: nathangibbs via Flickr.

Picture by: nathangibbs via Flickr.

 

8. Basaseachi Waterfall. With a height of 246 meters, this magnificent waterfall is the highest in Mexico and it is located in the state of Chihuahua.

 

Picture by: Alberto Quiñones via Flickr.

Picture by: Alberto Quiñones via Flickr.

 

9. Tepozteco Hill. Considered as a magical town, Tepoztlan in Morelos is known for its mysticism, excellent climate and purifying energy.

 

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10. Holbox Island.  Located in Quintana Roo, 3 hours from Cancun, the island is part of the protected area of Yum Balam. This is a nice place to relax and be in contact with nature.

 

Picture by: Hugo Jr. via Flickr.

Picture by: Hugo Jr. via Flickr.

 

 

11. Sierra de Organos. These natural sculptures, located in Zacatecas, owe their formation to wind erosion.

 

Picture by: brianovercast via Flickr.

Picture by: brianovercast via Flickr.

 

 

12. Contoy Island. Natural refuge for over 150 species of birds, Contoy is a protected island located north of Isla Mujeres in Quintana Roo.

 

Picture by: Peter Maas

Picture by: Peter Maas

 

 

 13. Montebello Lakes. Very close to Guatemala, in Chiapas, this is a complex ecosystem of lakes surrounded by forests of pine and oak.

 

Picture by: Memo Vazquez via Flickr.

Picture by: Memo Vazquez via Flickr.

 

 

14. Calakmul Biosphere Reserve. It is a region of tropical forest in Campeche where more than 2,500 species of flora and fauna coexist.

 

Picture by: Alejandro González T via Flickr.

Picture by: Alejandro González T via Flickr.

 

 

15. Cave of Crystals. It is a cave connected to the Naica Mine in Chihuahua, with the largest natural crystals ever found. Is relatively unexplored because its temperature reaches up to 58°C and humidity is 99%.

 

Picture by: naica.com.mx

Picture by: naica.com.mx

 

 16. Las Coloradas. It is a small fishing port known for its biodiversity and beautiful colors in the state of Yucatan. It is one of the most important salt plants in the country.

 

Picture by: Emilio Segura López via Flickr.

Picture by: Emilio Segura López via Flickr.

 

 

17. Xel-Há. In Quintana Roo you can find this Natural Wonder, an ecological park and a beautiful inlet where flowing rivers of the Yucatan Peninsula and the Caribbean Sea come together. With a great diversity of flora and fauna it is a spectacle of colors.

 

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18. Tamul Waterfall. With 105 meters, Tamul, in San Luis Potosi, is considered the most spectacular waterfall in Mexico.

 

Picture by: Elias GC via Flickr.

Picture by: Elias GC via Flickr.

 

 

19. Copper Canyon. In the heart of the Sierra Tarahumara of Chihuahua, these canyons receive their name beacuse of the coppery color of their walls.

 

Picture by: Pamela Acosta

Picture by: Pamela Acosta

 

 

20. Altar Desert. With temperatures around 50°C, this desert seems like the Middle East,  but it’s actually in the state of Sonora in Mexico.

 

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21. Cuatrocienegas Biosphere Reserve. This oasis in the mountains of Coahuila is considered as one of the most unique and beautiful around the world.

 

Picture by: anm fotografía via Flickr.

Picture by: anm fotografía via Flickr.

 

 

22. Cave of Swallows. An impressive abyss with a depth of 376 meters in San Luis Potosi, where thousands of birds live.

 

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23. Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. It is the largest protected area of the Mexican Caribbean in Quintana Roo, the reserve includes numerous cenotes, Sian Ka’an reefs and 110 kilometers of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System.

 

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24. Miramar Lagoon. The Lacandon Jungle is home to the largest natural body of water and the most beautiful one in Chiapas. Covering an area of ​​over 2,000 acres, this lake remains in pristine condition.

 

Picture by: The Lovely Barney via Flickr.

Picture by: The Lovely Barney via Flickr.

 

 

25. Lu’um Cenote. The impressive semi Lu’um cenote or sinkhole, is located at La Ruta de los Cenotes in Quintana Roo and is one of the most beautiful in the Yucatan Peninsula.

 

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26. Espíritu Santo Island. With beautiful bays, rich marine life, birds, reptiles and amphibians, this beautiful island is one of the best preserved ecosystems in Baja California Sur.

 

Picture by: Clauday via Flickr.

Picture by: Clauday via Flickr.

 

 

27. Agua Azul Waterfall. The indigo blue water, green vegetation, the constant breeze and the inexhaustible sound of water make this place in Chiapas, one of the most spectacular and unforgettable in Mexico.

 

Picture by: SiervoSinTierra via Flickr.

Picture by: SiervoSinTierra via Flickr.

 

Have you been in any of these places? Which one would you like to visit?