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Nature's Gifts to Mexico: 10 Natural Wonders not to be missed

Nature's Gifts to Mexico: 10 Natural Wonders not to be missed

Posted by Alejandra Romo on September 04, 2013

Caves, mountains, canyons, deserts and lakes… Mother Nature has been generous to Mexico and soft on the eyes of those who behold her creations.

Since the beginning of time, the four elements –water, fire, earth and wind– have been sculpting the breathtaking landscapes that have made Mexico famous the world over. Negocios had the challenging task of choosing only 10 that represent the tip of the iceberg of the natural treasures to be found the length and breadth of the country.

By Antonio Vázquez / ProMéxico

Montebello Lagoons:

A Mirror Image of Heaven

The heavens are reflected in the intense blue of the Montebello lagoons in the state of Chiapas. Tourists can explore the surrounding pine and oak forests by foot or on horseback, take a kayak out on the water, swim or rent boats made out of tree trunks.

Located 72 kilometers from the municipality of Comitán, this national park has enjoyed the protection of the Mexican government since 1959.

The estate has 56 lagoons, spread over 6,022 hectares, and two official routes: one that comprises Esmeralda, La Encantada, Bosque Azul, Ensueño and Agua Tintal and another that takes you past Cañadas, Pojoj, Dos Lagunas and Tziscao, a 45-meter-deep lagoon that straddles the border with Guatemala.

Eyipantla Waterfall:

Tláloc's Legacy

The ancient cultures of Mesoamerica believed that the god of rain, Tláloc, ruled from Los Tuxtlas, a region in the state of Veracruz. His palace was the Eyipantla Waterfall, a 40-meter wide wonder just 12 kilometers from the municipality of Catemaco.

In Náhuatl, eyi means three, pantli canyon and tla water, so Eyipantla roughly translates to "three streams of falling water". In this case, water from the Río Grande that flows into the Catemaco Lagoon.

To admire it in all its glory, you have to climb 244 steps to the top, where you can feel the mist on your face and hear the roar of the water as it plummets 60 meters to the ground.

Movies like Apocalypto, directed by American-Australian actor Mel Gibson, have been filmed here.

Copper Canyon:

The Colors of Creation

If you happen to be in the state of Chihuahua in Northern Mexico, we suggest you hop aboard El Chepe and explore the Chihuahua-Pacific railroad. On the Divisadero-Los Mochis section, the six red canyons of the Tarahumara Mountains make for an incredible sight.

Spread over some 60,000 square kilometers, these canyons are collectively known as the Copper Canyon, a natural wonder that plunges even deeper than the famous Grand Canyon in Arizona.

This is Tarahumara territory and in the creation myth of this native people, the Copper Canyon was formed when the world came into being, and the rocks were still malleable. According to scientists, it dates back more than 20 million years.

Choose one of El Chepe's 64 wagons and settle down for a 14-hour journey across 39 bridges and through 86 tunnels –628 kilometers of arid landscapes that glow copper in the glint of a blistering sun.


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