The Picturesque Town of Valle de Bravo
Valle de Bravo is a picturesque town in Mexico where you can visit many attractions and enjoy different water sports.
FUN ACTIVITIES IN VALLE DE BRAVO
If you visit Mexico City and want to go to nearby towns, DINKtravelers recommends adding Valle de Bravo to your list. It’s one of the many picturesque towns you will find in Mexico but, unlike others, it offers many different activities that are particularly fun for travelers who enjoy sports. That’s why it’s one of the most visited towns in the State of Mexico.
THE TOWN OF VALLE DE BRAVO
Valle de Bravo is a 16th century town that still preserves much of its typical architecture. There you can find historic and religious constructions, markets, paved streets and parks. Because of that and due to all the activities it offers, it’s a good idea to plan at least a couple of days for this trip.
Among the temples whose architecture you’ll enjoy discovering, go to Santa Maria Ahuacatlan, a construction that houses the Black Christ, a sculpture that is said to be very miraculous. Another construction you should visit is the church of Saint Francis of Assisi, the most important one in town. There you’ll find beautiful stained-glass windows and sculptures from the 17th century.
WATER SPORTS IN VALLE DE BRAVO
Valle de Bravo is a listed as a Magical Town in Mexico, and it’s located 42 kilometers away from the city of Toluca, capital of Mexico State. It rises next to a lake or, better said, the lake rises next to Valle de Bravo, because in 1940 they created a dam to collect water from the Avandaro River. This lake is the most popular attraction in Valle de Bravo because it’s where visitors practice all kinds of activities, from fishing to sailing, kayaking and even skiing.
Actually, skiing is an activity that can be quite demanding, but in Valle de Bravo you can try it even if you’ve never practiced it before. If you’re a rookie, simply ask for a private lesson. They’ll give you tips to help you become a good skier.
OTHER ACTIVITIES NEAR VALLE DE BRAVO
Of course you can enjoy the landscape of the whole valley from above. In order to do so you must visit La Peña, a huge rock that can be easily spotted given its height and scarce vegetation. From there you’ll have one of the most impressive views of the town and the lake. To reach the top, you’ll only need a 30-minute commute, partly by car and partly on foot, so prepare for a long walk.
On the other hand, near Valle de Bravo there’s a Monarch Butterfly sanctuary. DINKtravelers recommends going to meet this regal insect by planning your trip in winter.
WHERE TO EAT IN VALLE DE BRAVO
At this destination you won’t lack dining options or variety; however, we suggest trying the restaurants by the lake. Some seafood restaurants are floating on the riverbank and even though it’s common to feel a slight swaying movement, nothing will stop you from enjoying a pleasant evening with fresh and exquisite food.
After dining, relax with a cup of coffee and delight with the romantic sunsets Valle de Bravo offers. Allow the sun to captivate you as it is slowly framed by the mountains and rests behind the lake.