Valle de Bravo is the favorite weekend and vacation destination for people tired of the hectic and crowded Mexico City. It’s quite close to the metropolis and you get a totally different life and experience. There are no direct flights to Valle de Bravo but you can always take one to Mexico City or Toluca and continue your travel from there. From Mexico City, you should get to the Terminal de Autobuses Poniente, at the Observatorio metro station. There are various companies that will take you to Valle de Bravo every hour for 100MXN. From Toluca Airport you can take a direct taxi to Valle. Taxis and water taxis are also the only way of transportation in Valle de Bravo. Fares are not high, range from 1.50 USD to 9 USD, and you can get absolutely everywhere.
In Valle de Bravo everything is about the Avandaro lake, the pines and clear air; totally different from the stereotypical image about Mexico. Ecotourism, extreme sports and colonial houses make a magnetic combination. If you are in Valle in Late December or January you have to see a massive monarch butterfly migration in their tree sanctuary up the mountain. Valle de Bravo is also a great place for tourists that want to buy beautiful and original handcraft and not spend a fortune. You can find plenty of markets, shops and galleries that provide with rustic, charming items and highly appreciated art pieces.
Inside the downtown you shouldn’t miss the Municipal Boardwalk and Dock from where you may take a tour over the lake. If you are an adventure fan and love sports and extreme sports Valle de Bravo is a place for you. Paragliding, hang gliding, all kind of water sports, horse riding, biking, hiking and much more expect you at every corner.
There are some interesting tourist attractions such as the Temple of Santa Maria Ahuacatlan with the Black Christ Image and the Parish of San Francis of Asisi with murals and Italian paintings. The Casa de la Cultura (House of Culture) with numerous conferences, workshops and art exhibitions is also an obligatory stop. Nature lovers may prefer to visit the Velo de la Novia Waterfall and the wintering grounds of the monarch butterfly. You can get to these places on a horse or by bike.
You cannot miss some traditional dishes served in the area prepared with fresh, local ingredients in restaurants or at food stands. Get yourself an esquite (corn chop with lemon, chili powder, cheese and mayonnaise), tacos, pambazos (bread stuffed with potato and chorizo), tamales and hot corn-based drinks called atole. What are you waiting for? Rent a bungalow or book your hotel room with lake view and get to Valle de Bravo, the best kept secret in Mexico.