Mexico is incredibly rich in ancient history, natural beauty, and unique ecosystems. Thanks to this, the nation is home to some pretty incredible National Parks. Whether you want to explore long-extinct cities, hike a volcanic crater or swim in the world’s second-largest coral reef, Mexico has something for you. Here are the most beautiful national parks in Mexico from Chihuahua to Chiapas.
Most Beautiful National Parks In Mexico
1. Sumidero Canyon National Park – Chiapas
Few places are as magical and breathtaking as Chiapas’ Sumidero Canyon. The ancient Grijalva River has carved through this canyon for millennia and is rivaled only by Arizona’s Grand Canyon. This natural wonder is also home to a plethora of different wildlife species, such as spider monkeys, ocelots, and river crocodiles.
2. Iztaccihuatl-Popocatepetl Nationa Park – Puebla
Sprawling across the borders of Mexico State, Puebla, and Morelos, Iztaccihuatl-Popocatepetl is truly a sight to behold. The national park is also home to the nation’s second and third tallest mountains – the towering volcanoes of Izta and Popo.
3. Grutas de Cacahuamilpa National Park – Guerrero
4. Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park – Quintana Roo
Everyone has heard of the gorgeous azul waters of Cozumel, but did you know that it also boasts the world’ s second-largest reef? The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System makes up the stunning Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park. This underwater park draws snorkelers and divers from all over the world looking to experience the bright colours of the reef, endless wildlife, and crystal clear water.
5. Palenque National Park – Chiapas
History buffs will love Palenque National Park for its incredible ruins. The ancient city of Lakamha rests deep in the heart of the jungle and seems to be frozen in time. The surrounding area is equally as mesmerising with an endless expanse of thick woods, wildlife, and waterfalls.
6. Basaseachic Falls National Park – Chihuahua
The Basaseachic Falls National Park is home to the second-largest waterfall in Mexico. But that’s not all. In addition to towering waterfalls, it’s also nestled in the centre of the Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range. Additionally, it’s home to a massive variety of scenery from jagged mountaintops, steep cliffs, thick forests, and more.
7. Nevado de Toluca National Park – Mexico State
Lastly, Nevado de Toluca is known for its pristine lakes, gorgeous day hikes, and colossal inactive volcano. What’s even more fascinating is that the volcanic crater is available to explore. You can take day hikes and even have a picnic in the ancient crater once bursting with lava.
If that weren’t enough, the volcano is also the fourth largest in Mexico falling only behind previously mention Itza and Popo.