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A Guide to Valle de Bravo

VALLE DE BRAVO

VALLE (THAT´S WHAT WE CALL IN MEXICO CITY), IS A LITTLE TOWN OUTSIDE OF MEXICO´S BIGGEST CAPITAL CITY. IT IS 1 ½ HOUR DRIVE, IN A HIGHWAY FULL OF NATURE TO ADMIRE. AS YOU APPROACH YOUR DESTINATION YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SEE THE BIG LAKE.

Valle de Bravo  is all about sports, water skiing, there are several bike trails, walking on the woods, paragliding, ziplines, and all the outdoor activities you can think of.

Usually this town is were Chilangos ( that´s how they call the people who lives in Mexico City), spend their weekends, they come to relax and enjoy the nature.

Where to stay?

There are big, amazing houses for rent, you can go to AIRBNB, and find the perfect house to spend the weekend or any holiday. 

For hotels, there are a few.

The first one, that on my opinion is a very good one is:

Rodavento,http://www.hotelrodavento.com 

This hotel is in the middle of the forest, next to a beautiful lake.

The rooms are like cabins, very well equipped and a nice terrace to sit and enjoy a nice cup of coffee whilst admiring the nature.

There are lots of activities, particularly if you are traveling with kids, like zip lining, wall climbing, target shooting, canoeing, paddle board in the lake, bike routes.

The service is amazing as well as the food, I really recommend the buffet for breakfast, delicious!

At night they lit a couple of bonfires, to burn marshmallows.

They recently opened a new hotel on downtown with a very nice rooftop terrace to enjoy evening drinks, it is called El cinco http://elcincorodavento.com

Another great place to stay is Avandaro Hotel,   http://hotelavandaro.com.mx is inside the great golf course, the service is impeccable, the rooms are very nice and clean. you can enjoy a day at the golf course, or at the heated pool, a match at their tennis courts,  they also  have a nice spa to relax. The food is delicious.

What to do?

Valle de Bravo is all about outdoor sports and nature.

For bike tours there are few places on Avandaro:

  • Pablo´s Bikes   is the place, it is a store to buy and restore bikes, but they also offer a lot of tours. They have a kids bike school.
  • La rodada, ask for Abel is the owner he will give you the service you need, renting bikes, a guide everything. I personally ride with Abel I like the way he treats us and my kids.
  • Paragliding is a very popular thing to do, it gives you a chance to really admire Valle!, obviously if you haven’t done it, you will have a guide with you at all times.

Paragliding is a very popular thing to do, it gives you a chance to really admire Valle!, obviously if you haven’t done it, you will have a guide with you at all times.

Water skiing, On the lake you can rent a boat and do some water sports, also there are instructors to help you.

Everybody is coming and going in a Polaris, or a quad, driving all around.

If you like to work with wood, there is a very nice place called Gaspart studio, where you can do carpentry, they have lessons  for kids ages 7 and up and  even adults can go. http://gaspartstudio.com they also have a studio for clay.

For smaller kids there is a place in Avandaro called martinika they have classes for smaller kids, like painting, clay, sometimes cooking every weekend is different.

For a little sightseeing:

There’s a waterfall called “Velo de Novia” (in English Veil, it is a nice spot for a good picture.

Where to eat?

There’s a  very local cafeteria, called Los Churros de Valle. http://churrosdevalle.com

It is famous for the Churros, they are the same dough from the doughnuts, but different style and you dip them in cajeta (similar to dulce de leche in Argentina). Also they are known for their Artichoke.

There are 2 very good italian places I recommend.

The first one is Dipao and, second is Da Ciro. 

Both are located in Avandaro, and offer very nice food and setting.

For mediterranean food try arabites they offer breakfast, lunch and dinner, the kippe is delicious, they have like a pizza but is made with pita bread and cheese, you have to try it, also try the tabouleh they make it with quinoa and leave room for dessert, you will not be able to only choose one.

For a good burger there’s a place called Soul Avandaro, they offer good burgers and salads, order the sweet potato fries.

For a good local ice cream there’s a place called ME and VI, they make their own ice cream and have delicious flavors.

Remember this is a little town, where there are a few places where you can find organic food.

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