Valle de Bravo


With a beautiful lake that was formed by the reservoir of the Miguel Aleman Dam, Valle de Bravo is conducive to the practice of sailing, skiing, kayaking and fishing, surrounded by forests and with a perfect climate for walks and horseback riding .

In a short walk of thirty minutes you can go up to La Peña, which is a high-altitude boulder that was once inhabited by the Matlatzincas. There, you will enjoy spectacular views from the viewpoint of Monte Alto. In the latter you can launch yourself in paragliding or hang gliding, and sail the skies in a unique way.

Enjoy its architectural treasures, such as the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, the Carmel-Maranatha Spirituality Center, a place to let spirituality flow; the Temple of Santa María Ahuacatlán, where the image of a Black Christ whose history will move you is venerated, since it is considered by many faithful as miraculous.

Let your imagination transport you to the 18th century in the Arcadio Pagaza Museum, where that poet and bishop lived, in which 98 pieces are exhibited among the furniture and religious ornaments that belonged to this character.

In the Main Square you can savor some of the most recognized dishes of Mexican gastronomy and other typical Mexican snacks, such as the delicious mushroom or marrow soup, the famous rainbow trout, the artichokes that are harvested in those lands and an exquisite and traditional mole of turkey.

The most popular drinks for several decades are natural pulque, sambumbia, zende and liqueurs and fruit waters.

The Handicraft Market is ideal for acquiring typical works, such as high temperature ceramics, blown glass, clay pottery, hand weaving and Mazahuas embroidery dyed with flowers. Discover here the beautiful customs of yesteryear that Mazahuas women preserve. It is a world of color and beauty! Like wrought iron, ocoxal basketry, wood and frayed.

Finally, in the season from December to March, do not miss a trip to the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, 25 kilometers away. In a place called Piedra Herrada, you will witness the birth of butterflies and enjoy live one of the most amazing events and shows that nature can give you ...

¿Qué Visitar?

What to Visit?

  • Lake Huge and impressive lake where you can practice kayaking, skiing, sailing and many other aquatic sports.
  • Saint Francis Assisi Parish Built in the sixteenth century, its bell tower remains untouchable, and it also features decorated columns made of quarry stone.
  • Archaeological Museum Here you can see vestiges of the local pre-Hispanic cultures, besides many paintings of famous artists.
  • Monte Alto Strategic viewpoint from where you can get amazing views of this Magic Town and its lake.
  • Santa María Ahuacatlán Neighborhood with many attractions, such as the Black Crucifix located in the Saint Mary Chapel.
¿Qué hacer?

What to do?

  • Paragliding Tournaments You can watch or participate in one of the many local events performed in January and February.
  • Vallesano Festival It takes place in March, andf it includes sport activities, cavalcade parades, musical shows, as well as artistic and cultural exhibitions.
  • Cristo Negro de Santa María (Black Crucifix of Saint Mary) It takes place on May 3rd each year, and it consists of pre-Hispanic and colonial dances, public blessing of crosses and fireworks.
  • Saint Patron’s Festivity It takes place on October 4th each year to celebrate the local saint patron Saint Francis Assisi with parades, religious processions, masses, and public blessings of domestic and farm animals.
Comida Típica

Typical Food

  • Barbacoa Roasted lamb meat cooked slowly on its own juice, and which is served apart as a broth or consommé.
  • Carnitas Pieces of pork meat cooked slowly in its own lard and also in a special broth, which makes them taste delicious!
  • Mole sauce Delicious sauce prepared with different kinds of chili, peanuts and, even, chocolate. This unique sauce is served on top of rice and chicken or turkey meat.
  • Cecina A kind of Jerky beef served usually with salad and rice.
  • Ice creams made with fruits
¿Qué Saber?

What to Know?

  • This Magic Town was founded by Franciscan friars on November 15th, 1530, and its original name was "San Francisco del Valle de temascaltepec."
  • In 1842 this locality was upgraded to the level of Villa, and then, its official name was "Villa del Valle" (Villa of the Valley.)
  • Its current name stands after the heroic general of the Independence War, Nicolas Bravo, name that was proposed and authorized in 1861.

Popular Craft

  • Pottery
  • Ceramics
  • Wool weaves
  • Wrought Iron
  • Carved wood

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