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Recommended Tent Camping Sites for 2011 - MX

Mexico Tent Camping Trip

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There's nothing quite like living in North America and having access to plenty of open road. It would be fair to say that nowhere else in the world is there as much geographic variety as that found in North America. While the summer months may beckon travelers to head north to Canada, the winter months are a great opportunity to visit our neighbor to the south, Mexico. Wonderful coastlines, rain forest jungles, ruins of ancient civilizations, and much more - a Mexico tent camping is a fascinating adventure with much to offer.

Halfway down the Baja Peninsula and bookended by the Sea of Cortez to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west, you'll find the Reserva del la Biósfera El Vizcaíno. The largest reserve in all of Latin America, this 25,000-square-mile park offers remarkable glimpses of exotic Mexican wildlife. But the park's main attraction is whale watching on its western shores that annually draws large numbers of calving humpback whales. You can find Mexico tent camping facilities here in the city of Mulegé. A number of these Mexico tent campgrounds are open year round. Call ahead for more information.

In the northwest region of Mexico lies Barranca del Cobre (Copper Canyon). Consisting of nearly 20 different canyons carved out by six different rivers, together the canyons are nearly four times larger than (gasp!) the Grand Canyon back in the states. The grandeur of this region is simply baffling and any visitor should expect to spend at least a few days here in order to begin to absorb the surroundings. Created from thousands of years of volcanic eruptions, fault lines, and erosion, tucked within the canyons are hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails, as well as countless native wildlife.

As the Yucatan Peninsula juts out into the Caribbean Ocean, visitors find the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. Spanish for "origin of the sky," this 1.3-million-acre habitat was set aside by the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1987 as a protected wildlife area designed to safeguard Mexico's rapidly depleting rain forests. Today this coastal jungle remains nearly untouched, featuring some of the wildest, most untamed land in Mexico. Although most of the reserve is inaccessible, as there are no trails, the few roads around the park and along the seashore offer plenty of natural adventures. Exotic Caribbean wildlife and wild shoreline make this destination a true wonder. Guided trips into the jungle are available for the real adventurer.

If you do visit Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, two nearby attractions are worth a side trip. The area around the city of Tulum offers visitors a unique combination of natural and man-made history. Rich in Mayan ruins, the area reveals relics of an ancient culture along the backdrop of the Caribbean coastline.

The Yucatan Peninsula also plays home to some of the world's finest diving and snorkeling at the island of Cozumel. Forget your gear? Don’t fret, plenty of dive centers are available to help you suit-up for your underwater adventure. Or, skip the submersion and take a spin on one of the island's glass-bottom boat tours. Either way, a visit to Cozumel means a rare chance to get up close to the beautiful and awe-inspiring world beneath the sea. Playa del Carmen and Cancun are also home to some great Mexico tent camping sites near to watersports. These are not Woodall's visited parks, so we suggest you call ahead for more information.

In Mexico's southernmost reaches lies the impressive Lacandón Jungle. This vast expanse covers more than 30,000 square miles, and stretches well into Guatemala and Belize along the Yucatan Peninsula. Although the Lacandón is still victimized by steady deforestation, attempts are being made to curb that process and protect this wild habitat that is home to some of the most interesting and exotic creatures in the world, including the ocelot, the toucan, the tapir and several types of monkeys.

For more information, contact the Mexico Ministry of Tourism at
800/44-MEXICO (

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