Luxury holidays in Valle de Bravo

Moss green hills, cobbled streets and yachts bobbing on a cerulean lake – it’s little wonder that Valle de Bravo is a favourite among Mexico City’s elite. In fact, it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to say that the lakeside town was the country’s equivalent to Como – with one key difference: unlike its Italian counterpart, Valle de Bravo remains one of the country’s best-kept secrets, keeping it off the tourist trail. Instead of chain restaurants and superstores, you’ll find markets piled high with local produce, streetside vendors cooking traditional snacks, and a smattering of gourmet eateries and art galleries. Charm aside, Valle De Bravo also offers pursuits for the sporty in spades. Daredevil visitors can soar high over the lake on paragliders, or stick to the surface on kayaks, paddleboards and water skis. If you prefer to stay dry, take to the pine-studded hills for a spot of hiking, horse riding or mountain biking instead.

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When to go

Valle de Bravo is year-round destination. It’s at its busiest in summer (June to September) when visitors from Mexico City flee the soaring temperatures in favour of the town’s cooler climate.

Getting there

  • Planes

    Whether you’re coming from abroad or elsewhere in Mexico, your best option is to fly into Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez, then take a car to Valle de Bravo, a journey of around two hours.
  • Automobiles

    The town’s compact enough that you won’t need your own set of wheels, but you could drive from Mexico City, then use the car to explore the surrounding area. If you do want to hire, the Smith24 team can arrange it.