Leaning over its emblematic dam and embraced by a thick forest, Valle de Bravo is the perfect place to meet nature and live emotions. There's a reason for every weekend hundreds of visitors flock to enjoy its charms, whether on land, water or air, but always under the influence of its fresh breeze and its picturesque landscapes.
The weather in Valle de Bravo is subhumid tempering with rains in summer; rains happen from june to september and sometimes continue until october. Hottest months are: may, june, july and august.
The average annual temperature is 17.5ºC, the maximum of 32.0ºC, and the minimum of 1.3ºC. It could be rain in november and december; cold begins in mid-december and lasts until february. Rains are more abundant in summer.
One of the main attractions of Valle de Bravo, lake was formed by the reservoir of the Miguel Aleman Dam. Surrounded by mountains, you have for practicing water sports the perfect scenario: skiing, sailing, boating or kayaking and even sport fishing. If you prefer to relax on its waters, there are also recreational boat rides and floating restaurants to eat, drink and listen to music with good company.
We also advise to know La Peña. It is an enormous rock that stands out in the surroundings of the basin by its enormous height and sparse vegetation. In pre-Columbian times the place was inhabited by the Matlatzinca Indians and is currently the perfect setting for various recreational and sports activities. It is possible to reach the top in 30 minutes, doing part of the route by car and the rest walking. From the top of La Peña, visitors have a magnificent view of the lake and the village.
This "pueblo mágico" is a great place for the sighting of the monarch butterfly. It has vast wooded areas that make up an ecological reserve of great relevance for the region's biodiversity. It is the point of arrival of the monarch butterfly after the extensive tour that develops from Canada and that appears in the period of august to october year after year. Also enjoyable in terms of ecotourism is the Monte Alto Ecological Reserve. It is located to the east of this "pueblo mágico" and is an area very valued by the fans to the hang glider in our country. The locals call the place as "water hill" and has numerous accesses both walking and by car.
Due to its morphological conditions, Valle de Bravo has several springs and streams that feed the Balsas river. For this reason, the water bodies have beautiful waterfalls like the known as "velo de novia" (Bride Veil), 35 meters high and "Rio de Molino" or "Avándaro" both perfect for excursions and camps.
The center of this "pueblo mágico", which was mostly built in the 16th century, has everything: historical and religious buildings, cobbled alleys, markets, squares and parks, as well as many places where you can eat. Visit the Centro Cultural Joaquín Arcadio Pagaza, Plaza Independencia, Los Portales, San Francisco de Asís parish and more, while enjoying a typical artisanal ice cream.
What has given popularity to this church that could seem like one more, is that inside is the Black Christ, one of the most revered by the people of the locality. The bust is on the main altar and they say it is very miraculous. Besides the beautiful exterior construction of the temple and the Black Christ, you will also find four huge Phillippa canvases made by an english artist.
A place where you can appreciate and purchase handcrafts from the locality, especially those coming from Guerrero, Jalisco, Michoacán and, of course, of Estado de México. Otumba pottery, colorful mazahuas fabrics, figures and even furniture made of wood and basketry are some of the things you will find. Ideal whether you are looking for a souvenir for yourself, a little gift to wear or just to admire these works of art.
TThe first buddhist Stupa in Mexico and the largest in the occidental, is 36 meters high, symbolizes the Buddha's illumination and therefore belongs to the 'chian chiub chorten' type. This monument is both a funerary monument, a representation of a dead body fused with a state of enlightenment and a sacred place of pilgrimage. They say that the Stupas have the power to remove obstacles, so be or not a Buddhist, you should visit it!
Spiritual center, built by barefoot carmelite religious. Outstands its modern architecture and elegant decoration.