Mexico Photos: Outdoor Adventures

 
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Go south, amigo, where you'll find adventure by the sombrero-full: volcanoes to dwarf Hood and St. Helens, a canyon to swallow even the Grand Canyon, and an ancient empire that would make Caesar proud.  
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The crystalline waters off Baja's southern coastline chant a bewitching siren-call to paddlers the world over. Thread your vessel, supplies, and good self amongst crenellated islands replete with wildlife, playas, and unspoiled campsites.  
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Whether you're after a low-key Pacific surf spot, a sleepy mountain hideaway, or the perfect backwater beach, discover the Mexico that's tourist-free and packed with adventure hideaways.  
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Mexico's triumvirate of conical volcanoes—Popocatepetl (17,887 feet), Ixtaccihuatl (17,343 feet), and Orizaba (18,850-foot)—recently became a duo after Popo reawakened. Regardless, these fickle, lava-bellied behemoths give a full-on examination of the hardiest climber's skills.  
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The epicenter of ancient, powerful civilizations, the legacy of the Mayan empire is both blood-chillingly intense and astounding in its mercurial complexity. Follow the Ruta Maya along the Yucatán spine.  
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The empty, sere scrub of Baja's northern desert is as far removed from the Tijuana tack as one could hope. Drive, hike, kayak, camp, and explore in a wild world free from the resort-bound hordes.  
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In remote Zapatista country, the good people of Chiapas engage in an annual rite to upend the world. Men become women. Night becomes day. And a pilgrim in a rental car is barreling toward them.  
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Five great dive spots, including world-renown Isla Cozumel, spliced along the needle-like Yucatán. Here, the diving and local scenes do their damndest to resist mainstream-—and aquatic-—overdevelopment.  
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