Copper Canyon, Chihuahua
Fly Into: Chihuahua City (255 miles away)
Why Go: This canyon one-ups the Grand Canyon
For the adventurous, Copper Canyon is Mexico's answer to the Grand Canyon, only bigger. These green-hued walls are longer and deeper than the grand walls in neighboring Arizona and have plenty of stunning waterfalls, hot springs, lakes, caves, and rock formations to explore. If you arrange an excursion to the bottom of the canyon with a Tarahumara guide, you'll see a remote village of the native Tarahumara people, who are known for their long-distance-running and basketry skills. To get to the canyon, it's a six-hour trip on the popular El Chepe train from Chihuahua City.
If You Go: Hike, mountain bike, or go horseback riding with a local guide. Copper Canyon Adventure Park, which opened in 2010, has a scenic gondola over an abyss and seven zip lines connected with two sky-high suspension bridges.