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With social distancing becoming the norm around the world, the concept of vacationing outdoors makes more sense than ever. And travelers don’t need to give up creature comforts when they opt for a glamping trip in Mexico.
A decidedly 21st-century term, “glamping” puts a glamorous spin on the camping experience, with extra amenities and services to assure that travelers are always well cared for. Several destinations around Mexico offer interesting options.
The Mexican state of Baja California Sur, for example, is an especially rewarding place for glamping fans. In Los Cabos, Montage Los Cabos recently launched Montage Expeditions, which arranges luxurious camping experiences at the Dos Arroyos campsite, not far from the hotel. There, guests can choose from several outdoorsy activities, including paintball, archery and ax throwing.
Near the city of La Paz, travelers will find multiple options at Rancho Cacachilas, a nearly 35,000-acre complex that includes private working ranches, an adventure resort and a wilderness camp. Guests can choose from multiple glamping sites and enjoy activities including mountain biking, hiking and running. Among the accommodation options is Rancho Chivato, where amenities include a community room with Wi-Fi access, a fireplace, a small library, an indoor and outdoor kitchen and a small swimming pool with views of the Sea of Cortez. Chivato’s safari tents have either a single or queen-size bed as well as indoor and outdoor seating and battery-operated lighting.
Travelers looking to include glamping as part of a larger tour program might want to consider booking with Boundless Journeys, a tour company that’s offering a 2021 trip called Baja Sierras & Sea of Cortez Safari, which includes visits to multiple biodiverse areas in Baja California Sur. Accommodations include a stay at Camp Cecil de la Sierra, a luxury tented camp with just four tents in the Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve. The camp has an on-site library, reading area and yoga space, and guests can savor meals cooked on a wood-fired stove. The itinerary also includes a visit to Espirito Santo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where guests check into Camp Cecil de la Isla, a beach camp that features a daily happy hour.
Glamping Elsewhere in MexicoMexico’s gulf coast state of Veracruz, a long-time favorite for true adventure travelers, is another ideal place to sleep amid the beauty of the great outdoors. Among the options is Picocanoa Rodavento, a camp set on the banks of the Pescados River near the town of Jalcomulco. Designed for travelers looking to make the most of the state’s many adventure activities, the property describes itself as an eco-adventure lodge, with easy access to activities such as whitewater rafting, mountain biking, rappelling and ziplining, to name a few.
Picocanoa Rodavento has an extensive array of on-site features, including an outdoor swimming pool, a bar, a restaurant, a lounge and a temazcal sweat lodge, spa and mediation zone. Guests can opt to sleep in one of 11 Safari Suites, which feature either one king-size bed or two double beds, a bathroom and an outdoor shower. The property offers a variety of packages that focus on various niches, including adventure programs that feature rafting, canyoning, wall climbing and cycling. Couples, meanwhile, might consider the romance packages, which include a romantic private dinner, holistic massage and either rafting or canyoning. Or, those interested in self-care might prefer the wellness package, which features a yoga class, meditation and a wellness relaxation ritual with foot exfoliation, holistic massage, a temascal experience and mud therapy.
Travelers headed to Mexico’s Caribbean coast will find multiple options in and around the popular beachfront town of Tulum. Nativus Tulum, which is described as a sustainable glamping community, is located fewer than 3 miles from Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. Tents at Nativus are furnished with king-size beds, full bathrooms and open-air showers. The property also has a private dock and a cenote with kayaks, paddleboards and snorkeling gear provided.
Also in Tulum is Harmony Glamping & Boutique Hotel, which sits on the grounds of the Green Beat Organic Permaculture Farm. Each of the hotel’s tents is decorated differently and outfitted with a queen-size bed, a fan, an outdoor veranda and a table, with a shared bathroom divided into men’s and women’s sections. Guided tours of the farm, stand-up paddleboard yoga and jungle cycling are just a few of the options.