Mexico Is Safer than You Think

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In December, at the Cancún climate talks, Mexican president Felipe Calderón declared that “Mexico must become a champion of adventure travel,” promising new investments in the industry. Does that mean we'd rush off to Mazatlán, Acapulco, Monterrey, or any border town? No. But adventure-rich regions such as Veracruz, Chiapas, and Oaxaca are safe—and extremely affordable. At the far southern end of Chiapas sits a network of sustainable coffee-growing fincas (estates) connected by mountain-bike-friendly dirt roads. On a four-to-ten-day trip based out of the plush Argovia Finca resort, take horseback rides through the jungle, keep your eyes peeled for hundreds of bird species, ride between fincas, and get your java fix. From $850; year-round; In Veracruz, post up at Mexico Verde's resort, a safari-style tent camp, for a three-day multisport trip: float the Class III–IV Pescados River and the Class III Filobobus. In between, try the lodge's climbing wall. $550; the rapids are best between June and October;

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