Beautiful beaches, archaeological zones, ecotourism and adventure, indigenous peoples with a diversity of languages and dialects, one of the countries that has the most sites considered as World Heritage Sites. Yes, Mexico has it all. And when we say everything, we also include the glamping: it is a way of doing tourism that combines the words “glamor” and “camping”, a new lodging trend that is oriented towards sustainable tourism.
The Glamping means camping but with more luxurious accommodation and facilities than those offered by a traditional camping. You can have first-hand contact with the outdoors and nature, sleep under the stars, all without worrying about preparing the tent. All options include a good bed, bathroom, and the privacy you are looking for on vacation. In addition, in this time of pandemic, this is a good alternative because it is outdoors and allows you to distance yourself from the rest of the guests.
In this note we will discuss some of the best glamping destinations in Mexico and their main characteristics.
5 Amazing Glamping Options in Mexico
On the Glampinghub.com site there are 340 lodgings that appear under this modality in the month of June. As for the price (taking into account a stay in that month), according to Glampinghub it starts at 23 dollars a night and can reach 11,435! dollars a night.
Some of the Mexican destinations where you can live this experience we can mention Tulum, Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, the vicinity of Monterrey and Huasca de Ocampo. Below, find out what each location has to offer and the different alternatives to discover glamping in Mexico in each of them.
Located in Quintana Roo, Tulum is one of the destinations in Mexico where you can get in touch with nature enjoying views and dreamy landscapes such as crystal clear waters in the cenotes, lush trees of the Mayan jungle and a Mayan archaeological site on the seashore.
Tulum has 10 kilometers of white sand and turquoise waters that earned it the name of “Pueblo Mágico”. Unlike Cancun, it is not a destination for large all-inclusive resorts since its accommodations consist of small hotels that blend in with the jungle and can be both luxurious and rustic. Here is a varied offer to sleep in exclusive camps in the best glamping style.
Just four kilometers from the coastal strip are the downtown streets where you can find bars, art galleries, shops with hippie clothing and places that offer massages.
These are the best glamping spots in Tulum 👇
1. Harmony Glamping Tulum
This accommodation is located just 5 km from the beach, 4 km from the archaeological zone and a few minutes walk from the delicious restaurants and cafes of the town. Specifically, it is located within the “Green Beat” complex, an organic permaculture farm where they produce organic vegetables for restaurants, hotels and the local Tulum community.
At Harmony you will sleep in the middle of the jungle, in one of the 6 comfortable rooms with private bathroom and air conditioning (and some have a terrace) or in one of the furnished and waterproof tents, they include a queen-size bed with mosquito net, two screened windows, solid flooring, luxurious cotton sheets, and an outside space with table and chairs.
They also have luxury tents, all are waterproof and lockable, and are furnished with a queen-size bed with luxury cotton sheets and mosquito net, two screened windows, solid floor, Floor fan and outdoor railing with its own table. They all share a common outdoor bathroom, divided into sections for Men and Women, equipped with 4 showers, 4 toilets and a shared sink.
Each reservation includes Wi-Fi, organic personal hygiene items, drinking water and campfire areas. As additional services, they offer bicycle rental, massage, yoga (they have a yoga center in the middle of the organic farm), tours and workshops in the organic farm, a permaculture volunteer program on the farm and other tours (for example, Chichen Itzá, Isla Contoy-Isla Mujeres, Coba Pueblo Maya, Snorkel turtles and cenote, jungle bikes, Xel-Ha and Xcaret ).
Harmony is built using mainly environmentally friendly materials and eco-techniques. For example, they use the bio-climate so that the house stays cool and thus save on air conditioners and energy; gray and black waters are treated by bio-digesters and wetlands to be able to reuse them for underground irrigation of plants; They use organic fertilizers like compost and worm castings for plants, etc.
2. Nativus Glamping
The Glamping has its own private dock and natural cenote called Yaxchen. Guests can enjoy a starry night, go kayaking, use paddle boards and snorkel gear, or just swim. Nativus also offers bike rental, yoga, and sound healing sessions. But if you just want to go to the beach, you just have to cross the main avenue to be in front of the Caribbean Sea.
Glamping designed self-sustaining spaces built with natural materials that blend with the environment. Nativus has tents that offer guests all the modern comforts of a luxury camp. Each tent has a king size bed, a full private bathroom with an outdoor shower, and eco-friendly toilets. It also includes a fresh and healthy breakfast. Glamping reports that it complies with strict safety and disinfection protocols.
Less than three miles away from Nativus is the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO world heritage site that is home to numerous species of wildlife that live in wet marshes and deep blue lagoons.
This tourist city in Mexico is located on the Pacific coast of Mexico, northwest of Acapulco, in the state of Guerrero. It is known for its beautiful soft sand beaches and bay views and for having spectacular swimming spots. With a warm climate most of the year, the month you choose to travel will not be a problem.
In Ixtapa Zihuatanejo you can stay on the beach, rent a palapa and spend a relaxing day. If you prefer to walk, you can go downtown or visit the Archaeological Museum of the Costa Grande which preserves a great cultural heritage. The museum has six exhibition rooms in which different archaeological pieces and the history of how this place developed are appreciated. In the afternoon, you can walk along the bay and watch the sunset from a palapa or terrace of your accommodation, accompanied by good music and tasting your favorite dishes.
3. Playa Viva
Located 30 minutes north of Zihautanejo / Ixtapa, situated on a pristine private beach surrounded by lush green palm trees, this glamping in Mexico is presented as an environmentally conscious resort dedicated to sustainability and regenerative practices. Committed to nature and the development of the local community, they are part of volunteer programs and have a turtle sanctuary.
At Playa Viva you can choose between its 12 eco-friendly luxury rooms, each with a view of the beach, including its award-winning oceanfront treehouse. All rooms include transportation to and from Zihautanejo airport, 3 gourmet meals a day and chef-prepared snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, Morning yoga in front of the sea 6 days a week and Wi-Fi in common areas.
Each accommodation has its own characteristics. To give some examples, the Tree House, for 3 people and with ocean views, is equipped with a king bed, private bathroom and a small living room with a hammock on the floor. The four-bedroom Casita, for 12 people, is made up of a pair of two-bedroom suites. The suites share a large porch with a sofa and table. Deluxe Suite has a spacious room with ocean view, where there is a king bed and a trundle bed for two more people.
Regarding sustainable policies, it can be mentioned that in Playa Viva they use 100% solar energy, they take care of the land in a regenerative way and use smart measures to conserve water to guarantee minimum consumption and the replacement of the local aquifer with cleaner water, among others. Since 2013 they created a Regenerative Fund, it is a 2% fee included in the guests’ bill as a contribution to the environment and the Juluchuca community, of which Playa Viva is a part.
As activities you can visit the farm where they grow some of the food -including coconuts, mangoes, tamarinds, tomatoes, lettuce, etc.-, visit the sea turtle hatchling sanctuary and explore the diverse coastal ecosystem, attend yoga classes, get a massage on the beach, or take part in some of the excursions (they work with the locals to give guests first-hand contact with local communities ). Some examples of excursions are a Tour to the Sierra de la Montaña (visit to the house of a local family), release of baby sea turtles, snorkeling in a coral reef and visit to the bay and city of Zihuatanejo; among many others.
The capital of the state of Nuevo León, in northeastern Mexico, is one of the most important cities in the country for its industrial, technological and business development and for its interesting cultural, gastronomic and entertainment offer.
One of the tourist attractions of Monterrey is the Fundidora Park and Paseo Santa Lucía, inside it you can see iron and steel machines and tools, as well as imposing warehouses that contrast with its green and illuminated spaces. You can also navigate the canal that starts in the same park and enjoy illuminated fountains, bridges and tunnels, open-air restaurants and various murals by artists from Monterrey.
There is also the Macroplaza, a public space that concentrates most of the historical memory of the city: around it are the Metropolitan Cathedral of Monterrey, the Old Municipal Palace of Monterrey, the Museum of Mexican History and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Another point of interest is the Old Quarter, which stands out for its colorful houses, its bohemian atmosphere and the smell of goat on practically every corner. Here travelers and foodies find typical flavors and contemporary cuisine in their restaurants.
4. Hideout Monterrey
About 50 minutes from Monterrey – specifically in the Rancho Campiña Campestre Residencial, about 25 minutes from the Magic Town of Santiago, on the San Mateo-Monterrey highway – it opened at the end of 2020 Hideout Monterrey, the second bubble hotel in Mexico. Ideal for couples, it is defined as a “million star accommodation”, not only because of its transparent structure, but also because of the quality of the destination’s night sky. If you are looking for glamping options in Mexico, this will surely interest you a lot.
The Bubble Glamping, surrounded by mountains and vegetation, has five bubbles for 2 people installed on decks. They are heated with hot / cold air conditioning and have been designed to withstand difficult climates. They have a private outdoor jacuzzi, lounge chairs, swings and giant suspended nets so that guests can lie on them. The private bathroom with hot water is open-air and has Balinese-style wooden walls and floors. They also have a Sky Panorama (a glass glamping, not bubble).
In addition, they offer guests board games, gas grill, kitchen utensils and minibar. Telescope, portable sauna bath, glasses and cork opener and projector to watch movies can be requested from reception at no additional cost. There is Wi-Fi in the lobby and it also has a hammock area, events area and bonfire area.
The activities –some with additional cost and others free- offered by Hideout Monterrey are “Gotcha Tinaja TXT” (paintball, it is an intelligence and strategy game), 4 × 4 Quad Bike Ride and Kayak ride in the Chueca river, Cueva de los Murcielagos, Rancho Once Rodeo (to learn to ride a horse) and Cerro Agujereado. You can request a 4×4 ATV tour, with food and drink included; and kayaking. A short distance from the glamping is the Magic Town Santiago, while in the La Boca Dam there are boat tours.
Huasca de Ocampo
It is one of the three Magical Towns of Hidalgo that are hidden in the leafy corridor of the mountain, located a few kilometers from the city of Pachuca. It is ideal for a weekend in full contact with nature.
One of its attractions are the famous basaltic prisms : they are whimsical formations that can be appreciated from a zip line or on foot and see how they are bathed by small waterfalls. Those who like adventure, go to Barranca de Aguacatitla, where you can zip-line or practice canyoning (waterfall jumps).
Another place to visit is the center of Huasca, small but charming, where you can walk through its cobbled streets, feel the aroma of barbecue and freshly baked cakes and see different pieces of crafts.
To discover the mining past of Huasca de Ocampo you can sleep, eat or simply take a guided tour of the former San Miguel Regla and Santa María Regla farms.
The enchanted forests are another of the hallmarks of this destination. Inside the Barranca Honda hotel is the Museum of the Goblins. At night, the hotel offers a walk to a tree inhabited by the “spirits” of nature to make a wish.
5. Huasca Sierra Verde Hotel Glamping
It is an ecotourism hotel where you can enjoy tranquility and a natural landscape. It has different types of accommodation: cabin, glamping and rooms. The concept of this glamping in Mexico is given in a set of igloos, each one has 2 double beds, a sofa bed and a bathroom complete.
This establishment also has cabins, ideal for family stays, with capacity for up to 8 people. It has a separate room on the first floor and two double beds on the top floor with a top floor for children, as well as access to the terrace and 2 full bathrooms. Another type of accommodation that this place offers are rooms with different characteristics, for example the simple one is ideal for 2 people and has a double bed, TV and a complete bathroom; while Suite 6B is for families and has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, TV, a balcony and fireplace.
In Huasca Sierra Verde there is a restaurant where you can taste the regional gastronomy of Hidalgo, surrounded by nature, water and koi carp; It also has a bar.
One of the activities they propose is a mystical tour of the Magic Forest of the Goblins, in which the guests learn about the ways of life and customs of the goblins. Other attractions that it has are the sports courts, heated pools, temazcal (with additional cost), zip line, bicycles, slide, campfires, games and children’s cabins.
The establishment informs that they are taking preventive measures against Covid 19 (disinfected and sanitized rooms, antibacterial gel, clean public areas and use of protective equipment).
These five incredible glamping sites in Mexico are our recommendations so that you can get to know the country in a different way, connecting with its culture from a more sustainable point of view while enjoying nature in a different way.