Valle de Bravo is one of the premier paragliding locations in North America. It’s known for big air and amazing XC flying conditions. December and January is the peak season, though good flying can be had here year-round. The Monarca tournament in the middle of January attracts some of the best pilots in the world. I stayed here for over a month, and had many fun and memorable flights!
I had been wanting to visit Querétaro for a while, and being that it’s only a short trip from Valle, it seemed like a worthwhile detour. Querétaro has a beautiful, colonial downtown with loads of great cafes, restaurants, and bars. There are 18th century aqueducts that are still standing in the city that are really impressive.
I made another short detour to San Miguel de Allende, one of the many Pueblos Mágicos in Mexico. It is a safe and beautiful town with some striking 18th century Spanish colonial architecture. The most notable is the gorgeous La Parroquia church in the center of the town. It is so massive in comparison to the other buildings in the area that it seems out of place. There are tons of attractions in this small town, and there is a fair amount of expats and retirees that live here. After spending two days exploring the city I had had my fill, and was ready to get back to Valle and back into the air.