Valle de Bravo, Mexico

This charming colonial-era village outside of Mexico City is the site of the stunning Casa Bravo. Set on the shore of Lago Avándaro, this hacienda boasts sprawling indoor and outdoor living spaces, and luxurious bedrooms for up to 18 guests. Relax by the private heated pool during the day and gather around the outdoor fireplace in the evenings.

Kayak, fish, or water ski from your private dock—a variety of non-motorized watersports equipment is included with the home. Upon your return, enjoy drinks around the outdoor bar. Your private chef will ensure you are well fed throughout your stay.

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An Idyllic 16th-Century Village

Valle de Bravo is considered one of Mexico’s pueblo mágicos (magic towns). There certainly seems to be a bit of magic in the air, from the pine and fir forests carpeting the surrounding hills to the gleaming Lago Avándaro, a hub for recreation. This is where Mexico City’s elite come to play. Leave time for an unhurried stroll along cobbled streets to the town plaza, where centuries-old buildings (each crowned with a terra-cotta roof) now play host to buzzy bars, cafes, and boutiques. Though it’s been likened to vacation hotspots like Switzerland and Lake Como, Valle de Bravo offers a quintessential Mexican countryside experience entirely its own.

Quick Facts

  • Suggested Airport
    Mexico City International Airport (MEX)
  • Time Zone
    Central Time Zone UTC-06:00
  • Language
  • Currency
    Mexican Peso
  • Converter
    Voltage is the same as the U.S., but pack a plug adapter for differently shaped outlets

Fresh Things to Do

Featured Activity

  • Lago Avándaro

    Also known as Valle de Bravo Reservoir (because the man-made lake helps supply water to Mexico City), Lago Avándaro is the main draw in Valle. Enjoy all manner of aquatic recreation here, including sailing, kayaking, boating, and waterskiing. Cast a line into the water in search of catfish, mojarro, and carp. Even land-based activities revolve around the lake — hike or mountain bike through the neighboring forested hills to reach a scenic lookout over the lake, or go where the wind takes you on a paragliding or hang-gliding excursion to catch a bird’s-eye view.

    The lake hasn’t always been here. It sprung up in 1947, after a newly built dam flooded existing farmland in the valley. Today, the beauty and tranquility of Lago Avándaro has thrust Valle de Bravo into the spotlight as a popular vacation spot for residents of Mexico City; still, it may be one of the country’s best-kept secrets when it comes to international tourism.

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Travel Tips


  • Forecasting Your Valle de Bravo Vacation

    April and May are the hottest months, but cool lake breezes keep Valle from ever getting too steamy. It stays fairly temperate year-round, no matter when you visit, with January being the coolest month. Summer (June–September) is the rainy season in Valle, so be sure to bring an umbrella if you visit then. November through April is generally dry and sunny. Overnight temps can occasionally dip into the 40s, so pack a jacket and warmer clothes if you’re visiting in the winter.


Map of Valle de Bravo, Mexico

Google Maps satellite images are not always up-to-date, especially in non-U.S. destinations. Some Inspirato accommodations are located in developments built after images were last updated. Our pin placements represent our best location estimates, but actual locations may vary.

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