might enjoy a flight aboard the Sauza Tequilacopter, a helicopter
ride that links Guadalajara with the town. Or, for a slower pace,
planners can opt for a group boat ride on Lake Chapala, the largest
lake in Mexico, which lies just outside the metropolitan area.
Set against a dramatic mountainous backdrop, this industrial and
business powerhouse is a gateway to a variety of outdoor group
activities. DMCs like Best Day offer excursions that include a kayak
tour at the Boca Dam, where postcard-perfect views of the Sierra
Madre Oriental Mountains assure that attendees will make good
use of their cameras.
Anyone who enjoys having their breath taken away might enjoy
the company’s Tornado Flight Tour, during which participants
experience the sensation of free falling for 2.5 minutes in a vertical
Also on the adventurous side, groups can attempt what is billed
as the highest bungee jump in Mexico, which allows brave souls
to plunge the equivalent of 30 stories in Cola de Caballo park. A
company called IBO Adventures offers the bungee experience, as
well as smaller-scale mobile bungee jumps that can be set up in
various locations. It also offers calmer hot-air balloon rides and
rock climbing for groups.
Puebla’s historic and cultural treasures are renowned. But it’s
also a surprisingly good place for fast-paced excitement. Best Day
offers group visits to Xtremo, an amusement park in Atlixco, where
participants can drive electric go-karts, ride ziplines and enjoy a
Take Center Stage
Mexico’s interior is dotted with some of the nation’s largest meeting and convention facilities. From the massive and multiple convention centers of Mexico City, Guadalajara
and Monterrey to smaller-scale options in other destinations, these
venues are built for business.
➜ In Mexico City, Centro CitiBanamex (www.centrocitibanamex.
com/en) has more than 365,000 square feet of convention
and exhibit space, while the World Trade Center offers
65,000 square feet and Expo Bancomer Santa Fe (www.
exposantafe.com.mx) has more than 100,000 square feet.
➜ Guadalajara is home to what’s billed as the largest convention center in Mexico and Latin America: Expo Guadalajara
( www.expo-guadalajara.com), which has more than 1.2 million square feet of meeting and event space. Other options
include the Telmex Auditorium ( www.auditorio-telmex.com),
which accommodates 11,500 people, and the 1,000-person
Mundo Cuervo ( www.mundocuervo.com), operated by the
makers of Mexico’s largest tequila producer.
➜ In Monterrey, two major facilities—CINTERMEX ( www.cin
termex.com.mx/cintermexweb) and Centro CONVEX (https://
convex.com.mx)—offer more than 100,000 square feet of
meeting and event space.
➜ The newest meeting and convention facility in Puebla is Expo
Center Puebla, which offers more than 430,000 square feet
of space; the venue complements the 15,409-square-foot
Puebla Convention Center ( www.convenciones-puebla.com.mx)
and the University Cultural Complex ( www.buap.mx), which
accommodates up to 3,494 people.
➜ In Guanajuato, choices include the Poliforum Leon Convention
and Exhibition Center ( http://poliforumleon.com), which has
more than 100,000 square feet of space in the city of Leon;
La Casona del Leon ( www.lacasonadelleon.com), which offers
more than 32,000 square feet of space in San Miguel de
Allende; and Inforum Irapuato ( www.inforumirapuato.com), with
more than 100,000 square feet of space.
XTREMO ZIPLINING, ATLIXCO
LAKE CHAPALA, MICHOACAN