Swimming High In La Laguna Del Sol

Swimming High In La Laguna Del Sol

Antonio Argüelles is a double member of the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming with several running marathons and Ironman triathlons thrown in for good measure. He talks about the numerous scenic and challenging open water swimming training locations in his native Mexico – and three special ones:

The crater at the Nevado de Toluca is known as La Laguna del Sol. It is an extreme swim, usually done by Mexican swimmers before heading to England for the English Channel.

The lake, located about 80K west of Mexico City, is 4,200 meters above sea level. We usually train when the water temperature is around 10°C for 15 and 30 minutes. (shown above).

Another swim is in Cancún to Isla Mujeres which is about 10K, located on the east coast of Mexico in the Caribbean Sea. This swim is casual when you swim from mainland to the island, but moderate when you do it the other way around due to the currents. The water temperature is around 28°C. The Caribbean Sea offers colorful sightseeing.

A third swim is from La Paz to Isla Espíritu Santo which is roughly 40K. Isla Espíritu Santo is an island in the Gulf of California, off of the west coast of Mexico in the state of Baja California Sur. It is the 12th-largest island in Mexico and is protected by the United Nations as a biosphere. Depending of the time of the year, the water is between 19°-21°C in winter and 28°-30°C in summer with possibilities of encountering marine life, especially sea lions and jellyfish
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