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Sayulita: Canopy Tours & Zip-line Adventure

1. Sayulita: Canopy Tours & Zip-line Adventure

Just 5 minutes away from the center of Sayulita, find yourself immersed in a 19-acre ranch surrounded by jungle. The ranch is 100% local and sustainable and once you get here, be greeted by the welcoming staff for a safety briefing on how to have the best time on the zip-lines.  Be equipped with a helmet, gloves, a harness and all the equipment you will need to enjoy this activity with the utmost safety. Glide down 13 zip-lines, 2 of which are doubles, and 4 suspension bridges, with a total distance of two kilometers reaching heights up to 125 meters above sea level.  Enjoy the incredible view of the beaches of Sayulita and its surroundings. After the tour, enjoy a tequila tasting and time to relax by the pool. Have the option to stay and relax or you can be taken back to your hotel as soon as the activity ends.

From Puerto Vallarta: San Pancho and Sayulita

2. From Puerto Vallarta: San Pancho and Sayulita

Get picked up at your hotel in Puerto Vallarta, and set off on the 1-hour drive to San Pancho, your first stop. When you arrive, have the opportunity to admire the Huichol crafts by the streets, see the beautiful beaches, and walk around the little beach town at your own pace. Next, head a few minutes along the coast to Sayulita,  a little picturesque surfer town loved by travelers and locals. Here, enjoy your favorite drink at the beach while you look at the surfers and soak up the sun. Use a buggy board to unlock your adventurous side and take on the waves. Also, have some free time to walk around the place and shop for handicraft souvenirs made by local artisans.  Before heading back to Puerto Vallarta, enjoy a delicious lunch in a local restaurant. At checkout, you will have the option to include lunch in your ticket price.

Punta de Mita/Sayulita: Horseback Riding Tour

3. Punta de Mita/Sayulita: Horseback Riding Tour

Discover the natural landscapes around the Mexican countryside on this guided tour on horseback. Ride along beaches and through jungles, and discover charming towns like Higuera Blanca. Arrive at the beautiful ranch full of different animals like donkeys, ponies, macaws, roosters, water buffalo, deers, turkeys, and peacocks. Listen to a quick safety briefing before you meet your horse and get saddled up. Riding your horse, explore a typical Mexican Town. Go through the jungle and arrive at a breathtaking beach of Litibu where you will have the option to gallop. After the tour, enjoy a tequila tasting, and feel free to purchase lunch at a delicious Mexican restaurant. Finally, take a picture with the majestic "Soruyo", a bull that weighs over 1 ton before heading home.

Sayulita/Punta Mita: Zip Lines with Ocean View

4. Sayulita/Punta Mita: Zip Lines with Ocean View

Delight in the most magnificent views of all the canopy tours in the Puerto Vallarta region. See from the Pacific Ocean to the rainforest natural reserve in Punta de Mita as you embark on an impressive canopy tour involving 10 lines and a suspended bridge on the mountains of Higuera Blanca, Nayarit. The facilities have been built to the maximum safety standards, using two ropes in each zip line to guarantee your safety during the canopy tour. The professional guides will provide you with all the necessary equipment for the tour: waist to thigh harness, helmet, and gloves. Don’t be surprised if among the foliage you spot wild boars, deer, and even beautiful macaws — which the locals call guacamayas. Round off your thrilling adventure with a traditional tequila tasting. Pickup and drop-off from 6 pickup points in the region are included.

From Vallarta: Marietas Islands Snorkel Cruise

5. From Vallarta: Marietas Islands Snorkel Cruise

Board your catamaran and ride out to the magnificent Islas Marietas National Park on a top-of-the-line catamaran. Explore the rocky caverns and archways by kayak or paddleboard. Get up close and personal with the many natural wonders of the Marieta Islands. Snorkel or scuba dive and see the rich marine life below the surface. Look for giant manta rays, sea turtles, and abundant multi-colored fish. Make use of complimentary snorkeling equipment, paddleboards, and kayaks. Sail to Majahuitas Beach. Swim and sunbathe at this white sand beach. Experience one of the most beautiful and secluded beaches along Mexico's Pacific coast.  Soak up the sun and relax on board a comfortable catamaran. Sip a drink from the open bar. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast. In the afternoon, you can sit down for a deli-style lunch. Your knowledgable onboard tour guides will see to it that you have a comfortable and safe journey. This Islas Marietas National Park eco discovery tour is a sea excursion designed to explore the ocean and wildlife around the Marieta Islands with various water activities. The Hidden Beach is not visited on this tour.

Double or Single Rider ATV Jungle Tour

6. Double or Single Rider ATV Jungle Tour

Experience the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains on a premium all-terrain vehicle (ATV). Your guide will take you on an unforgettable adventure, as you go through winding, sloping and upward routes. Nobody knows these majestic mountains like your guides do, and your experienced, bilingual tour guides are ready to show you the rich flora and fauna found here, at Riviera Nayarit. Relax in the hammock zone, refresh yourself in the swimming pool, and enjoy delicious dishes in a restaurant at the end of the tour.

From Puerto Vallarta: Jungle Mountain Bike Tour

7. From Puerto Vallarta: Jungle Mountain Bike Tour

Discover the best mountain biking trails of the Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range on a tour from Puerto Vallarta. Meet your guide at your chosen meeting point in the city and travel to the ranch where dry and semi-dry forests and pastures await you. Ride through the trails of the mountainous forest and discover breathtaking views of the Riviera Nayarit as you get in touch with nature. After your tour, relax in the ranch's hammock area or cool off with a dip in the pool before heading back to Puerto Vallarta.

Sayulita Beach: 6-Hour Trip from Puerto Vallarta

8. Sayulita Beach: 6-Hour Trip from Puerto Vallarta

Sightsee the beautiful beach town of Sayulita international surf paradise, home of many artists, beach lovers, and general fun-havers. Sayulita’s consistent waves, warm waters, stunning scenery, and village-like charm make for the best surf experience in Mexico. One hour from Puerto Vallarta, you can find a party mood, good vibe, and relaxed place in the streets of Nayarit hidden heaven. Visit the local restaurants, art galleries, craft markets, and astonishing beaches. Head over where waves are calm and the sand is soft, La Playa de los Muertos. You only need to walk through a colorful graveyard, where the ancestors of locals are remembered with respect and love. Nothing to be afraid of. Finally, take home a souvenir to share with your Friends: An exquisite Mexican Tequila!

From Puerto Vallarta: 2-Hour Guided Sierra Vallejo Hike

9. From Puerto Vallarta: 2-Hour Guided Sierra Vallejo Hike

Slow down and step out of your daily routine to discover tranquil, yet majestic areas often only accessible by foot on a hike in Sierra Vallejo.  Get picked up and be ready to spend some time outdoors and see stunning panoramic views of the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains. Hear about their unique features as you take an easy hike through Sierra Vallejo. Explore the region with expert guides. Learn about the flora and fauna of the area while enjoying scenic nature trails and finding secret spots along the way.

Sayulita and San Pancho Day Trip

10. Sayulita and San Pancho Day Trip

Make a quick stop to try exotic fruits & local sweets On the way to San Pancho, your day of exploration and discovery begins with a stop at a colorful roadside stand where we will taste exotic fruits and local sweets. Your guide will share the history behind some of those traditional sweets and their origin. It will be an excellent opportunity to take a piece or two for the road. Taste Mexican street food in San Pancho We continue to San Pancho to meet the staff of Su Pancha Madre, a very cool food truck dedicated to one of the most iconic dishes of Mexican street food, sopes. They welcome us with a mouthwatering sope prepared at the moment, in a gourmet way. Enjoy its great flavor and colorful presentation. After a short break, walk through the surrounding streets to the main avenue of San Pancho, where we will have half an hour to admire its murals and leisurely stroll through the galleries and shops. Tuesdays in San Pancho have added value because they are market days, the perfect opportunity to browse through hundreds of products made by hand by local artists. Approaching the center of San Pancho, we stop at Las Iguanas. At this classic plaza food stall, we'll savor a delicious and fulfilling quesadilla made with a blue corn tortilla. Try pulque, a pre-Hispanic alcoholic beverage Continue your exploration of San Pancho, walking through the alleys of the city to El Gallo, a pulqueria with a beach atmosphere. Try two types of pulques, one white and one cured, and find out why this legendary drink is back and more fashionable than ever. During your tasting, learn about the history of pulque. This pre-Hispanic beverage made from the lightly fermented sap of the agave is closely intertwined with the history of Mexico and a fundamental part of our cultural heritage. El Gallo is also a liquor and wine store. This would be your opportunity to take home a good bottle of mezcal, raicilla or wines from Valle de Guadalupe, one of the most prolific winery regions of Mexico. Visit a community center and learn about their philosophy Before leaving, we will make a quick visit to Entre Amigos, a community center rooted in the mission of giving the children and families of San Pancho the skills necessary to contribute and positively impact their communities. Enjoy Sayulita's shops, boutiques and galleries After a morning in San Pancho, we headed to Sayulita. Upon arrival, you will have free time to explore and soak up the atmosphere of the streets and visit boutiques and art shops. The multi-ethnicity of this charismatic town is present in its handicrafts, bars, restaurants and stalls selling jewelry, handmade garments and swimsuits. Walk down Sayulita's most iconic street as you delight in the beautiful art and galleries. This tour of Sayulita and San Pancho is a fun and charming day out, perfect to enjoy with friends or make new ones!

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What people are saying about Riviera Nayarit

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 84 reviews

Absolutely amazing experience! Alfredo and Alex were our guides and they were very helpful and funny. The pictures and video Alex provided were out of this world. It summed up our experience well. Lunch was cooked by Juan and it was delicious. The ranch was spacious and clean. Highly recommend for families. Our boys were 8 and 11 years old and absolutely loved it!

Best adventure ever!! The tour guides were amazing!! Alexis, Andy, Antonio were so funny , kind and helpful! Definitely recommend it!

Mario was an excellent guide and we thoroughly enjoyed exploring San Pancho and Sayulita. Highly recommend this trip. Thank you!

Fantastic experience! Great group of guides and the tequila tasting and education was awesome!

Tomas was an excellent tour guide very educated and we loved the trip ..so much history