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Take a Tour Through Vallarta's Protected Area and Support Estero el Salado

Fideicomiso Estero el Salado
April 23, 2014

The Estero el Salado Protected Natural Area (PNA)of Puerto Vallarta, comprises an area of 417 acres, of which approximately 334 acres are marshes and mangrove vegetation; the rest is made up of two medium-sized remnants of rain forest bordered by aquatic and subaquatic vegetation, prickly forest and secondary vegetation.

On July 27, 2000, the government of the State of Jalisco enacted legislation placing the location as a Protected Natural Area under the category of Ecological Conservation Zone (ECZ). The Estero el Salado has a scientific council composed of nationally and internationally renowned specialists in various conservation fields.

Its connection to the ocean is permanent, through a channel almost 20 meters wide, 3 meters deep, and 2 miles long, which flows into the ocean. Its fresh and sea waters make it an ideal place for the development of many species of flora and fauna in extremely healthy conditions.

So far it has a register of more than 100 bird species, grouped into 23 families, of both aquatic and terrestrial habits. Over 29 amphibians, reptiles and mammals have been spotted as well. Among the reptiles are the green iguana, garrobo iguana and river crocodile. Among the mammals which have been observed in the mangrove are raccoons and opossums. There are abundant populations of fiddler and stone or Morrocan crabs in the marshes and mangroves. The estuary is home to a large number of specimens of flora and fauna considered to be in categories established as protected by SEMARNAT.

Get acquainted with and enjoy this beautiful natural area with tours through the estuary.

The tours are led by a biologist, traveling about one kilometer on the vessel named “La Aventurera,” from which visitors will be able to observe the great diversity of wildlife, the 3 species of mangrove and their main features. You can also climb the watch tower, from which you can look out over all the Protected Natural Area.

The Fideicomiso Estero el Salado established this adventure into our protected areas as a project designed to raise awareness and ensure that participants recognize the conservation works that benefit the entire population of the Bay of Banderas.

Tours are conducted Monday through Saturday.

There are four tours daily at 9:00 am, 11:00 am., 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Duration of the tour is 2 hours.

You'll see our entrance on Francisco Medina Ascencio Boulevard across from the Naval Hospital.

Recommendations: Wear comfortable clothes, shoes and a hat, and bring biodegradable insect repellent, a water bottle, and a camera or video camera.

For more information and reservations telephone Oralia Martinez at (322) 226-2878 or email reservas@esterodelsalado.org.

Read related: Take a Boat Trip in Vallarta's Protected Areas

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