The natural bounty that infuses every corner of the Riviera Nayarit allows for a great variety of adventure tours—perfect for adrenaline lovers who enjoy close contact with Mother Nature.
Before we go on, though, we’d like to point out there are plenty more tours that didn’t make the top 10 list but that are certainly worth a try, including a visit to the Orquideario Lo de Perla, the petroglyphs at Altavista, the thermal springs at Nuevo Ixtlán and the Jaguar Route through the Sierra de Vallejo.
10.- Birdwatching Routes
This one poses a dilemma: how to pick a birdwatching tour in a destination that boasts over 500 endemic, resident and migratory species? This is why we’d rather recommend a few guides who we trust implicitly. In San Blas, talk to Mark Stackhouse from Westwings and Fernando García from Safaris San Blas; and if you’re in the Bahía de Banderas and Compostela areas, contact Luis Morales from the San Pancho Bird Observatory.
9.- SUP & Snorkel Tours
These activities can be pursued in many of the beaches around the Riviera Nayarit, but we’d like to highlight Xplore México in Lo de Marcos, owned by SUP national pick Oliver Cruz, as it combines two of the top activities to enjoy on water. The tour takes you on a paddle to the reef just 800 meters from the coast at a depth of up to 3 meters, a habitat brimming with underwater life.
8.- ATV Tours
Prepare to rev up the motor on four-wheel-drive ATVs at Sayulita’s Rancho Mi Chaparrita and enjoy all the fun cooked up by the staff on each and every activity. This tour takes you through lookouts, jungles and more during a two-hour trip to Malpaso, a unique virgin beach north of Sayulita. You can also make the trip on horseback.
7.- Tour to Isla del Coral
There are several ways to get to Isla del Coral: one option is with Nayarit Adventures, a Nayarit-based company that offers tours to the top spots in the destination. Once on the island you can snorkel, scuba dive, SUP or simply chill out on the beach.
6.- Swim with the Whale Sharks
One of San Blas’ top attractions is the opportunity to swim with a Whale Shark, an enigmatic creature considered to be the largest fish in the world. These animals visit the Riviera Nayarit area during the summertime and they’re totally friendly. To ensure a seamless experience we recommend heading out with Ricardo Murillo’s Pipilas Team.
5.- Camping on Isla Isabel
The Isla Isabel Natural Protected Area offers visitors the chance to observe thousands of frigate birds and blue- and brown-footed boobies, snorkel with multicolored fish and coral, hike along its peaks or, best of all, the opportunity to camp out with your family. We recommend doing so with Paseos Turísticos Sartiaguín.
4.- 1km Zip Line
At Rancho la Montalbeña, just across from Higuera Blanca, this zip line is the longest of its kind in the destination. It’s 1 km long and part of the Vista Paraíso tour, which also has an 800-meter and a 900-meter line, among others, so you can enjoy spectacular views of Punta de Mita and the Islas Marietas.
3.- Sayulita Escape
Vallarta Adventures offers a bunch of different tours, making it hard to choose just one. However, their Sayulita Escape tour has become very popular recently as one of the destination’s best attractions. The magic of the Surf Capital, its many little shops and boutiques and its hippie-chic vibe make this tour an adventure, not to mention the included visit to Punta de Mita.
2.- La Tovara – Crocodile Farm
After a visit to the mythical Contaduría, where you can view relics from previous centuries and other bits of history, take a classic boat tour of La Tovara. You can leave from the bridge at the town center or from the Islitas’ beach, but try to make it all the way to the Crocodile Farm for a grand finale to the tour.
1.- Marine Safari
The Riviera Nayarit’s star tour is a visit to Playa Escondida at the Islas Marietas National Park. We recommend going in the wintertime, when you might be able to spot humpback whales on your way there. To enjoy this experience to the max we recommend booking with Punta Mita Expeditions as your best option—they offer luxurious personalized service that guarantees an unforgettable adventure.
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