Riviera Nayarit… These two words bring to mind an exotic getaway, a glittering destination that offers luxury, sun and sand, a fine hotel infrastructure, and the diversity of its 23 coastal villages… It’s a place where boredom is unheard of.
Once visitors arrive at Mexico’s Pacific Treasure, they will discover not only a rich culture, but also incredible land and sea adventures.
Below we’ve listed some of the most important land activities in the destination along with an explanation. These include everything from golfing on any of the seven courses created by renowned designers to adventure tourism that will get the adrenaline going with activities such as ATV motorcycle tours, zipline adventures, mountain bike excursions, 4X4 jungle tours, birdwatching and more.
Few activities compare with the luxury of practicing your swing on one of the Riviera Nayarit’s impressive golf courses. The destination has positioned itself as one of the best golf destinations in Mexico. The key to its success lies in the combination of its magnificent scenery of mountains, tropical jungle and beach, with the designs by famous names including Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Jim Lipe, Robert Von Hagge & Baril and Percy Clifford.
Even though San Pancho and San Blas are the very best spots for birdwatchers, the Riviera Nayarit in its entirety has excellent conditions for viewing birds thanks to its location on the western migratory route for the flocks that travel from North America to the South. The fact that in this coastal corridor one can observe approximately 546 species between the coastal plains and the mountains—428 of which are endemic and the rest migratory—makes the Birdwatching segment one of the tourism niches with the most potential in the region.
Every day the so-called “sport of kings” gains more followers in the region. La Patrona Polo & Equestrian Club, located in the town of San Pancho, Nayarit, is a standout, offering a complete competition program between November and May. The club is affiliated with and sponsored by the Mexican Polo Federation and meets the conditions to be a part of the international circuit.
4. Coffee Route - Compostela and Xalisco
The municipalities of Compostela and Xalisco are a must for coffee lovers. According to the experts, this is where the best coffee is produced. Some of the brands of this aromatic bean produced in the region are already recognized nationwide while others are being sold in the United States and even as far as Europe. The so-called Coffee Route includes several communities in the municipality of Compostela, where the product is harvested. The tour departs from the municipal seat of Compostela through Vizcarra, Jaltepec, Tepiqueños, Cumbres de Huicicila, Jalizal, Pajaritos, Mezcales and El Molote and ends in Mesillas, generating valuable income for these communities.
5. Hot Springs at Nuevo Ixtlán
The hot springs are about 2 km / 1.2 mi from the town of Nuevo Ixtlán in the municipality of Compostela. Nuevo Ixtlán Las Cañadas is a very charming, rustic place, with 31 pools strategically located under huge capomo trees that keep everything shaded and relaxed. The caretakers are a group of shareholders of the land, members of the Ejido Las Cañadas, and they handle the eco-tourism activities to help out their families.
A healthy body is a happy body. Hiking is a great budget-friendly way to increase your level of activity and reap a ton of health benefits. Few destinations compare with the beauty of the Riviera Nayarit, and by hiking visitors can discover many spectacular areas that would otherwise be unreachable. There are different companies in the area that offer this service; some hike up the mountains and others take visitors on tours to the archaeological ruins, where they can discover not only the flora and fauna but also the history, the different lifestyles and the rich culture of the people of Nayarit.
See the beauty of the mountains up close and personal by ziplining through the jungle canopy—it’s an unforgettable experience for those who love nature and adventure. During their “flight” the visitors will enjoy the immensity of the natural scenery of the Riviera Nayarit. Of course, travelers will need to engage a tour at one of the local specialized eco-tourism ranches.
8. Mountain Biking
This sport can be practiced with one of the many clubs that organize pack rides or with the adventurers who head to the hills to ride the nearby mountains. There are guides who are familiar with the many routes where mountain bikers can safely enjoy their ride.
9. ATV Tours
Head down jungle paths, cross rivers and splatter some mud at high speed as you travers the farmland and countryside in this mix of wild and “dirty” fun. There are many ATV tours available in the Riviera Nayarit, including one that includes ziplining and another where the ATVs are amphibious vehicles, which takes the entire experience to another level.
10. 4x4 Adventure
Nothing boring here! In the Riviera Nayarit the visitor can indulge in an all-terrain adventure and explore the trails in the Sierra Madre, guided by experts in a 4x4 jeep, fording rivers and visiting ancient and traditional towns. They will see how local families live and how they grow and cultivate their own food—it’s an educational and inspiring trip through the surrounding natural habitat filled with a variety of wildlife, flora and tropical vegetation.
For more details on these and other activities visit Riviera Nayarit.
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