Rich culture, outshining natural beauty, a popular gastronomy scene and host of activities, means Puerto Vallarta, in the state of Jalisco, and Riviera Nayarit, in the state of Nayarit, have become two much-loved destinations. Despite their popularity, there are still many amazing offbeat spots to discover – see 6 of them here!
Explore Authentic Tuito
Buried in the mountains, about 45 minutes from Puerto Vallarta, is El Tuito. Cobbled streets, yellow and orange mudbrick houses and time-worn petroglyphs give this little town immense character. The main square is surrounded by gardens, restaurants, cafés and artisan shops.
Find Serenity in Yelapa
In a beautiful natural cove at the foot of the majestic Sierra Madre mountains, surrounded by jungle, nature and the Pacific Ocean, is the small community of Yelapa. The tranquility and privacy make Yelapa the perfect place for artists and writers. It’s even completely free of any roads! The only way to reach the town is by water taxi, a 40 minute trip from Puerto Vallarta.
Discover the Charms of San Sebastián
Nestled deep within the hills of the Sierra Madre mountain range, the historic Mexican town of San Sebastián del Oeste dates back to 1605! It’s one of the few places in Mexico to conserve the charm of colonial architecture. You can admire all sort of wonderful views including of Cerro de La Bufa and Banderas Bay. And watching the sun set above the mountains in tranquility is one of the best things to do here!
Visit Local Lo De Perla
A 3 hour guided tour takes you through the rainforest and Lo de Perla orchidarium, an amazing scene for wildlife lovers and those seeking a connection with nature. It’s a truly unique experience where you’ll encounter a marvelous diversity of colourful butterflies, orchids, mammals, reptiles, birds and insects. The tour is a perfect day out for the whole family!
Take a Scenic Drive to Offbeat Punta El Custodio
An hour and a half drive through popular seaside towns will have you enjoying isolated beaches, creative artisans and pristine nature in Punta El Custodio. Visit Platanitos Beach, a traditional fishing village and enjoy the delicious seafood dishes in thatched-roof huts lining the seashore. Don’t miss the “Hummingbird Garden”, a sanctuary with more than 130 species, for a truly off the beaten path experience.
Marvel at the Sacred Tatei Haramara Islet
The sacred White Rock, Tatei Haramara, is an important sight located across from Playa del Rey in San Blas. For the Wixárika people, it’s the physical manifestation of the goddess Haramara and the first solid object to appear in this world. According to Huichol legend, Tatei Haramara is the origin of all life. It’s one of the most sacred spots for the Huichol, the Cora and the Mexicanero people!
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