ECOTOURISM IN NAYARIT
Ecotourism, Nature and Adventure in NAYARIT
Ecotourism activities in the Riviera Nayarit are consolidated as an option to the “sun and beach” product. The destination offers new market niches such as Alternative Tourism for those visitors who seek to enjoy nature safely and reliably.
In the region there are a wide variety of companies dedicated to Adventure Tourism, Ecotourism and Rural Tourism, which offer countless tours with outdoor activities such as hiking, canyoning, rappelling, and even gastronomic experiences of typical regional cuisine, thus enriching the tourist offer of the destination.
Map of Ecotourism in NAYARIT
Ecotourism in NAYARIT
One of the most amazing attractions in Riviera Nayarit is turtle releasing.
Turtle Release Program
Thousands of Olive Ridley Turtles who were born on the region’s beaches return every year to build nests and lay their egg. Turtle farms dedicated to the harvesting, hatching and releasing of baby sea turtles are a fascinating interactive attraction that delights visitors. There is a tour that combines a visit to “El Quelele”, a marshy lagoon where crocodiles live in a protected environment.
Sea Lion Encounter
Sea lions are friendly, fun loving and provide an unforgettable nature encounter for adults and children alike. Getting nose to whisker and interacting with these energetic creatures is sure to be a unique experience.
Every year, from mid-December to the end of March, vacationers to Riviera Nayarit can enjoy one of the most spectacular whale watching one can experience anywhere in the world. The popular whale-watching excursion takes you up close to see and photograph the action.
Swimming With Dolphins
Along the coast of Riviera Nayarit you can often see Pacific bottlenose dolphins jumping, playing and even heard “laughing” in their natural ocean environment. There are several dolphin programs that are available so you are sure to find one that is perfect for every age group and activity level. Interacting with dolphins in Riviera Nayarit is sure to create memories that will last a lifetime.
Riviera Nayarit is the perfect place to explore and discover birds.
Today there are around 350 species of birds in Riviera Nayarit’s ecosystems.There are a variety of bird watching excursions available. You can visit mangroves, waterways, mountains and forests. A tour that includes exploring Quelele Lagoon Birds is a perfect way to enjoy a nature encounter and the beauty of a Purple Gallinule, an American Coot or a Green Heron.
Near creeks and in forests, you may come across Vermilion Flycatcher, Rufous-backed Robin, Squirrel Cuckoo and even most likely see lots of Orange-fronted Parakeets. Very near San Blas, there are riverboat trips to La Tovara Mangroves where bird watchers are able to see Rufous-necked Wood-rail, Puaraquees, Purple Gallinules, Bare-throated Tiger Heron, and Northern Potoo, Northern Jacanas, Mangrove Warbler and Vireo, the impressive Boat-billed Heron nesting and lots of Green Kingfishers.
Adventure in NAYARIT
There are so many beautiful places to be experienced in Riviera Nayarit.
There are a variety of guided excursions available, for beginners or for experienced riders. And there are romantic Sunset Horseback riding options as well. You can head into the jungle and riding trails that have you traverse streams and rivers and even include stops for swimming in natural pools under waterfalls!
Racing down trails into the jungle, splashing through rivers and kicking up the mud as you navigate across plantations and farmlands is an incredible way to enjoy adventure and the beauty of the countryside in Riviera Nayarit. There are a variety of ATV excursions available including one that combines canopy zip lining, and another that features an 8-wheel Amphibian ATV.
This excursion has all kind of adventures: a wild rush across the treetops through the jungle, canopy on a diverse series of zip lines, rappelling down waterfalls, zipping across streams, and a splash down into natural river pools.
Water Sports in NAYARIT
Fishing in NAYARIT
The destination is among the top sport-fishing spots in Mexico.
Two world fishing records have been established here in Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit, one for wahoo, and one for a marlin weighing in at 709 pounds (322.2 kilos). The destination has been the host of important events like the International Sport Fishing Tournament in San Blas, this year is the 53rd edition with over 250 sport-fishing enthusiast; and International Fishing Tournament at La Cruz de Huanacaxtle in its second edition. Fishing boats from beach rental pangas to large cruisers can be rented in Nuevo Vallarta, Bucerias, La Cruz, Punta Mita, Sayulita, Lo de Marcos and San Francisco.
Scuba Diving in NAYARIT
The warm crystal waters with a rich marine life are a paradise for diving enthusiasts.
There are programs for both beginner and experienced divers. Among the best places are:
Las Marietas Islands Marine Reserve is part of an underwater mountain range. This site became famous worldwide after hosting dives and explorations by Jacques Cousteau during the 1970’s. It is a great place for beginners, with depths of 25-75ft/7.5-23m and an average visibility of 39ft/12m.
El Morro is a diverse dive site suited to small groups of certified divers. The site is a comprised of a series of rock pinnacles. Below the surface they provide a diverse mix of technical dive challenges including 150 foot depths, wall diving, caves and a 50 foot tunnel. The area is home to abundant marine life like tropical fish, lobsters, turtles, octopus, dolphins, sailfish, moray eels and manta rays, among others.
Los Anegados, it is a rock bank that provides a shallower dive filled with caves and interesting rock formations that begins at about 30 feet below the surface. This is a great spot for open water qualified divers to experience the generally gentle nurse sharks that are often sighted in this area. With a 30-80ft/9-25m depth and 30-90ft/9-28m visibility, these warm Pacific waters make for a great day of diving.
Surf in NAYARIT
The coast of the Riviera Nayarit has several beaches ideal for different levels of surfers. Among the best places are:
The Cove and El Faro
in Punta de Mita. The tide is high and gets shallow on low tide. Bottom is sandy with rock. The normal lengh is 50 to 150 m. Good waves off the beach near the end of the point in Banderas Bay.
Type, longboard, right reef-rocky. Good beginner break. Mellow pitch, slow, and long, usually 2-4 ft, right. On lower tides the inside section gets shallow. The direction is right and in the bottom there is coral and sharp rocks. The normal length is 50 to 150 m.
Type, longboard, most rights some left. Good longboard wave. Best on incoming tide, then outgoing tide. Shallow on low tide. Watch out for Coral heads and sharp rocks, especially near the take off. The normal length is 150 to 300 m.
Great, favorite break in the area. The hight tide is best, but works on most anything. Left is steeper and throws a bit. Right is longer with a mellower pitch. Bottom is flat rocks with sand. The normal length is 50 to 150 m. Wave is consistent and fun. Good beginner/intermediate spot.
Decent wave that goes without much swell. Longboard, shortboard. Mostly rights. Right off the main beach is a consistent swell that’s great for beginning surfers and long boarders.
Los Veneros or Dinosaurs
This is a classic reef break with a long right. It is a great short board wave, but long boarders enjoy it too.
This is a fast hollow right that pitches big time. The easiest way to get to the break is to simply paddle over to it. The bottom has coral and sharp rocks. This is a hollow fast wave that should only be tried by experienced surfers or spongers.
It is a Rivermouth. The direction is right and left. Bottom is sandy. The length is long, 150 to 3000 m.
This is a deep water peak that unwinds down a perfect left point. Long rides on steep and perfect walls follow a stimulating drop and bottom turn on the peak.
Reputed to be the longest ride-able wave in the world, Matenchen Bay offers an excellent long right point over a cobblestone and sand bottom.
Breaks more frequently and offers a wonderful right point with hollow sections. Las Islitas was once famous for the longest wave in the world. The direction is right and left. The bottom is sandy with rock. The normal length is very long from 300 to 500 m. A great a place to beginners.
Sailing in NAYARIT
Riviera Nayarit is recognized as one of the worlds’ premier sailing destinations.
With its beautiful coastline, Pacific waters, its prevailing currents and its friendly winds, it provides the perfect setting for all types of sailing excursions.
There are a variety of sailing tours for all tastes and levels of experience. You can trya small catamarans that provide wet thrilling rides. Or, you can set sail on a Luxury Sailing excursion aboard a sophisticated Beneteau sailboat and visit secluded bays and picture perfect beaches where you can just lay back or swim, snorkel and relax with great food and drink.
Canopy Zip Lining
Experiencing the beauty of the emerald mountain forest, combined with zip lining across the jungle canopy from treetop to treetop, is an unforgettable experience. Your exploration will take you on jungle paths, suspended walkways and platforms, up ladders and down via rappels.
Your adrenaline will pump and you’ll feel the rush while zip lining high above the jungle floor from platform to platform amidst giant tropical trees and an abundance of wild orchids and native birds. The Aqua Adventure Park with it’s a half-day of short hikes on jungle paths and plenty of zip lining “whooshes”, is a nice way to enjoy this thrilling experience.
Snorkeling in NAYARIT
There is a vast array of marine life and beautiful underwater scenery to delight snorkelers of all skill levels. Giant manta rays, sea turtles, exotic tropical fish and reefs with beautiful coral formations are plentiful in the bays and coastline.
Organized snorkeling excursions often combine several activities including sailing or cruising to the snorkeling site, swimming, kayaking and keeping a watchful eye out for playful dolphins, whales and indigenous colorful tropical birds, a real tropical paradise experience.
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