What can you see in Riviera Nayarit? A visit to the Riviera Nayarit is also an opportunity to learn about the Huichol people, the native people who’ve lived near Sayulita in the foothills and highlands of Mexico’s Sierra Madre Mountain range for centuries. Descended directly from the Aztec people, the Huichol are known for their unique art form of yarn painting, where colorful yarn is pressed into a surface that’s covered with beeswax and resin, as well as beadwork decorating miniature skulls and animal figurines. Visitors will see Huichol jewelry and crafts for sale in the town squares of Sayulita and San Blas as well as in resort gift shops and other tourist shops around the region. Alternatively, book a guided tour of the Huichol villages, which includes a stop in the authentic Mexican fishing village of Rincon de Guayabitos as well as the foothills of the Sierra Madre.
Other Mexico destinations: Another destination that is closely associated with Cancun is the lovely Isla Mujeres (the Island of Women). About 13 kilometers from the mainland and just a short hydrofoil ride from the pier at the convention center (Cancun Center), this long skinny island – it’s just seven kilometers long and 650 meters wide – is particularly popular among surfers for the larger waves experienced on its east coast, while divers love the abundant marine life surrounding its numerous coral reefs. It’s also popular with beachgoers who enjoy the less hectic pace: traffic on the island is limited to taxis and buses, all of which are vastly outnumbered by golf carts and scooters. Isla Mujeres is also a popular day trip destination for those staying elsewhere on the Maya Riviera thanks to its many fine restaurants offering excellent views over the water to Cancun.
Let the thrills begin as you speed across the bay on a comfortable inflatable boat and then take a 4×4 Unimog into the heart of the Sierra Madre. Mount a mule for a slow and steady trek up the mountainside to your first 1000-foot zip line and 200 feet high over the treetops. Take a zipline tour deep into the rainforest and under the canopy along unique lines that gives you the best view of the untouched flora and fauna. Rappel down steep rock faces and off of suspended platforms into cool, natural pools. Cross commando bridges, hike narrow trails, wade through freshwater, and much, much more! Finally, splashdown from the highest water slide drop-in Mexico for a refreshing end to your journey. Read additional info at Puerto Vallarta Travel Tours.
Other Mexico attractions: Swim With Whale Sharks: Another popular water activity in Isla Mujeres is to swim with Whale Sharks (it’s also one of the top things to do in Cabo San Lucas). During the summer months of June to September you can see this beautiful creatures. Whale Sharks can reach a length of 14 metres and they are really just gentle giants weighing in at around 15 tonnes. Official regulating bodies have put a cap on tours at around $125 per person. The tour includes swimming with the whale sharks, breakfast, lunch, soft drinks, snorkel equipment and usually some time to snorkel the reefs. It is illegal to touch the sharks and you must keep a distance of 2 metres. It’s important that you do your research and go with a reputable, eco-conscious tour company that regulates and respects the rules.
By far one of the best things to do in Nuevo Vallarta is visit the beach. The long stretch of soft sand, which seems to go on for miles, is one of the best beaches in the region. On the Nuevo Vallarta beach, visitors can play in the calm, shallow water, go for long sunset strolls, build sand castles with their loved ones, or engage in a number of Nuevo Vallarta activities that are fun for visitors of every age. Guests staying at one of the many all inclusive resorts in Nuevo Vallarta will have easy access to the Nuevo Vallarta beach as these resorts sit overlooking Banderas Bay and some of the calmest waters in Riviera Nayarit. One of the best things about this beach is that you can partake in a number of Nuevo Vallarta activities on the water, such as paddle boarding, kayaking, and boogie boarding. The waves are typically small and move slowing, making it fun and entertaining to play in the water on your vacation. See a few more details at toorzy.com.