LA NORIA RANCH
Distance: 12 km
In this fresh and wooded place in the heights of San Juan Mountain, you can practice adventure sports like canopy, rappel, cycling, hiking & trekking, as well as ATV tours. Excellent choice to have a picnic and enjoy the pines and oaks that surround the whole area.
Phone: 311 910 4435 / 311 213 1423
LA TOVARA NATIONAL PARK
Location: Tepic- San Blas km 46. Matanchen, Nayarit.
Boarding tourist boats, the visitors begin an adventure in this natural spring that flows down from the Sierra Nayarita up to its mouth where it merges the salt water of the Pacific, enlivening a spectacular estuary.
This unique mangrove ecosystem is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna species and is considered the most important mangrove area in Mexico; one of its kind by nature, you will navigable throughout the channels of approximately 8 kilometers long between dense and lush vegetation.
You can hire a tour stopping at the Kiekari Crocodile Farm, which is actually a small zoo and houses 16 different species, including deers, jaguars and guacamayas. Finally, you will arrive at a natural swimming spring of fresh, transparent water and home of multicolored fish, where most people cannot resist the temptation to take a cool dip. At this point also, there is a typical restaurant to enjoy some delicious seafood.
Phone: (323) 130 1218
SANTA MARIA DEL ORO LAGOON
Distance: 50 km
The Santa María del Oro lagoon became the first freshwater body in Mexico to receive the Blue Flag award in 2016, an international award that recognizes the beaches, marinas and lagoons that have achieved excellence in water quality, management and environmental education, as well as security and services.
Right inside the crater of a volcano amidst the Sierra Madre, you’ll get to this gorgeous lagoon which is 2 km long and 1.6 km wide, a curious fact is that its waters change color depending on the season of the year captivating visitors immediately.
From a viewpoint, before beginning the way down the road, you can appreciate it in all its splendor. Nearly 7 kilometers later, you will be able to walk around it and relish dozens of restaurants on the edge of this beautiful natural paradise.
LA PRESA DE AGUAMILPA
Distance: 44 km.
The Aguamilpa hydroelectric dam finished its construction in 1994. It is a major power supply project located in the beautiful Sierra de Picachos, considered unique in its kind with a curtain of 187 meters in height. It has a jetty where you can take boat trips, practice sport fishing and it is a good place to ski.
If you’re interested about native Nayarit cultures like Coras and Huicholes, you will see some of their characteristic colorful villages along the way.
POTRERO DE LA PALMITA
Departing from the stunning Aguamilpa’s hydroelectric dam, it is possible to embark towards this authentic Huichol community, where you can learn about the way of life of the ancient wixárika ethnic group, which will surprise you with its spiritual wisdom, enormous cosmogony and its characteristic psychedelic handicrafts.
A different experience that will change your perception and make you feel proud of our roots.
Phone: (555) 151 3843
Distance: 69 km.
Jala (Ha·lah) is a “Magical Town” located to the south of the state of Nayarit, in which is the impressive Lateran Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption, an architectural treasure of the nineteenth century in pink quarry.
It is also very close to the Ceboruco volcano, whose last eruption in 1870 left a landscape of volcanic rock and nowadays is a very visited Natural Park for outdoor activities.
Distance: 86 km
The Ceboruco volcano is located in the south of Nayarit state, with an altitude of 2,280 meters above sea level, so when you go climbing to the peak you will get fantastic views of nearby towns such as Ixtlán del Río, Ahuacatlán and Jala.
On the way there, you can see the trail of its past eruptions contrasting with the green of its vegetation.
LOS TORILES ARCHAEOLOGICAL ZONE
Distance: 85 km.
The charming municipality of Ixtlán del Río, which welcomes the state of Nayarit for all our visitors from Guadalajara and central Mexico, has an interesting archaeological site, called Los Toriles.
This area is one of a kind because it has one of the few circular buildings of the so-called Mesoamerican Area. It constitutes one of the nodal points of the “shaft tombs tradition” which was developed between 200 BC and 600 AD. In this sense, it possibly evidences one of the main points of contact between the North and South Americas.
It is very close to the city of Ixtlán del Río, the municipal seat.
Phone: (311) 216 3022
The city of Santiago Ixcuintla is located 39 miles north of Tepic by international highway No. 15 and 27 miles from that point, you’ll find the mythical island of Mexcaltitán, which in Nahua language means “within the house of the moon”, also known as the cradle of the Mexicanity or the legendary Aztlán, because this is where the Aztec pilgrimage started off in search of what would later be Mexico -Tenochtitlán (Mexico City). Surrounded by estuaries and channels where the white mangrove and the tule predominate. Rich fauna with diverse herons and birds.
Zitácua is the only community of indigenous peoples established within the capital city, which also intends to preserve their cultural traditions, turning it into a majestic place full of mysticism.
Enjoy the exhibition and sale of handicrafts of our local artisans, in addition to their millenary ceremonies and traditions. It should be noted that in this community there are people from the four original indigenous cultures of Nayarit: Huichol, Cora, Tepehuanos and Mexicaneros.