Experience Ecotourism in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit for an Eco-Friendly New Year!

Experience Ecotourism in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit for an Eco-Friendly New Year!

7 Eco-friendly Activities in Mexico’s Pacific Coast You Won’t Want to Miss

With sustainability being more important for travellers than ever and 2019 set to be the biggest year for ecotourism, you may be amongst those searching for the perfect eco-holiday! Puerto Vallarta, in the state of Jalisco, and Riviera Nayarit, in the state of Nayarit, have long been two beautiful destinations offering sustainable activities that explore the regions’ incredible eco-systems. Read on for 7 eco-friendly ways to discover the beauty of Mexico!

1. Help Baby Sea Turtles

Baby sea turtle releasing in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit has become a major tourist attraction. Turtle protection programs with turtle farms dedicated to the harvesting, hatching and releasing of baby sea turtles have been created by the Mexican government with marine biologists. As well as getting to see the beautiful creatures and enjoying an interactive and educational experience, you can help increase the survival rate of new turtle hatchlings!

2. Pay the Crocs a Visit

Riviera Nayarit has some great ecotours where you can visit and learn all about it's rich ecosystem. If you want to explore it alongside rustic towns and historic ruins, head to the river of La Tovara. For those wanting to combine crocodiles and sea turtle release programs, you can visit El Quelele, a marshy lagoon where American Crocodiles exist in a protected environment.

3. Explore Vallarta Botanical Garden

Vallarta Botanical Garden is a nature reserve with botanical collections of more than 3,000 species and has an orchid nursery of 100 different species. After exploring the beautiful gardens you can swim in the Horcones River, do some bird watching or take a trail through the jungle!

4. Have a Whale of a Time in Banderas Bay

Banderas Bay is a sanctuary with an abundance of marine life. From December to March the majestic humpback whales arrive at the bay to mate and birth their young. You can experience this for yourself with various whale watching tours that are controlled, respectful and adhere to strict environmental and safety standards. You can also swim with the dolphins there!

5. Experience Life Underwater

Many water activities that can be enjoyed all year round! Jalisco and Nayarit are home to natural protected areas, bird sanctuaries and marine parks with impressive hill and rock formations that are great for snorkelling, diving, paddle boarding and kayaking. South of Puerto Vallarta, you’ll find Los Arcos. Along the Riviera Nayarit coast are the Islas Marietas, home of the famous Hidden Beach, Isla del Coral and Isla Isabel.

6. Visit San Blas for Birdwatching

With over 300 bird species and over 80% of migratory birds flocking to San Blas during the winter months, the coastal village is home to some of the world’s best bird watching locations for vacationing birdwatchers, especially during the months of October through to March as the weather is very pleasant. True bird watching enthusiasts visit San Blas during Mexico’s Festival of Migratory Birds at the end of January or San Blas Christmas Bird Count in December.

7. Zoom Across Jungles and Coastal Views

Jungle canopy tours, or zip-line tours, are one of the most popular and eco-friendly options to explore Mexico’s emerald green Pacific Coast rainforests in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains. You can book zip lining anywhere along the 200-mile stretch of the Riviera Nayarit in most major communities like Punta de Mita, Sayulita and Lo de Marcos. Puerto Vallarta also has many opportunities for zip-lining. Thrill-seekers can whizz along Mexico’s longest and fastest “Superman” zip line or get an aerial view of Los Arcos Natural Preserve.

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About Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta, in the state of Jalisco, is well-known for the preservation of its Mexican traditions. The destination spans Banderas Bay and comprises Marina Vallarta, Hotel Zone, Downtown (El Centro) and the South Shore. Each region offers a distinctive charm.

For more information, go to visitpuertovallarta.com.

About Riviera Nayarit

Riviera Nayarit, in the state of Nayarit, lies just ten minutes north of the Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR). This region includes the resort town of Nuevo Vallarta, the historic village of San Blas, celebrity hideout Punta Mita, surfing haven Sayulita, scenic fishing villages, miles of serene beaches and the spectacular Banderas Bay.

For more information, visit rivieranayarit.com.

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About Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit

Puerto Vallarta, located in the state of Jalisco, is well-known for the preservation of its authentic Mexican traditions. The Pacific Coast port features 40 miles of coastline and a diverse topography, including tropical jungles, river beds, steep mountain sides and arid flatlands.

Riviera Nayarit, stretches along 192 miles of pristine Pacific coast, framed by the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains. Just ten minutes north of accessible Puerto Vallarta International Airport, Riviera Nayarit offers countless activities and satisfies vacationers of all tastes and budgets with its wide range of activities and accommodations, including chic luxury resorts, eco-tourism boutique hotels and quaint B&B inns.