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Sayulita: ATV Adventure Tour

1. Sayulita: ATV Adventure Tour

Escape to the dunes and trails of Sayulita and marvel at its emblematic landscapes on this 2-hour ATV adventure. Drive in the company of expert, highly trained guides, and enjoy a small-group experience of no more than 10 vehicles. After making your way to the meeting point, get a quick introduction on ATV driving, if you do not have experience. Drivers must be at least 18 years of age but children aged over 6 can ride on the back with an adult. When you're ready, set off on your tour to the Cerro de La Loca. Return to the meeting point at the end of the tour and enjoy a tequila tasting to round off your experience.

Sayulita: Canopy Tours & Zip-line Adventure

2. Sayulita: Canopy Tours & Zip-line Adventure

Just 5 minutes away from the center of Sayulita, find yourself immersed in a 19-acre ranch surrounded by jungle. The ranch is 100% local and sustainable and once you get here, be greeted by the welcoming staff for a safety briefing on how to have the best time on the zip-lines.  Be equipped with a helmet, gloves, a harness and all the equipment you will need to enjoy this activity with the utmost safety. Glide down 13 zip-lines, 2 of which are doubles, and 4 suspension bridges, with a total distance of two kilometers reaching heights up to 125 meters above sea level.  Enjoy the incredible view of the beaches of Sayulita and its surroundings. After the tour, enjoy a tequila tasting and time to relax by the pool. Have the option to stay and relax or you can be taken back to your hotel as soon as the activity ends.

From Puerto Vallarta: San Pancho and Sayulita

3. From Puerto Vallarta: San Pancho and Sayulita

Get picked up at your hotel in Puerto Vallarta, and set off on the 1-hour drive to San Pancho, your first stop. When you arrive, have the opportunity to admire the Huichol crafts by the streets, see the beautiful beaches, and walk around the little beach town at your own pace. Next, head a few minutes along the coast to Sayulita,  a little picturesque surfer town loved by travelers and locals. Here, enjoy your favorite drink at the beach while you look at the surfers and soak up the sun. Use a buggy board to unlock your adventurous side and take on the waves. Also, have some free time to walk around the place and shop for handicraft souvenirs made by local artisans.  Before heading back to Puerto Vallarta, enjoy a delicious lunch in a local restaurant. At checkout, you will have the option to include lunch in your ticket price.

Sayulita/Punta Mita: Zip Lines with Ocean View

4. Sayulita/Punta Mita: Zip Lines with Ocean View

Delight in the most magnificent views of all the canopy tours in the Puerto Vallarta region. See from the Pacific Ocean to the rainforest natural reserve in Punta de Mita as you embark on an impressive canopy tour involving 10 lines and a suspended bridge on the mountains of Higuera Blanca, Nayarit. The facilities have been built to the maximum safety standards, using two ropes in each zip line to guarantee your safety during the canopy tour. The professional guides will provide you with all the necessary equipment for the tour: waist to thigh harness, helmet, and gloves. Don’t be surprised if among the foliage you spot wild boars, deer, and even beautiful macaws — which the locals call guacamayas. Round off your thrilling adventure with a traditional tequila tasting. Pickup and drop-off from 6 pickup points in the region are included.

Puerto Vallarta: Sayulita and San Pancho Beaches Tour

5. Puerto Vallarta: Sayulita and San Pancho Beaches Tour

This Puerto Vallarta tour to Sayulita and San Pancho is the best way to see why these destinations are world-famous for surfers and anyone looking for a laid-back vibe and totally chill day trip from Vallarta. Surf, sand and the warmth of the Mexican hospitality and sun make this an unforgettable Vallarta excursion. This guided tour from Puerto Vallarta lets you discover and explore two of the coolest beach towns in Mexico and enjoy an excursion of culture, history and hippie chic adventures. You’ll head up the coast to Nayarit to explore Sayulita and San Pancho, two beach towns adored by surfers from around the world. Throughout your experience, your friendly bilingual guide will share the history and folklore of the towns whilst showing you around the main attractions of these “Pueblos Magicos” or “Magic Towns” of Mexico. You’ll visit traditional fruit markets for exotic treats, sample delicious local candy, and enjoy a tequila demonstration with a tasting. With free time to explore, you can shop til you drop with visits to local artisans for the most authentic and unique souvenirs from Vallarta. Talk to the artists themselves and enjoy the hippie vibes, you may decide to stay forever! You can hang out on the most awesome beaches in the world, and if you want to check out the famous waves, optional Vallarta surf classes are available on the day of your Sayulita excursion. Beginners and experts alike will be able to catch a wave and surf the Vallarta shores of Sayulita for an unforgettable experience. If you aren’t up for a class, just kick back and relax on the beach and watch the pros in their hypnotic aquatic dance. Return to your hotels tanned, relaxed and totally chill after the best surf town tour in Vallarta to Sayulita and San Pancho.

Punta de Mita/Sayulita: Horseback Riding Tour

6. Punta de Mita/Sayulita: Horseback Riding Tour

Discover the natural landscapes around the Mexican countryside on this guided tour on horseback. Ride along beaches and through jungles, and discover charming towns like Higuera Blanca. Arrive at the beautiful ranch full of different animals like donkeys, ponies, macaws, roosters, water buffalo, deers, turkeys, and peacocks. Listen to a quick safety briefing before you meet your horse and get saddled up. Riding your horse, explore a typical Mexican Town. Go through the jungle and arrive at a breathtaking beach of Litibu where you will have the option to gallop. After the tour, enjoy a tequila tasting, and feel free to purchase lunch at a delicious Mexican restaurant. Finally, take a picture with the majestic "Soruyo", a bull that weighs over 1 ton before heading home.

Sayulita Beach: 6-Hour Trip from Puerto Vallarta

7. Sayulita Beach: 6-Hour Trip from Puerto Vallarta

Sightsee the beautiful beach town of Sayulita international surf paradise, home of many artists, beach lovers, and general fun-havers. Sayulita’s consistent waves, warm waters, stunning scenery, and village-like charm make for the best surf experience in Mexico. One hour from Puerto Vallarta, you can find a party mood, good vibe, and relaxed place in the streets of Nayarit hidden heaven. Visit the local restaurants, art galleries, craft markets, and astonishing beaches. Head over where waves are calm and the sand is soft, La Playa de los Muertos. You only need to walk through a colorful graveyard, where the ancestors of locals are remembered with respect and love. Nothing to be afraid of. Finally, take home a souvenir to share with your Friends: An exquisite Mexican Tequila!

Sayulita and San Pancho Day Trip

8. Sayulita and San Pancho Day Trip

Make a quick stop to try exotic fruits & local sweets On the way to San Pancho, your day of exploration and discovery begins with a stop at a colorful roadside stand where we will taste exotic fruits and local sweets. Your guide will share the history behind some of those traditional sweets and their origin. It will be an excellent opportunity to take a piece or two for the road. Taste Mexican street food in San Pancho We continue to San Pancho to meet the staff of Su Pancha Madre, a very cool food truck dedicated to one of the most iconic dishes of Mexican street food, sopes. They welcome us with a mouthwatering sope prepared at the moment, in a gourmet way. Enjoy its great flavor and colorful presentation. After a short break, walk through the surrounding streets to the main avenue of San Pancho, where we will have half an hour to admire its murals and leisurely stroll through the galleries and shops. Tuesdays in San Pancho have added value because they are market days, the perfect opportunity to browse through hundreds of products made by hand by local artists. Approaching the center of San Pancho, we stop at Las Iguanas. At this classic plaza food stall, we'll savor a delicious and fulfilling quesadilla made with a blue corn tortilla. Try pulque, a pre-Hispanic alcoholic beverage Continue your exploration of San Pancho, walking through the alleys of the city to El Gallo, a pulqueria with a beach atmosphere. Try two types of pulques, one white and one cured, and find out why this legendary drink is back and more fashionable than ever. During your tasting, learn about the history of pulque. This pre-Hispanic beverage made from the lightly fermented sap of the agave is closely intertwined with the history of Mexico and a fundamental part of our cultural heritage. El Gallo is also a liquor and wine store. This would be your opportunity to take home a good bottle of mezcal, raicilla or wines from Valle de Guadalupe, one of the most prolific winery regions of Mexico. Visit a community center and learn about their philosophy Before leaving, we will make a quick visit to Entre Amigos, a community center rooted in the mission of giving the children and families of San Pancho the skills necessary to contribute and positively impact their communities. Enjoy Sayulita's shops, boutiques and galleries After a morning in San Pancho, we headed to Sayulita. Upon arrival, you will have free time to explore and soak up the atmosphere of the streets and visit boutiques and art shops. The multi-ethnicity of this charismatic town is present in its handicrafts, bars, restaurants and stalls selling jewelry, handmade garments and swimsuits. Walk down Sayulita's most iconic street as you delight in the beautiful art and galleries. This tour of Sayulita and San Pancho is a fun and charming day out, perfect to enjoy with friends or make new ones!

Horseback Riding Through the Jungle Trails to the Beach

9. Horseback Riding Through the Jungle Trails to the Beach

After making your way to the meeting point, we will transport you to the ranch in a nice van with A/C. After that, get a quick introduction to the horses, the journey starts at Rancho El Sayulita on our noble horses, where you will be able to admire the rich flora and fauna. This 2-hours horseback riding tour makes a journey into the tropical rain forest of the Sierra Madre and the town of Sayulita, far from the tourists of Puerto Vallarta, for an ecological ride that will leave you wanting more. At the ranch, you'll embark down a jungle trail, laden with beautiful tropical foliage. You'll visit a beautiful river. The tour has 3 stops for you to take pictures and enjoy the view, The ranch, The river gorguyo, and the beach of Sayulita (Playa escondida). This excursion will create many great memories.

From Sayulita: Private Surf Lesson at La Lancha Beach

10. From Sayulita: Private Surf Lesson at La Lancha Beach

Ride the waves at La Lancha beach in Punta Mita. Travel in an air-conditioned vehicle from Sayulita to the stunning waves at La Lancha. Try surfing for the first time or improve your skills with the guidance of a professional instructor.  Meet your instructor at the activity provider's surf shop in Sayulita and hop aboard a comfortable vehicle for the 25-minute drive to the activity provider's shop in Punta Mita, or meet directly at the shop in Punta Mita.  Have over over 300 surfboards to choose from and get set up with top-notch gear like a rash guard, surf booties, and a neoprene top (in winter). Stroll thorugh the jungle with your board to get a stunning beach with soft sand, turquoise waters, and waves.  Partake in a lesson that is tailored to your individual skill level. First time surfers, beginners, and kids will pickup new skills on mellow waves. Intermediate and advanced surfers can benefit for ISA certified instructors and optimal training conditions.  Finish your surf session and head back through the jungle to the shop where you can rinse off with fresh water before the transfer back to the shop in Sayulita.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 111 reviews

Awesome way to see the best views of the coast and mountains. Great family activity. It was exciting enough for my 35 year-old adventurous brother with atv experience but also safe enough for my 68 year-old mother who had never driven an atv before. Ricky, the guide, was awesome and made everyone comfortable and have fun. The photos they took were beyond amazing. The tequila tasting after topped off a perfect afternoon. They picked us up and dropped us back off in the center of town. Cannot recommend enough!

Great experience all around! They picked us up at our hotel to start the day. Great ATVs. They gave us a short lesson and trial loop to make sure we were ready before we headed out on the trip. We had a fun, exciting adventure. Our guide Danny was fun and knowledgeable. I will recommend this specific tour to all friends and family coming to Sayulita.

Very well organised, pick up was on time and reliable. The ranch was excellent, horses where immaculate, well trained and calm. We had tequila tasting which was fabulous and entertaining. Food was very good. We saw other wild life at the ranch which was a good experience.

Energetic guides - they were very fun and made it comfortable for us, especially because we were first timers. Highly recommend! It was a blast! Thanks Leo, Andi, Alexis, Michel, Dani. Can’t wait to do it again!

The guides we very nice. The horses were very well trained and looked like they were taken good care of. They also let us run on the beach as fast as could! The tequila guy was very entertaining. Good fun!!