Dec.15th – March 30th: Humpback whale and whale shark watching
Nov.15th – March 30th: Observation of migrating birds
All year: Observation of local birds
All year except on rainy season: Sport Fishing
All year except on rainy season: Visit Isla Isabel National Park
All year and more intense on rainy season: Amateur Surf
August to September: Turtle Release
All year: Tecuitata and El Cora waterfalls
All year: Enjoy more than 30 km. of pristine beaches, family safe
Activities in San Blas
Bird watching paradise
Birds flock in the tropical winter in San Blas, Nayarit, Mexico, arriving from all over to the mangrove swamps, estuaries, lagoons and beaches, thus making San Blas one of the most prominent natural shelters in the western hemisphere.
According to the Audubon Society, San Blas is only second after Panama, with the largest number of bird species, identifying above 300 in the annual Christmas census. Ornithologist from around the world, whether knowledgeable or beginners, travel far and away to search for birds and to participate in the bird count at San Blas.
Most species are observed in areas within visitors' reach, and the months between October and April are best for the pleasure of Bird Watching.
This recently discovered birding site is quickly becoming a favorite of birders in San Blas. Roads along the ridges give canopy-tower views of nearly 200 species of forest birds in this shade-coffee area. You wil also enjoy stunning scenery including panoramic views of the entire San Blas coast.
Estuaries´and mangrove swamps´adventures
An unforgettable adventure awaits you in the exotic world of La Tovara and the Camalota lagoon.
In the sinuous channels of the San Cristobal and El Pozo estuaries, you will be close enough to watch birds of many kinds, as the Boat-billed heron, the Great Blue heron, the Roseate spoonbill, woodpeckers, parrots as well as turtles, iguanas and crocodiles. The delightful exuberant vegetation of the mangrove swamps, vines and ferns will guide you to the sweet water sources, unique springs where you can swim and scubadive.
Sport fishing, surfing, whale watching and sandy beaches
Seek for Marlin, Dorado, Sailfish and many others...
Go surfing in the world largest wave, at the Las Islitas beach, registered in the Guinness Book of Records...
Set sail to watch the hunchback whale in December and though March, and discover the many dolphins, turtles and giant rays on your trip...
Walk on the thin dark sand along the beaches and enjoy the sunbathe and the warm breeze upon your face, in the many San Blas beaches with low, peaceful waves...
Walk, bike, horse ride or kayak yourself around, see the El Cora waterfall and the Tecuitata fall, and fetch time to visit Platanitos, the great turtle conservation park, and while in there, be amused by the thousands of colorful fish and the sunk Ships aside the reef...
Not one hour away from San Blas by car, the ancient Aztlan is found, now called Mexcaltitán. Small round island emerging from the estuaries and rivers in the coastal Nayarit, where it's believed the Aztecs started their journey that led into the foundation of Tenochtitlan, now called Mexico City.
Aztlan or "the place where herons abound", is the origin of the Mexican people, where the seven nahuatlaca tribes, guided by Tenoch, began their long pilgrimage. Huitzilopochtli, God among the Aztlan tribes, became the ruling God among the Aztecs centuries later. The small museum in the Island holds the thousand years old stone, carved with the eagle over the nopal, devouring a serpent, the National Emblem of Mexico. Many other vestiges of the ancestral history can be found there.
While in the Island of Mexcatitlan, it is a must to try out the food prepared on prehispanic recipes.
Huichol center at Santiago Ixcuintla
Coffee, tobacco, greens and tropical fruits are the main produce of Santiago, city of great relevance in Nayarit. The name "Ixcuintla" means "place where the dogs abound", and Santiago is where the Aztec dog, Ixcuintl, comes from.
Twenty years ago, a Huichol Center was established here, where the Huichol artisans have workshops to teach to create paintings, masks, wood pieces covered with tiny beads or thread; bracelets and hand-woven clothes.
The Huichol people inhabit the Sierra del Nayar, and have maintained their beliefs and traditions, their culture and arts, being example of a spiritual community. They live very close to nature, deeply affected by its cycles and forces, but they attune themselves to it with sensitivity, understanding and apreciation that are rare today. In the midst of contemporary ecological problems and ethical conflicts, their ancient wisdom presents itself as a valuable resource.
Isabel island ecological reserve
Isabel island, located 5 hours by launch from San Blas is a national park and ecological reserve. Because of its diversity of species, it is considered the most important reproductive center of the pacific coast.
Discover in your expedition the Santa Maria del Oro lagoon, the prehispanic ruins of Ixtlan: "Los Toriles", also see the Ceboruco volcano, the City of Tepic, State Capital, and its museums: Regional, Amado Nervo, Juan Escutia and Cuatro Pueblos (four native peoples: Huicholes, Coras, Tepehuanos and Mexicaneros).
And these are only some of the enchanting surroundings for a perfect ecotourism vacation in San Blas, Nayarit, México.