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Eco-Tourism: Sustainable Travel in Riviera Nayarit

DESTINATION | Published on 24/08/2023
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With its strong commitment to preserving its natural wonders, Riviera Nayarit has become one of the bestecotourism destinations for conscientious travelers. The region on Mexico’s west boast, which begins just north of Puerto Vallarta and extends all the way up to San Blas, has a wealth of sustainable travel options for those hoping to reduce their environmental impact on their next vacation.

Earning its reputation as one of the up and coming ecotourism destinations, Riviera Nayarit has everything from eco-friendly jungle tours to unique opportunities for volunteer work and conservation. The following 8 activities will allow you to immerse yourself in the beauty of this picturesque region while practicing eco friendly travel.

  1. Turtle Conservation Programs: Participate in hands-on turtle conservation programs either at your resort or on nearby beaches throughout Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit. Witness these gentle creatures nesting on the beaches, learn about the diverse species that lay their eggs on Mexico’s west coast, and support efforts to protect their habitats all while enjoying eco friendly travel.
  2. Whale Watching and Marine Conservation: Embark on a breathtaking adventure to witness humpback whales in their natural habitat. This activity not only promotes sustainable travel while offering awe-inspiring encounters throughout Banderas Bay, but it also supports marine conservation efforts in the area.
  3. Crocodile Conservation: Discover the incredible efforts to protect the crocodile population in and around Riviera Nayarit by visiting the crocodile sanctuaries at Estero El Salado in Puerto Vallarta, El Cora Crocodile Sanctuary in Bucerias, or by heading to San Blas. Not only will you learn about these mystifying creatures, but you’ll get to see them up close in their natural habitats. By supporting these conservation initiatives, you contribute to the preservation of this vital species and its ecosystem.
  4. Sustainable Surfing: Catch the waves responsibly by joining local surf schools that emphasize eco-friendly practices, such as the Vallarta Surf n’ Dive school. Companies such as these allow you to experience the thrill of surfing while contributing to the preservation of Riviera Nayarit's pristine beaches and ocean.
  5. Participate in Beach Clean-Ups: Join the staff at your resort or head out on your own to clean up the beaches of Riviera Nayarit. Ecotourism destinations are always working to minimize their ecological footprint and you can help by lending a hand, even if the trash wasn’t yours to begin with. It’s the perfect way to give back to Mother Nature and say thanks for creating places as beautiful and awe-inspiring as the shores of Riviera Nayarit.
  6. Sayulita Bird-Watching Tours: Discover the region's avian wonders through guided bird-watching tours in Sayulita. Riviera Nayarit boasts over 500 bird species, making it a paradise for bird enthusiasts and ecotourism aficionados alike.
  7. Visit the Vallarta Botanical Gardens: Connect with the land and learn about the diverse species of flora that are native to Mexico while hiking through the protected nature preserve in Puerto Vallarta. Spend the day playing in the river, hiking the grounds, and dining at the Hacienda del Oro Restaurant where delicious food and stunning views are truly worth your while. Your entrance fee goes to helping protect the natural habitats of the animals that call the mountains of Jalisco their home.
  8. Rainforest Hikes with Local Guides: Embark on guided hikes through the lush rainforests, accompanied by knowledgeable local guides. Learn about the region's unique flora and fauna while treading lightly on the environment.

Riviera Nayarit stands as a shining example of ecotourism done right. Its commitment to sustainable travel and preserving the environment creates a harmonious balance between exploring the natural beauty of the region and protecting it for future generations.

Whether you're interested in marine life, cultural experiences, or outdoor adventures, Riviera Nayarit offers the best ecotourism destinations that will leave you with unforgettable memories and a sense of fulfillment from practicing eco friendly travel - Make your next vacation one that not only rejuvenates your spirit but also supports the planet we all call home.

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