Adventure in the Riviera Nayarit

Tour operators offer thrills in the traveler-friendly region

By: Terra Judge

Riviera Nayarit, one of Mexico’s newest destinations, is also promoting its eco-friendly appeal to those looking for adventure in the country.

As home to wildlife including sea turtles, migrating whales, manta rays and dolphins along the Pacific coast, Riviera Nayarit also boasts protected forests where travelers can opt to go jungle-trekking and zip-lining.

Funjet is offering a nature package that includes four nights in a superior room at the Occidental Allegro and a canopy tour in the forests of the Sierra Madre Mountains. The package also covers an all-inclusive meal plan at the hotel. Rates begin at $391, double occupancy, and are available through Nov. 18 and Nov. 26-Dec. 19.

NWA WorldVacations is also featuring a Riviera Nayarit package that emphasizes area activities. Starting at $735, guests can receive roundtrip airfare and four nights of all-inclusive accommodations at Samba Vallarta by Pueblo Bonito.

Travelers can also choose another all-inclusive option at Vallarta Palace and receive their Palace Passport Promotion that includes unlimited select tours such as horseback riding, Sunset Cruise, Sea Life Park and a city tour of Puerto Vallarta. During some travel dates, when guests stay seven nights they will also receive a complimentary swim with the dolphins.

Some of Riviera Nayarit’s other adventurous offerings include bird-watching in La Tovara National Park; visits to the Crocodile Reserve in El Manatial of La Camelota; whale watching in Banderas Bay; and Jeep safaris in the Sierra Madre Mountains.