Step off the beaten path, into the cultural, natural, & historic heart of Mexico by exploring Magic Pueblos near Vallarta-Nayarit. These villages are national treasures, hidden in the mountains, along sleepy beaches, beneath ancient volcanoes.
Authentic Mexico Awaits in Magic Pueblos Near Vallarta-Nayarit
Looking to delve deeper into the heart of Mexican culture? Rent a car or book a day trip to one of the Pueblos Mágicos near Vallarta-Nayarit. To date, a total of 111 villages bear the Mexico Tourism Board’s distinction as Magic Pueblos – recognized for their unique marriage of natural beauty, local traditions, authentic cuisine, and rich history. Five of these are conveniently located within three hours of Vallarta Nayarit.
The Bohemian Jewel of Sayulita
A short, 45-minute drive north delivers you at one of Riviera Nayarit’s most treasured surfing spots. It’s the epitome of intimate, laid-back Mexican beach life, known for life-changing fish tacos, horseback riding, and a vast selection of indigenous artwork.
Time Travel to San Sebastián del Oeste
Perched nearly a mile high in the Sierra Madres, San Sebastián welcomes travelers with a glimpse back in time, 90 minutes from Puerto Vallarta. The colonial-era mining town has been practically untouched in over a century, with a history dating back over 400 years. Don’t miss the gorgeous frescoes of Iglesia de San Sebastián.
The Secret Sierra Madre Village of Mascota
Just a jaw-droppingly scenic two-hour trek into Jalisco sits yet another Sierra secret. Rife with pine trees, rivers, lakes, and wildlife, it makes a perfect compliment to PV beach life. Must-see sights include the Archaeological Museum, Temple of the Precious Blood, and Corrinchis Dam. Also, you’ll definitely want to get your hands on a bottle of tequila’s grandfather spirit, raicilla.
Sacred Sights in Talpa de Allende
One of Mexico’s most mystical destinations, Our Lady of Talpa church draws pilgrimages of over 3 million Christians every Easter. That’s because the site’s miraculous nature has been revered since long before the Spanish arrived in 1585. Be sure to get some locally made candy while you’re here as well.
The Volcanic Wonder of Jala
Located three hours northwest, Jala is a magical land of volcanic black and green hills, steaming valleys, and the towering visage of Ceboruco (7,382 feet). It’s truly a nature lover’s dream.