Secreted away high in the Sierra Madres, the mountain village of San Sebastián del Oeste sits practically untouched in over 100 years. Spend a day meeting the locals & marveling at the centuries-old Spanish colonial architecture, just 70km from PV.
Explore San Sebastián del Oeste on Scenic Vallarta-Nayarit Tours
Las Palmas 39, Nuevo Vallarta
Adults – $92
Children – $69
If you’re craving magical sightseeing on dry land during your Mexican beach getaway, this is the trek for you. A true time capsule of a town, the mile-high mountain outpost of San Sebastián del Oeste sits hidden in a tranquil valley, 70 kilometers east of Vallarta-Nayarit. Day trips are available from Vallarta Adventures, complete with air-conditioned transportation, scenic stops along the way, wildlife sightings, breakfast, lunch, and enlightened insight from friendly local guides.
Centuries of History, Tucked High in the Sierra Madres
Behind miles and miles of lush, wild jungles, glistening rooftops and unbelievably preserved Spanish colonial facades welcome visitors to a city frozen in time. Dating back to 1605, dreams of silver and gold first drew miners to San Sebastián del Oeste. Over the centuries that followed, as many as 30,000 people called the secluded city home. Today, the population is a modest 600, and it’s been over 100 years since the cobblestone streets were practically abandoned.
Want to Go it Alone?
Adventurous travelers can always drive themselves back in time to San Sebastián. You don’t miss sights like the picture-perfect view at Cerro de la Bufa (La Bufa Hill), artful frescoes in Iglesia de San Sebastián (The Church of San Sebastián), and the immaculate sprawling estate of Hacienda Jalisco.