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  • Address: Highway 200, Puerto Vallarta 48300, Mexico
  • Admission: Free

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Sierra Madre Mountains Tours

The jungle-clad Sierra Madre mountains stretch along Mexico’s western coast from Santa Cruz to Arizona. In this wilderness escape you can trek through the forest, discover off-the-beaten-path villages, and experience outdoor adventures such as ziplining and rappelling. 

The Basics
Puerto Vallarta, where the mountains separate the coast from inland Guadalajara, is a common jumping-off point for Sierra Madre tours. Excursions to the Sierra Madres offer varied opportunities for exploration, whether you want to hike, zipline, raft the river, speed through jungle paths on an ATV or mountain bike, or explore hidden villages and cultural sites. Longer combination tours allow you to experience multiple activities in one day, and some tours visit Puerto Vallarta’s beaches en route to the mountains. Private tours are available for a personalized experience. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Sierra Madre mountains are an ideal destination for nature and adventure lovers. 
  • Remember to bring sun protection, water, and comfortable shoes suitable for walking on rough terrain. 
  • For rafting and ATV tours, it’s a good idea to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. 

How to Get There
The town of Puerto Vallarta lies on Mexico’s western coast and is bordered by the Sierra Madre jungle. Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport is located roughly 15 minutes by road from downtown Puerto Vallarta. Most Sierra Madre tours include transportation into the mountains, while independent travelers get there by taxi or rental car. 

When to Get There
The area is most crowded between January and March, when whale watching off the coast of Puerto Vallarta is at its best. Visit between April and June for mild weather and fewer crowds. 

What to Do in Puerto Vallarta
Swim and snorkel in the Marietas Islands, go sailing on Banderas Bay, take surf lessons in nearby Sayulita and Punta Mita, or look for humpback whales and dolphins. When you’ve had your fill of water sports, experience Puerto Vallarta’s food and drink culture on a tequila tasting or food walking tour, during which you can sample fresh seafood, tacos, and other regional specialties.

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Puerto Vallarta Outdoor Adventure Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 46 Reviews

This Puerto Vallarta Adventure is a truly thrilling ecological experience packed with challenges, adventure and most importantly, fun! This Puerto Vallarta ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $119.00
Private Tour: Puerto Vallarta ATV Adventure, Puerto Vallarta, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Private Tour: Puerto Vallarta ATV Adventure

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Do you want to see Puerto Vallarta as a local and experience a private ATV tour that fits you and your family's needs? Come see the mountains, trails, rivers, ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $69.00
Puerto Vallarta Combo Tour: Horseback Riding and Beach Break, Puerto Vallarta, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road ... 
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Puerto Vallarta Combo Tour: Horseback Riding and Beach Break

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On this 6.5-hour guided tour, leave the bustling city of Puerto Vallarta and head south to a hidden coastline. Stroll through a small fishing village, ride on ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $118.00
Puerto Vallarta Combo Tour: UTV, Rappelling, and Zipline Canopy Tour, Puerto Vallarta, Horseback ... 
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Puerto Vallarta Combo Tour: UTV, Rappelling, and Zipline Canopy Tour

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Feel your adrenaline kick into high gear on this day trip of extreme activities in the Sierra Madre mountains. Deep in a rainforest jungle park, zoom as fast ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $119.00
Sierra Madre Villages Half-Day Cultural Tour, Mazatlan, Ziplines
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Sierra Madre Villages Half-Day Cultural Tour

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During your visit to Mazatlan, you should not miss this trip which is considered the best colonial sightseeing tour in the area. Get off of the beaten track ...  Read more

Location: Mazatlan, Mexico
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.00
San Sebastian Tour from Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta, Cultural Tours
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San Sebastian Tour from Puerto Vallarta

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Nestled in the heart of the Sierra Madre Mountains, San Sebastian's remote location and historic appeal have made it one of Mexico's last great getaways. As ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Duration: 7 hours

From USD $92.00
Canopy River Zipline Tour and Mule Ride, Puerto Vallarta, Day Trips
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Canopy River Zipline Tour and Mule Ride

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If you’d like to feel adrenaline pumping and enjoy nature, this is the perfect adventure for you! You will begin the tour dressing up as a pro, later you'll ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.00
Hiking Adventure at Sierra Madre Occidental from Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta, Ziplines
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Hiking Adventure at Sierra Madre Occidental from Puerto Vallarta

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Enjoy the scenery and outdoors of Sierra Madre Occidental as you go on a hiking tour and learn all about the flora and fauna. You'll top off the tour with a ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.00
Sierra Madre Norte Off-Road Adventure, Puerto Vallarta, Hiking & Camping
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Sierra Madre Norte Off-Road Adventure

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Travel through the Sierra Madre Mountain range into the tropical jungle, through plantations and across rivers and streams. See a part of Mexico that very few ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.00

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