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Sierra Madre Mountains Tours

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Sierra Madre Mountains
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.
Address: Highway 200, Puerto Vallarta 48300, Mexico
Admission: Free
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Puerto Vallarta Outdoor Adventure Tour

Satisfy an appetite for adrenaline on a thrilling 6.5-hour outdoor adventure tour from Puerto Vallerta. Enjoy an exhilarating ecological experience packed with challenges and fun on this Puerta Vallerta Adventure; ride on a super-fast speedboat; rappel down rushing waterfalls; ride powerful 4x4 jeeps; soar over the tree tops on zip lines and cross suspended rope bridges hanging high above the jungle. This tour is the ideal way to spend an exciting day outdoors on your Puerta Valletra vacation.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Private Tour: Puerto Vallarta ATV Adventure

Satisfy your appetite for adventure on a morning or afternoon private ATV experience from Puerto Vallarta. Climb aboard your powerful ATV vehicle and discover spectacular scenery at your own leisurely pace; see impressive mountains, virgin beaches and rushing rivers as you drive on a variety of terrains. Customize your private tour according to your interests and learn about the heritage and geology of the area from your expert guide.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Sierra Madre Jeep Adventure Tour

Explore the Mexican outback and its villages on a 4WD jeep tour through the Sierra Madre. Embark on this adventurous off-road journey aboard a specially designed vehicle, stopping first at the high-mountain town of El Tuito for a guided walking tour. Visit botanical gardens and then enjoy a barbecue lunch—complete with an open bar—at a local organic farm. Continue on to a distillery specializing in raicilla and see how this favorite local spirit is made before sampling some of your own. Then, head back toward Puerto Vallarta on more spectacular mountain trails.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Puerto Vallarta Combo Tour: Horseback Riding and Beach Break

Clomp alongside a hidden coastline during this horseback riding tour, departing from Puerto Vallarta. Ride off the beaten path along the bay’s south coast to authentic Mexican fishing villages with your informative guide. You’ll travel a mountain path to swim at a cascading waterfall and stop at the remote Pizota village. Here, indulge in a grilled buffet lunch including beverages.
  • Duration: 6 to 7 hours
  • Duration: 6 to 7 hours
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Sierra Madre Villages Half-Day Cultural Tour

Escape Mazatlan’s bustle in favor of the rustic charm of Concordia and Copalia, colonial towns cradled by the Sierra Madre Mountains, on a 5-hour tour from Mazatlan. Visit 16th-century stone temples, admire colonial architecture, and observe artisan crafts such as bread- and tile-making. Refreshments and hotel pickup and drop-off in Mazatlan are included on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.    
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Puerto Vallarta Extreme Eco-park: UTV, Rappelling, and Zipline Canopy Tour

Feel your pulse race during an exhilarating half-day of extreme activities in the heart of the Sierra Madre Mountains from Puerto Vallarta. Venture deep into an atmospheric jungle park to soar down Mexico’s longest zip line. Keep adrenaline levels high by rappelling down treetop platforms to suspended bridges, then ride in a powerful jeep and cascade down a rushing waterslide to the rainforest floor below. A safe and unforgettable experience is guaranteed on this family-friendly, small-group tour, where numbers are limited to 14 people.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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San Sebastian Tour from Puerto Vallarta

Leave Puerto Vallarta behind to explore one of Mexico's last hidden vestiges: San Sebastián, tucked within the Sierra Madre. On this 7-hour tour, take in scenes of daily rural life as you travel by comfortable vehicle into the mountains toward this colonial enclave. Meander among its whitewashed structures with your guide, see remnants of its mining past, and simple enjoy a town mostly untouched by tourism. Lunch is included.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Sierra Madre Norte Off-Road Adventure

Embark on an off-road and on-foot adventure through the fabled mountains fo the Sierra Madre, taking in the village remnants and hidden streams of the real Mexican outback. After arriving from Puerto Vallarta, set out via all-terrain vehicle into the heart of a remote jungle, traversing rivers and through tropical forest away from tourists and crowds. Then enjoy a 45-minute guided hike en route to a pristine beach, where lunch will be prepared on-site. Your guide will fill in details of the area's flora and fauna along the way. 
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Canopy River Zipline Tour and Mule Ride

Have a new and fun adventure just outside of Puerto Vallarta by taking this exciting zipline tour. Get fitted for the zipline, learn some basic safety instructions, and then fly away over the canopy of the rainforest in the Sierra Madre Mountains. Once finished, hop on a donkey and let it take you to a refreshing tequila tasting.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Hiking Adventure at Sierra Madre Occidental from Puerto Vallarta

Parrots, macaws, and orchids are among the flora and fauna you're likely to see on this morning or afternoon hiking adventure in the Sierra Madre Occidental. Explore the natural wonders of this region with a guide, then cool off in the Cuale River.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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