Horseback riding at sunset, Mazatlan Eco-Travel

Horseback riding on the beach at sunset, Mazatlan; credit GO Mazatlan

Mazatlan Eco-Travel

Mazatlan Eco-Travel is the real deal. Eco-tours often venture to the neighboring state of Nayarit, with tour guides who show you the colonial capital of San Blas and the nature preserve of La Tovara. Its home to over 400 species of birds, including 35 species endemic to Mexico, and 17 more species endemic to Central America. Known as “The Mexican Amazon”, the river carries you through the La Tovara wildlife sanctuary, populated with white egrets, rufous-necked wood rails, turtles, giant blue iguanas, crocodiles, other wildlife and migratory birds. One tour goes to the colonial port of San Blas, and the ruins of the old fort, where you will get an incredible view of mountains, ocean, beaches and a jungle of palm trees. End this 12 hour tour with a delicious Mexican lunch at the La Tovara restaurant. The tour includes round-trip transportation from your Mazatlan hotel, Expert English Speaking Guide, Bottled Water, Beer and Soft Drinks Onboard, Boat ride through the La Tovara Jungle and lunch.

Another tour excursion begins with a trip outside of Mazatlan and into the Sierra Madre foothills. Here we’ll have an exciting zip lines experience. Then heads to an Indian village where you will learn the art of Temazcal. This ancient native Mexican tradition is known to purify the body and heal the soul. Native Mexicans still use these Temazcal steam lodges today for childbirth, purification after physical exertion, and to heal the spirit. Your Temazcalero will teach you about this tradition, and help you to experience this special spa. The adventure continues with a visit to a Mexican restaurant for lunch.

Imagine horseback riding on a remote beach somewhere near Mazatlan, with waves lapping at your horse’s feet. It’s just another day in Paradise! Horseback riding tours take place on famous Stone Island, just outside Mazatlan. We’ll pick you up from your hotel or from your cruise ship, and take you over to start your tour. Once there, you can enjoy riding through mangroves, coconut plantations, and along Stone Island’s sandy beaches. You’ll also have an opportunity to relax at a beach palapa. Horseback riding tours are suitable for beginners and all skill levels. Just remember to bring long pants to protect your legs from rubbing on the horse and stirrups, a hat/cap, sunglasses and biodegradable sunscreen.

From December to March, whale watching tours let you witness magnificent humpback and gray whales. Huge pods of whales make their way into the Sea of Cortez to calve and many humpback continue down to Puerto Vallarta, where they have their babies. Mazatlan is in their migration path, so whale watching tours let you see them up close. Note: You can only see whales on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, not its Caribbean Coast.

If you’re an adrenaline junkie, consider a tour with 12 exciting zip line runs, then put on your swimsuit and head for the river. Grab a kayak and float down 7 miles of the Presidio River from Picachos Dam to Veranos. Splash in the water, swim and just have a great time. Mazatlan Tours last 6.5 Hours and complete in time for return to most scheduled cruise ship departures. It runs Daily at 9am for groups of 4 or more people. Then hop in our mobile barrel and visit a local restaurant where a hot cooked Mexican lunch will be awaits you. Taste different kinds of tequila at the factory and learn how this Mexican liquor is made. The best tours include complimentary pick-up from your Mazatlan hotel, cruise ship, condominium or private home. Don’t forget to bring biodegradable sunscreen, swimsuit, towel and water-resistant camera/smartphone, and extra money for souvenirs, drinks and tequila.

Visit these websites by reputable tour operators for more info:

Mazatlan Tours
WEBSITE: https://www.mazatlantours.org/zip-line-kayak-combo.htm

Shore Excursioner
WEBSITE: https://www.shoreexcursioneer.com/mazatlan/ecotour.html

Lokal Travel
WEBSITE: https://www.lokaltravel.com/explore/mexico/mazatlan-destination/

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