Fishing and Gathering
Hike upriver and catch crayfish in shallow pools guided by locals who supplement their diet with these river shrimp. This is a fun and exhilarating activity, and you get to eat your catch (4 hours - $20 with Guide).
Fishing with local experts from a few hours to a full day, includes all gear ( $25/hour).
Marietas Islands see Wildlife Viewing above ($45/day includes light lunch, snorkeling gear).
Boat trips to nearby secluded beaches - Pizota or further south along the coast and upriver to Tecomate, a deep jungle pool complete with hanging vines (4 hours - $45).
Kayak throughout Yelapa Bay and to the next coastal community of Pizota and other southern points ($10/hr kayak rental).
Ramon helps students study Spanish on horseback to the waterfalls
Hike to Quimixto, the next coastal community, through old trails in the jungle. After refreshments and an ocean dip, catch the water-taxi home (7 hours = $30 with Guide).
Chacala/Mascotita hill town over the mountain ridge; by truck to small community of Chacala in the pine and oak plateau. Possible side trip to Mascotita to see local raicilla production cactus moonshine. Walk down the jungle road to Yelapa (4-5 hrs $30 with Guide).
Overnight Camping to the Upper Waterfalls on Pristine Calderas River Enjoy a guided trip with local guide, either hiking or by horseback, 3 hrs one way beyond the tourist trails. Stop to view points of interest, swim and/or catch local crayfish. Spend the afternoon at the spectacular triple falls, each feeding larger and deeper pools below. Camp equipment, accommodation and meals provided. Morning spent at the falls, bird watching and nature interpretation. Next afternoon return. ( Moderate Level of Difficulty) .(1.5 days - $150 for up to 4 people, with Guide, horses extra).
Overnight Hike to Las Juntas y Los Veranos For the adventurous who desire a backcountry trip through spectacular river and jungle edge environment. Lots of pools for dipping in as we cross on an eight hour hike, very minimal vertical. Lunch stop. Dinner in Las Juntas. Return by last boat from Boca same day or overnight in private guest house. ( Moderate Level of difficulty) ($100 for 2 people, $20 additional, with Guide, includes Lunch, drive to Boca for boat, boat fare).
Naturalist's Hike local Alejandro guides a leisurely hike up the Tuito River , pointing out the trees, plants, animals and their significance to local use and their natural history ($20 with bilingual Guide).
Traditional Medicine A stroll guided by Alicia who still practices healing using traditional medicines from local plants. ($10/ person , minimum two people).
Birdwatching Tour Get to know the exciting and colourful local resident and migratory species. The variety is truly astounding! Guided by long-time resident ornithologist ($20 per person).
Local and Regional Special Events
Attend the local rodeos (charros) in the tiny hillside communities of Chacala, Ixtlan del Rio or Algodón with a crowd of the locals to view local rodeo colour ($30 with Guide, min of 4).
Guadalupe Festival in Puerto Vallarta (Dec 12 th ) or El Tuito regional Guadalupe celebrations (Jan 12) (8 + hrs).
Cooking Demonstration and Feast Join local guest chefs who'll teach how to prepare their favorite Mexican dish. (tamales, chili rellenos).