5 Earthly Paradises in Vallarta · Nayarit and Beyond – Part I
Vallarta · Nayarit is a destination known for its beautiful beaches, lush nature, and cultural charm. Moreover, both Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, along with their surrounding towns and micro-destinations, hide true earthly paradises worth exploring.
In this first part of the article, the editorial team of Vallarta Lifestyles takes you to discover some of these magical places.
Starting our journey, we head to Talpa de Allende, Jalisco, where the enchanting Maple Forest is located. Approximately 120 kilometers from Puerto Vallarta, this magical forest is known for its trails surrounded by maple trees, whose beauty is enhanced during the autumn season. In addition to its impressive landscape, the Maple Forest is a refuge for various species of flora and fauna, making it a paradise for nature lovers.
We continue our journey to Mascota, Jalisco, where the majestic Corrinchis Dam is located. This freshwater reservoir is about 100 kilometers from Puerto Vallarta and is an ideal place for those seeking peace and tranquility amidst nature. Surrounded by mountains and forests, the Corrinchis Dam offers a serene environment to enjoy activities such as fishing, kayaking, and hiking. A curious fact about this place is that its name comes from the Nahuatl language, Corrincan, which means “where water abounds.”
LA BUFA HILL
Our next destination takes us to San Sebastián del Oeste, Jalisco, where the imposing La Bufa Hill is located. About 70 kilometers from Puerto Vallarta, this hill is a perfect place for ecotourism and hiking enthusiasts. From the top, you can enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the mountain landscapes and nearby towns. A curious fact about this place is that, weather permitting, you can clearly see the Banderas Bay from there.
LOS ARCOS NATIONAL MARINE PARK
Leaving the mountains behind, we return to Puerto Vallarta to explore Los Arcos National Marine Park. This paradise is just 15 minutes from Puerto Vallarta’s El Centro neighborhood and is formed by a series of rocky formations emerging from the Pacific Ocean. Here, diving and snorkeling enthusiasts will find an underwater world teeming with life, with reefs, tropical fish, and a great diversity of marine species. Additionally, Los Arcos de Mismaloya is a refuge for seabirds, and it is common to spot frigatebirds and blue-footed boobies.
ISLAS MARIETAS NATIONAL PARK
Finally, we head to Riviera Nayarit to discover Islas Marietas National Park, a true natural treasure. These islands, located in front of Punta de Mita and approximately 30 kilometers from Puerto Vallarta, are known for their famous “Playa del Amor” (Beach of Love), a hidden beach inside a cave with an open roof that allows sunlight to filter in, creating a magical ambiance. Additionally, Islas Marietas National Park is home to a great diversity of marine species, including turtles, dolphins, and manta rays.
Stay tuned for Part II of our journey to unveil more earthly paradises in Vallarta · Nayarit and beyond!