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San Blas Jungle River Tour

Departing from San Pancho  early in the morning, our journey to San Blas begins with a 1 ½ hour drive  north  through the beautiful countryside of Nayarit. Mexico 200 stretches north and connects the bustling tourist destination of Puerto Vallarta in the south with Tepic, Nayarit´s state capital, in the north. Along the way we will pass through the small villages of La Peñita, Las Varas and Zacualpan. Turning westward the route climbs through the mountains providing spectacular view of the ocean and surrounding hills.

As we make our descent from the mountains into San Blas the beach towns of Santa Cruz, Aticama, Los Cocos and Matanchen will come into view. This area war discovered by traveling surfers and is well known for its quality swells, specially Matanchen, wich lays claim to the world´s longest rideable wave.

Our first stop is the La Aguada boat launch. This will serve as the atanging area for our voyage up La Tobara.

La Tobara is a pristine freshwater spring unaltered by man.

Aboard a panga boat, we will cruise through the maze of natural canals that promise one of the most ecologycally important mangrove zones in Mexico. Along La Tobara you will encounter a myriadof tropical creatures. Get up close and personal with crocodiles and wild boars, all behind the safety of cahin- link fence, at the cocodrilario. If you look up into the trees surrounding the nursery you might spot an iguana or two. Keep your eyes pealed, they are camouflaged well. Glancing into the dense mangroves, one might catch a glimpse of a green turtle or catfish frolicking in the natural fresh water. The estuaries around San Blas are nationally renown as birdwatchers paradise and La Tobara is no exception.

Bring along a pair of binoculars to view frigatebirds, cormorants, egrets and herons in flight. During your trip notice the thatched- roof huts biult on stilts.

They were placed here during the filming of the popular Mexican Movie Cabeza de Vaca.

It recounts the history of indigenous people of this area.

Upon hitting dry land, we are off to explore the historical town of San Blas.

San Blas holds many links to Mexico´s glorious past. Founded in the 18th century by Nuño Beltran Guzman this port city held great military and strategic importance. Evidence of this can be found at the ruins a top Cerro de San Basilio. The accounting and customs office, La Contaduria offers the visitors a spectacular panorama of the town, ocean and estuaries. The church, Marinera, stands in silent testament to Spanish colonial rule.

Once in town our first stop is at the Huichol Art and Visitors Center. One of Nayarit´s indigenous tribes is the Huichols. They live in the high villages of the Sierra Madre Mountains and journey several times a year into town to sell their highly detailed artwork. To produce such artistic splendor, the Huichols consume peyote. Peyote is a small fruit that grows on the cactus. It contains the drug mascaline that causes a hallucinogenic effect giving the artisans the vision, which they handcraft into vibrant, technicolor works of art. Once inside the center, a bilingual guide answer any question you may have about the Huichols and their art. Before departing take some time to look around the city of San Blas. The main square is located just one block away from the visitors center. Surrounding it are a beautiful white church, a bakery and several small cafes and eateries. A Banamex is located on Av. Juarez if you need to exchange dollars for pesos.

Suggested items to bring include:

Bug repellent, sun block, hat, camera, binoculars, water bottle, swim suit, towel and pesos for shopping in town.

$ 60 US Dollars per person

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