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Fall 2018

If You Go

Air Canada, Sunwing, WestJet

and Air Transat fly to Puerto

Vallarta, which is the best place

to access Riviera Nayarit. The

airport is about 160 kilometres

south of San Blas. Puerto

Vallarta makes a good starting

point and abounds with hotel

options. The best time to

see the birds in their most

abundance is from October

through April. Bring a good

pair of binoculars!

evolved into an important draw for

tourism, and this ‘avian Arcadia’ in

the Riviera Nayarit has become an

important birding destination for

enthusiasts from all over the world.

Because avi-tourism has become

an important draw here, there are

several different birding excursions

available.

In addition to tours through La

Tovara, there are boat trips to

Isla Isabel nature preserve to

see brown- and blue-footed

boobies and frigate birds, with

the chance of whale sightings and

maybe some ocean fishing on

the way. The coffee plantations

and forested hills along the Sierra

Madres surrounding San Blas are

also prime bird watching spots.

Dedicated birders hope to see the

black-throated magpie-jay or the

elegant quail, endemic to the area.

After a long day of chasing birds,

there’s the quiet pleasure of the

miles-long beach at San Blas,

Playa Matanchen, where you

can order freshly grilled fish and

a chilled margarita and watch

the sun set over the Pacific.

Overlooking San Blas are the

ruins of Our Lady of the Rosary,

founded around 1769, and the old

fort left over from colonial days.

Both are worth a visit.

Along the coast of Riviera Nayarit,

you will find other small fishing

villages, such as San Francisco,

Litibu, Sayulita where the surfing

is world famous or Bucerias,

where lovers can steal a kiss in the

Callejon del Beso (Kiss Alley).

The Gold Coast of Nayarit is home

to some of the world’s top resorts.

In the celebrity-frequented area

of Punta Mita, the St. Regis is

a standout, offering exquisite

cuisine, and all the pleasures of

a fine resort. Fairmont’s Costa

Canuva will open in late 2018 also

along this part of the coast.

Birders can take excursions from

Punta de Mita to Isla Marietas,

another important bird sanctuary

where blue-footed boobies

abound. While there, you can

visit the famous Hidden Beach,

accessible only by swimming

through a watery cavern, but well

worth the effort.

Riviera Nayarit is rich in culture,

scenery and cuisine, but its birding

experiences are unique and

surprisingly compelling. It takes

birdwatching from nerdy to cool.

LOUNGING ALLIGATOR

©BARBARA RAMSAY ORR

ANHINGA DRYING ITS WINGS IN TOVARA NATIONAL PARK

©ROBERT ORR

PLAYA MATANCHEN IN SAN BLAS

©BARBARA RAMSAY ORR