New activities, culinary offerings and attractions are on tap for visitors headed for the Riviera Nayarit this summer, the resort area on the Pacific coast north of Puerto Vallarta.
Eco-tours are offered in the forests and jungles of the Sierra Madre Mountains, 30 minutes northeast of Nuevo Vallarta.
Visitors scale a device called the Crazy Ladder, zoom on zip lines between suspended walkways and platforms high above the jungle floor and descend via rappels.
Beach lovers will find 192 miles of coastline and small towns from Nuevo Vallarta to Punta Mita, Sayulita and San Blas.
Riviera Nayarit offers a number of galleries, open-air markets and exhibits of traditional Huichol art. The Huichol, the native tribe of Nayarit and one of the few remaining tribes in Mexico that have retained much of their original culture, inhabits central western Mexico, mainly in the states of Jalisco and Nayarit.
The Huichols are known for beaded animal artwork, embroidered wall hangings and traditional clothing embroidered with bright colors.
Several healing and health remedies available at spa resorts in Riviera Nayarit also derive from the Huichols. Products used in these treatments include tequila, Mayan mud and cacti.
Topping the list of culinary recommendations is Riviera Nayarit’s most famous local dish called Huachinango Saradeado, marinated red snapper grilled over coals near the beach.
There have been no reports of incidents or crime targeting tourists in Riviera Nayarit, according to tourism officials.
As an additional safety precaution, teams of tourism police are in place as well as security officers and patrols at the resorts.
For a list of events, resorts and attractions, visit www.rivieranayarit.com