Showing posts with label birdwatching. Show all posts
Showing posts with label birdwatching. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Las Labradas Petroglyphs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

North of Mazatlán, you will find one of Mexico's largest natural parks; La Meseta de Cacaxtla. I recently had the opportunity to visit park to see the pre-historic Las Labradas Petroglyphs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, within the nature reserve.

A tour group bussed in from Mazatlán enjoys the petroglyphs and scenery

Established in 2000, this 125,000 acres eco reserve is home to 26 species of amphibians, 59 species of reptiles, 79 species of mammals including jaguar, and over 350 kinds of birds.

Although we didn't see a jaguar, we did see these incredible petroglyphs on the boulders along the Pacific Ocean coastline. The local community provides guides (inquire in Mazatlan first - only 45 minutes north), a small museum and sometimes fresh Mexican food available for purchase.

Visiting this vast wild area is not only awe-inspiring, but helps some of the poor communities that are now the guardians of the park such as Barras de Piaxtla and La Chicayota.

Boulder petroglyphs at Las Labradas

Tourists enjoying the park

More unique petroglyphs

Jaguars, pumas, lynx and ocelots are among the fauna found here
Living cactus fence

Yaqui deer dancer in the local museum

Do you see any figures in these petroglyphs?

Outside the museum, local building and plants

Unfortunately there is not a lot of information in English, but here are some links with more information.Área-de-Protección-de-Flora-y-Fauna-Meseta-de-Cacaxtla-509527049098027/

Friday, January 6, 2017

Top 10 Events in the Riviera Nayarit in 2017

The Riviera Nayarit is and always will be a destination offering a great variety of cultural, sports and artistic events. This year the destination celebrates its 10th anniversary and in order to kick off the party we’d like to share with you a chronological list of the Top 10 Events of 2017:

  • XIII International San Blas Festival of Migratory Birds (January 29 to February 5): San Blas is celebrating this festival with workshops, conferences, and observation routes.
  • 4th Festival Sayulita (February 1-5): The hottest party of the year is in the Riviera Nayarit’s Surfing Capital: Concert, Movies, Drinks and a celebration of life!
  • 7th Open Water Swim Tournament: This sporting event takes place at La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and it’s been recently admitted into the Global Swim Series. 
  • Wind Festival (May 19-21): Bucerías, the Wind Capital of the Riviera Nayarit, is celebrating its top sports competition with this event, considered one of the top five most important of its kind in the world. 
  • VI International Beach Polo Cup (May): Combining the sport of kings and the beach has been a highly successful formula for the international positioning of this event. 
  • San Blas and La Cruz International Sport Fishing Tournaments (June 14 - 17 / October 25 - 28): San Blas tournament is celebrating its 57th anniversary and the event in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle is in its 5th year. Bonus: The Riviera Nayarit celebrates Children’s Day with a free kid’s tournament.
  • 9th Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica (October): This culinary festival surprised both locals and visitors in 2016 by uniting 6 Michelin Stars in one place.
  • 9th Half Marathon and 10K (November 25): By the time runners finish this race they’re already asking when does the next one begin!
  • VII Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf (November 30 - December 3): Punta Mita, the Riviera Nayarit’s Glamour Peninsula, is synonymous with luxury.
  • 12th Festival Sinergiarte (December): Artists are of the international sort and, believe it or not, they donate their art. Bonus: The San Pancho Children’s Circus - March 16-18. 
For more information on the Riviera Nayarit: