Viewing Humpback Whales during their Mating and Birth Cycles in Banderas Bay and Sighting 80% of N.A. Migratory Birds Make Winter an Exciting Season
Riviera Nayarit, Mexico – Riviera Nayarit is not only home to nearly 200 miles of beautiful beaches along the Pacific Ocean framed by the rainforest covered Sierra Madre Mountains, its natural wonders are brimming with carefully protected wildlife. From sea turtles and whales to crocodiles and over 500 species of birds, getting a look at the beautiful creatures that have made a home throughout the region is a must when visiting the destination.    
Whale watching in Banderas Bay and coastline of Riviera Nayarit
Hundreds of Humpbacked whales visit Banderas Bay each year from mid-December through April on their annual migration from Alaska to Hawaii. Vallarta Adventures’ Whale Watching Tours helps visitors get up close and personal with the humpback whales.  Have your cameras reason to capture the thrilling moments in December when the massive males leap out of the water and butt heads to attract the female during mating season. By March, the majestic giants raise their calves in the protected waters of the Banderas Bay and Pacific coastline of Riviera Nayarit, where they swim amongst friendly wild dolphins that inhabit the waters year-round.

Vallarta Adventures’ Whale Watching Tours helps visitors get up close and personal with the humpback whales. Vallarta Adventures is the only company that use aircraft that seek the whales and relay their location to the boat captains to increase sightings of whales and dolphins. For more information, visit:
Bird watching & Crocodile Reserve in La Tovara National Park in San Blas
According to the World Wildlife Fund, the La Tovara National Park and mangrove eco-region in San Blas is “one of the most important winter habitats for birds in the Pacific, home to 80% of the Pacific migratory shore bird populations.” A paradise for bird enthusiasts, this ecoregion has the highest concentration of migratory birds and features over 500 species, including the black-bellied tree duck, great blue heron, roseate spoonbill, and endemic birds, like the bumblebee hummingbird and the Mexican woodnymph.
Visitors to La Tovara National Park can explore the park by boat to see a variety of mangroves, brown pelicans, glass snakes, Kemp’s ridley turtles and whale sharks. Along the boat ride, travelers come across floating wood homes that were occupied by the area’s first settlers, and then recreated for the filming of the movie, Cabeza de Vaca. Toward the end of the river is a community crocodile sanctuary where important wildlife research and protection efforts are discovered.

Banderas Bay Tours & Travel offers a special tour package of San Blas with experienced guides who can point out the amazing birds during a boat trip through the tangled mangroves and flat wetlands. The tour also visits the Crocodile Reserve in El Manantial of La Camelota. For more information, visit:  

Festival of Migratory Birds, San Blas
Each January/February, the Festival of Migratory Birds celebrates the abundance of wildlife and species of birds in Riviera Nayarit. During this Festival, special seminars on birds, bird watching and environmental conservation are offered as well as boat tours of La Tovara National Park. For more information, visit:
Riviera Nayarit’s Island Sanctuaries Protect Indigenous Wildlife
Isla Isabel, created by underwater volcanic activity, was declared a National Park and Biosphere Reserve due to the rare and beautiful birds that live on the island. Isla Isabel is a hilly island that features dramatic rugged cliffs, breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and coral reef, which is uncommon for this area of the world. Eco-tourists can have a fully immersive experience and enjoy hours of birdwatching by sleeping in tents overnight on the island.          

Islas Marietas, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, is an area made famous by Jacques Cousteau.  A cluster of islands rich with wildlife is home to 103 registered species of reef fish and thousands of birds including the rare Blue-footed Booby who inhabit an entire section of the islands. Wild dolphins, sunbathing sea turtles and giant manta rays also await the travelers who visit these islands. It is also renowned for the spectacular Hidden Beach and when the tides are low, visitors can swim through a cave to a beach in the island’s interior with an oval opening to the skies above.

Plan your next vacation to experience nature and sights that can only be seen in Riviera Nayait.For more information, see
About Riviera Nayarit                   
In 2017, Riviera Nayarit is celebrating its 10th anniversary as the premier destination of Mexico. Renowned for its matchless luxury and protected natural wonders, Riviera Nayarit stretches along 192 miles of pristine Pacific coastline framed by the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains. Just ten minutes north of the Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR), this region within the State of Nayarit includes the resort town of Nuevo Vallarta, the historic village of San Blas, exclusive celebrity hideout Punta Mita, “boho-chic” surfing haven Sayulita, picturesque fishing villages, miles of serene beaches and the spectacular Banderas Bay. Riviera Nayarit dazzles guests from all over the globe with activities such as: PGA golf courses, luxury spas, whale watching, turtle releases, zip lining, surfing, bird watching, international cuisine and artwork from the native Huichol tribe. The region attracts and satiates vacationers of all tastes and budgets with its wide range of accommodations including chic luxury resorts, eco-tourism boutique hotels and quaint B&B inns.       
Riviera Nayarit is recognized as a “Virtuoso Preferred Destination.” In 2017, National Geographic named Playa del Amor one of the top 21 beaches in the world, Forbes selected Riviera Nayarit as one of the top destinations of the year, and Flight Network ranked Riviera Nayarit the fourth of 22 best luxury honeymoon destinations in the world. Showcasing the high caliber of Riviera Nayarit’s accommodations and restaurants, the destination is home to a total of four AAA Five Diamond hotels, 11 AAA Four Diamond hotels, one AAA Five Diamond restaurant, six AAA Four Diamond restaurants, 13 AAA Three Diamond hotels and 26 AAA Three Diamond restaurants.
For more information, visit or follow Riviera Nayarit on Facebook, Twitter @riv_nayarit and Instagram @riviera_nayarit. Check out #RivieraNayarit10 throughout the year for special anniversary deals and information.  
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Tel: (212) 715-1600
Phillip Novoa, ext. 6330
Cristina Ibarra, ext. 1555
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