This is a scenic canyon drive as you leave Puerto Vallarta and ascend a main winding road past small Mexican villages and up into the Sierra Madre Occidental. It is about a 1.5 to 2 hour drive. You arrive for an overnight in the Pueblo Mágico, San Sebastián del Oeste, a historical silver mining town dating back to the 1600s. Here you can enjoy a delicious dinner and a stroll around the square, or evening birding with your guide to find owl species; it’s your choice. There is a tiny museum that might be open across from the church
Departing your hotel at 6:30 am, the birding adventure begins as you ascend the mountain along a paved road that turns into a dirt road that can get very rough. Some targets will be the Brown-backed Solitaire (usually heard before being seen), Bumblebee Hummingbird, White-eared Hummingbird and the Aztec Thrush. Several warbler species, plus the Painted Redstart, Mountain Trogon, Flame-colored Tanager, and many other higher elevation bird species are possible. We’ll have a sack lunch on the mountain before descending and driving back to Puerto Vallarta with a few birding stops along the way to pick up some raptors or waterbirds.
Itinerary: Depart the Hyatt Ziva at 3pm (duration overnight)