Map Mission

This map is available to help aid our mission of fostering meaningful interactions between local individuals and tourists, and to raise awareness about ways to travel more responsibly throughout the Riviera Nayarit region. By promoting responsible, local businesses, we can emotionally and financially empower local entrepreneurs as well as shift the perspectives and increase understanding for tourists. This map contains locations of local businesses that we encountered on our ventures and are simply suggestions for you as you explore the region!

Map Destination Criteria

When choosing what locations to include in the map we utilize the following criterion to ensure we are being responsible tourists: 1) The location should provide you with a new perspective and/or teach you something new. 2) The activity or location is not common to tourists. 3) The location does not have a specific website beyond a Facebook page. 4) The activity or location is community based. 5) The location specializes in something only found within the surrounding area.

  • New Perspective

  • Unique Experience

  • Community Based

  • Local Specialty

  • What better way to celebrate the holidays than with colorfulhellip
    1 week ago by humanconnections What better way to celebrate the holidays than with colorful piñatas! These creations are handmade from our new artisan partner. Stay tuned to find out more about her thriving local business.
  • Extremely excited to welcome our new artisan family Native fromhellip
    7 days ago by humanconnections Extremely excited to welcome our new artisan family. Native from Oaxaca, Rolando and Naty weave traditional tapestries, blankets, rugs and much more. We will be collaborating with them on our Cultural Day Tours and other future initiatives!
  • Anyone craving some of Nallelys homemade sopes on this Tuesdayhellip
    6 days ago by humanconnections Anyone craving some of Nallely’s homemade sopes on this Tuesday afternoon?
  • Happy Friday! We have another exciting announcement at just overhellip
    3 days ago by humanconnections Happy Friday! We have another exciting announcement: at just over $5,000 raised, Human Connections is able to fund a second new artisan partnership. We are so pleased to welcome Belén and Juve to our team! This creative husband-and-wife duo paints and makes colorful traditional piñatas. What makes visiting them even more special are the stories they have to share - they both grew up right here in Bucerías. Thank you to those who have generously donated to our holiday fundraiser! We're not done yet! Help us reach our goal to add three new families to our growing team. Donation link…
  • Extraordinary bead work by Leo! These colors can surely brightenhellip
    2 weeks ago by humanconnections Extraordinary bead work by Leo! These colors can surely brighten anyone’s Thursday
  • More and more international travelers are learning about our newhellip
    2 weeks ago by humanconnections More and more international travelers are learning about our new artisan partners. Special thanks to Rolando for his hands on demonstrations on our Cultural Day Tour yesterday!
  • Last week tour guests had the honor of finding outhellip
    2 weeks ago by humanconnections Last week, tour guests had the honor of finding out more about local artisan Leo’s passion for Huichol jewelry crafting. There’s so much to gain from sharing cultures, customs, and personal stories!
  • We are excited and humbled be over 50 of thehellip
    2 weeks ago by humanconnections We are excited and humbled be over 50% of the way toward our fundraising goal. Will you help us get even closer? . . .  #socialenterprise   #mexico   #responsibletourism   #puertovallarta   #sustainablegifts 
  • GivingTuesday update We are so grateful to everyone who donatedhellip
    3 weeks ago by humanconnections  #GivingTuesday  update We are so grateful to everyone who donated yesterday. At nearly half our goal, we've already raised enough funds to add one new family to our team of local artisans! Thank you for your support. Link in bio to donate now
  • Dont miss out on an incredible opportunity to experience thehellip
    3 weeks ago by humanconnections Don't miss out on an incredible opportunity to experience the local culture and community of  #bucerias . Applications for this Spring's Global Engagement Trips are open until January 19th. Check out our website for more details!

“Visiting the Churro stand in the plaza was something I looked forward too every night. Don’t be nervous if you don’t speak Spanish, the owners are extremely welcoming and helpful!”

Jenée Carlson

“Stopping at Cinco Pueblos was extremely humbling. To learn about and know I was supporting the five local indigenous cultures was a heart warming experience!”

Kyle O’Connell

“Spending a day at the Aguas Termales Nuevo Ixtlan hot springs and understanding the natural process of the springs and how it is maintained was unlike anything I had ever seen.”

Jazmin Bandera

“Exploring all of the exotic trees and plants at El Eden Nursery was a breathtaking experience. Knowing a local family takes pride in maintaining such a beautiful spot for the community really touched my heart.”

Alex Kinnamon

Find Another Responsible Destination? We Want to Know!

These locations do not always fulfill all five criterion listed above however they fulfill three or more. These suggestions are just a few ways to practice responsible tourism. We do our best to make sure the map’s information is up to date. If you encounter an issue where our information is no longer correct, please contact us and let us know so we can make the appropriate corrections.

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