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

  • Muchsimas gracias al Observatorio de Aves de San Pancho hellip
    3 days ago by humanconnections Muchísimas gracias al Observatorio de Aves de San Pancho / San Pancho Bird Observatory! Today HC team members Maya and Kenzie joined travelers on an early morning birdwatching tour with Luis, an outstanding guide from this local partner organization. Thank you for your efforts in  #ResponsibleTourism  in the beautiful Riviera Nayarit
  • We have all kinds of visitors drop by the Humanhellip
    2 weeks ago by humanconnections We have all kinds of visitors drop by the Human Connections office.... :  @juevesdecafe 
  • Some mondayinspiration from the HC office these notes from ourhellip
    3 weeks ago by humanconnections Some  #mondayinspiration  from the HC office: these notes from our  @ohiowesleyan  Global Engagement Trip students always make us smile ❤️
  • Learning is paired with responsible tourism excursions
    4 weeks ago by humanconnections Learning is paired with responsible tourism excursions
  • Feliz cumpleaos to our founder and director Elly! Thank youhellip
    4 weeks ago by humanconnections Feliz cumpleaños to our founder and director, Elly! Thank you for leading by example through your compassion, kindness and vision. You are such a bright force in this world and we are inspired by you ❤️ Wishing you a wonderful day from your team, students and HC community around the world
  • Were heading into the final weeks of our summer internshiphellip
    1 month ago by humanconnections We're heading into the final weeks of our summer internship and finishing strong with community consulting projects! The interns are out in the community working with and learning from local entrepreneurs.
  • Orders keep coming in for Cristinos wooden carvings on novica!hellip
    1 month ago by humanconnections Orders keep coming in for Cristino's wooden carvings on  @novica ! He stopped by the office today to get them ready to ship out. You can find Cristino and other HC artisans' pieces online on NOVICA, a sustainable online marketplace in partnership with National Geographic
  • Up at sunrise to take on Guadalajara! Day One ofhellip
    2 months ago by humanconnections Up at sunrise to take on Guadalajara! Day One of our weekend excursion off to a great start
  • This weekends excursion to Las nimas one of our favoritehellip
    2 months ago by humanconnections This weekend's excursion to Las Ánimas, one of our favorite local hikes. We have a pretty great crew here this summer ☀️ Not pictured: Sarah and Paige
  • There is so much to learn right within our ownhellip
    2 months ago by humanconnections There is so much to learn right within our own community. Last week our interns shared food and stories with Doña Mari, and she showed us how she makes her famous homemade tortillas in her home here in Bucerías

“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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