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

  • How do you know if an internship is right forhellip
    1 day ago by humanconnections How do you know if an internship is right for you? Hearing what past interns have to say is a great place to start! Apply now for Human Connections' winter Entrepreneurship and Development Internship program in Mexico. Link in our bio
  • Cristino in his woodshop Portrait by Sergio Medina
    2 days ago by humanconnections Cristino in his woodshop Portrait by Sergio Medina
  • Its almost busy season! We cant wait to welcome visitorshellip
    3 days ago by humanconnections It's almost busy season! We can't wait to welcome visitors and friends - old and new - back to Bucerias for another beautiful winter. See you soon! Book your Cultural Day Tour now: https://www.humanconnections.org/tours/reserve-a-tour/
  • Tuesday afternoon at the HC office
    4 days ago by humanconnections Tuesday afternoon at the HC office
  • How are you going to make the most of yourhellip
    2 weeks ago by humanconnections How are you going to make the most of your winter break? Collaborate with locals, gain professional experience and learn about the social sector - all while exploring Mexico's Pacific coast. Link in bio to apply now for a winter internship with HC
  • We are so excited for the busy season to gethellip
    3 weeks ago by humanconnections We are so excited for the busy season to get going and to start running more Cultural Day Tours! Here's Maya, our Tour Director, with Omar and Nallely at their loncheria
  • Today we got a sneak peek at one of Leonardashellip
    4 weeks ago by humanconnections Today we got a sneak peek at one of Leonarda's special projects that we'd like to share with you! Many of our guests know Leo from our day tours and have seen her intricate Wixarika beaded art, but not everyone has seen larger pieces like this jaguar. Leo is expanding her business and always looking for new ideas and creative challenges - for special orders or custom pieces, please contact us! Leo not only can cover practically anything in colorful chaquira (beads), but can also explain the cultural and spiritual significance of each design. We are truly in awe of…
  • Happy World Tourism Day! Repost unwto  Together we canhellip
    3 weeks ago by humanconnections Happy World Tourism Day!  #Repost   @unwto  ・・・ Together we can change the world ! Take the pledge to  #TravelEnjoyRespect  !  #IY2017   #WTD2017  join the movement
  • HC reunion! A huge thank you to this awesome grouphellip
    4 weeks ago by humanconnections HC reunion! A huge thank you to this awesome group of OWU intern and Global Engagement Trip alumni who hosted our Director of Student programs yesterday! Victoria is visiting US campuses this week to talk about our upcoming student programs and say hello to some familiar faces
  • Our thoughts are with the victims the survivors the workershellip
    1 month ago by humanconnections Our thoughts are with the victims, the survivors, the workers and the volunteers. Sending love to Mexico - link to donate below ❤️  #FuerzaMexico  https://www.cruzrojamexicana.org.mx/ Photo by Prema Photographic

“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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