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Natikari Rancho Verde Eco Tours in Sayulita Mexico

Natikari Rancho Verde Eco Tours

Highlights
Magical Hiking Through a Stunning Nature Reserve
Low impact, Ecotourism
Gorgeous, Protected Jungle
Located Just Outside the entrance of Sayulita
Enjoy the Beauty and Diversity of Mexico
Jungle Expeditions, Bird Watching, Jungle Therapy & More

Natikari Rancho Verde in Sayulita contains an expansive, pristine jungle reserve with the typical flora and fauna of the region. This native landscape is protected from unsustainable use by the contractual agreement of the owners. Natikari Rancho Verde Eco Tours has the mission to offer sustainable, low-impact ecotourism that not only brings you close up with local wildlife but also with Mexican culture. 

Experience a Sanctuary of Biodiversity!

Natikari Rancho Verde Eco Tours offers an incredible and expansive hidden landscape just on the other side of town. Discover the road less traveled that is definitely not to be missed. Without a guide, this hike could take all day just examining all the incredible plants and wildlife! It is so beautiful you will regret that you have to blink! Natikari Rancho Verde provides peace, tranquility, curiosity, and wonder. It is a magical place that needs to be explored. Visitors of Natikari can expect to see a wide variety of native birds, butterflies, flowers, and greenery.  Explorers have even heard the sound of a jaguar. We cannot forget to mention that hikers will be accompanied by the sanctuary's two friendly donkeys as well!

The Natikari Project

Natikari means “night” in Huichol, the language of an indigenous people of Mexico. We refer to it as Rancho Verde, or a place to see and do green stuff.

Services:

Jungle Expedition

Come and join us on an exclusive adventure in the jungle close to Sayulita. Our experienced guides will take you on a tour to enjoy the beauty of the diverse fauna and flora of this part of Mexico. Our tours are small with a maximum of 8 people, or if you wish, we can arrange for private tours as well.

The meeting point is at Smoker’s Paradise (on Avenida Revolucion, opposite the police station) in Sayulita, from where our shuttle will take you to the ranch (appr. 10-minute car ride). The guided walk lasts about 2 hours, and we will have some refreshments waiting for you at our jungle garden as we finish. You will have some more time to enjoy the tranquility of nature, observe the wildlife, and just relax in one of our chill-out areas. From there we will return you to the meeting point and back to reality. The whole tour lasts about 4 hours from pick up to drop off. The hike is of intermediate difficulty. The trail is approximately 4.5km in length and the difference in altitude is 160m.

MXN $1200 per person (USD $60)

Birdsong Breakfast

Natikari Rancho Verde invites you to have breakfast at our ranch sanctuary while introducing you to a few of the beautiful feathered friends of Nayarit. The breakfast experience is aimed at nature enthusiasts with little knowledge of the local birds. The setting is comfortable and feasible for those who have difficulties walking. We will hear and see a great diversity of birds from the comfort of our palapa and garden. No need to carry a lot of equipment through the jungle! We provide guides, and we have a few binoculars. If you have your own, please bring them. You may also want to bring a camera to capture the magical sights.

This tour also includes transport from and to Sayulita, a breakfast containing fruit, yogurt, granola, chilaquiles, and coffee. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions in advance. 

MXN $1400 per person (USD $70)

Shinrin Yoku: Forest Bath

Shinrin Yoku is the Japanese practice of experiencing nature with all your senses. Come and have a forest bath and discover the many benefits for our bodies and souls. Getting out into nature can reduce stress, anxiety, lower blood pressure, boost immunity, and make us less aggressive and kinder, more creative, and improve our overall wellbeing. 

Our Guides at Natikari Rancho Verde will suggest breathing exercises and practice mindfulness rounded up with some stretches and hammock time. Science says you should spend more time in a hammock watching the world go by! Apart from a few words of guidance, we encourage our guests to walk in silence. There will be some time at the end to share experiences and answer questions. There is no better start to your holiday than a nature reset, allowing your brain to relax and recharge.

The meeting point is at Smoker’s Paradise (on Avenida Revolucion, opposite the police station) in Sayulita, from where our shuttle will take you to the ranch (appr. 10-minute car ride). The guided walk lasts about 2 hours and of course we will have some refreshments waiting for you at our jungle garden. You will have some more time to enjoy the tranquility of nature, observe the wildlife, and just relax. 

The whole experience lasts about 4 hours from pick up to drop off, but don't plan other appointments too tightly, you might just fall asleep in a hammock and we don't have the heart to disturb you! 

MXN $1600 per person (USD $80)

The Team:

Hernan & Katja are the experts behind Natikari Rancho Verde Eco Tours.

Katja is the head biologist of Natikari Rancho Verde, coming all the way from Germany. She met Hernan, who introduced her to Natikari, on one of her stays in Sayulita. She fell in love with the project, packed her bags, and left her then home in England to help with the conservation of beautiful Sayulita. 

Hernan is the mastermind behind Natikari Rancho Verde. Born and raised in Monterrey, he first came to Sayulita on a family vacation. With a background in law and tourism, Herman soon moved to Sayulita and worked from the young age of 21 to build his dream of a sustainable, jungle conservatory.

After 17 years of planning and plotting, Rancho Natikari is finally open to the public to enjoy and experience its true treasure in a tropical paradise. 

Please use the contact form or call the number above (mention Sayulita Life) to reserve your experience with Natikari Rancho Verde Eco Tours!

 

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Beyond Expectations
How Incredible this experience was! It was more amazing than we had expected, and thanks to Katja for being such a great guide. She made us feel safe at all times and her passion and knowledge of the ecosystem made it all more enjoyable. Not mention the donkeys that made this all more memorable. 100 percent highly recommend this to anyone who can appreciate nature and love for Sayulita.
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Experienced: October, 2021
Really an incredible experience
This was the most incredible experience in Sayulita! Hands down my favorite day (and this is coming from someone who is a beach lover). Got to hike through with Hernen, who was so passionate about this protected, magical ranch! Lush greenery, beautiful birds and animals everywhere you look. Finished off with the sweetest fruit we’ve ever had and homemade guacamole in the company of not only the best people but also a brand new baby donkey named Lluvia:) it’s been a week and I’m still in awe of this great experience! Thank you to the people of Natikari - Rancho Verde for allowing us to share this beautiful place with you! We will be back for sure! Thank you
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Experienced: July, 2021
Amazing Nature Escape just at the entrance of Sayulita
Need an amazing nature break just minutes from the center of Sayulita? This hike is a perfect escape for a few hours, only minutes away from town. The staff is amazing and knowledgeable and you will see all kinds of animals and plants on this great excursion.

I would recommend wearing pants for walking around the plants and good comfortable walking shoes as this is a real nature hike on narrow and sometimes steep terrain.
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Experienced: May, 2021
Absolutely beautiful Experience in the Jungle
I went into the jungle with Katja from Natikari a few weeks ago and had so much fun. The jungle is beautiful, the trees are just fabulous (I'm obsessed with trees) and Katja is a delight to be with. She's smart, passionate and clearly loves what she's doing. I went without my kids but would absolutely go back with them and do a slightly easier trek. Highly recommended.
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Experienced: April, 2021
Stunning!!
The most environmentally immersive tour in all of Sayulita hands down. Stunning. Amazing fruit too, so fresh!
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Experienced: March, 2021
Breathtaking views
Natikari as an experience in a holistic sense is phenomenal. And breaking it down, the guides, the hike, scenery, and difficulty was perfect. Every aspect of our excursion through the jungle was amazing from our guides giving just the right amount of information on the flora and fauna to the views we experienced of the lush landscapes. And of course the beautiful ranch we ended at where we could chill out on hammocks and eat fresh fruit surrounded by no signal and stunning nature. Highly HIGHLY recommend checking out Natikari for outdoors lovers and really anyone else!
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Experienced: March, 2021
Awesome Jungle Exploring
Amazing walk through the jungle of Sayulita. So many birds and great staff! I really like it and it’s a beautiful day escape.
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Experienced: February, 2021
Rumblee in the Jungleeee!!
What a really fantastic day! Sayulita is so beautiful, but if you really want to unwind, a day in the jungle is the way to go. We saw lots of birds, ant trails, a snakes and the ranch donkeys were with us every step of the way. After the tour we used the chillout area on the ranch to fully relax and enjoy nature. Food and drinks were also provided, thanks to Katja for the great day and the catering! For sure one of the best parts of our trip.
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Experienced: February, 2021
Incredible natural beauty
Donkeys and great people In the jungles of Mexico, with fruit and a great hang at the end! Katja and the crew are educated, sweet, and very welcoming. It’s super close to Sayulita and provides a great change of pace and scenery. Hernan is a great guy with an amazing plot of land. See if they will make you one of their special drinks! We will be back next year!
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Experienced: February, 2021
Amazing tour with an expert
Look, everywhere you go around Sayulita you see trees and birds. But have you really, truly noticed them? Katja is super knowledgeable about all things botanical and ornithological (yes, that's plants and birds), will identify all the lovely bird songs you heard already and tell you how to spot the little divas, point out busy termite highways, hidden nests, and all the things her donkeys haven't eaten yet. We took our 1-year old in a backpack on the tour, and he loved being able to run around wherever he wanted to. Petting donkeys was so awesome!
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Experienced: January, 2021
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Katja & Hernan in Sayulita Mexico
Owner/Manager Name
Katja & Hernan
Bio
Meet Hernan, the mastermind of the Natikari project. Born and raised in Monterrey, he first came to Sayulita on a family vacation. In those times Sayulita was still a tiny fishing village with wild, untouched nature everywhere. He was allowed to m... [Read more]

Meet Hernan, the mastermind of the Natikari project. Born and raised in Monterrey, he first came to Sayulita on a family vacation. In those times Sayulita was still a tiny fishing village with wild, untouched nature everywhere. He was allowed to move here on the condition: he finished his law degree first. He finished in record time, packed his bags, and arrived at his destination when he was 21. He soon started helping others to buy land and in 2006, and was asked by the former owner of the land that is now Rancho Natikari to find buyers. But how to get people to invest in land that is protected forest with very limited opportunity to construct and get a return? After long discussions and exchanges of ideas, he constructed the idea of creating the jungle sanctuary. He developed the rules that bind every owner at Natikari to protect and preserve the land. Hernan not only had a great vision for this natural land,he also has a wealth of stories and anecdotes revolving around Sayulita. Make sure you get some out of him when you come and visit! Meet Katja, head biologist of the Natikari project- all the way from Germany. She met Hernan on one of her stays in Sayulita,and introduced her to Natikari. She fell in love with the project, packed her bags, and left her then home in England to help with the conservation of this land. Katja predicted in her PhD thesis how climate change and non-native species could change freshwater community composition. She still loves to feed and watch birds. Using her food-web knowledge she is often seen adding plants to the garden that insects and birds might like and recording the results from a hammock. Katja is also our head donkey wrestler and will most likely be the one taking you on the tour and answering your inquiries.

Price Range:
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Hours of Operations:
8:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Smoke Paradise, Av. Revolución #473, 63734 Sayulita, Nay.
+52 322-301-2473
(Please mention Sayulita Life)
+44 751-302-0643
(Please mention Sayulita Life)
Visitors:
150
Amenities
Certified
Credit Cards
Group/Private Classes
Kid Friendly
Reserve Online/Phone
Transportation
Language
English
Spanish

Meals
Breakfast

Certified
Credit Cards
Group/Private Classes
Kid Friendly
Reserve Online/Phone
Transportation
Language
English
Spanish

Meals
Breakfast