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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.
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)
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)
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!
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.