Local Tour and Ground Operator Agencies offer a large variety of tours, side-trips, entertainment and activities in and nearby Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo.
Most tours can be purchased at hotel's lobbies Tour Operators' hospitality desks. In the case of small hotels without hospitality desks, the personnel at the front desk will put you in touch with the Tour Operator Agency that offers service to the hotel's front door.
Take note that tours listed herein may not be available at certain times of the year or may be temporarily discontinued. Consult a tour-operator.
Countryside & Barra (River & Sea) - Discover nature wonders. Visit tropical fruit plantations, experience the production of Terracotta clay work and peek on a bird sanctuary where the sea meets a river. US$69.00 including lunch.
Las Gatas Beach - Feels like getting into a giant sea water swimming pool because of its rock reef built by our ancestors, that works as a waves breaker. Lots and lots of snorkeling and great time. Lunch included, US$37.00
King of Kings - A visit to the 12 feet high bronze statue of Christ sunken in Zihuatanejo's Bay near Las Gatas Beach. By boat.
If you are adventurous and a good swimmer, you can snorkel from the beach to its location around the reef. Take a life jacket as precaution.
ATV's Tour - Experience the excitement of conquering one of the most beautiful environments of our region. All terrain vehicles (ATV) are easily mastered by all drivers and provide a smooth and safe ride for everyone. Soft drinks included. A very experienced guide on this type of tour will go along. US$125.00 for one person or US$135.00 for two in same ATV.
Horseback Riding - From a "Playa Linda" beach ranch near Ixtapa. Docile and tranquil horses. Visit the country side like old times, including Pantla River. Experienced horseman will guide you and go with you during the whole trip. Also available at "Playa Larga" beach near Zihuatanejo, with a ride along this beautiful open sea beach and to the natural wildlife lagoon. From US$55.00
Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo City Tour US$33.00 and Zihuatanejo Resort Tour with a delicious sunset dinner included from US$59.00
Or what about a guided tour on Kayak, or one of bird watching, or bicycle exploration, or jungle hiking or another of the many adventure and fun tours we have available in our area.
and many more tours...
Most tours provide round trip transportation from your hotel, experienced bilingual guides and a super fantastic time on all of them!
If you plan to buy a tour (fishing, diving, sightseeing, etc) don't do it from a person on the street or on the beach, he may not comply with the offering and you will loose your money and time.
Playa Las Gatas Beach - You must take a short boat ride across Zihuatanejo's bay (approx. a 10 min. trip). Buy round trip ticket at the main pier, approx. US$4.00 per person. Check for time of last boat returning to pier, service usually from 8:00a.m. 'till 6:00p.m. The boats run like a shuttle-bus, you can take any boat going or coming back but it has to be from the same company (cooperative) you bought your ticket; just show it to them. You can also hire them for an exclusive round trip. Lots of restaurants and activities here.
Food and drinks prices are higher at the island than in mainland.
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If you'll like to do your own discovery tours, please seek advice from the personnel at your hotel on how to get there and what you can expect to find and do.
Consider that sometimes it may be cheaper to buy a tour from an operator than to do it on your own, specially for those that have transportation, meal and activities included.
Restoration of the area will continue at different paces during the next years according to the annual budgets assigned by the I.N.A.H. (National Institute of Anthropology and History) for this project.
Please do not take, buy or try to get out of the area or of the country any genuine archaeological relic. It's against the law and it's severely punished. Your guide can advise you where to buy good imitations.
Also, some tour-operators offer an Ecological Tour to San Valentin in nearby Petatlan. About one hour from Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo. An almost 100% virgin area. You'll see wild ducks, albatrosses and herons in their natural habitat of their big lagoon, doves and a wide variety of birds. A Federal Government Camp for the Preservation of the Sea Turtle, a very exuberant flora and a beach that seems to have no end. If ecology and relaxation is in your mind... this tour is very worth while. For this tour it's also highly recommended not to make it on your own; purchase it through a tour-operator and be escorted by an official guide.
For above tours we suggest to take a hat, very comfortable clothing and tennis shoes. For the Archaeological tour you'll have to do a little bit of walking to visit the site. For the Ecological tour take a swimming suit if you'll like to take a deep in their lagoon and seek the advice of your guide for the safest points to do so. You will have to take a short boat ride to reach the beach and camp site.
For above tours we suggest to take at least a sweater because it could get cold in the evenings and nights in that area. For the overnight tours some semi-formal wear is also suggested if you plan to dine in a fine restaurant. Take into consideration that you will be visiting an area away from the beach where dress code is commonly more formal.
A very limited number of operators offer a Monarch Butterflies Tour during their migration in winter time. It includes a visit to the "City of Morelia" and its main attractions and one night lodging. It's at least a two days tour and from approx. US$230.00 with no meals included. This tour may be extended for more nights that includes a visit to "Santa Clara del Cobre" and nearby towns. Inquire with your tour-operator.
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