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Beautifully tucked away on Mexico's stunning Pacific Coast is the luxury vacation destination that is known as Punta Mita. Its natural beauty, perfect year-round weather, incredible land and water activities and high-end accommodations beckon discerning visitors from all across America and many countries around the world. Those vacationing in Punta Mita may expect to enjoy world-class golf, luxury yachting, sport fishing, scuba diving, surfing and much more, but you might just want to take a day trip over to nearby Rancho la Montalbena to make your perfect Punta Mita stay even better.

About Rancho la Montalbena

Rancho la Montalbena, Higuera Blanca, is located less than 15 minutes from Punta Mita, and it's filled with amazing activities for those of all ages. Everything is close together, so there is no problem in allowing each family member to choose their favorite. These are just a few of the experiences that you may expect to enjoy.

Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding BeachMosey on out to this over 1,000-acre ranch that sits in the foothills of the Sierra Madre, and you may spend some time riding a well-trained horse through the natural beauty of the area. Horses are available for those of any skill level, and you may choose to take a ride through the cobbled streets of the lovely village of Higuera Blanca, through a jungle path filled with plants, flowers and animals or along a golden-sand beach next to the Pacific Ocean. Seasoned riders may take their horse on a gallop across the beach, and morning and sunset rides are available. The littlest visitors may choose a pony to ride or visit the onsite petting zoo. Special romantic moonlight rides and camp rides that include a cookout are available as well.

Zipline Adventures

If an extreme adventure combined with stunning views sounds like your kind of fun, then you'll want to spend some time ziplining in the mountains. Ten ziplines and an impressive suspension bridge will test your skills, and you'll discover the best views of the Pacific Ocean, Punta Mita and the bay from your unique vantage point high in the air. Once you're on the high-speed line, you may expect to reach speeds of 50 miles per hour, and you'll have no worries because everything is built to the highest safety standards. You'll also be outfitted with approved safety gear before your adventure begins.

ATV Experience

Available only to adults age 18 and up, this 2.5-hour adventure allows you to take your ATV on the high road and along the beach and the river. You'll start out thoroughly exploring Higuera Blanca before heading into the jungle and onto Litibu Beach, where you can utilize the mirador to enjoy exceptional views of the bay. Tours are available morning, noon and mid-afternoon Monday through Saturday, and bottled water is available throughout the day.

Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride

Those looking for an activity that allows for relaxation are sure to enjoy this pleasant ride in a lovely carriage. Your horse and driver will take you through the countryside, through the town of Higuera Blanca and to Litibu Beach. Along the way, you'll learn a bit about local traditions and customs and enjoy nature at its very best. You may choose a ride of either 1.5 or 2.5 hours, and don't forget to ask for your souvenir photo. Those choosing the longer ride will have the opportunity to stop and spend some time on the beach.

Climb and Hike Cerro Del Mono

Also known as Monkey Mountain, Cerro Del Mono is considered one of the area's largest hills that boasts spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, miles of coastline, mountains, valleys and the surrounding countryside once you've reached the top. Expect to discover giant tropical trees, native plants, flowers and animals and an abundance of interesting migratory birds. Don't be surprised to see cows wandering freely, and the hill has a reputation for an awesome butterfly habitation as well. This climb can be strenuous at times, but you need only be in moderate shape to successfully make it to the top. The entire expedition should take no more than 2.5 hours, and your professional guide will provide you with bottled water throughout the day.

How to Get There

Here at Exceptional Stays, many of our Punta Mita luxury vacation villas come with a private car and driver who will be happy to take you over to Rancho la Montalbena for a day of fun and excitement during your vacation. Our dedicated concierge team is also available to arrange for your participation in any of the above activities in advance of your visit so that you'll never have to worry about availability. Just let us know what you're interested in when you make your reservations for your preferred vacation home, and we'll take care of everything else.