Why do we require an application?Our application process is in response to two of the most common questions our Riders have prior to booking a trip with us:
1) Am I skilled/fit enough to participate in this Ride?
2) Will the other people on my Ride be skilled/fit enough?
Ensuring that you - and the other Riders on your Ride - are a good fit for the Ride selected is of paramount importance to us. We want to help you pick the Ride that's perfect for you, and ensure that everyone booked on a Ride is on the right Ride for them. That's why we want to know a bit more about you - your mountain biking history, where you ride, how often, etc... - before we take your money.
We review every application and if, based on your responses, we think you're a good fit, we'll approve your application and you'll receive a link to place a deposit. If we think you might not be a good fit (either too skilled or not skilled enough for the Ride you chose), then we'll give you a call to discuss your preferences in greater detail.
Please note: our application process isn't about excluding anyone, or making anyone feel like they're not 'good enough' to participate in one of our Rides. It's about ensuring that you end up on the right Ride for you, with people of similar skill, fitness and riding preferences. In the end this ends up being a much better experience for everyone.
Feeling the winter blahs? We've got just the ticket for a recharge - an adventure for mind, body and soul!
Located on a spectacular private beach on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, this fantastic retreat combines exciting mountain bike riding with invigorating and relaxing yoga.
Imagine watching the sun rise while being lulled by the sounds of crashing waves in the midst of a morning yoga session. Shortly after a delicious breakfast, you're being thrilled by smooth, flowy riding in the beautiful, lush Sierra Madre mountain range. You're immersed in history and culture in the picture-perfect town of Mascota, and you plunge into the emerald blue waters of the Marietas Islands to swim alongside dolphins, sea turtles and manta rays. Adventure, exploration and relaxation - you really can have it all!
Safety in Mexico
Although the drug trade has led to instability and major violence along the U.S./Mexico border, violent or organized crime is not a concern in this part of Mexico. Sayulita and Mascota, where we spend most of the trip, are two of the most peaceful places anywhere in Mexico (or the world, for that matter).
IS THIS RIDE FOR YOU?
This Ride is for the relatively fit and adventurous beginner to intermediate mountain biker who enjoys riding relatively easy trails and dirt roads to access beautiful places. You love the ocean and beautiful beaches. You either have a regular yoga practice or are willing to give it a try. You love to explore other cultures and try new things, and don't mind getting out of your cultural comfort zone to open up to new experiences.
WHY RIDE WITH US?
- Satisfaction Guarantee
- Guaranteed Departures
- Lifetime Deposits
- Risk-Free Booking Window
- Travel Concierge
please note that weather and other factors may hinder our ability to deliver the itinerary exactly as listed below, but we will make every effort to ensure that the itinerary you experience is the same as this one. Please also note that there is some flexibility and you may choose to opt out of any of the planned activities (except for transportation to the next destination(s).
Day 1. Arrive at Puerto Vallarta, transfer to Playa Escondida.
We'll meet you at Puerto Vallarta airport and transfer you to the beautiful Playa Escondida resort, a secluded and spectacular private beach 40 minutes away from the city. You'll be greeted by our friendly staff before settling into your new accomodations and reassembling your bikes. For Riders requesting bike rentals, your bikes will be delivered tonight tuned up and ready to ride. We'll then feast on our first delicious dinner together, allowing time for everyone to get to know each other and share stories. Our lead guide will then brief you on important logistical details, before we all head to bed dreaming of the fantastic week of yoga and mountain biking that lays ahead.
Day 2. Ride, Surf and Salsa.
We'll start the day with a sunrise yoga session overlooking the Pacific Ocean. After a delicious and nutritious breakfast, we'll have our group pre-trip safety chat. We'll then head out on our first moderate ride, allowing us to get comfortable on our bikes and in tropical weather, which will take us along streams overlooking the ocean and thick jungle. We'll drop into into Sayulita and break for lunch. We'll have the rest of the afternoon to relax at the resort's private beach, or take part in optional surf and/or salsa lessons (not included in price).
Total km of riding: between 12-20km | Elevation gain: 150-300m | Elevation loss: 150-300m
Day 3. Sierra de Vallejo jungle ride
We'll start our day off on the right foot with another sunrise yoga session on the beach while taking in the alluring sounds and sights of the ocean. After a hearty breakfast, we'll pack swimsuits and towels and shuttle 45 minutes north to the stunning Sierra de Vallajo mountain range. We'll explore the Sierra on steep cobblestone climbs and fast fire road descents, gaining confidence on our two-wheeled machines, before enjoying a picnic for lunch. We'll then hike a fairly technical trail to catch a glimpse of ancient petroglyphs and marvel at the scenery. A truly authentic Mexican experience! We'll head back to our resort in the evening.
Total km of riding: between 8-15km | Elevation gain: 200-400m | Elevation loss: 200-400m
Day 4. Marietas Island and San Pancho
Today, we head out after breakfast for a quick drive to Punta de Mita, where panga fishing boats will be waiting to take us on a 3-hour ocean safari to Marietas Islands National Park. We'll have a chance to see Dolphins, Sea Turtles, Manta Rays and Grey Whales. The boat will go around the Islands, showing us the different rock formations and small coves, until coming to a stop on one of its secluded beaches, where we'll be able to swim, walk on the beach, explore caves and relax in the sun. From there, we head over to our Snorkeling adventure. Once we get to the small secluded cove, we'll jump in the water and snorkel around the different areas of this cove. We'll then have lunch in Punta de Mita at a beachfront restaurant. During the afternoon, we'll hop on our bikes and go on a sligtly more challenging loop around San Pancho, and enjoy the sights and culture.
Total km of riding: between 8-20km | Elevation gain: 60-350m | Elevation loss: 60-350m
Day 5. Arrive in Mascota
After a relaxing morning yoga session and a filling breakfast, we'll head out on a 2 hour drive to the mountain town of Mascota. On the way there, we'll stop at a Tequila factory to learn about how Tequila is made. Upon our arrival in Mascota, we'll enjoy a typical mexican lunch and check into our hotel. We'll then go on a warm up ride around the colonial town of Mascota and explore the different dirt roads and singletrack in the surrounding area. After breaking a sweat, we'll reach the Mascota Dam, where we can jump into the water and cool off, before we ride back to town for a delicious Mexican dinner in a local restaurant.
Total km of riding: 12km | Elevation gain: 250m | Elevation loss: 250m
Day 6: Mascota rides and local activities
After breakfast at our hotel, we'll set out for an epic day of riding, exploring the variety of terrain the area has to offer. We'll ride along scenic dirt roads and some easy trails offering great vantage points. We'll break at lunch time for a picnic, before exploring quaint old mining towns connected by dirt roads. We'll shuttle back to Mascota with big grins on our faces, ready for a few drinks and dinner in town.
Total km of riding: 30km | Elevation gain: 500m | Elevation loss: 600m
Day 7. Mascota rides and good-bye dinner
We'll hop on our bikes again after breakfast for another spectacular ride in the mountains surrounding Mascota. We'll put some of the skills we learned throughout the week in practice on a very fun and challenging 5 km singletrack loop. We'll have lunch and stretch our legs, before burning the rest of our energy on more fast and flowy trails. We'll relax in the evening and stop at the renowned Yerbuena Restaurant for our final good-bye dinner.
Total km of riding: between 15-35km | Elevation gain: 200-400m | Elevation loss: 200-1,200m | Highest Elevation point: 2200m
Day 8. Return Home
After an early breakfast, the van will depart Mascota at 9 am, driving along the beautiful Sierra Madre Mountaina, and arriving at Puerto Vallarta airport at 12 pm (noon).
- 7 nights accommodation at local resorts and hotels
- all breakfasts and lunches, plus welcome and goodbye dinners
- 10 yoga sessions (including yoga mats)
- all transportation including airport pickup and dropoff
- 2 amazing, friendly local guides
- Marietas Islands ocean safari
Below you will find a comprehensive list of information about this Ride and destination, including Frequently Asked Questions by site visitors and our Riders at the bottom. If you don’t find the information you’re looking for below, click the ‘Ask a Question’ button below.
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|Name||Bio||My 'Sacred Ride'|
Jose Luis Mariscal Cardenas
|Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico. Cycling all my life. 20 years mountain biking. XC / trail riding for fun and endurance racing. Offroad Training Guide.||The Alta Vista Town loop - it's the best!|
|I raced XC for most of my teenage years until I decided to venture into a more relaxed lifestyle of Surfing, Yoga, Hiking and All Mountain Biking. I have travelled half the planet Surfing or Mountain Biking and love to show guests my country....||My Sacred Ride is "La Intrepida" tucked in the Mascota Mountains. This is a predominant downhill ride, extremelly technical, fast and challenging. It is tucked in beautifull...|
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