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Cerro del Mono (The Mountain of the Monkey)

Sayulita

To appreciate the majesty of Pacific Ocean and its twilights you have to climb the top of Cerro del Mono (The Mountain of the Monkey), a mountain which overlooks the Pueblo Mágico of Sayulita and Punta Mita.

Higuera Blanca is the nearest town and gateway to the mountain. After crossing its little square, you slowly enter the jungle. Do it slowly because the uphill hike is hard. It can take up to an hour to reach the summit, which is a 360 ° viewpoint north of Bahía de Banderas and the peninsula which groups the beaches of Sayulita, Punta Mita, Litibú and Marietas Islands.

The closer you get to the summit the more obstacles you should surmount, such as rocks and logs. That’s why many of the walks are done with a guide—they know the safest shortcuts. In addition, they explain to you the flora and fauna of the site.

Some spaces are ideal to stop and see how nature grows unchecked on the face of the hill, giving the feeling that you are admiring vertical gardens. Other sites are perfect for resting and photographing different angles of the ocean.

Once you climb the Cerro del Mono 350 meters (1148 ft) height you reach the top, where you have to wait the sunset and see how the sky gets painted with orange and purple hues. So, plan this walk after four in the afternoon.

To appreciate the majesty of Pacific Ocean and its twilights you have to climb the top of Cerro del Mono (The Mountain of the Monkey), a mountain which overlooks the Pueblo Mágico of Sayulita and Punta Mita.

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Higuera Blanca is the nearest town and gateway to the mountain. After crossing its little square, you slowly enter the jungle. Do it slowly because the uphill hike is hard. It can take up to an hour to reach the summit, which is a 360 ° viewpoint north of Bahía de Banderas and the peninsula which groups the beaches of Sayulita, Punta Mita, Litibú and Marietas Islands.

The closer you get to the summit the more obstacles you should surmount, such as rocks and logs. That’s why many of the walks are done with a guide—they know the safest shortcuts. In addition, they explain to you the flora and fauna of the site.

Some spaces are ideal to stop and see how nature grows unchecked on the face of the hill, giving the feeling that you are admiring vertical gardens. Other sites are perfect for resting and photographing different angles of the ocean.

Once you climb the Cerro del Mono 350 meters (1148 ft) height you reach the top, where you have to wait the sunset and see how the sky gets painted with orange and purple hues. So, plan this walk after four in the afternoon.

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