12 days in Sayulita & Patzcuaro Itinerary

12 days in Sayulita & Patzcuaro Itinerary

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12 days in Sayulita & Patzcuaro Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly + Bus:  8 h 45 min
— 5 nights
Drive:  7 h
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: Vancouver


Sayulita ©
Sandy beaches, good surfing, and affordable dining draw an increasing number of tourists to vacation in Sayulita, a smaller and less hectic alternative to nearby Puerto Vallarta.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sayulita: Nuevo Vallarta (Swim with Dolphins & Nuevo Vallarta Beach). There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Marietas Islands, stop by Tiendita Hola Sayulita, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Las Cuevas, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

Before you visit Sayulita, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Vancouver, Canada to Sayulita is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In March, Sayulita is warmer than Vancouver - with highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Patzcuaro.

Things to do in Sayulita

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Nuevo Vallarta, Punta de Mita, Marietas Islands
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 20:
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Marietas Islands ©
Marietas Islands
Kayaking & Canoeing
Nuevo Vallarta Beach ©
Nuevo Vallarta Beach


Patzcuaro ©
Pátzcuaro is a large town and municipality located in the state of Michoacán. Explore Patzcuaro's surroundings by going to Uruapan (Telares Uruapan & Parque Nacional Barranca del Cupatitzio) and Tzintzuntzan (Tzintzuntzan Archaeological Zone & Archaeological Zone of Ihuatzio). There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Paricutin Volcano, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Salud, admire the striking features of La Biblioteca Publica Gertrudis Bocanegra, and get engrossed in the history at Centro de Interpretacion Ruta Don Vasco.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Patzcuaro online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Sayulita to Patzcuaro in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Patzcuaro

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Tzintzuntzan, Uruapan, Paricutin Volcano, Zirahuen
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 26:
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Santa Clara del Cobre ©
Santa Clara del Cobre
Parque Nacional Barranca del Cupatitzio ©
Paricutin Volcano ©
Paricutin Volcano