in the past it was a silver and gold mining town

Birding in the Sierra Madre of Jalisco

Formerly the town was known as Real de San Sebastián and later San Sebastián and since 1983, San Sebastián del Oeste is a village made up of ancient haciendas and century-old homes that have aged gracefully along with the surrounding mines and fields, filled with a valuable legacy of tradition and history.

In its glorious past, it was a prosperous and self-sustaining silver mining town with over four times the population it has now.

You can reach San Sebastian by air and you’ll arrive at the small airstrip located just outside the town, which allows daily service from Puerto Vallarta. On the way, you’ll enjoy impressive views of the hills and forests in the Sierra Madre.

San Sebastian del oeste


  • 2 - 3 persons

    $ 130 / each

  • 4 - 7 persons

    $ 115 / each

*Prices in US dollars


Bilingual Guide




Spotting scope


Round trip transport


Bird reference books



* The requested equipment has to be taken care of and delivered in perfect condition or a charge will be made for the total cost of it

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Where do your tours depart from?

  • If you are staying in Sayulita or San Pancho we will pick you up where you are staying. If they are outside the area they have to be a minimum of 2 people to pick them up at an additional cost.
  • Private tour we pick you up where you are. More than 5 people per group is considered private and has no additional cost.

What time does the tour start?

  • Summer time 6:00 am; Winter time the tour starts at 6:30 am (local time) for birding
  • If you want just to visit San Sebastian del Oeste, the trip will begin at 7.00 am

How difficult is this hike?

  • Easy to moderate


what to bring

Long pants or shorts

Closed-in Shoes

Hat / Cap




Insect Repellent

Flask with Water


Non plastic disposable bottle

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What about a 2 or 3 Day Birding Tour ?

If you are an avid birdir you may realize that one day is not enough to properly scrutinize San Sebastián del Oeste and its surroundings.

That is why l have organized an itinerary of hot spots and routes in the San Sebastián del Oeste, area that allows us to spend more than one day.

Some of the endemic birds and the reason why we constantly visit the San Sebastián del Oeste.

Red Warbler, Colima Pygmy Owl, Gray crowned Woodpecker, Lilac crowned Parrot, Spotted Wren, Blue Mockingbird, Red headed Tanager, Rusty crowned Ground Sparrow, Mountain Trogon, Mexican Barred Owl, White striped Woodcreeper, Chestnut sided Shrike Vireo, Transvolcanic Jay, Russet Nightingale Thrush, Aztec Thrush, Green striped Brushfinch, Rufous capped Brushfinch.


Destinations to Visit

  • Main road to Town
  • Hacienda Jalisco
  • First viewpoint La Bufa
  • Town San Sebastián del Oeste
  • Old Cemetery
  • La Taberna 
  • Mina Santa Gertrudis
  • Cerro de La Bufa
  • La Bufa
  • Real


We need at last

  • 4 Persons minimun confirmed
  • 30 days prior to the tour date reservation minimun in advance with 50% deposit

Restricions Apply

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