The Sayulita hike to San Pancho is an amazing trail until the end! The trail is truly incredible as you start on the beach, go through the jungle, overlook hidden beaches and in the end you finish in San Pancho.
The hike gives you stunning views, you feel immersed in the jungle and you can even stop at a beach that seems basically private to yourself as you may only see 2-3 groups of people on it.There are times where you will feel as if you are in Jurassic Park as towering trees, vines and greenery surround you, it truly is an incredible jungle experience.
The hike itself is as easy to follow as a labyrinth but after all… it’s Mexico and that is why I am here for you… to help you as best as I can. While it may seem a little unnerving, it is very safe and you can’t really get lost.
There is chance you will get “lost” due to the number of trails but all roads lead to the highway or the beach, which run parallel to each other thus you will never actually get lost.
The only issue is that you will end up the last 5-10 minutes along the side of the main highway, which any of you safety susans will not want to do at all.
You will be walking on a tiny little path directly next to the highway as busses and cars zoom by. It is not ideal at all but the hike before that is so amazing! Even if you wish to turnaround vs. go all the way to San Pancho, the hike is very cool in itself.
There are two ways you can finish the hike, one with you ending a five minute walk along the highway and one being a ten minute walk along the highway, more on these options below.
While the end of the hike along the highway isn’t for the squeamish, the cars all move far from you when they pass and when something larger goes by, you just make sure you are far from the road.
The hike is moderate or potentially even easy in terms of the shape you need to be in… however in true Mexico fashion there are bits if skill/mobility and danger to which I wouldn’t bring my grandparents on at all and borderline my parents… very borderline.
How Long Is The Hike From Sayulita To San Pancho?
It is 4 miles and takes about an hour one way with 900 feet in elevation gain depending which way you go.