What to do in San Sebastian?

There are many colonial towns, but few retain the traces of Mexico's colonial and rural history so fresh.

Walking around the village and its surroundings is the greatest pleasure in San Sebastián del Oeste.

Appreciate the vernacular architecture of its houses and buildings, the original "starry plate" of its cobbled streets and sinuous alleys, its flowered corridors, as beautiful and original as the popular names of its neighborhoods: La Pareja, El Rey Dormido, El Garitón, El Triángulo, La Otra Band, Providencia, Hacienda del Cura, El Rincon del Diablo, El Rincón de las Garrapatas.

Chat with your people, meet the Mexican Pavilion and its fort (the garitón) and other old stores of ray. Knowing "the municipal dungeon", placear in the "table", the portals in the "wide street" or "square of the bone". Visit the Parish and its small museum, the house of Doña Conchita and its souvenirs, the ancient pantheon and Hacienda Jalisco.

You can rent horses, mountain bikes or ATVs, be accompanied by a guide and stroll through alleys, sidewalks, glens, streams and green mountains; take a look at the shots of the abandoned mines, explore the ruins of the haciendas of benefit and enjoy the beautiful natural environment and its extraordinary biodiversity.

Tour 1: Climb to Real Alto, to Bufa and reach the sky (Two to four hours)

Real Alto is a mountain hamlet, the oldest mining estate, hanging from the mountain, with a 17th century temple and an image of the Virgin of the Rosary brought from Spain. In the Tavern you can see how it is made "Raicilla", the regional drink. A little further up, about a thousand meters above San Sebastián, is the Bufa, the highest rocky peak in the region, long ago a geographical reference point of Nao of China, from the high seas. There you can enjoy an extraordinary panoramic view: the green mantle of the mountains, the hills and the rancherías, the valley and the bay of Banderas, the coastline, the brilliant blue of the sky confused with the deep blue of the sea.

Tour 2: Like Reyes (one day)

Los Reyes is the third mining fund with which the mining diamond of the region closes. A beautiful village on the banks of the Rio Grande, along which you can walk around, visit ancient mine shots and haciendas of benefit and know the "Grotto" an impressive formation of basaltic prisms. In the Rio Grande will have the rare opportunity to take a real river bath, shiver for a while and then enjoy a great lunch... like kings.

Tour 3: Visit Talpa, Mascota and Juanacatlán (one day)

Talpa is a well-known center of religious pilgrimage, in whose cathedral lives and reigns the Virgin of the Rosary. The "Virgin of Talpa", as it is commonly known, is miraculous and attracts many faithful who come to ask or pay "orders", gathering around them pious and lively pilgrimages. Mascota is the "city" of the western sierra of Jalisco, with an attractive and nostalgic urban center and beautiful walks around it; among others, Juanacatlán, a serene mountain lake, full of beauty, peace and tranquility. On your way you will meet two other charming villages: Yerbabuena and Navidad.

Tour 4: Get off at Puerto Vallarta, "Las Peñas" (one day or one night)

In the middle of the nineteenth century, the prosperous miners of San Sebastián had the salt brought from Las Peñas, a nearby fishing village. Today that village is better known as Puerto Vallarta, so if you are tired of towns, mines, mountains and mountains, you can take a trip to the sunny and beautiful beaches of Bay of flags or, if your true desire is " bursting ", esmuy recomendalble to spend a night in the still small but cosmopolitan port. Health!

What to do in San Sebastian del Oeste?


Appreciation of the architectural and cultural heritage

Guided tours

Rural and natural photography



Quad rides

Mountain biking

Explore the mining past

Meet the coffee planters

Walk through the village alleys

Horse trips

Visit the orchards

Appreciation of flora and fauna

Appreciating the architectural heritage: San Sebastián Martyr Temple

Beautiful religious building dating from the seventeenth century. The parish was built by Augustinian friars and its parish priest Servando Alonso Poca Sangre. The temple has undergone several modifications. It is neoclassical in style and its decoration is baroque, clearly pictorial.

Appreciating the architectural heritage: Portal Morelos (Main Square)

Construction of the nineteenth century that housed shops that imported their merchandise mainly from France.

Appreciating the cultural heritage: Parish Museum

Founded in 2005, this museum houses archaeological and religious pieces from the colonial period, collected by the Pbro. Gabriel Pulido Sendis between 1976 and 1993, in order to contribute to the rescue of the history, taditions and legends of the municipality.

Appreciating the cultural heritage: Conchita Incarnation Museum

It is a private house owned by the Encarnación family, descended from Pablo Encarnación and José Rogelio Álvarez Encarnación, both of historical importance. The first has been called the "father of the people", built the Mexican Pavilion and was municipal president. The second author of the Encyclopedia of Mexico. The Encarnacion were one of the wealthiest families in the mining era and retain a rich historical archive of San San Sebastián del Oeste.

Appreciating the architectural heritage: Calabozo or Municipal Cell

It dates from the 19th century and has the same function for which it was built. They are two cells with thick stone walls and barrel vault, as well as wrought iron gates.

Appreciating the architectural heritage: The Garitón (El fortín).

It is a structure that belongs to a 19th century estate called El Pabellón Mexicano. Its function was to guard the store of "raya" money and the deposits of minerals; has several holes, which served to point to the aggressors who came from the south. The tower or fort has two levels of firing, some were placed at ground level and others were raised to beams.

Appreciating the architectural heritage: Portal del Hueso or Plaza de los Consistoriales

Portal that was built in stages in the nineteenth century, where formerly there were selled mixed products of the basic basket. It is known as the Portal del Hueso because there were some butchers.

Appreciating the architectural heritage: Curved Bridge

Construction of the nineteenth century, is 10 meters long and retains almost the entire original structure. This bridge forms a spectacular picture with the red roofs of the houses and a small waterfall that runs together.

Appreciating the architectural heritage: Hacienda Jalisco

Former mining hacienda that dates from the late nineteenth century (1885), belonged to the mining trade of Jalisco. It generated its own energy by means of a hidroelectríca and counted on a telephone that communicated to the House Jalisco. You can see remains of the equipment for the benefit of minerals, in addition to paintings, furniture, articles and old documents.

Appreciating the architectural heritage: Straight Bridge

Built at the end of the 19th century (1884). In your body you can see a plaque with the year of its building. Of quarry stone and mortar, it has a length of 60 meters, a width of 6 meters and a height of 8 meters.

Appreciating the architectural heritage: Ancient Pantheon

It dates from the 19th century. It has five mausoleums. It has a romantic structure. It was built by the Catholic Church. At the root of the laicization of the state, the municipal pantheon changed its seat.

Appreciating the cultural heritage: Mina Santa Gertrudis

Silver mine with more than 150 years of antiquity. It has a depth of 60 meters, almost in a straight line, a height of 1.8 meters and a width of 1.7 meters.

Appreciating the architectural heritage: Main Square

The original trace was given at the end of the eighteenth century. It was built with the purpose of having a place to announce important documents and news, as well as to celebrate social and recreational activities.

Appreciating the architectural heritage: The Mexican Pavilion

Housing estate dating from the nineteenth century, has on its facade an original painting with the name of the estate. It has several rooms, central patio, tapanco, water well, stables, the Garitón with its military fort and a tunnel that connects with the temple and Hacienda Jalisco. At one time it worked as a shop for miners. It has given rise to innumerable legends and is an emblematic building of San Sebastián of the West.