Are there Pyramids near Puerto Vallarta?

Centuries of Vibrant Mexican Culture

Huichol indigenous in his traditional clothing

You will not find pyramids in Puerto Vallarta because it was not inhabited by Mayans and Aztecs who built these architectural wonders to house their deities in other regions of the country. However, what you will find in Puerto Vallarta are the beautiful expressions of the indigenous Huicholes, also known as Wixárikas, who inhabited the areas. When discovering Sayulita and San Pancho, you will see how Catholic heritage from the Spaniards and the Huichol culture intertwine giving these beach towns a special flavour.

Sayulita church decorated with ojos de Dios

Why are there no pyramids near Puerto Vallarta?

While the Mayans and Aztecs are a rich part of Mexican history, there are many different groups who contribute to the awe-inspiring mosaic of our culture, architecture and vibe. The Mayans, who many people are familiar with as incredible innovators and architects, inhabited the lands comprising modern-day Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Campeche, Tabasco, and Chiapas. That means, should you want to visit Cancun, the team at Cancun Adventures will happily take you to explore the pyramids and teach you all about the historical establishments of that area.


Puerto Vallarta’s architectural wonders are a must-see for those who love color, flavor and traditional customs


Just because the Huicholes didn’t build pyramids does not detract from their long, rich legacy in Jalisco and Nayarit where they live, gather and design intricate keepsakes such as colorful sculptures and embroidery made with tiny beads and expert artistry.

Puerto Vallarta's vibrant culture

For those interested in architecture, you will not be disappointed during your visit to the towns surrounding Puerto Vallarta, such as San Sebastian del Oeste, San Juan de Abajo and San José del Valle. Walking through the streets, you will be surrounded by Spanish Colonial architecture that was purposefully designed to inspire awe in all those who see its construction. Take in the bright colors, unique archways and ultra-Baroque designs.

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During your stay in Puerto Vallarta, we encourage you to take advantage of our private Sayulita and San Pancho Tour where you will get to discover what we affectionately refer to as the “hippie-chic” side of Mexico. 

Private Sayulita and San Pancho tour with Vallarta Adventures

Imagine beautiful, bustling bohemian towns where you can take in awe-inspiring art, visit boutiques, cafes and even see Huichol artisans working on their crafts and embroidery pieces right outside of their colorful shops.

Whether you are a lover of food, art or history, you will fall for the diversity and beauty of Puerto Vallarta, so expand your horizons beyond the pyramids for an unforgettable journey. Enlist the help of your Vallarta Adventures’ guides to ensure you don’t miss some of the best kept secrets in the region. It’s our goal to make everyone fall in love with all the special nuances of Mexico.

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