There’s something about crumbling buildings, cobblestone streets and narrow passageways that makes me go weak in the knees. Add a tropical climate, 360 degrees of green mountains and gnarly citrus trees, and I’m bordering on inconsolable. So when our van rolled through San Sebastián del Oeste’s city gates, it was clear that I’d just arrived in my version of paradise.
We’d planned to make our journey to San Sebastián a day trip, as it’s just two hours southeast of San Pancho. By hour three of wandering San Sebastián’s cobblestone paths, we knew we’d be missing out by hightailing it back to San Pancho, so we made the last-minute decision to stay the night.
A quick inquiry led us to Hotel del Puente, an old hacienda with high ceilings, antique fixtures and an inviting courtyard. We spent the rest of the day getting lost through the village’s lush passageways and ended the day with a great Italian meal at Montebello.
The next day, we bumped and swerved our way up to La Bufa, San Sebastian’s highest peak at just over 7,000 feet. A 10-minute hike through gigantic agaves and mossy boulders led us to the lookout point, and through the humid haze we could just make out Puerto Vallarta and the Bay of Banderas. Altitude, how we’ve missed you!
On the way out of town, we stopped at the local coffee plantation, where coffee bushes, orange trees and wild orchids live in harmony and abundance. After a strong cup of coffee, we were making our way back down the mountain toward San Pancho.
Here’s what I captured of our time in this beautiful and enchanting pueblo mágico.