Mascota and its surrounding towns like Juanacatlan, Navidad and San Sebastian del Oeste to name a few have become a popular destination for mountain biking. It's relative closeness to Puerto Vallarta and its international airport make this a great destination away from the tourist venues and into a more authentic Mexico. It's a two and a half hour drive from busy Puerto Vallarta to get to Mascota, and normally the road access to this town is in good shape, but from time to time the old paved road suffers from heavy rains and can get a bit complicated but for most of the year it's fine.
There is plenty of accommodation, and good little restaurants and coffee shops, to make the trip worthwhile. Don't expect five-star hotels, but the hotels in Mascota are quite nice!
Trails are mostly long natural trails with few man-made features. Most of these paths were once used for mining purposes or for communicating between towns, so they carry a lot of history, there are new trails too built specifically for mountain biking. There is a great variety of trails going from fast flowy singletrack to steep, tight and rowdy switchbacks that will make your arms pump and brakes scream! Rest assured, these trails are fun!
Mascota Bike A.K.A. Peter Bocaccio is a one of a kind fun character takes care of these ancient paths, and has done a great job maintaining and promoting these trails. He is always scouting for new ones and will always let you in on his latest trail discovery.
Trailforks can be used to find several of the trails here and that can give you a glimpse of what the trails are like and where to find them but be sure to contact Mascota bike to pay your trail fee, and they'll surely be glad help you out with any details.
There are a few guiding companies that can get you sorted out if you are planning on coming here, for sure give Mascota Bike or Mascota Ride a call and they can sort you out with anything you might need.
Every great journey comes to an end, and it must so we can start writing the next one. But the memory scrapbook will always be there projecting images and experiences to feed our minds with great memories. Let's keep filling it up!
Adios amigos, till the next one!
Special thanks to these great riders and friends: Julia Hoffman, Daniel Schaefer and Alvin Chilldown