Appreciation of architectural and cultural heritage

Guided tours

Rural and natural photography

Bird watching


ATV rides

Mountain biking

Explore the mining past

Get to know the coffee plantations

Walk the alleys of the town

Horse trips

Visit the orchards

Flora and fauna appreciation

Tour 1: Up to Real Alto, La 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 Virgen del Rosario brought from Spain. In the Tavern you can see how ¨Raicilla¨, the regional drink, is made. A little higher, approximately a thousand meters above San Sebastián, is La Bufa, the highest rocky peak in the region, once a geographical landmark of the Nao de China, from the high seas. There you can enjoy an extraordinary panoramic view: the green mantle of the mountains, the hills and ranches, the valley and the Bay of Banderas, the coastline, the brilliant blue of the sky blending with the deep blue of the sea.


Tour 2: Como Reyes (one day)

Los Reyes is the third mining estate with which the region's mining diamond is closed. A beautiful little town on the banks of the Rio Grande, along which you can walk at your leisure, visit old mine shafts and beneficiation farms and get to know the “Gruta”, an impressive formation of basaltic prisms. In the Rio Grande you will have the rare opportunity to take a real river bath, shiver for a while and then enjoy a great lunch… like royalty.


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

Talpa is a well-known religious pilgrimage center, in whose cathedral the Virgen del Rosario dwells and reigns. The "Virgin of Talpa", as it is commonly known, is miraculous and attracts many faithful who come to ask or pay "orders", congregating around it pious and lively pilgrimages. Mascota is the "city" of the western highlands 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 towns: Yerbabuena and Navidad.


Walk around in San Sebastián, Appreciating the architectural and cultural heritage

Appreciating the architectural heritage: Temple of San Sebastián Martir

Beautiful religious construction dating from the seventeenth century. The parish was built by Augustinian friars, their parish priest being Fray 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 19th century that housed shops that imported their merchandise mainly from France.


Appreciating cultural heritage: Parish Museum

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


Appreciating cultural heritage: Conchita Encarnación Museum

It is a private house owned by the Encarnación family, a descendant of Pablo Encarnación and José Rogelio Álvarez Encarnación, both of historical importance. The first has been called the "father of the people", he built the Mexican Pavilion and was municipal president. The second was the author of the Encyclopedia of Mexico. The Encarnacions were one of the wealthiest families in the mining era and they keep in their possession 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 a barrel vault, as well as wrought iron gates.


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

It is a structure that belongs to a 19th century farm called El Pabellón Mexicano. His function was to guard the stingray shop and the mineral deposits; It has several holes, which were used to target the attackers coming from the south. The tower or fort has two firing levels, some were placed at ground level and others were raised on beams.


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

Portal that was built in stages in the 19th century, where in the past, mixed products of the basic basket were sold. It is known as the Portal of the Bone because there were some butchers.


Appreciating the architectural heritage: Curved Bridge

Construction of the 19th century, it measures 10 meters long and preserves almost all the original structure. This bridge forms a spectacular picture with the red roofs of the houses and a small waterfall that runs alongside.


Appreciating the architectural heritage: Hacienda Jalisco

Former mining farm dating from the late nineteenth century (1885), belonged to the Jalisco Minera negotiation. It generated its own energy by means of a hydroelectric plant and had a telephone that communicated to Casa Jalisco. You can see remains of the equipment for the benefit of minerals, as well as paintings, furniture, articles and old documents.


Appreciating the architectural heritage: Puente Recto

Built at the end of the 19th century (1884). On its body you can see a plaque with the year of its construction. Made of quarry stone and mortar, it is 60 meters long, 6 meters wide and 8 meters high.


Appreciating the architectural heritage: Ancient Pantheon

It dates from the 19th century. It has five mausoleums. It is romantic in structure. It was built by the Catholic Church. Following the secularization of the state, the municipal pantheon changed headquarters.


Appreciating cultural heritage: Mina Santa Gertrudis

Silver mine with more than 150 years old. 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 18th century. It was built in order to have a place to publicize important documents and news, as well as to celebrate social and leisure activities.


Appreciating the architectural heritage: The Mexican Pavilion

Residential estate dating from the 19th century, has an original painting on its façade with the name of the estate. It has several rooms, central patio, loft, water well, stables, the Garitón with its military fort and a tunnel that connects with the temple and the Jalisco Hacienda. At one time it functioned as a stingray shop for miners. It has given rise to countless legends and is an emblematic building in San Sebastián del Oeste.