Rancho Primavera

A Bird-watcher’s Paradise in the tourist-friendly Central Pacific Coast of Mexico just south of Puerto Vallarta


(Download our handy  Rancho Primavera Fact Sheet here)


Rancho Primavera is a quiet retreat just 1 hour south of Puerto Vallarta, but feels world’s away from the city life. Here, you’ll be treated like family by the owners -mother and daughter team, Pat and Bonnie – who are full time residents of the ranch and enjoy entertaining and cooking for their guests. They are bilingual Americans who’ve lived in Mexico for decades and who’ve raised their children here.


Mango trees in bloom

In 1996, Owners Pat and Bonnie purchased this former mango and cattle ranch and proceeded to heal its overgrazed lands by planting over 5000 native trees on the 200 acres and were quickly rewarded by a return of the native birds and wildlife. Nowadays, it’s a top destination for bird-watching groups and nature lovers.

See more about the ranch on Facebook:  Rancho Primavera Mexico

Learn more about THE RANCH

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Rancho Primavera is located on the central coast of Pacific Mexico, just 1 hour south of Puerto Vallarta, and 3 km from the small and charismatic Mexican town of El Tuito, which is at the center of the large peninsula known as Cabo Corrientes.

Non-stop flights are available from most major U.S. airports while one-stop connections are available from most major European cities. Rental cars are easily available and the mostly 2-lane roads are in good condition. Taxis, Ubers and busses are also available and we can arrange to pick you up in the village of El Tuito.

Learn more about our LOCATION



We offer a choice of three different rental houses.

Adobe, Villa Carpintero and Casa Colibri.

Children and pets welcome!


estudio and maguays
We have three adjacent rental homes which overlook our pond where you can sit outside and watch the wildlife or take the rowboat or paddle boards out for a spin on the water.

Adobe Home has one bedroom with a king size bed, one full and one half bath, a fully equipped kitchen and a laundry room. The living room has two sofas which can also be used for sleeping.

Villa Carpintero Home has one bedroom with two full beds, two full baths, a fully equipped kitchen and the breakfast room that with its two extra-wide benches can be used as a sleeping area. The living room also has two sofas which can also be used for sleeping.

Casa Colibri is a smaller house with a queen-size bed, one full bath, a small kitchen and a wonderful porch for dining and bird-watching. It has a nice terrace for sun-bathing.




Here at Rancho Primavera, there are many activities to entertain you including:

  • Relax at our bird feeders where up to 70 species can be seen including hummingbirds and parrots
  • Hike our trails through meadows and forest.
  • Enjoy our pond where you can take a row boat out or try our paddle board

You may want to explore the many activities available within the state of Jalisco:

    * Visit Galería Coppelia in El Tuito for some local art.

  • Explore the local villages and their regional cuisines
  • Wander the acclaimed Vallarta Botanical Gardens
  • Swimming / Snorkling / Scuba diving / Surfing on the coast at Tehuamixtle, Maito, Chimo, Las Playitas beach areas
  • Sample raicilla, the local tequila, at a distillery
  • Ride a zip line through the forest canopy
  • Get a taste of city culture in Puerto Vallarta

Learn more about local and regional ACTIVITIES



Rancho Primavera is a bird-watcher’s paradise, with its restored woodlands, meadows, creeks and riparian areas supporting over 265 species of birds, including parrots, trogans, cuckoos and 16 types of hummingbirds! Birding tour groups regularly visit and cherish Rancho Primavera for its birdlife and solitude.

Over 300 species of birds can be found in this region of Mexico including over 19 regional endemics such as the Citreoline Trogan, Orange-breasted Bunting, Lilac-crowned Parrot and the Mexican Woodnymph.

Venturing farther afield, you can explore the greater Jalisco region which supports a wide array of birds in its many habitats including mountainous pine and oak forests, tropical deciduous dry forests, coastal thorn scrub, beaches, islands and mangrove estuaries.

Learn more about our fantastic BIRDING

Orange-breasted Bunting

Orange-breasted Bunting


November through March are the best months to visit when the days are warm and sunny and migrating birds are here. April and May are hot and dry; this is the breeding season for resident birds like the sought-after and easily viewed Trogan and Mot-mot.  June through October can be hot, humid and rainy with only resident birds seen.


“A Hidden Gem”

“A Most Welcome Retreat”

“Recipe for Amazing”

“A Slice Of Paradise”

Learn more about our guest’s PRAISE







3 Responses to HOME

  1. Julie Hall says:

    Greetings. I’m looking to explore the El Tuito area next October/November. I love nature and wildlife, and your place looks lovely. What would you charge a single woman for 3 to 5 days?

    • cataj says:

      Hi Julie, Welcome to Rancho Primavera! For any number of guests under 6, the only option is a house. I would recommend for you Casa Colibri, which is the smallest house, but has a fully equipped kitchen for you to prepare your own meals. It is priced at $60 USD per night. Please let me know if you have any other questions, Bonnie

  2. Julie Hall says:

    Greetings. I’m looking to explore the El Tuito area next October/November. I love nature and wildlife, and your place looks lovely. What would you charge a single woman for 3 to 5 days?

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