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Manzanillo Shore Excursions

Cuyultlan Mexico
Some Cuyutlan excursions include beach visits. Credit: Wikimedia (Creative Commons License)

Manzanillo shore excursions vary depending on the cruise line and excursion operators, but many of them have similar ideas.

Cruise lines that visit Manzanillo on the Mexican Riviera, which lies along the west coast of Mexico, offer excursions to passengers that they resell from local operators.

Booking a Manzanillo excursion through the cruise line is more expensive than booking directly with the operator. But the extra expense pays for convenience and making sure that the cruise line provides an operator that is reliable.

Excursions mostly fall into a few categories: shopping and historical attractions in the city itself, visiting the nearby beaches, going on more adventurous land tours and taking a trip to the bigger and nearby city of Colima with its nearby volcanoes and Mayan ruins.

Princess Cruise Excursions

Princess Cruises is one of the most active cruise lines in visiting Manzanillo. It has six excursions at the time of this writing that range in price from $49.95 to $99.95 per person. The tours last between four and seven hours.

The two least expensive are “Manzanillo City and Shopping” and “Manzanillo Beach and Shopping”. The first one also is the shortest at four hours, while the beach trip is six and a half hours.

A five-hour beach resort getaway for $89.95 offers a buffet lunch and open bar.

The five and a half hour trip to the Cuyutlan turtle sanctuary will take passengers to the Tortugario Ecological Center at the beachfront village of Cuyutlan. The sanctuary is the largest turtle sanctuary in Mexico and also features iguanas and crocodiles. The excursion, which costs $69.95, goes from there to the Salt Museum and where visitors can learn about the town’s salt mining and distribution industry.

The two longest and most expensive excursions take about seven hours and cost $99.95 each per person.

Passengers can tour the 450-year-old town of Colima, see the treasures at the Colima Museum, and visit the ruins of the Pyramids of La Campana. Lunch is included in the price.

Another shore excursion to historical towns will take tourists to Nogueras and Comala. The tour includes “a mystery spot that defies the laws of gravity” (according to Princess), the 18th century Hacienda de Nogueras Museum, the old colonial village of Comala and a tour of the Comala coffee factory.

Excursion Operators

Manzanillo Adventure Tours has more than a dozen choices throughout the area.

Land tours include hiking, ATV rides, the turtle sanctuary ($85), zip lining, the El Salto waterfall ($85) and visits to Colima and the Colima volcanoes ($95).

Water-based excursions include kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, PADI instruction and deep sea fishing.