The name Mascota comes from the Teco Amaxacotlán Mazacotla, which means: place of dears and snakes. The picturesque traditional town of Mascota is hidden away in the Sierra Madre Mountains less than two hours by car from Vallarta. The dry mountain air and abundance of activities such as hiking, mountain biking and fishing, make this an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. The town itself is filled with many museums, historical attractions, traditional shops, restaurants and hotels, making Mascota a fun day trip or a relaxing weekend getaway.