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Puerto Vallarta offers plenty of opportunities for memorable sightseeing that span its beaches, islands, traditional sites, water sports, and activities. These are the 7 best tours to do in this vibrant tourist destination in the Mexican Pacific.
Los Arcos Islands
This tour is primarily intended for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts, given the wide variety of marine life in a deeper area of Banderas Bay, reaching up to 1,640 feet. There are five granite islands near the coast, between Las Gemelas and Mismaloya, which are a paradise for lovers of underwater sports. The islands are also famous for viewing wildlife on land and on the water since the formations are a refuge for certain species of seabirds and rare types of parrots. Another attraction is the tunnels that form at different points on the islands.
Visit of El Eden
Close to Puerto Vallarta, this magnificent site is set in the mountains, about 650 feet high, which is a peaceful haven that the people of Vallarta escape to whenever they can. In El Eden there are beautiful natural pools and a small waterfall, great for swimming and a quaint restaurant. El Eden rose to fame in the late 1980s when it was the primary filming location for the famous movie Predator, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Be sure to take a photo of the alien riding through the ruins of a helicopter. In El Eden you can hike, zip line, and the tour may include a stop at a nearby tequila distillery, where you can learn about the process of making Mexico’s national drink.
Las Caletas is a coastal hideaway of 4 beaches and vast forests, run by the Vallarta Adventures ecotourism company, which organizes day trips to the paradisiacal enclave. Besides the beaches and all their services, in Las Caletas you have trails to explore and observe nature. You can go snorkeling and kayaking, visit a pre-Hispanic pyramid, or have a massage. The ticket includes breakfast, lunch and an open bar. If you are planning to get married, you can book a date for an exclusive and unforgettable wedding in Las Caletas. You can say “yes” to your partner on the beach or on a boat. It is also popular with couples who want to renew their vows in style.
Canopy River Park
If you are a zipline fan, in Puerto Vallarta you have several options to slide into the heights and observe the landscape from a privileged point. Los Veranos Canopy Park is located near the town of the same name, near Boca de Tomatlán. There they are over 11,500 feet in 14 lines that can reach up to 330 feet high. Canopy River offers a quick ride on a canyon of the Cuale River, surrounded by forests with 12 zip lines. After reaching the bottom, you return to the starting point, riding a scenic mule. The Canopy River tour may include food and a tequila tasting.
This tour is offered by Vallarta Adventure, the same operator as Las Caletas. It’s an adventure in 6 different modes of transport: boat, all-terrain vehicle, mule, zip line, abseiling and water slide. The exciting tour begins on a boat that crosses Banderas Bay at full speed until you reach the beautiful beach of Boca de Tomatlan. In La Boca, you board all-terrain vehicles, and when the road does not allow you to go up, you get help from the mules. You climb the mountainous slopes to the starting point through the zip lines. If you don’t want to go down the overhead cable, you have to do the reverse route the same way you arrived. After the ziplines you have to abseil down, and at the end you can expect refreshing water slides. It’s a fun adventure not to be missed!
Yelapa and Majahuitas
These two beaches are only accessible by sea, which you can visit on a day trip organized by Vallarta Adventure. In the first half of the day, you will go to Majahuitas, a beautiful cove ideal for resting in the shade of palm trees watching the scenery, swimming and snorkeling and kayaking. In the afternoon, the walk continues to Yelapa, one of the traditional villages on the Mexican coast. From the beach you will walk through the rainforest, which includes a stop at some beautiful waterfalls.
Pirate ship visit
This tour has a daytime version and a nighttime version. The day trip is called Pirate Island Adventure and you board a boat which is a modernized replica of one of Columbus’ caravels. During the visit of the bay there are shows, competitions and games for children. The nightly version, aimed at adults, is called Pirates of the Bay and includes an open bar, dinner, and fireworks as a closing point.
Pick your favorite activity and book one of these tours for your next trip to Puerto Vallarta; you will have an amazing time.
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