Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, is known for its impressive beaches and surrounding towns. It is a tourist destination that attracts adventurers, with endless corners to discover and explore. A world-class destination, these are the best outdoor activities in Puerto Vallarta.
Walking Along the Malecon
If you want to know a city, the best way is to walk around town. And if you stroll through the heart of this small port, you will find many sights worth visiting. The promenade or Malecon is about 2 kilometers long, and you will find exquisite gastronomy in street food stands and a variety of restaurants. You will also see incredible art that will surprise you at first sight, as well as entertainers and people dressed as famous characters with whom you can take a picture. Try the refreshing traditional drink Tuba, a refreshing option throughout your journey.
Cycling in the Main Avenue
In 2020 they opened a 5-mile bike route that takes you through the hotel zone, rolling through tall palm trees and hotels, entering the boardwalk, and ending at the pier of Playa de Muertos. It is a very safe route, without deviations, just a straight line that you will enjoy during its course. Remember to use the necessary safety equipment, especially a helmet.
Day Trip to Sayulita
The small fishing town of Sayulita is a 45-minute drive from downtown Puerto Vallarta’s Malecon. You can get there by car or bus, although the distance-time may vary a little. It has become the ideal option for those that enjoy a more hippie atmosphere, with a good vibe all around. It is a very authentic place, and if you stroll its streets, you will always find something interesting. There are numerous restaurants, cafes, bars, and places to enjoy. If you like surfing, this town should be included in your plans. You can find private lessons at WildMex, to learn how to catch the waves.
Hiking to Colomitos
If you love hiking take note of Colomitos. The starting point is Boca de Tomatlan, where the tour begins with a walk along the main street, and then you will go down the hill next to the sea; it lasts about 45 minutes. You will walk through pure nature, with signs throughout the trail to follow, so you don’t get lost. When you arrive, you will find a surprising corner of turquoise water and white sand. Occasionally, crabs come out to visit; there is also plenty of fish in the water and birds surrounding the beach.
Hiking to the Palo Maria Waterfall
A more adventurous tour, the Palo Maria hiking path is not as clear, but without a doubt, you will arrive at a beautiful place. It is a one-hour walk along a river that sometimes runs dry, or you may find it running with water. This journey among trees and tall palm trees is a true embrace from nature. The end of the journey takes you to a waterfall with medium depth, where you can dive from the rocks and have a swim. If you continue climbing, you can reach other breathtaking waterfalls.
Take a Canopy Tour
The Canopy Tour is one of the top-rated activities in Puerto Vallarta. You’ll be able to arrive at different locations in an all-terrain vehicle, then continue your adventure by riding the zip lines along the mountain landscape that surrounds this beautiful city. The altitude offers you a spectacular view of the Sierra Madre Occidental and parts of the Pacific Ocean. Plan ahead and find the best packages for groups or just for yourself by making a reservation at Vallarta Adventures.
Walking on the Beach
If you want to enjoy your days in the sun, walk as much as you can along the beaches of Puerto Vallarta. You can start at the Malecon, Plaza La Isla or the Marina. Any of these three points will connect you with the next ones; while the waves break on your feet, you can appreciate the beautiful views. The weather can become quite warm, especially in the summer months, so bring water to stay hydrated and always wear sun protection.
Puerto Vallarta offers so many outdoor activities to reconnect with nature that you will genuinely enjoy. So book your next vacation in this beach paradise destination and get ready to discover new adventures in the sun.
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