Puerto Vallarta has many possibilities for memorable tours that cover its beaches, islands, traditional sites, water sports, and activities. These are the top 7 tours to do in this vibrant tourist destination of the Mexican Pacific.
Los Arcos Islands
This tour is mainly for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts, given the wide variety of marine life in an area deeper in the Bay of Banderas, reaching up to 1640 feet. There are five granite islands near the coast, between Las Gemelas and Mismaloya, which constitute a paradise for underwater sports lovers. The islands are also famous for observing wildlife on land and water since the formations are a refuge for some species of seabirds and rare types of parrots. Another attraction is the tunnels that form at different points of the islands.
El Eden Tour
Near Puerto Vallarta, this beautiful site is located in the mountain, about 650 feet high, which constitutes a haven of peace to which the people of Vallarta escape whenever they can. In El Eden, there are beautiful natural pools and a small waterfall, ideal for taking a relaxing swim and a picturesque restaurant. El Eden gained fame in the late 1980s when it was the main location of the famous film Predator, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Be sure to take a picture of the alien riding in the ruins of a helicopter. In El Eden, you can go hiking, zip-lining and the tour can include a stop at a nearby tequila distillery, where you can learn about the process of making the Mexican national drink.
Las Caletas is a coastal refuge of 4 beaches and extensive forests, managed by the ecotourism company Vallarta Adventures, which organizes day trips to the paradisiacal enclave. Apart from the beaches and all their services, in Las Caletas, you have trails to explore and observe nature. You can go diving and kayaking, visit a pre-Hispanic pyramid, or get a relaxing massage. The ticket includes breakfast, lunch, and an open bar. If you’re planning to get married, you can book a date for an exclusive and unforgettable wedding in Las Caletas. You can say “yes” to your significant other on the beach or aboard a boat. It’s also popular with couples that wish to renew their vows in style.
Canopy River Park
If you are a fan of zip lining, in Puerto Vallarta, you have several options to slide through 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 have more than 11,500 feet in 14 lines that can reach up to 330 feet high. Canopy River offers a quick ride over a canyon of the Cuale River, surrounded by forests with 12 zip lines. After reaching the bottom, you return to the starting point by riding a picturesque 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 is an adventure in 6 different forms of transportation: boat, off-road vehicle, mule, zip line, rappel, and water slide. The exciting tour begins on a boat that travels at full speed through the Bay of Banderas until you reach the beautiful beach of Boca de Tomatlan. In La Boca, you board off-road vehicles, and when the road doesn’t allow you to ride uphill, you get help from the mules. You ascend the mountainous slopes to the starting point through the zip lines. If you don’t want to descend the aerial cable, you have to make the reverse route the same way you arrived. After the zip lines, you have to descend by rappelling, and at the end, you can expect some refreshing water slides. This is a fun adventure tour you don’t want to miss!
Yelapa and Majahuitas
These two beaches are only accessible is by sea, which you can visit on a full-day tour organized by Vallarta Adventure. In the first half of the day tour, you’ll go to Majahuitas, a beautiful cove ideal to rest in the shade of the palm trees watching the landscape, 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 Tour
This tour has a day and a night version. The day tour is called Adventure on the Pirate Island, and you board a boat that is a modernized replica of one of Columbus’ caravels. During the bay tour, there are shows, contests, and children’s games. The nightly version, aimed at adults, is called Pirates of the Bay and includes an open bar, dinner, and fireworks as a closing point.
Choose your favorite activity and book one of these tours for your next trip to Puerto Vallarta; you will have an incredible time.
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