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Puerto Vallarta Nature & adventure

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Puerto Vallarta: Horseback Riding Tour with ATV and Zip Line

1. Puerto Vallarta: Horseback Riding Tour with ATV and Zip Line

Enjoy an action-packed day in the beautiful Mexican countryside with this horseback riding tour. Ride alongside the river, then dismount to walk up to a waterfall, crossing rope bridges and climbing steep steps. Stop by the tranquil waterfall and cool off with a dip in the river. Get back on your horse and head to a sloping hill where you can jog a little before riding home. A delicious meal will be waiting for you back at the ranch. Learn how to make traditional Mexican dishes. Enjoy fajitas or chicken with rich guacamole, salsa, handmade tortillas, beans, and rice.  If you want even more adventure, choose to ride an ATV through the jungle of Puerto Vallarta. Feel the power beneath you as you race along paths through the beautiful rainforest of the Sierra Madre. Or get up close to nature with a zip line tour through the jungle at an ecological park in Puerto Vallarta. Rancho Capomo is a unique place where you'll enjoy unparalleled adventure, flying between trees and over rivers on 13 zip lines.

Vallarta: Yelapa Waterfall & Majahuitas Snorkel Adventure

2. Vallarta: Yelapa Waterfall & Majahuitas Snorkel Adventure

Depart from Puerto Vallarta and set off on a boat cruise towards the tropical paradise coves of Yelapa and Majahuitas. Admire the picturesque coastal scenery, where dolphin encounters and humpback whale sightings (in winter) are common occurrences.  Make your first stop at the breathtaking shores of Majahuitas Cove. With its untouched sandy beach and crystal clear water, it's the perfect hideaway for a day of snorkeling, paddle boarding, and kayaking with an expert guide. Accessible only by boat, Majahuitas Cove features spectacular marine wildlife protected from the human hustle and bustle of nearby Puerto Vallarta. Enjoy the opportunity to snorkel here with all equipment included by the crew. Then, head over to Yelapa, which offers another incredible option for a scenic beach retreat. Nestled in a stunning natural cove, this tiny community is free of any roads and surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty. This tour gives you the opportunity to relax on Yelapa beach and explore the surrounding area, where stunning tropical wildlife and a hidden Yelapa waterfall lay just minutes from the shore. Stroll through the charming fishing village to the cascading, Cola de Caballo waterfalls and jump into the refreshing water, or simply sit and enjoy the natural beauty. Browse through the native artisan handicrafts along the way, then kick back in the sun at Yelapa's expansive beach where the river streams into the ocean, surrounded by an incomparable green mountains landscape. Whether you hike to the waterfalls, snorkel, or bury your toes in the sand, you’ll be struck by the idyllic beauty of these tropical retreats. As you cruise back to Puerto Vallarta with an open bar and onboard fiesta, wrap up a perfect day with some great music, dancing, and unforgettable entertainment provided onboard.

Puerto Vallarta: Whale Watching Cruise

3. Puerto Vallarta: Whale Watching Cruise

Get a close-up peek of Puerto Vallarta's larger-than-life humpback whales on this exclusive whale-watching cruise. Enjoy onboard entertainment and an informative commentary from your local guide. After getting picked up from your hotel, head to the boat, where you will sit down to a delicious breakfast before heading out to the Bay of Banderas. Spend some time admiring the majestic creatures in their natural habitat before enjoying a tasty Mexican buffet lunch. During the tour, sip on your choice of alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink from the unlimited onboard bar, which stocks everything from vodka and rum to cocktails and fruit juice. Get dropped off back at your hotel at the end of the cruise.

Puerto Vallarta: Humpback Whale Research Adventure Tour

4. Puerto Vallarta: Humpback Whale Research Adventure Tour

Enjoy an exciting and informative nature tour in Puerto Vallarta, and see humpback whales in their natural habitats. Get an educational session at the office before setting out to watch the whales swim, play, and breach. Collect information for the office's research and explore Banderas Bay. Begin the tour by meeting at the office and starting with an educational session to learn more about humpback whales. Board the boat after the information session and set out on the ocean to discuss the whales' behaviour while trying to spot them. Spend three hours exploring Banderas Bay and watching for different whales to collect information for the office's research projects. Watch the whales' behaviours, and listen to their songs through the boat's hydrophone and enjoy a close encounter with one of the earth's mightiest creatures.

Puerto Vallarta: Nogalito EcoPark Zip Line, Swim, & Tequila

5. Puerto Vallarta: Nogalito EcoPark Zip Line, Swim, & Tequila

Take in beautiful views of the Sierra Madre Mountains as you zip line down 11 of the highest, safest, and fastest zip lines in Puerto Vallarta. Swim in the river and join a tequila tasting for even more fun. Meet your driver at one of the meeting points, then get driven to the facilities where you can truly enjoy the beauty of the vegetation of Puerto Vallarta. Once arrived, meet the guides and gear up to spend one of the best moments of your vacation enjoying 11 unforgettable zip lines. After zip lining, enjoy a tequila tasting (optional) and choose to taste some of the best Mexican food at a restaurant located inside the facilities (costs not included). During the rainy season, take a dive into the refreshing river featuring more unbeatable natural beauty.

From Puerto Vallarta: Marieta Islands Snorkeling Trip

6. From Puerto Vallarta: Marieta Islands Snorkeling Trip

Visit Marietas Islands National Park and enjoy the great submarine world great diversity of fish that find food and shelter in the reefs of the site, such as the king angelfish, the Moorish idol and giant damselfish, as well as various species of surgeonfish, butterflyfish, parrot fish and balloon fish. As part of the rocky reef we can observe several species of corals and sponges, as well as tunicates, starfish and sea urchins, among other marine invertebrates that your guide will point out. You can also watch, with a bit of luck and patience, dolphins or sea turtles resting or traveling near the place. On small groups the trip is focused on snorkeling and enjoying the beauty of the islands. Also you will have the probability to visit the hidden beach of Playa del Amor with restriction. Discover great beaches and beautiful scenery and wildlife.

Puerto Vallarta: Dolphins in the Wild Tour

7. Puerto Vallarta: Dolphins in the Wild Tour

Join a team of professional biologists to see bottlenose dolphins up close, not in a pool or artificial environment, and watch these intelligent animals play and interact with each other in the open ocean. The adventure starts with a light continental breakfast. While enjoying your meal, listen as researchers share their experiences with the dolphins and learn about their natural behaviors and habitats. Next, hop on a boat to find PV's resident pod of bottlenose dolphins. Keep an eye out for marine turtles, birds, and giant mantas along the way. From Dec to March there's also a possibility of seeing spinner dolphins, rough-toothed dolphins, and, with a bit of luck, even humpback whales and orcas. Listen to the dolphins communicate through an onboard hydrophone. The guides are specialists in cetaceans and marine ecology and will have a lot of information to share about these ocean habitats. Depending on the mood of the pod, the guides may judge that it's possible to go for a swim with the dolphins. This is a truly special experience, as the juvenile dolphins are very curious about humans. Those who wish may take the opportunity to participate in the guides' research project. These tours are what make this research possible and it's thanks to the data collected that dolphin sightings are 100% guaranteed. After 2.5 hours of observing and learning about these playful cetaceans, the group will return to Puerta Vallarta by boat.

Sayulita/Punta Mita: Zip Lines with Ocean View

8. Sayulita/Punta Mita: Zip Lines with Ocean View

Delight in the most magnificent views of all the canopy tours in the Puerto Vallarta region. See from the Pacific Ocean to the rainforest natural reserve in Punta de Mita as you embark on an impressive canopy tour involving 10 lines and a suspended bridge on the mountains of Higuera Blanca, Nayarit. The facilities have been built to the maximum safety standards, using two ropes in each zip line to guarantee your safety during the canopy tour. The professional guides will provide you with all the necessary equipment for the tour: waist to thigh harness, helmet, and gloves. Don’t be surprised if among the foliage you spot wild boars, deer, and even beautiful macaws — which the locals call guacamayas. Round off your thrilling adventure with a traditional tequila tasting. Pickup and drop-off from 6 pickup points in the region are included.

Puerto Vallarta: Jorullo Bridge Guided ATV Tour with Tequila

9. Puerto Vallarta: Jorullo Bridge Guided ATV Tour with Tequila

Pass through the longest suspension bridge in the world on board of an ATV, driving through exciting dirt trails across the Sierra Madre Occidental contemplating the beautiful scenarios that surround the eco-park and enjoying the crystalline waters of a cascade.

From Vallarta: Marietas Islands Snorkel Cruise

10. From Vallarta: Marietas Islands Snorkel Cruise

Board your catamaran and ride out to the magnificent Islas Marietas National Park on a top-of-the-line catamaran. Explore the rocky caverns and archways by kayak or paddleboard. Get up close and personal with the many natural wonders of the Marieta Islands. Snorkel or scuba dive and see the rich marine life below the surface. Look for giant manta rays, sea turtles, and abundant multi-colored fish. Make use of complimentary snorkeling equipment, paddleboards, and kayaks. Sail to Majahuitas Beach. Swim and sunbathe at this white sand beach. Experience one of the most beautiful and secluded beaches along Mexico's Pacific coast.  Soak up the sun and relax on board a comfortable catamaran. Sip a drink from the open bar. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast. In the afternoon, you can sit down for a deli-style lunch. Your knowledgable onboard tour guides will see to it that you have a comfortable and safe journey. This Islas Marietas National Park eco discovery tour is a sea excursion designed to explore the ocean and wildlife around the Marieta Islands with various water activities. The Hidden Beach is not visited on this tour.

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What people are saying about Puerto Vallarta

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 21 reviews

What a magical place! The Willy Wonka of plant world and totally brilliant for the beauty and the plant variety. The lunch was exquisite with top service and so much pride in everything that they do. Everything went so smoothly with our pickup and drop off and communication ms were totally smooth. Highly recommend this as a special way to spend a day in PV, not to be missed.

Chai and all the crew were fantastic! These guys worked so hard and really brought the whole day together with an unbelievable performance on the boat ride back.!!! Working commission only jobs for 20yrs in the US, I recommend being generous! Be sure to follow all instructions when you arrive at Yellappa! People were getting confused

We had an amazing experience from start to finish. The private tour was fun, educational, and most of all, safely run. I had never driven an ATV before and the guide made me feel very taken care of and comforted. It was one of my favorite vacation activities ever! Highly recommend. Thank you!

The guides were knowledgeable, friendly, and always looking out for us. The food and drink (at your cost) was good. Wear padded bike shorts, as it’s a bumpy ride! We had a great time!

Awesome guides who care about the dolphins and go out of their way to ensure an impactful experience for the humans.