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Puerto Vallarta: Rhythms of the Night Cruise & Dinner Show

1. Puerto Vallarta: Rhythms of the Night Cruise & Dinner Show

Spend your evening in Puerto Vallarta with a scenic sunset cruise and an exciting acrobatic dinner show. Float through the Bay of Banderas and witness Puerto Vallarta's most acclaimed dinner show, Rhythms of the Night, written and directed by Gilles Ste-Croix, the co-creator of Cirque du Soleil. Your evening begins with a scenic cruise through the Bay of Banderas at sunset. Be welcomed by dancers, drummers, and jungle creatures who guide you onto the beach for a sumptuous dinner. Enjoy the feast as the palm trees sway overhead, with sounds of the ocean against the nearby shore. Watch the Rhythms of the Night, a performance inspired by the Aztec legend of prior civilizations and the human race’s evolution and decline. The show interprets this creation myth through pulsating rhythms, vibrant dances, intricate costumes, but perhaps above all, spectacular acrobatic skill. 

Sayulita: ATV Adventure Tour

2. Sayulita: ATV Adventure Tour

Escape to the dunes and trails of Sayulita and marvel at its emblematic landscapes on this 2-hour ATV adventure. Drive in the company of expert, highly trained guides, and enjoy a small-group experience of no more than 10 vehicles. After making your way to the meeting point, get a quick introduction on ATV driving, if you do not have experience. Drivers must be at least 18 years of age but children aged over 6 can ride on the back with an adult. When you're ready, set off on your tour to the Cerro de La Loca. Return to the meeting point at the end of the tour and enjoy a tequila tasting to round off your experience.

Puerto Vallarta: Horseback Riding Tour with ATV and Zip Line

3. 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.

Sayulita: Canopy Tours & Zip-line Adventure

4. Sayulita: Canopy Tours & Zip-line Adventure

Just 5 minutes away from the center of Sayulita, find yourself immersed in a 19-acre ranch surrounded by jungle. The ranch is 100% local and sustainable and once you get here, be greeted by the welcoming staff for a safety briefing on how to have the best time on the zip-lines.  Be equipped with a helmet, gloves, a harness and all the equipment you will need to enjoy this activity with the utmost safety. Glide down 13 zip-lines, 2 of which are doubles, and 4 suspension bridges, with a total distance of two kilometers reaching heights up to 125 meters above sea level.  Enjoy the incredible view of the beaches of Sayulita and its surroundings. After the tour, enjoy a tequila tasting and time to relax by the pool. Have the option to stay and relax or you can be taken back to your hotel as soon as the activity ends.

Puerto Vallarta: Hop-On-Hop-Off City Bus Tour

5. Puerto Vallarta: Hop-On-Hop-Off City Bus Tour

Explore Puerto Vallarta and its downtown, beautiful streets, beaches, and key landmarks from an open-top bus. Hop on the bus at any of the 20 official stops, and discover the highlights of the city such as the Malecon, Mismaloya Beach, and Marina Vallarta. Discover the city at your own pace and hop on and off the bus at the landmarks of most interest to you. Benefit from the commentary from an audio guide, and learn more about the history of the city and the sights you will see.

Puerto Vallarta: City Tour, Tequila and Coffee Factory Tour

6. Puerto Vallarta: City Tour, Tequila and Coffee Factory Tour

Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your hotel in either Puerto Vallarta, Bucerías, Nuevo Vallarta, Conchas Chinas. Ride in a comfortable air-conditioned van through the city. Take a short walk on the Malecon. Learn about the area from your knowledgable guide. See the iconic locales within the city. Visit the Church of the Lady Guadalupe leaving plenty of time to take pictures. Travel to the mountain and tour a Tequila Distillery. Learn the process of making tequila. At the end of the tour, enjoy a tequila. Continue on and visit a local organic coffee factory. Learn about the coffee-making process and enjoy a coffee tasting. Choose the option with lunch and enjoy a local meal.

Vallarta: Yelapa Waterfall & Majahuitas Snorkel Adventure

7. 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.

Nuevo Vallarta: Aquaventuras Park Admission Ticket

8. Nuevo Vallarta: Aquaventuras Park Admission Ticket

Visit Aquaventuras Park and enjoy a fun-filled day of aquatic adventures with your family and friends. Discover ten high-speed water slides to get your adrenaline flowing, including "Rompedientes", "Tiburón" and the "Happy Widow". To take a break from the thrills and spills and float down the "Lazy River" for a more relaxing time. Bring the children so they can discover the fabulous kid's area. Little ones can enjoy the low-speed mini-water slides and experience fantastic adventures in the paddling pool and little pirate ship. Additionally, learn more about the conservation initiatives with educational presentations on dolphins and sea lions who live in the park.

From Guadalajara: Jose Cuervo Distillery & Tequila Town Tour

9. From Guadalajara: Jose Cuervo Distillery & Tequila Town Tour

Admire the UNESCO World Heritage-listed agave fields of Jalisco on a full-day tequila tasting tour from Guadalajara, traveling by comfortable minivan. Drive into the countryside of Mexico’s renowned tequila-producing region for a tour and tasting at one of the most famous tequila distilleries in the world. Pass the agave fields en route from Guadalajara. Then, learn about the fermentation process and enjoy a taste of this national drink after exploring the town of Tequila with your guide. During the 1-hour drive to Tequila, stop to admire mountain vistas and the fields of agave azul (blue agave), the succulent plant used to make tequila, Mexico’s national drink. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, these blue-green patches of agave plants blend beautifully with the earth tones in the natural landscape. Stop for lunch (own expense) in Tequila, before heading to the nearby town of Amatitlan for your tasting at a distillery. Learn about past and present-day tequila production techniques. Discover tequila’s indigenous origins and the Spanish who distilled the beverage into the tequila known today. Watch the modern fermentation and distillation process of blue Weber agave, before a tasting of several different types of tequila aged in oak casks. A master tequilier will guide you through the different aromas and flavors. By the end of the tour you will feel like a tequila connoisseur!

Puerto Vallarta: 2-Hour Chocolate Truffles Workshop

10. Puerto Vallarta: 2-Hour Chocolate Truffles Workshop

Enjoy a different way to learn about history and culture with this fun chocolate-making class. During this family-friendly activity, you'll explore Mesoamerica’s often-overlooked history of chocolate during a guided tour of the museum. Then, you'll get hands-on experience tempering, molding, and decorating your own cacao creations to take home. Make flavored ganache and prepare filled chocolate bonbons and truffles, and gain skills you can use for the rest of your life.

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4.6 / 5

based on 867 reviews

Took 3 teenage kids. When getting off the boat after 90 minutes with 250 people and seeing more boats coming I had a bad feeling but all of us had a great time. There were many action water activities and the kids chose one add-on, the marine activity with the fish and seal and loved it. Food and drink is all-inclusive and was both tasty and plentiful. With 30 minutes left I sat by the beach for the first time (there are many hammocks and chairs) while the kids found more activities before we had to get back aboard the boat.

What an amazing experience. Pilar was knowledgeable, funny and has a clear love and respect for these amazing mammals! She and George (our captain) did a great job of finding and taking us to the places where dolphins and even some whales were and patiently positioning and assisting us in getting in the water to be with them. Even the pre-trip education was interesting and added depth to the experience. I would highly recommend!

This is an excellent way to see the sights get orientated for the rest of your trip. I highly recommend this being the number one thing you do when you arrive in Puerto Vallarta

A lot is packed into this evening with the boat entertainment and open bar, the buffet dinner and the great show in a magical atmosphere.

Great time with great people. The tequila was top notch.