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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.

Punta de Mita/Sayulita: Horseback Riding Tour

2. Punta de Mita/Sayulita: Horseback Riding Tour

Discover the natural landscapes around the Mexican countryside on this guided tour on horseback. Ride along beaches and through jungles, and discover charming towns like Higuera Blanca. Arrive at the beautiful ranch full of different animals like donkeys, ponies, macaws, roosters, water buffalo, deers, turkeys, and peacocks. Listen to a quick safety briefing before you meet your horse and get saddled up. Riding your horse, explore a typical Mexican Town. Go through the jungle and arrive at a breathtaking beach of Litibu where you will have the option to gallop. After the tour, enjoy a tequila tasting, and feel free to purchase lunch at a delicious Mexican restaurant. Finally, take a picture with the majestic "Soruyo", a bull that weighs over 1 ton before heading home.

Puerto Vallarta: Dolphin Swimming and Aquaventuras Park

3. Puerto Vallarta: Dolphin Swimming and Aquaventuras Park

Play and swim with well-trained dolphins with this attraction ticket in Puerto Vallarta. Have fun with the thrilling attractions at the Aquaventuras Park. Renergize yourself after your swim with a free soft drink and an item of your choice from the delicious 'Swimmer's Menu.' Check in at the Aquaventuras Park and begin a detailed safety briefing to ensure the comfort of you and the dolphins during your water experience. Hop in the water and meet these joyful creatures. Try activities like the foot push, where two dolphins will push you from your feet to the above the surface of the water. Next, hold on to two dolphins' dorsal fins and be towed through the water. Get a fin handshake and a peck on the cheek from a dolphin. Have full admission to Aquaventuras Park Vallarta, where you splash around in the swimming area and the kid's playground. Ride on 10 water slides or go for a trip on the river. Enjoy one pass on the extreme climbing wall, challenge and zip lines.

Puerto Vallarta: Dolphins in the Wild Tour

4. 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.

Puerto Vallarta: Las Caletas Beach Hideaway Experience

5. Puerto Vallarta: Las Caletas Beach Hideaway Experience

Upgrade your vacation by visiting this exclusive, private beach hideaway. Accessible only by sea, Las Caletas is surrounded by a steep, jungle-clad mountain backdrop, making it a truly secluded tropical sanctuary. On the Las Caletas Beach Hideaway Tour, you’ll have the opportunity to explore Las Caletas and all of the incredible natural wonders it has to offer.  Spend time out at sea on a kayak or marvel at the area’s many underwater wonders while snorkeling or paddle boarding. Take a guided nature walk and meet some of the permanent residents of Las Caletas, including playful monkeys and beautiful parrots. You can also learn more about the culture and traditions of the region by participating in hands-on activities like clay modeling, mezcal tasting, and cooking. No matter what your interests, Las Caletas Beach Hideaway has something for you.

Isla Majahuitas: Pirate Ship Tour with Kayaking and Lunch

6. Isla Majahuitas: Pirate Ship Tour with Kayaking and Lunch

Enjoy a pirate cruise to Isla Majahuitas which is sure to delight the whole family. Enjoy an all-inclusive adventure of activities at sea and great service from the pirate crew plus breakfast, lunch and open bar. Set sail from Marina Puerto Vallarta and board a gorgeous galleon ship for breakfast “Under the Sea” in the pirate tavern. The crew will be with you throughout the day to ensure you have all you need for maximum fun and adventure. Once you’ve fueled up with breakfast, you’ll be ready for the action. Visit the Isla Majahuitas beach club, a perfect place to cool off with a swim or snorkel or take a kayak or banana tour around the beautiful waters. Challenge yourself to a game of beach volleyball or take part in a pirate-themed treasure hunt, the Vallarta activities provide endless diversion in paradise. Sit back and enjoy the Vallarta pirate show and marvel at the acrobatics, dancing, and special effects. When hunger strikes, choose from 8 different meal options and enjoy lunch onboard the Vallarta galleon. Relax with your favorite drink prepared at the deluxe open bar, where national and international alcoholic beverages will be served. At the end of the day, the ship will dock in Marina Puerto Vallarta leaving you with magical memories of a great day at sea.

Puerto Vallarta: Las Caletas Beach Hideway Day Trip

7. Puerto Vallarta: Las Caletas Beach Hideway Day Trip

Enjoy both pure relaxation and thrilling exploration on this Las Caletas trip from Puerto Vallarta. The day is yours to hike through the tropical forest, spend time out at sea on a kayak, or marvel at the area’s many underwater wonders while snorkeling or paddle boarding just offshore. After hopping on board and taking off from the port, head to the hidden beach of Las Caletas. Upon arrival, choose to take a guided nature walk and meet some of the permanent residents of Las Caletas, including playful monkeys and beautiful parrots. You can also learn more about the culture and traditions of the region by participating in hands-on activities including clay modeling, mezcal tasting, and cooking classes. No matter what you’re looking to do, this Las Caletas has it all. A light breakfast, lunch, and open bar are also included in your trip.

From Puerto Vallarta: Full-Day Tour to San Sebastian

8. From Puerto Vallarta: Full-Day Tour to San Sebastian

Discover the culture and beauty of one of Jalisco’s Magic Villages. On this tour, we will take you to explore the mining village of San Sebastian — a town founded in 1605 — located on the western side of the state. Depart from Puerto Vallarta and get impressive views of the mountains and forests of Jalisco on a full-day tour to the old mining town of San Sebastian. Go for a stroll through the historic town, where the San Juan mine was the last of its kind to shut down in 1921. Sightsee the traditional coffee hacienda where you will learn about Mexican coffee production and afterward relish a distillate tasting at the Tequila House. Finish your day, by relishing a traditional dish of Jalisco at a family-owned restaurant. Feel the charm and joyful mood of San Sebastian city.

Puerto Vallarta: Sea Lion Discovery

9. Puerto Vallarta: Sea Lion Discovery

Learn about environmental conservation as you spend some time getting up close and personal with some of Puerto Vallarta's cutest sea lions. Start your tour hanging out and interacting with some sea lions. Find out interesting facts about them and their habitat as you make some new friends. After spending some time with the sea lions, take a seat in the audience and watch them perform some cool tricks. Enjoy the waterslides, ziplines, and other fun waterpark activities after your experience.

Puerto Vallarta: Vallarta Botanical Garden Entry Ticket

10. Puerto Vallarta: Vallarta Botanical Garden Entry Ticket

Spend your day at the Vallarta Botanical Garden (Jardin Botánico de Vallarta) and explore the tropical gardens and native forest preserve at your own pace. Your admission ticket to the ecological park in the Sierra Madre hills includes access to an orchid laboratory, hiking trails and even a river swim. You’ll discover the indigenous plant life of Mexico, including vanilla plants, endemic trees and bromeliads. Entry to the Vallarta Botanical Garden Stroll the Path of Flowers and visit the Orchid Observatory Learn about a variety of Mexican flora as well as exotics from around the world Dip into the tropical river for a swim!

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What people are saying about Puerto Vallarta

What a fun day! We chose to do all three activities. I think the ziplining was my favorite. The views were stunning! The staff was incredibly friendly and made the day extra fun. Good food and good times. Highly recommend.

We had a wonderful time horseback riding, zip lining and ATV riding through the back parts of Puerto Vallarta. The excursion ended with an authentic and delicious Mexican meal. Our young teenagers LOVED it all!

This was so much fun. Horse back riding was a little king - my booty hurt. Zip lines and ATVs were awesome! Must do.

The staff is incredible. The food they make for us is delicious. All the activities were so fun and relaxing.

Excellent customer service… so much fun. Highly recommended.