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Puerto Vallarta Excursions and Tours

Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta. Credit: Wikimedia
Situated on the Pacific Ocean's Bahía de Banderas, Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico’s premier resort cities. It is one of the most popular destinations in Mexico and with good reason.

Not only does it boast some of the finest beaches and best resorts in the country, but there are numerous other sites for exploration and exciting activities.

Cruise visitors will find many ways to explore this section of Mexico, in style and without the ever present worries that are accompanied by self-travel.

1. Vallarta Adventures Tours


Vallarta Adventures is one of the newer players (newer is of course relative, the company has been operational since 1993) in the tours and excursions industry. Still, the company has built for itself a reputation as a premier tour and activity operator offering a wide selection of adventure-based tours and excursions.

The company offers tours for people of all ages, ranging from the exhilarating zip lines to whale watching, snorkeling, flyboarding, surfing, beach hideaways, marine explorations, sailing, air (small aircraft) adventures, scuba diving or simply swimming with dolphins.

According to Vallarta Adventures, they promise “a good many sights rarely seen by the human eye”.

2. Puerto Vallarta ATV Tours


For the adventure buffs, ATV tours are an excellent way to explore the jungles of Vallarata. Fast paced and fun, ATV ours offers added excitement for those who like the outdoors and even those who don’t. Three types of ATV’s are available:

Single ATV: for one person
Double ATV: for two people
Rhino ATV: for four people

ATV Tours are offered by Vallarta Discovery and may include:

ATV Rio Cuale Adventure: off-road ATV adventure through Rio Cuale before taking off into the jungle draped Sierra Madre Mountains.

ATV Rio CualeTour and ZIPLINE Combo: a four hour ATV Journey through the jungle trails, rivers and mountains of Puerto Vallarta Mexico.

Travel agents and tour operators recommend that anyone who decides to ride an ATV should listen to the safety orientation and practice before racing off into the jungles of Puerto Vallarta.

3. Air Adventure Guadalajara and Air Adventures Huicholes Indians


Vallarta Discovery also offers air tours. These are especially popular for people who would rather leave behind the sweat and pain of hiking and the dreary of long road travel.

Guadalajara is Mexico’s second largest city, wherein visitors will get a chance to experience authentic Mexican culture. This is a full day excursion that aims at exposing vacationers to the area’s rich cultural heritage in the form of buildings and monuments.

The Huichol Indian is also culturally centered and takes travellers on a scenic one-hour flight to the remote mountain village of San Andres Coamihata - a religious/political center for one of the remaining indigenous tribes.

4. Vallarta Tours and Activities City Tour


This tour is a full tour by modern van units of the city’s most scenic and well known areas. This will range from the local marina which showcases luxurious yatchs and backhouses to the quiet suburbs and noisy towns. All of this is monitored by experienced, bilingual guides.

Conveniently, the operator will pick up guests at their hotel and return them to their place of origin or in any place of the city that they may wish.

5. Vallarta Tours and Activities Horseback Tour


As its name suggests, this tour is by horseback and is generally for the nature lovers. Still, it’s a unique experience that combines horseback riding with other activities including swimming.

The tour begins at a ranch rom which guests will ride horses into the mountains, getting to see the natural beauty of the area along the way. There is often an afterhours drink up at the ranch following the tour.

With the abundance of tours and excursions, it’s almost impossible to run out of things to do and experience in Vallarta. Living up to its tile as a great destination, Vallarta combines beautiful beaches with fun activities and wonderful accommodations all at a reasonable price.

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