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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.

Sayulita/Punta Mita: Zip Lines with Ocean View

2. 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.

Punta de Mita/Sayulita: Horseback Riding Tour

3. 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.

From Puerto Vallarta: Marieta Islands Snorkeling Trip

4. 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.

From Vallarta: Marietas Islands Snorkel Cruise

5. 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.

Puerto Vallarta: Responsible Whale Watching Experience

6. Puerto Vallarta: Responsible Whale Watching Experience

Sail off the coast of Puerto Vallarta on a 3.5-hour boat excursion looking for whales and other marine animals. Upon arrival at the pier, meet your marine biologist guide who will give you important safety information and an introduction to what to expect during your trip. Once out on the bay, begin your search for the whales and enjoy a detailed explanation from your guide. Get as close as possible whilst remaining respectful of the whales and their environment. Your captain and guide will ensure you get as many whale sightings as possible, whilst also taking in views of the coast. Around noon, enjoy lunch and get the opportunity to listen to a whale singing with specialized equipment before making your way back to the pier.

Puerto Vallarta: Botanical Gardens, Distillery & Coffee Tour

7. Puerto Vallarta: Botanical Gardens, Distillery & Coffee Tour

Explore the trails throughout the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens accompanied by an expert guide. Covering 8 hectares, the collections exhibit plants from a dry tropical forest biome as well as exotic plant species from around the world. These Gardens were created with the aim of exhibiting and conserving rare plants from Mexico and the world in general, as well as the native plant biodiversity of the region in particular.   The conservation and propagation of orchids is the most important of the Garden’s missions. These orchids can be found in the trees all over the grounds and in the “Holstein House of Orchids and Vanilla”. Other notable collections include oaks, bromeliads, agaves, and wild palms. Wander along the numerous walking trails that will take you through both preserved wilderness forests and the display gardens.   Following the visit to the Botanical Gardens, you and your group will visit a Tequila Distillery, where you’ll learn all about the process of making tequila and enjoy a free tasting. Finish your tour with a visit to an organic coffee factory typical of the region.

From Puerto Vallarta: 2-Hour Guided Sierra Vallejo Hike

8. From Puerto Vallarta: 2-Hour Guided Sierra Vallejo Hike

Slow down and step out of your daily routine to discover tranquil, yet majestic areas often only accessible by foot on a hike in Sierra Vallejo.  Get picked up and be ready to spend some time outdoors and see stunning panoramic views of the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains. Hear about their unique features as you take an easy hike through Sierra Vallejo. Explore the region with expert guides. Learn about the flora and fauna of the area while enjoying scenic nature trails and finding secret spots along the way.

Puerto Vallarta: 3-Hour Snorkeling and Sailing in Los Arcos

9. Puerto Vallarta: 3-Hour Snorkeling and Sailing in Los Arcos

Discover everything that Puerto Vallarta has to offer on a sailing and snorkeling trip with a certified guide and instructor. Set sail from Marina Vallarta, a beautiful place to take extraordinary photos to post on social media. Enjoy perfect views of the beaches along the coast no matter what time you head out. Take in the sea breeze as you sail to Los Arcos de Mismaloya, one of the most impressive tourist spots in Puerto Vallarta. Marvel at this National Marine Park, consisting of a group of 5 giant rocks. Admire incredible views and spot diverse species like pelicans, gulls, and swallows, as well as a great variety of marine species under the surface of the water. After snorkeling, sail back to Marine Vallarta, passing again through the different beaches of Puerto Vallarta until reaching the port. Once at port, you can rinse off and change clothes at the store.

Vallarta Botanical Gardens: Entry Ticket, Tour, and Lunch

10. Vallarta Botanical Gardens: Entry Ticket, Tour, and Lunch

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Botanical Garden of Puerto Vallarta, a world-famous garden destination and pristine nature reserve, entry tickets included. Enjoy a guided tour before savoring a fresh authentic Mexican meal. Begin your journey along the impressive southern coast of Puerto Vallarta, driving along the Horcones Canyon to the Vallarta Botanical Garden. From there, the adventure continues as you venture through the garden paths, greenhouses, and exhibits to explore the art of botany. Along with the richness of colorful plants, enjoy the birds and other wildlife that complement the area. Later, dine at a renowned restaurant with generous portions of authentic Mexican cuisine, highlighting some of the plants that were addressed during the tour. Finally, enjoy some free time to walk around the garden to your liking, swim in the crystal clear waters of the mountain river that flows through the forest reserve, take photos, or relax inside the farm on the observation deck.

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What people are saying about Jalisco

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 13 reviews

I highly recommend this excursion! We had a great time. Our hotel was not close enough for us to be picked up, we met the guide at the assigned location and he was on time. It was only 9 of us on the tour. I felt welcomed when we arrived at the ranch. The horse back riding was fun, after I got over my fear! It was my first time, they did give us instructions prior to heading out to the trail. My horse was Matatah (he did his own thing ) we did became buddies after a few miles in☺️. We rode to a water fall and crossed some scary wood bridges. We did 7 zip lines, it was my first time, it was thrilling and scary at the same time. The ATV’s were fun, we rode through a town and along some dirt roads. The entire excursion was fun. We ended the day with beer, margaritas, tequila shots, & authentic delicious food. I highly recommend this tour! The guides were attentive and made sure we were having a good time. Lastly, we were dropped back to our pickup location. A great time☺️.

Enrique “Kike” was our guide and he was awesome! My group and I went zip lining for the first time and felt like we were in good hands the whole time. Kike was not only professional and knowledgeable but made the experience a blast! Definitely recommend to anybody looking for an adventure.

We had a blast. My first time doing it and loved it. Zip lining guides did such an amazing job taking care of our group. They were friendly, informative, and a lot of fun. Thanks again! Highly recommend!

Eduardo was very knowledgeable about the plants and birds that we saw. His knowledge of the history and ecosystems of the area was very interesting. Super easy to get along with and a great companion.

The crew make an already scenic adventure incredible.