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Punta de Mita/Sayulita: Horseback Riding Tour

1. 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: Las Caletas Beach Hideaway Experience

2. 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.

Puerto Vallarta: Dolphins in the Wild Tour

3. 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.

Guadalajara: Shark Immersion at Acuario Michin

4. Guadalajara: Shark Immersion at Acuario Michin

Pre-book your entry ticket to the Acuario Michin aquarium in Guadalajara and experience a one-of-a-kind moment in a see-through acrylic cage, descending into a 750,000-liter tank to see shark species, rays, and more up close. Learn about marine life and conservation, go laser tagging, and pet goats as part of your entrance ticket. Listen to instructions before the immersion, don your swimwear, and put on a wetsuit before heading into the cage and into the water. Marvel at over 4,000 marine life species swim past you or bob out of rocks. See sharks, rays, and more up close. Dare to come face to face with sharks and fill your body with adrenaline as you observe these silent swimmers from the safety of a water cage. This unique experience will undoubtedly leave you in awe. After the immersion, visit the aquarium's five pavilions, the farm where you can pet goats, and the bird house to see see birds of every color. Jump on trampolines in the tumblings room and enjoy a game of laser tag — all of which are included in your entry ticket.

From Guadalajara: Jose Cuervo Distillery & Tequila Town Tour

5. 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 the Jose Cuervo 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!

Guadalajara: Selva Mágica Park Platinum Pass

6. Guadalajara: Selva Mágica Park Platinum Pass

Explore Selva Mágica amusement park in Guadalajara with your Platinum Pass. Have an incredible adventure with friends and family as you take on exciting rides and visit fun attractions available for all ages. With your Platinum Pass enjoy 17 attractions to amuse yourself and fellow visitors. Head to the Sesame Street area for kids and check out the Elmo Bus. Take a spin on a classic carousel and then explore a crooked house or house of terror. Get your adrenaline pumping on one of the many extreme roller coasters, including a thrilling VR ride. Feel the excitement of riding a pirate ship, the music flyer, or a hurricane ride during your visit to Selva Mágica.

Isla Majahuitas: Pirate Ship Tour with Kayaking and Lunch

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

Meet the group in Marina Puerto Vallarta and hop aboard the Galleon for breakfast “Under the Sea” in the pirate tavern. Cool off with a swim or snorkel stop or take a kayak or banana tour around Isla Majahuitas. Challenge yourself to a game of beach volleyball and even take part in a pirate-themed treasure hunt.  Enjoy the pirate show and marvel at the acrobatics, dancing, and special effects. When hunger strikes, choose from 8 different meal options and enjoy lunch onboard. 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.

Puerto Vallarta: Las Caletas Beach Hideway Day Trip

8. 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.

Puerto Vallarta Horseback Riding

9. Puerto Vallarta Horseback Riding

Are you seeking a lifetime adventure? Explore the magic hidden in the mountains of the Sierra Madre led by your loyal horse. From Puerto Vallarta to paradise, give yourself an opportunity to one of a kind trip. The horse ride is the ideal option to let yourself connect with the flora and fauna of the enchanted tropical forest of Vallarta. Explore the flora and fauna of the enchanted forest, where you can observe a unique and spectacular natural scenery. As well, enjoy a relaxing ride through the mountains and descend gracefully in the beautiful and distinguished crystal waters of the Cuale River, swimming along with your horse. Nature, fun, and horses are all you need in Puerto Vallarta!

Guadalajara: Horse Riding on the Tequila Route with Tastings

10. Guadalajara: Horse Riding on the Tequila Route with Tastings

The day begins with pickup from your hotel in Guadalajara and travels to the first stop of the day. Arrive at the scenic Amatitán and saddle up for an adventure. On horseback, ride through the center of this picturesque town and out into the surrounding landscapes, bursting with agave plants.  After about 45-minutes of riding, arrive at the 184-year-old Quinta Sauza facility for lunch. Next, arrive at the Rojeña of the Jose Cuervo factory for a professional tequila tasting and time to explore the town of Tequila. Then go to a small family distillery to learn about the process of making tequila. At this place, your guide will explain the process of tequila-making, followed by tequila and liquor tastings. At the end of an unforgettable and unique experience, it’s time for the return journey to Guadalajara.

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What people are saying about Jalisco

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!

It was a great day tho I would have enjoyed going in earlier when many dolphins were around us and seemed delighted we were there. Overall, it was great fun!

This activity exceeded all my expectations. Very well organized and the boat crew were extremely fun. Great quality food, ambiance, and show.

Exceeded all expectations. You won’t regret going. It’s an experience you won’t forget and something you’ll tell all your friends about.