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Our most recommended Jalisco National Parks

From Vallarta: Marietas Islands Snorkel Cruise

1. 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.

From Puerto Vallarta: Marieta Islands Snorkeling Trip

2. 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 Guadalajara: Magdalena Opal Experience

3. From Guadalajara: Magdalena Opal Experience

Visit Magdalena, a town full of traditions and four main opal mines where you will have the opportunity to explore and to appreciate the work of the miners. You will be able to go hunting on your own opal with a hammer and a helmet provided by the miners.  Start the tour in an opal shop and then explore the opal mines, learn about this precious stone and then hunt for opals. On your way back, visit an obsidian deposit to admire the place and feel the powerful energy of this crystal. Magdalena also has an obsidian deposit, thanks to the climate conditions and the proximity to the Tequila Volcano. Enjoy free time to appreciate the different kinds of opals and buy the ones of your choice. Have lunch in an excellent typical Mexican restaurant.

From Puerto Vallarta: Jungle Mountain Bike Tour

4. From Puerto Vallarta: Jungle Mountain Bike Tour

Discover the best mountain biking trails of the Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range on a tour from Puerto Vallarta. Meet your guide at your chosen meeting point in the city and travel to the ranch where dry and semi-dry forests and pastures await you. Ride through the trails of the mountainous forest and discover breathtaking views of the Riviera Nayarit as you get in touch with nature. After your tour, relax in the ranch's hammock area or cool off with a dip in the pool before heading back to Puerto Vallarta.

Puerto Vallarta River Hiking Tour

5. Puerto Vallarta River Hiking Tour

Embark on a hike through the tropical forests of Puerto Vallarta with a local guide. Admire the beautiful and unique flora and fauna and different animal life, and cross the Jorullo Bridge. Start your day hiking through 8km to the depths of the mountains of the Sierra Madre Occidental, a wonderful way to explore the extensive flora and fauna of Vallarta. Admire the species of parrots and macaws in their natural habitat, a colorful dragonfly may perch on a nearby leaf; a lizard may scuttle rapidly along a rock or remain motionless in an attempt at camouflage; a wide variety of butterflies may flutter along your path and beautiful birds may pick at small fruit from an overhead tree. Take a break into the crystal waters of “El Salto” waterfalls to cool off for a moment and hike back to the best of the tour. Ready to feel the adrenaline? Cross the longest traffic suspension bridge in the Pacific, the Jorullo Bridge, with 470 meters of length and 170 meters’ height above the Cuale River. Do not hesitate and prepare for the adventure in the tropical forest of Vallarta!

Puerto Vallarta: Private South Shore Sightseeing Cruise

6. Puerto Vallarta: Private South Shore Sightseeing Cruise

Take some time to relax and see the beauty of Puerto Vallarta’s south shore from a private yacht. Begin by heading south and cruising by Los Arcos, the rocky arches that are a Puerto Vallarta landmark. Drop anchor and splash over the side to snorkel or simply enjoy your time aboard the yacht with a cold drink and your friends and family. Continue on to Las Animas Beach, where you can eat lunch, relax on the beach or participate in other beach activities.

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What people are saying about Jalisco

One of the best trips I’ve been on, and I’ve done a fair few. The crew of boat 5 were tentative and good fun. The day started with snorkelling, paddle boarding and kayaking, then we were taken over to a gorgeous beach we’re you could go on the banana boat or just swim or bathe, it was a gorgeous setting, all the food and drinks were included in the trip as well as the beach. The day was finished off with the crew putting on a show on our way home, the bar was open and it was a great fun atmosphere. 5 stars to Fernando(captain) and David(main Host) for a brilliant day

Highly recommend this experience, I had an amazing time exploring the jungle with the team from Jaguar Experience, everyone was super nice and very accommodating making sure that I feel safe at all times and that I’m having fun. The food was also super delicious and the menu was adapted to my pescatarian diet which I really appreciated! I am definitely looking forward to go back next time I visit Puerto Vallarta!!

I thought I was just going snorkeling! But the guides just kept providing more and more to the trip! Definitely get your money’s worth for the trip!

Had an awesome trip. On the way the tour guide stopped for some local tacos and explained much about the areas we were passing. :-)

The crew make an already scenic adventure incredible.