Mismaloya Travel Guide

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    Mismaloya River, right in the middle of nowhere! 1 more image

    by rafgys Updated Dec 13, 2006

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    From the highway it's about 4 KM... going up the hill is a little tough, it takes much longer than coming down the hill. You can always try to get a ride, you'll just miss the point of walking... which is enjoying an amazing scenery, just walking by yourself along a small road through something quite close to a jungle. It's beautiful. The views of the mountain are breath-taking.

    When you start the walk next to the Mismaloya River... you can't miss the hanging bridge, it may be silly... but it's cool to cross it and take some nice pictures. A few block ahead you'll find three different tequila distilleries, the tequila is just okay... but it's cool to see the old way of making tequila, to see the agave plants and the whole process. Then you go next to the zoo and you keep going.

    There's a point in the middle of nowhere... you're gonna see a closed restaurant called "Chinos" and right before that, the fence between the road and the river will be open. You can get to the river up there and believe me: you'll love it! It's an area where the river creates a small space like a very small lagoon right between two little falls (kind of white-water falls)... the water is seriously cold, but who cares... go take a bath in paradise! There's no one around, no one watching... it's just amazing.

    And then... when you get to El Eden, you'll find another restaurant where "Predator" was shot. There's even a helicopter left from the movie...

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    by rafgys Written Dec 13, 2006

    There's a little street going down to the beach right next to the Barcelo Hotel... it goes all next to the river, you'll see plenty of fishermen's boats, handcrafts stores and after a few blocks you'll get to the beach. There are some seafood restaurants on the sand and if you keep walking, you'll find at the very end some stuff left from an old movie (filmed in the 60's ot 70's) called something like "The Night of the Iguana".

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    by rafgys Written Dec 13, 2006

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    Mismaloya is about 30 or 40 minutes south of Puerto Vallarta, it has pretty much the same style... with all the hills and the beautiful beach. In this case, Mismaloya is just a tiny town with a few big hotels... but it's popular because is the place to go and do the famous canopy tour, that sport where you basicly fly (kind-of) long distances just hanging from a rope between two trees.

    If extreme sport is your thing... you can't miss it!

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Mismaloya Restaurants

  • by chicagoconnection Written Apr 20, 2009

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    This casual palapa style restaurant is family owned. It may not look like much on the outside but trust me and go in. We did at the recommendation of someone who lives at the condo we're staying at and we're so glad we talked to her. Everything on the menu is 99 pesos - about $8-$9 and our dinner was honestly the best I had all week for half the price. Don't overpay at some of the more 'well known' restaurants when you can get a great meal for less and help a small business thrive.

    Favorite Dish: The huge combo platter of grilled shrimp, chicken and steak was delicious as well as the rice and veggies. It even comes with free cake and ice cream for dessert. Drinks were very reasonable - $1.25 beer and $4 margaritas and came with great chips and salsa.

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  • Dinner time!!

    by bianson Written Oct 31, 2007

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    Don't let the sleepy little village of Mismaloya fool you, nor the unassuming restaurant. Sand floors on both levels and no windows to obstruct your views of Mismaloya and area. Tony and his son Herman run a very nice restaurant with an emphasis on seafood but I know they have other items.

    Herman presented his "menu" has a cookie sheet showing off all their fresh seafood items. It was so impressive, we just told him to pick out a selection and that seemed to work out perfectly.

    Nachos and a very good salsa to start, warm nochos and cheese for a second course (both were complimentary), the "main event" finished off with a very impressive "My Tony" special coffee, also complimentary.

    Happy hour 5-7 and the ladies were pretty happy with the Margaritas!!

    Might be considered pricey but we only had seafood. I know there are less expensive items on the menu. Seafood platter for 4 cost us about $160 with drinks and a couple of desserts.

    The meal was so good we wwent back two days later to try it again. Rest assured...the first one wasn't an accident and the second was equally good. Second meal ran us about $75 for my wife and I so pretty much the same price as the first.

    Cabbed there the first night and then felt so guilty about the short trip for the cab...paid him $5 for his trouble. Walked back to the resort after dinner.

    Favorite Dish: Bacon wrapped giant prawns and the coconut shrimp.

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    by rafgys Written Dec 13, 2006

    It's on the hills, next to the Mismaloya River, in the middle of nowhere... but where "Predator" was shot years ago. The menu is basicly lot of seafood... after walking all the way up there, I only had a cold beer (Indio was my choice)!!

    But if you get there... besides the food, don't miss the river. It makes a small but beautiful water fall right nexy to the tables... gorgeous!

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Mismaloya Transportation

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    by rafgys Written Dec 13, 2006

    You can get here with an excursion and pay a lot of money... or you can take the public transportation and pay only $5 (something like 45 or 50 cents of a US dollar). If you decide to take the bus, you must take it somewhere in Puerto Vallarta's southern downtown area... I don't know the streets, but if you ask around... everybody knows where it leaves.

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