Horseback into the jungle
My second visit to Mexico was via cruise ship. It was supposed to be a week of relaxation in the sun. When we arrived in Puerto Vallarta, my wife convinced me to go horse back riding with her. Little did I know that a wood saddle, heck any saddle required not just sitting. As a result I ended up with a purple backside, good for a laugh at the pool the next day.
Still the ride up from the PV beaches into the jungle behind the town was very picturesque. Bottled water was available for a few pesos along the way. This was a "planned" stop and probably a relative of someone that was handling the horses.
Equipment: Horse, saddle, reins. Best to wear closed toe shoes with a hard sole, but sneakers will get you by (not many carry their riding boots on a cruise).Related to:
- Horse Riding
Called "Corrida de Toros" in Mexico, bullfights traditionally begin at 5 pm.
I didn't get to see a fight during my visit, they hadn't started yet for the season.
Each fight has three stages:
After the opening parade, the bull is rushed into the arena where two picadors thrust lances into its shoulders to weaken it.
During the second stage, the bandelleras stick long streamered darts into the shoulders to further debilitate the animal.
The third part is announced with trumpets that usher in the matador to finish off the bull. The matador dodges and taunts the now-weakened, angry and dying bull with his cape. He does this to bring the bull to a strategic spot in the arena, in front of judges, pretty señoritas or government officials, where he will hopefully deliver the "estocada" (killing sword thrust) into the neck of the bull.
Bullfights can be seen each Wednesday at 5 pm November through April at the Toros Plaza across from the Maritime Terminal.
Cost per person $25 USD
I did get a picture of the outside of the arena. I would go for the fun of it if you are not apposed to the animal cruelty. I have been told that if you are an expert in the sport it will not compare to the bull fighting you will find in Spain for example.
Soccer / Football
Soccer or Football is very popular in Mexico. I didn't see any organized football myself but I know several people on staff at the Royal Decameron Resort did play competitively.
Here is a pick up game at the resort, I also bump into a pick up game on the beach in Quiximto.
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