El Eden, Puerto Vallarta
This is the jungle location of the movie "Predator" starring Arnold Swarzenegger, and much of the set remains today. Both feature riverside restaurants and swimming in large pools and waterfalls between gigantic river boulders. If you go with the cruise's tour, they will provide transportation and a jungle tour to this area.
Even if you're not a hiker, the jungle tour at El Eden is a MUST!, the trails arent that hard and the sights are breathtaking!, beautiful waterfalls, exotic flora, you might even get a chance to taste the sap of the tree where Chicklets (the gum) originated from! The guides are very knowledgeable. Go HIKING AT El Eden!
Go swimming in large pools and waterfalls between gigantic river boulders. The water is warm, be careful going to the falls because the rocks are very slippery (my friend fell several times, thats him in the picture in the water!). Going to the waterfall you have to enter this little cave with a bamboo ladder, be very careful climbing up there.
Make sure you have a few hours for this tour. We left around 1:30p and returned about 6ish. I believe the website says $77per person but ask around at your hotel. I was able to get it for $50per person. Not for people with heart or health problems. (There is a bit of vigorous hiking that you have to do.) Weight limit is 250lbs for the zip line.
It's a bumpy ride up to the jungle but it's really beautiful up there. When you arrive at the outdoor restaurant, El Eden, the driver leaves you with the zip line guides. You're given a locker for personal items since you can only take sunglasses w/you. No cameras are allowed. I believe this is because they have a girl that takes your picture and then sells them to you afterwards.
You're given a quick rundown/demonstration before the guides strap you into the harness and give you your helmet. You do 2 short practice zip lines before you start your hike to the first actually zip line. Be ready to trudge up quite a few flights of stairs between each zip line with gear in hand.
Wow! So exhilirating! On some of the zip lines you're going about 85miles/hr. I felt totally safe though, so no worries. The guides are there with you. One at each end of your zip line.
Before your last line the guide tells you about their involvement w/Greenpeace and basically ask for a tip if you're happy w/the way the tour went. Every couple on my tour tipped them 300pesos each on average.
When the zip line part of the tour is done you're given the option to either buy pictures of yourself on the zip lines or a CD. You have about 30-40minutes before your driver returns to take you back. You can take pictures, jump in the water for a swim, or have a drink and eat at El Eden. On the way back the driver stops at a small village and you have a chance to do free tequila tasting. Unusual flavors such as almond and orange. A great tour that I highly recommend!
"The Predator" movie set is a tourist attraction where you can see the helicopter that was blown up in the movie. I never liked the movie that much, but I must admit that the movie location in the middle of the jungle rewards you with very nice views of the area.
There restaurant El Eden located on site, is where you can have a bite if you are hungry. Also, there is a canopy tour close by.