This is just a tip to look up things to do or places to stay, etc, in the new Puerto Vallarta Travel Directory. www.travectory.com
It lists a lot of the tours or recreation that you could be looking for, restaurants, places to stay, etc. And if you need some advice when you get there, you can search for members who live there and contact them for help with anything.
This was a lot of fun. A group of us took an ATV tour that lasted a better part of the day. We started out from town and our to the desert . We traveled through lush river beds, dry river beds, through an old town and then to the old tequila factory where, yes, we tasted different tequilas.
Going through the small town was quite humbling. Not only is this old Mexico, but so many of these people still live without running water or electric. We stopped for a soda and to use the restroom. Outside the restroom sat a little boy taking tips for handing us paper. Tony gave the little boy $2 and the little boy was so excited. Makes you really think about how lucky you are.
At the tequila factory there is an authentic local Mexican restaruant where they cook everything in front of you on fire stoves. GET SOMETHING TO EAT. It was wonderful.
While in P.V., I badly needed a pedicure, so I went to Essenze Spa right on Rodolfo Gómez. The girls there were wonderful ask for Elsa. This was a wonderful experience for me as I had the best foot massage and not to mention the pedicure was a 2 ½ hour long process. I think mainly because we were chit chatting. What made this experience wonderful for me (besides the foot massage) was that I was able to practice my Spanish. For the first 30 minutes we didn’t say much of anything and then Elsa started asking me questions and at some point I told her that I spoke a little Spanish but I was fearful of speaking due to making mistakes. Well, to make a long story short, for the next 2 hours, the conversations were only in Spanish and to top it off every Spanish speaking person that came in the Spa had to speak only in Spanish with me. It was great.
If you visit the Royal Decameron, I can guarantee that you will never get bored. The activities staff at this hotel are top notch. You can join in on many activities such as volleyball (both beach and water), water polo, ping pong, darts, black jack, dancing lessons, bike and walking tours into Bucerias, spanish lessons, water basketball, soccer, and many, many more. Many memebers of the activities staff have become good friends of mine (some of which no longer work at the resort). Keep an eye out for Jimmy, Fabian, Perla, Jeyser, Beto, Mushu, Marta, and the rest of the activities staff.
If you go south of PV, about 5 kilometers past La Jolla de Mismaloya there is an awesome jungle streams that runs parallel with the highway. My wife and I will park on the side of the road, walk down to the stream and enjoy a day swimming and sun bathing. Very peaceful with huge granite boulders and nice swimming holes. The water is always clean and cold!!!
Take a local bus from Puerto Vallarta (from the corner of B. Badillo and Constitucion) to Mismaloya. The bus will be marked either Mismaloya or Boca de Tomatlan. This should cost 5 pesos and will take about 20 minutes. The trip is very scenic.
At Mismaloya, you can rent a boat for $10 US per person plus $5 US per person for snorkelling gear. We did this twice and found that the quality of the boat and driver from the big restaurant (just as you cross the little wooden bridge) was the better of the two we tried. The snorkelling was very enjoyable.
If you are going to have a margarita or other fancy drink at a restaurant at Mismaloya, ask the price first. Otherwise you may get a nasty surprise on your bill!
Being on the Pacific coast, the sunsets in Puerto Vallarta are often spectacular! Many bars on the beach have sunset happy hour specials to allow you to have a few beverages while watching the day end.
Following your lonely Indian guide will be some different as going directly from El Nogalito into the jungle leaded by a friendly staff. Your loneley Indian guide's trail leads you into this semidecidous tropical forest and he'll show you the "help" of the field guides and assist with flora and fauna identification. Just after fording the river at her smallest, enclosed by that absolutely beautiful green of the canyon, you'll find a very very special spot.
Maybe never noticed by travellers, some of us will taken by surprise when discovering this heavenly beauty spot. It's Gaia's superiority! A small waterfall at the left side of the river comes out of 2 huge boulders,like a chasm, overshadowed by a triangular smaller flat rock. It just looks like the perfect Yoni, the Vulva or female genitals. Don't try to reach the "inner" of this rock-establishment. A lot of water-spiders seem to "protect" the "holy spot" ... and they really look hot and angry ...
Respect and enjoy that very sacred spot of Mother Earth
In 2001, Puerto Vallarta was surveyed by "Conde nast" Travel Magazine and was awarded the" friendliest town in the world" status by its members. Bay of Banderas got chosen as "Most Beautiful Bays of the World" in 2002 and today you may look for a lonely Indian guide and go heading from Puerto Vallarta South-East for about 3 km. There is El Nogalito.
Good birdwatch, so when you're lucky you will be able to observe some woodpeckers, parrots, yellow winged cacique, native parakeets and more wild jungle beauties, included spiders and snakes. Just enjoy the jungle life, and traverse the high canyon on your way enjoying the diversity of flora. You'll be able to swim in a natural rock pool and admire the view. Get all of the photographs you want before the hike back, back to El Nogalito ...
We rented a car and decided to do our own sightseeing, which if you really want to see outside of town, you must rent a vehicle and explore. This is Los Arcos, we snorkeled around these rocks, and that particular day, the currents were shifting and the water was murkey and there were lots of jellyfish in the water.
As we drove by on our way south out of Puerto Vallarta after Mismaloya Beach, we trekked up the mtns, stopped at road side restaurant, walked around, saw some hill fires, and then I spotted a cross on the side of the road, blue glitter shrine, (there are many of these on the side of the road), and though we'd look over the edge on our way back, and discovered there was a beautiful water fall, which it took 2hrs to climb down to, it was nice to dip our feet in the pool to cool off.
Puerto Vallarta has many fine dining restaurants if that is your thing. However, as I am a big lover of authentic Mexican food, I mainly ate at the small hole in the wall taqueria's and street stalls.
There are several street stalls along the main road at the north end of the Malecon and scattered elsewhere around town. These serve delicacies such as taco's ( you must try the tacos al pastor), torta's ( Mexican sandwich ), hamburguesa's ( hamburgers, had one in the neighborhood across from the Sheraton, freshly grilled MmmMmm ). Many warn not to eat from these places, but I did often and never got sick. Just look for a place that is busy.
One day I took the bus all the way south of town to Boca de Tomatlan. It is a small, mostly untouristed, fishing village. There is not a whole lot to do there, but it is a nice place to relax, wander around, and take a few pictures. The views are very nice. There is an open air restaurant / bar on the waterfront.
From here you can take the water taxi to remote beaches further south. I went to Yelapa which is the most popular, but is somewhat of a tourist trap although I enjoyed it. At Yelapa I kayaked in the inlet, strolled the village, and went to see the waterfall. There are also several other beaches that are much less crowded to deserted along the way. See my travelogues on "Boca de Tomatlan" and "Afternoon in Yelapa".
Well I have been to Puerto Vallarta a number of times and didn't want to spend what little time we had in PV on a tour, so we decided to head straight to the tequila factory. I had called ahead of time to get information on the location and how to quickly get from the pier to the factory.
So we got off the tender and headed straight to the taxi stand. 5 minutes (and $5 USD) later, we arrived at Aquí Jalisco. And wouldn't you know it, a tour was going on at the same time...so we tagged along.
Received information on the history ot tequila, how it's grown and the different versions made from the agave plant. After that, we went into the tasting room to sample different tequilas. 10 - 12 shots later, we staggered to the counter to purchase some for taking home.
Visit the small town of San Blas, where you can see beautiful 16 th century forts and ruins. There are a lot of interesting Mexican arts/crafts not seen in Puerto Vallarta. I was kicking myself later for not having bought these unique tara -cotta beads that, I , of-course could not find anywhere else! The trip takes about 2 hrs by bus, north into the hills, lots of good sight seening along the way... tobacco fields, banana tree's, tequila cactus, etc. Also many small Mexican villages along the way as well. After visiting San Blas the highlight of the trip is the boat ride up the mangroves,but not for those who are afraid of crocadilles, as you see many out in the wild and they are huge! Also, a lot of wild birds, large turtles, and interesting bugs. Once at the top of the mangroves you can dock and take a tour through the wild life preserve again, lots of croc's, quotimundo's(not sure of spelling), colourful birds, etc... they are all caged of-course. It was definitly the highlight of our trip, we had our 3 teenagers and they loved it, something they will never forget!
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