Attractions, Puerto Vallarta
Located 12 km south of P.V. is a little village called Mismaloya. All I remember about it is that there is a very luxurious hotel nearby, and that 5 km north from there "El Eden" is located. "El Eden" is by the way a typical tourist trap, and you'll find it as an attraction in any guide book.
We felt like hiking for one day so we decided to visit a place where "Predator" movie was filmed. So the walk is up this dirty road, it takes one hour up-hill. Along the way I saw the following:
- boring village
- small tequilla factory,
- nothing at all,
- pigs and cows,
- nothing at all,
- zoo that was closed and in awful shape as we could see from outside (maybe due to the off-season),
- more nothing,
- Chino's Paraiso (nice oasis with a restaurant by the river - closed as well),
- a few tourists mostly on horses and in buses, and finally
- El Eden restaurant where nothing unusual is to be seen. A decent restaurant is located there however prices are rip off - of course - this is tourist attraction. There is a helicopter from the movie to be seen and that is about it.
Unique Suggestions: So unless you have absolutely nothing else to do - visit El Eden - I don't recommend it.
Fun Alternatives: Much more fun is visiting other villages around (Bucerias for example) and taking a walk on the beach.
When at your resort you can always bargain with the activity people. The ones that do the parasailing, jetsking ect. If it is only one person doing the activity, pay regular price. But if you have a group of people make sure you bargain with them. expecially if you are american. We are latin american and have traveled to our latin american countries many times. People always try and hustle. So make sure to bargain.
Be careful of the "Official tourist guides", especially prevalent at the airport. They are actually time share salesmen under the guise of official guides for the city. They offer discount coupons, events and tickets if you go to sales pitch seminars. Very high pressure. There are also many stalls and booths set up all over oldtown.
Just understand that you will pay for the photo. Okay, very touristy but I thought it was fun. The Iguana did not look worse for wear. I paid $3 USD for my photo. This is a matter of taste for the subject.
Unique Suggestions: This isn't really a tourist trap but make sure you settle on the price before the photo.
i did not think that the bus tour of puerto vallarta and environs was particularly interesting. it lasted longer than i expected (three to five hours, as i remember) and cost more than it should have. it featured lunch at a not particularly great restaurant that obviously has an arrangement with these tour buses and where you have to pay for a meal that is not included in the price of the tour. the bus also stops at shopping places that obviously have an arrangement with the tour buses; some have nice stuff, but i would just go to them on your own.
Stay away from the local people selling day trips...like boat trips to Yelapa, and other little destinations...Also watch out for the booze cruises and mexican feistas...Usually crappy food and even worse entertainment...
Fun Alternatives: Rent a car...and go see the things for yourself...then you can set your own timetables and don't get stuck on a boat all day...
The trip to las Animas,Quimixto&Yelepas.
All of the tour boats looked dilapidated. Ours was filthy, the crew was rude, the music was crude hip hop.The facilities on the beaches are horrid. The food was passable, but where do the cooks and waiters wash ? We escaped and took a water taxi back to Boca De Tomatlan. Atotal waste of 8 precious hours. Every thing else we did, and ate, and
where we stayed was fantastic though.Have visited twice within 4 months.
Unique Suggestions: Just say no!
Fun Alternatives: I only go on tours run by Vallarta Adventures.
Never buy a tour on the "street".
On the beach is not the best place to buy a tour, luckily the one I purchased I still enjoyed the experience but some friends never mainly because it is not what they had in mind. They wanted a day of snorkeling which turned into about 20 minutes of the entire day. The guy on the beach also over sold for his commission telling us there was fishing on the way back, snorkeling in Quiximto but there was none of this.
Fun Alternatives: My advise is head down to the Marina early in the morning and have a look at everything that is available and digest it all because there are plenty of options!!!!
If you want to go snorkeling pick a snorkeling only tour over to Los Arcos and the snorkeling will be great!
When buying your tour be sure to understand everything that is included.
Inform yourselves very well before going on a day trip that you pay too much for. You might end up visiting restaurants in the forest. (Happened in Puerto Vallarta)...
We booked a "Jungle Tour" and ended up visiting 3 restaurants, one of which was where they shot the movie Predator (but who cares really?). When we finally sat down to eat at one, the prices were ridiculously expensive.