Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta was sleepy no more; its transformation into an international resort had begun. Then director John Huston chose the village as the location for his film "Night of the Iguana," starring Richard Burton. Today, the city has its own "Gringo Gulch," a haunt of the rich and famous. Travelers are also drawn by its climate, its excellent shopping - which offers great values on leather goods, jewelry, and handicrafts - and mile after mile of palm-lined beaches.

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Points of Interest

  • The Malecon
  • Las Caletas
  • Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • Tequila Hacienda
  • Yelapa
  • Isla Marietas
  • Dolphin Encounter
  • Outdoor Adventure
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  • The Malecon

    The city's popular boardwalk by the beach is lined with shops, restaurants and artists selling their wares. Begin your stroll at the Los Milenos sculpture by Mathis Lidice and head southward.

  • Las Caletas

    Accessible only by boat, this secluded cove on the southern shores of Banderas Bay is surrounded by lush jungle and features pristine beaches for an exclusive private paradise.

  • Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe

    The cathedral features a gilded crown, a replica of one worn by Carlota, empress of Mexico. A 1995 earthquake damaged the crown and sculptor Octavio Gonzales created its replacement.

  • Tequila Hacienda

    Discover the fascinating process of tequila making, from its origins in the blue agave cactus to your glass, and sample Puerto Vallarta's finest at Hacienda Doña Engracia.

  • Yelapa

    The tiny town and crescent-shaped beach of the same name is situated in a cove off Banderas Bay, south of Puerto Vallarta. Sleepy and remote, the only way to get there is by boat.

  • Isla Marietas

    This series of uninhabited islands offers kayaking, snorkeling or scuba diving around the periphery of the islands where you can bird-watch as it is a haven for all matter of winged species.

  • Dolphin Encounter

    Get acquainted with new underwater friends at the Dolphin Adventure Center. Kids can kiss the dolphins and meet their curious babies, while adults may indulge in a once-in-a-lifetime belly ride!

  • Outdoor Adventure

    Become one with nature as you zipline and rappel through the Mexican jungle, view the countryside by powerful ATV, or go kayaking and snorkeling in the warm waters of Puerto Vallarta.

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DOLPHIN ENCOUNTER FOR KIDS & LUNCH

3 hours | Puerto Vallarta | PVR-725
  • Dolphin Encounter

Dolphin Kids is a dolphin interaction program designed for ages 4 to 8. Meet, play and admire Pacific bottlenose dolphins under the supervision of an experienced dolphin trainer on a submerged platform. A buffet lunch is included.

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COUNTRYSIDE & TEQUILA TASTING

4.5 hours | Puerto Vallarta | PVR-105
  • Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • Tequila Hacienda

Set out on a scenic drive into the countryside for a sampling of tequila during a tour of the Hacienda Doña Engracia distillery and shopping at a local plaza. Back in Puerto Vallarta, relax with a drive around the city to view its iconic sights.

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BEST OF PUERTO VALLARTA

5 hours | Puerto Vallarta | PVR-115
  • The Malecon

Stroll through the main square of the El Pitillal neighborhood and take a drive through Old Town. After a guided walk, shop for silver gift items, take in the views at El Set and enjoy a sampling at the Tequila Distillery.

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PUERTO VALLARTA CITY HIGHLIGHTS

4 hours | Puerto Vallarta | PVR-100
  • Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Puerto Vallarta's most iconic sights including the historic central plaza, the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Malecon, a boardwalk lined with artistic sculptures. Stop for a complementary margarita at a local restaurant followed by shopping.

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Beach Getaway

5 hours | Puerto Vallarta | PVR-295

Find your place in the sun at a popular beach club in the spectacular Nuevo Vallarta hotel zone. Spend the day relaxing by the infinity pool, stroll along the sparkling beach, take a dive in the Bay of Banderas, and treat yourself to lunch.

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Local Connections: Colors of Vallarta: The Artist inside of You

5 hours | Puerto Vallarta | PVR-150

Discover Puerto Vallarta's vibrant art scene when you explore its colorful galleries and artisan craft shops with your knowledgeable guide on this exclusive tour crafted by local artist Mariano Perez Vivanco. Then, travel to a gorgeous villa for a unique, hands-on painting demonstration that uses only your fingers yet creates magical works of art.

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EL CENTRO WALK, TILES, TEQUILA & LUNCH

5 hours | Puerto Vallarta | PVR-110
  • The Malecon
  • Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • Tequila Hacienda

Enjoy a guided stroll through El Centro and a tour of a local tile factory to see how colorful Mexican tiles are created. Learn the craft of distilling tequila at Hacienda Doña Engracia and enjoy an authentic Mexican lunch with handmade tortillas.

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CITY WALK, TEQUILA FACTORY & LUNCH

5 hours | Puerto Vallarta | PVR-300
  • The Malecon
  • Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • Tequila Hacienda

Stroll along the popular Malecón and enjoy a tour and tasting at Hacienda Doña Engracia, one of the finest tequila factories in the area. While visiting, feast on a delicious Mexican lunch buffet.

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DELUXE SUNSET SAIL WITH OPEN BAR

3 hours | Puerto Vallarta | PVR-680

Enjoy one of Puerto Vallarta's magnificent sunsets from the sprawling deck of a sailboat. Keep a lookout for dolphins (and whales in season) and feast on hearty appetizers, imported cheeses and an open bar.

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TEQUILA TASTING, FOLKLORIC SHOW & LUNCH

5 hours | Puerto Vallarta | PVR-270
  • The Malecon
  • Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe

A guided tour through the picturesque downtown and along the Malecón leads to a tequila tasting and folkloric show. Continue with lunch of handmade tortillas, salsas and quesadillas.

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Local Connections: Rare Spirits Tasting at Barrio Bistro Crafted by Bill Esparza

4 hours | Puerto Vallarta | PVR-250

On this Chef-led demonstration and tasting experience at the Barrio Bistro you will gain a deeper understanding of tequila, mescal, and the rare spirit raicilla. Learn how these Mexican standards journey from the agave field to the cocktail glass. A brief city tour concludes the day.

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SNORKEL AT MARIETAS ISLANDS WITH LUNCH & OPEN BAR

6 hours | Puerto Vallarta | PVR-775
  • Isla Marietas
  • Outdoor Adventure

Sail to the Marietas Islands in Banderas Bay, a marine sanctuary with a wide array of sea life. Embark on a guided tour followed by snorkeling and kayaking. Enjoy a lunch buffet with an open bar on the return trip to port.

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DOLPHIN SWIM & LUNCH

3 hours | Puerto Vallarta | PVR-715
  • Dolphin Encounter

Get up close and personal with Pacific bottlenose dolphins at the Dolphin Adventure Center where you'll have a chance to play and swim with these intelligent creatures. After your adventure, refuel with a buffet lunch.

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EXCLUSIVE BEACH RESORT GETAWAY

5 hours | Puerto Vallarta | PVR-290

Relax or play at one of Puerto Vallarta's prettiest beach destinations. The resort boasts two swimming pools, including one for adults only, and bubbling Jacuzzis. All food, drinks, ocean kayaks and boogie boards are included.

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Mahajuitas Cove, Yelapa & Lunch

7 hours | Puerto Vallarta | PVR-795
  • Yelapa
  • Outdoor Adventure

Board a catamaran to Majahuitas Cove for snorkeling and kayaking, and explore Yelapa, a charming Mexican fishing village. Hike through the jungle to waterfalls or relax on the sandy beach. On your return, enjoy a fiesta with an open bar, dancing, and entertainment.

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EL TUITO, BOTANICAL GARDENS, TEQUILA & LUNCH

8 hours | Puerto Vallarta | PVR-800

Explore Puerto Vallarta's southern region from the palms to the pines. Travel on a safari-like vehicle to the foothills of the Mexican Sierra Madre for a nature walk. Discover an ancient petroglyphs field. Experience regional highlights that give insight into the area, the lives of the residents and their cuisine.

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COLONIAL SAN SEBASTIAN, TEQUILA TASTING & LUNCH

6.5 hours | Puerto Vallarta | PVR-160

Tour the 17th century mining town of San Sebastián, visit a local coffee plantation, savor a traditional lunch served in an 18th century hacienda and tour the local museum and neighboring tequila factory for a tasting.

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WHALE WATCHING

3 hours | Puerto Vallarta | PVR-640
  • Outdoor Adventure

Take a Zodiac cruise into the Bay of Banderas in search of humpback whales. If whales are spotted, the captain will maneuver the boat so you can take that picture-perfect photo of these spectacular creatures.

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ECO-SAFARI OFF-ROAD ADVENTURE

7 hours | Puerto Vallarta | PVR-340
  • Outdoor Adventure

Experience the lush jungle from an open-air, all-terrain vehicle lead by a professional guide. See traditional villages, learn about the area's culture and enjoy lunch at a secluded beautiful lagoon venue.

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DISCOVERY FAMILY LAS CALETAS PRIVATE BEACH GETAWAY & LUNCH

6.5 hours | Puerto Vallarta | PVR-280
  • Las Caletas

Board a catamaran and cruise to Las Caletas for a day of kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkeling. Take a guided nature hike or visit the specially designed Kid's Adventure Park. Buffet lunch and drinks are included.

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SEA LION SWIM & LUNCH

3 hours | Puerto Vallarta | PVR-735
  • Dolphin Encounter
  • Outdoor Adventure

Swim with a fun-loving sea lion in an interactive program for the whole family! Greet, shake a flipper, and receive a big wet kiss from the friendly mammals. Enjoy lunch and a beverage before returning to the ship.

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ATV ADVENTURE

4.5 hours | Puerto Vallarta | PVR-545
  • Outdoor Adventure

Explore the rugged terrain of the Cuale Mountain Nature Reserve in your own 4-wheel ATV! Ride through a wide array of scenery from mountain top to riverbeds and enjoy free time to sample a snack or relax in a hammock.

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JUNGLE ZIPLINE & RAPPELLING

5 hours | Puerto Vallarta | PVR-400
  • Outdoor Adventure

Explore Sierra Madre's jungle canopy on a thrilling zipline adventure. Soar through the tropical forest, view the jungle from a hanging bridge and enjoy two thrilling rappels to the forest floor..

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SPEEDBOAT, HORSEBACK RIDE, SNORKEL & LUNCH

7 hours | Puerto Vallarta | PVR-770
  • Outdoor Adventure

Visit secluded coves and beaches on an inflatable speedboat, explore traditional fishing villages and horseback ride to a waterfall. Kayaking, snorkeling, and a delicious Mexican-style lunch round out the day.

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JUNGLE ADRENALINE ADVENTURE

6 hours | Puerto Vallarta | PVR-410
  • Outdoor Adventure

A zodiac speedboat, Unimog 4WD vehicle or van and a mule ride take you to the canopy platforms above the trees. Zipline, splash and trek through the tropical forest and rappel through waterfalls into natural river pools.

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JUNGLE ZIPLINE, WATERSLIDES & UTV

6 hours | Puerto Vallarta | PVR-415
  • Outdoor Adventure

Take adventure to the max AT Vallarta Adventures! Zipline through the tropical forest, take a wet and wild waterslide through island foliage and get behind the wheel of a Polaris UTV for a rugged, off-road experience.

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PUERTO VALLARTA BY PRIVATE VEHICLE - VAN CLASS (HALF DAY for up to 12 GUESTS)

4 hours | Puerto Vallarta | PVR-135
  • The Malecon

Make the most of every minute in port with your own private, air-conditioned vehicle and licensed tour guide/driver. Customize your day and discover the sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle.

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