Things to do in Jalisco

Our most recommended things to do in Jalisco

Puerto Vallarta: Rhythms of the Night Cruise & Dinner Show

1. Puerto Vallarta: Rhythms of the Night Cruise & Dinner Show

Spend your evening in Puerto Vallarta with a scenic sunset cruise and an exciting acrobatic dinner show. Float through the Bay of Banderas and witness Puerto Vallarta's most acclaimed dinner show, Rhythms of the Night, written and directed by Gilles Ste-Croix, the co-creator of Cirque du Soleil. Your evening begins with a scenic cruise through the Bay of Banderas at sunset. Be welcomed by dancers, drummers, and jungle creatures who guide you onto the beach for a sumptuous dinner. Enjoy the feast as the palm trees sway overhead, with sounds of the ocean against the nearby shore. Watch the Rhythms of the Night, a performance inspired by the Aztec legend of prior civilizations and the human race’s evolution and decline. The show interprets this creation myth through pulsating rhythms, vibrant dances, intricate costumes, but perhaps above all, spectacular acrobatic skill. 

Sayulita: ATV Adventure Tour

2. Sayulita: ATV Adventure Tour

Escape to the dunes and trails of Sayulita and marvel at its emblematic landscapes on this 2-hour ATV adventure. Drive in the company of expert, highly trained guides, and enjoy a small-group experience of no more than 10 vehicles. After making your way to the meeting point, get a quick introduction on ATV driving, if you do not have experience. Drivers must be at least 18 years of age but children aged over 6 can ride on the back with an adult. When you're ready, set off on your tour to the Cerro de La Loca. Return to the meeting point at the end of the tour and enjoy a tequila tasting to round off your experience.

Vallarta: Yelapa Waterfall & Majahuitas Snorkel Adventure

3. Vallarta: Yelapa Waterfall & Majahuitas Snorkel Adventure

Depart from Puerto Vallarta and set off on a boat cruise towards the tropical paradise coves of Yelapa and Majahuitas. Admire the picturesque coastal scenery, where dolphin encounters and humpback whale sightings (in winter) are common occurrences.  Make your first stop at the breathtaking shores of Majahuitas Cove. With its untouched sandy beach and crystal clear water, it's the perfect hideaway for a day of snorkeling, paddle boarding, and kayaking with an expert guide. Accessible only by boat, Majahuitas Cove features spectacular marine wildlife protected from the human hustle and bustle of nearby Puerto Vallarta. Enjoy the opportunity to snorkel here with all equipment included by the crew. Then, head over to Yelapa, which offers another incredible option for a scenic beach retreat. Nestled in a stunning natural cove, this tiny community is free of any roads and surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty. This tour gives you the opportunity to relax on Yelapa beach and explore the surrounding area, where stunning tropical wildlife and a hidden Yelapa waterfall lay just minutes from the shore. Stroll through the charming fishing village to the cascading, Cola de Caballo waterfalls and jump into the refreshing water, or simply sit and enjoy the natural beauty. Browse through the native artisan handicrafts along the way, then kick back in the sun at Yelapa's expansive beach where the river streams into the ocean, surrounded by an incomparable green mountains landscape. Whether you hike to the waterfalls, snorkel, or bury your toes in the sand, you’ll be struck by the idyllic beauty of these tropical retreats. As you cruise back to Puerto Vallarta with an open bar and onboard fiesta, wrap up a perfect day with some great music, dancing, and unforgettable entertainment provided onboard.

Sayulita: Canopy Tours & Zip-line Adventure

4. Sayulita: Canopy Tours & Zip-line Adventure

Just 5 minutes away from the center of Sayulita, find yourself immersed in a 19-acre ranch surrounded by jungle. The ranch is 100% local and sustainable and once you get here, be greeted by the welcoming staff for a safety briefing on how to have the best time on the zip-lines.  Be equipped with a helmet, gloves, a harness and all the equipment you will need to enjoy this activity with the utmost safety. Glide down 13 zip-lines, 2 of which are doubles, and 4 suspension bridges, with a total distance of two kilometers reaching heights up to 125 meters above sea level.  Enjoy the incredible view of the beaches of Sayulita and its surroundings. After the tour, enjoy a tequila tasting and time to relax by the pool. Have the option to stay and relax or you can be taken back to your hotel as soon as the activity ends.

Puerto Vallarta: Pirate Cruise with Dinner and Show

5. Puerto Vallarta: Pirate Cruise with Dinner and Show

Embark on a pirate cruise in Puerto Vallarta for an exciting night of eating, drinking, and being very merry at sea. Board a stunning replica galleon and be welcomed by your crew of pirates. They are your hosts for a Puerto Vallarta night cruise like no other and will ensure that a good time is had by all. After boarding your mighty and sea-worthy 700-ton galleon, your nautical and culinary experience begins. Enjoy dinner under the sea, tasting delicious meals with seven delicious options for dinner. This Vallarta night cruise is all-inclusive, the open bar welcomes you to enjoy delicious cocktails or wine to accompany your dinner. As you set sail through Puerto Vallarta's bay, the pirates, fireworks, and a pirate tavern with special effects will bring an unbelievable show to delight all on board. Your evening has some surprise activities and of course, all-round excellent service to help create what is sure to be the most dynamic night of your vacation.

Puerto Vallarta: Hop-On-Hop-Off City Bus Tour

6. Puerto Vallarta: Hop-On-Hop-Off City Bus Tour

Explore Puerto Vallarta and its downtown, beautiful streets, beaches, and key landmarks from an open-top bus. Hop on the bus at any of the 20 official stops, and discover the highlights of the city such as the Malecon, Mismaloya Beach, and Marina Vallarta. Discover the city at your own pace and hop on and off the bus at the landmarks of most interest to you. Benefit from the commentary from an audio guide, and learn more about the history of the city and the sights you will see.

From Guadalajara: Jose Cuervo Distillery & Tequila Town Tour

7. From Guadalajara: Jose Cuervo Distillery & Tequila Town Tour

Admire the UNESCO World Heritage-listed agave fields of Jalisco on a full-day tequila tasting tour from Guadalajara, traveling by comfortable minivan. Drive into the countryside of Mexico’s renowned tequila-producing region for a tour and tasting at one of the most famous tequila distilleries in the world. Pass the agave fields en route from Guadalajara. Then, learn about the fermentation process and enjoy a taste of this national drink after exploring the town of Tequila with your guide. During the 1-hour drive to Tequila, stop to admire mountain vistas and the fields of agave azul (blue agave), the succulent plant used to make tequila, Mexico’s national drink. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, these blue-green patches of agave plants blend beautifully with the earth tones in the natural landscape. Stop for lunch (own expense) in Tequila, before heading to the nearby town of Amatitlan for your tasting at a distillery. Learn about past and present-day tequila production techniques. Discover tequila’s indigenous origins and the Spanish who distilled the beverage into the tequila known today. Watch the modern fermentation and distillation process of blue Weber agave, before a tasting of several different types of tequila aged in oak casks. A master tequilier will guide you through the different aromas and flavors. By the end of the tour you will feel like a tequila connoisseur!

From Puerto Vallarta: San Pancho and Sayulita

8. From Puerto Vallarta: San Pancho and Sayulita

Get picked up at your hotel in Puerto Vallarta, and set off on the 1-hour drive to San Pancho, your first stop. When you arrive, have the opportunity to admire the Huichol crafts by the streets, see the beautiful beaches, and walk around the little beach town at your own pace. Next, head a few minutes along the coast to Sayulita,  a little picturesque surfer town loved by travelers and locals. Here, enjoy your favorite drink at the beach while you look at the surfers and soak up the sun. Use a buggy board to unlock your adventurous side and take on the waves. Also, have some free time to walk around the place and shop for handicraft souvenirs made by local artisans.  Before heading back to Puerto Vallarta, enjoy a delicious lunch in a local restaurant. At checkout, you will have the option to include lunch in your ticket price.

Puerto Vallarta: City Tour, Tequila and Coffee Factory Tour

9. Puerto Vallarta: City Tour, Tequila and Coffee Factory Tour

Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your hotel in either Puerto Vallarta, Bucerías, Nuevo Vallarta, Conchas Chinas. Ride in a comfortable air-conditioned van through the city. Take a short walk on the Malecon. Learn about the area from your knowledgable guide. See the iconic locales within the city. Visit the Church of the Lady Guadalupe leaving plenty of time to take pictures. Travel to the mountain and tour a Tequila Distillery. Learn the process of making tequila. At the end of the tour, enjoy a tequila. Continue on and visit a local organic coffee factory. Learn about the coffee-making process and enjoy a coffee tasting. Choose the option with lunch and enjoy a local meal.

Vallarta: Mexology Tacos & Tequila Tour

10. Vallarta: Mexology Tacos & Tequila Tour

Meet your local foodie guide who will introduce you to authentic dishes and drinks in downtown Vallerta. This small-group tour will introduce you to the hidden gems that make the culinary scene in the city so unique. Go beyond the popular tourist spots and discover the local favorites, which you might not find on your own. Sample a range of tacos including steak tacos, fish tacos, shrimp tacos, tacos al pastor, and beef cheek tacos. Discover how Tequila, Mezcal, and Racillia are close cousins and by the end of the tour, understand the difference between the 3. Taste the difference between a standard cocktail and the creations made by Vallarta’s best Mixologists. Sample a range of flavors starting with a Mezcal Cocktail made with fresh lime, cucumber, and a signature ingredient. Then savor a Jalapeño Margarita made by hand with fresh all-natural ingredients. Finally, enjoy a Michelada, made with beer and fresh salsas. You won’t walk more than a few blocks without being offered a Tequila tasting. Learn the difference between a quality drink and a run of the mill creation.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 473 reviews

it was a great way to spend the day. Love the cars and the guides are amazing. Friendly, fun and they take care of you. The tequila amazing bought lots, the boat ride really made the trip even better. The lunch wasn't my favorite but everything else was so awesome it didn't matter. The botanical garden was also amazing.

What an amazing class only made more enjoyable by the friends we made by during the class! It was a great opportunity to learn more about handling chocolate with hands on experience of making ganache, tempering, maki g filled chocolates in molds, and finally Hand rolling and coating truffles. Highly recommended

Fantastic local guide and thoughtfully curated stops along the way! Wonderful choice to discover the history of the agave plant, in all its incarnations. Easy walk, lovely tour! Would definitely come back again :)

Had a wonderful time with Jonathan and Chamas from Estigo Tours! The water at Los Arcos is so clear and full of sea creatures. Las Animas beach is beautiful.

The knowledge of the driver/tour guide was excellent!