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Puerto Vallarta

Far from being a sleepy coastal town, you'll find plenty of boat trips, diving, and horseback riding here.

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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. 

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Puerto Vallarta: Horseback Riding Tour with ATV and Zip Line

2. Puerto Vallarta: Horseback Riding Tour with ATV and Zip Line

Enjoy an action-packed day in the beautiful Mexican countryside with this horseback riding tour. Ride alongside the river, then dismount to walk up to a waterfall, crossing rope bridges and climbing steep steps. Stop by the tranquil waterfall and cool off with a dip in the river. Afterwards, get back on the horse and head to a sloping hill where you can jog a little before riding home. A delicious meal will waiting for you back at the ranch, and you can learn how to make traditional Mexican dishes. Enjoy fajitas or chicken with rich guacamole, salsa, handmade tortillas, beans, and rice.  If you want even more adventure, choose to ride an ATV through the jungle of Puerto Vallarta. Feel the power beneath you as you race along paths through the beautiful rainforest of the Sierra Madre. Or get up close to nature with a zip line tour through the jungle at an ecological park in Puerto Vallarta. Rancho Capomo is a unique place where you'll enjoy unparalleled adventure, flying between trees and over rivers on 13 zip lines. Whether you want a thrilling adventure or a relaxing ride, there are fun activities for everyone.

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

3. 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.

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Sayulita/Punta Mita: Zip Lines with Ocean View

4. Sayulita/Punta Mita: Zip Lines with Ocean View

Delight in the most magnificent views of all the canopy tours in the Puerto Vallarta region. See from the Pacific Ocean to the rainforest natural reserve in Punta de Mita as you embark on an impressive canopy tour involving 10 lines and a suspended bridge on the mountains of Higuera Blanca, Nayarit. The facilities have been built to the maximum safety standards, using two ropes in each zip line to guarantee your safety during the canopy tour. The professional guides will provide you with all the necessary equipment for the tour: waist to thigh harness, helmet, and gloves. Don’t be surprised if among the foliage you spot wild boars, deer, and even beautiful macaws — which the locals call guacamayas. Round off your thrilling adventure with a traditional tequila tasting. Pickup and drop-off from 6 pickup points in the region are included.

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Vallarta: Yelapa Waterfall & Majahuitas Snorkel Adventure

5. 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.

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Puerto Vallarta: Las Caletas Beach Hideaway Experience

6. Puerto Vallarta: Las Caletas Beach Hideaway Experience

Upgrade your vacation by visiting this exclusive, private beach hideaway. Accessible only by sea, Las Caletas is surrounded by a steep, jungle-clad mountain backdrop, making it a truly secluded tropical sanctuary. On the Las Caletas Beach Hideaway Tour, you’ll have the opportunity to explore Las Caletas and all of the incredible natural wonders it has to offer. Spend time out at sea on a kayak or marvel at the area’s many underwater wonders while snorkeling or paddle boarding. Take a guided nature walk and meet some of the permanent residents of Las Caletas, including playful monkeys and beautiful parrots. You can also learn more about the culture and traditions of the region by participating in hands-on activities like clay modeling, mezcal tasting, and cooking. No matter what your interests, Las Caletas Beach Hideaway has something for you.

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Punta de Mita/Sayulita: Horseback Riding Tour

7. Punta de Mita/Sayulita: Horseback Riding Tour

Arrive at the beautiful ranch full of different animals like donkeys, ponies, macaw, roosters, water buffalo, deers, turkeys, and peacocks. Listen to a quick safety briefing before you meet your horse and get saddled up. Riding your horse, explore a typical Mexican Town. Go through the jungle and arrive at a breathtaking beach of Litibu where you will have the option to gallop. After the tour, enjoy a tequila tasting and feel free to purchase lunch at a delicious Mexican restaurant. Finally, take a picture with the majestic "Soruyo", a bull that weighs over 1 ton before heading home.

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Puerto Vallarta: Zip Lines & River Fun with Transport

8. Puerto Vallarta: Zip Lines & River Fun with Transport

Kick off your adventure tour as you jet across the bay in a speed boat, admiring beautiful views of Puerto Vallarta, including “Los Arcos” National Marine Park. Alternatively, you can enjoy your journey to the canopy in the local supplier's land-only transportation. You begin with a complete safety briefing and demonstration of techniques conducted by certified canopy specialist guides. They will stay with you throughout your adventure to make sure everything goes safely and smoothly. Then, get ready to zip along over 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) of ziplines across the spectacular terrain, connecting you to 15 of the longest, highest, fastest, and safest platforms in all of Vallarta.  At the end of the canopy adventure, you can enjoy lunch with tropical drinks at the river side restaurant (not included in tour price), and discover traditional tequila tasting. Slide down water slides and swim in the natural pools of the river, where kayaks and water toys will be waiting for you (weather permitting). Discover exotic species such as Marmoset Monkeys, Squirrel Monkeys, Toucans, Iguanas and other reptiles and Macaws in the fantastic animal sanctuary. An adventure tour with something fun for people of all the ages.

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Puerto Vallarta: Dolphins in the Wild Tour

9. Puerto Vallarta: Dolphins in the Wild Tour

Join a team of professional biologists to see bottlenose dolphins up close, not in a pool or artificial environment, and watch these intelligent animals play and interact with each other in the open ocean. The adventure starts with a light continental breakfast. While enjoying your meal, listen as researchers share their experiences with the dolphins and learn about their natural behaviors and habitats. Next, hop on a boat to find PV's resident pod of bottlenose dolphins. Keep an eye out for marine turtles, birds, and giant mantas along the way. From Dec to March there's also a possibility of seeing spinner dolphins, rough-toothed dolphins, and, with a bit of luck, even humpback whales and orcas. Listen to the dolphins communicate through an onboard hydrophone. The guides are specialists in cetaceans and marine ecology and will have a lot of information to share about these ocean habitats. Depending on the mood of the pod, the guides may judge that it's possible to go for a swim with the dolphins. This is a truly special experience, as the juvenile dolphins are very curious about humans. Those who wish may take the opportunity to participate in the guides' research project. These tours are what make this research possible and it's thanks to the data collected that dolphin sightings are 100% guaranteed. After 2.5 hours of observing and learning about these playful cetaceans, the group will return to Puerta Vallarta by boat.

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Puerto Vallarta Airport Transfers: One Way & Roundtrip

10. Puerto Vallarta Airport Transfers: One Way & Roundtrip

From the moment you arrive for your Puerto Vallarta airport shuttle our professional staff will be waiting for you at the designated area of the airport holding a Gray Line Puerto Vallarta sign. At Gray Line Puerto Vallarta, we offer door-to-door service upon your arrival until you depart your hotel lobby with one-way transportation.  Our transportation staff and airport shuttle services in Puerto Vallarta are always happy to assist with anything you need during your stay in the destination. Our deluxe vehicles are air conditioned, comfortable, safe and driven only by professionally certified drivers. Rates include one-way services, 24 hours per day.  Zone 1: Hotel Zone/Marina Vallarta Velas Vallarta , Casa Velas, Marriott Casa Magna, Melia, Hotel Vamar, Mayan Palace Marina, Westin, Club Regina, Rain Tree Villavera, Flamingo Vallarta, Porto Fino, 3 Mares, Comfort Inn. Zone 2: Downtown/Romantic Zone Crown Paradise, Golden Crown, Hacienda & Spa, NH Kristal, Grand Venetian, Holiday Inn, Villa del Palmar, Puerto de Luna, Hola Vallarta, Fiesta Americana, Las Palmas, Plaza Pelicanos, Vallarta Sol, Club Plaza Pelicanos Grand, Secrets Vallarta Bay Resort & Spa, Hacienda de Vallarta Las Glorias, Canto del Sol, Suites Mar Elenea, Costa Club Punta Arena, Getaway, Suites del Sol, Vallarta Torre, Los Tules, Villas Vallarta, Sheraton, Sunset Plaza Beach Resort, Sheraton Tiempo Compartido, Villa Premiere, Buenaventura Grand, Marlyn Hotel, El Pescador, Casa Nicte Villa, Hotel Rosita, Suites La Siesta, Hotel Mocalli, Hotel Portonovo Plaza, Now Amber, Hotel Hilton, Icon Vallarta, Villa del Mar. Zone 3: South/Nuevo Vallarta Molino de Agua, Hotel Hacienda de Vallarta Centro, Abbey Hotel, Casa de Las Visitas Condo, Meza del Mar, Casa Panoramica, Casa Juanita, Condominio Playa del Sol, Casa Cupula, Condiminio Conchas Chinas, Lindo Mar, Casa Doña Susana, Playa Los Arcos, Playa Los Arcos Suites, Mercurio, San Marino, Suites Emperador, Hotel Emperador, Tropicana, Blue Seas, Blue Chairs, Casa Anita, Suites Plaza del Rio, Hotel Eloisa, Villa del Mar, Posada Roger, La Iguana de Oro Vallarta, Hotel Belmar, Tradicional Villa del Mar, Yazmin Hotel, Torre Malibu, Hacienda San Angel, Hotel Amaca, Villa Mercedes, Condo Vera Vista, Hotel Hortencia, Grand Miramar, Villas Palmeras, Villas David, Condo La Palapa, Andales On the Bay, Condo Casa de las Visitas, Vallarta Shores, Casa La Villata, Villa Azul, Chateau Dona Luz, Casa del Quetzal, Villa Celeste, Hotel Playa Conchas Chinas, Dreams Vallarta, Sea Garden, Mayan Palace, Ocean Breeze, The Grand Mayan, The Grand Luxxe, The Grand Bliss, Villa Varadero, Paradise Village, Bahia del Sol, Occidental Allegro, Hard Rock Hotel, Taheima Grand Spa, Grand Velas, Grand Marival, Dreams Villamagna, Marival Residences, Hacienda de los Milagros, Luxury Residence in Paradise, Rio Malecon.  Zone 4: South Zone /North Zone  Costa Sur, Playa Fiesta, Condo Los Palmares, Garza Blanca, Best Western, Barcelo La Joya, Casa Iguana, Quinta Maria Cortes, Riu Vallarta, Riu Jalisco, Samba Vallarta, Riu Palace, Bel Air, Villa del Palmar Flamingos, Villa La Estancia, Royal Decameron, Suites Costa Dorada. 

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What people are saying about Puerto Vallarta

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 194 reviews

This experience was amazing. Cynthia was our guide. She's a biologist, and her wealth of knowledge about the whales and about animal life in general added so much to the tour. We saw multiple whales, some dolphins, and even a sea turtle. This was the one tour we were looking forward to, and it didn't disappoint. I highly recommend this one to everyone.

Nathan and Co. At Astigo tours were very professional, organized, and safe. Very knowledgeable on the equipment and areas that we toured. They provide an exceptional and beautiful experience. Thank you for making our trip to Puerto Vallarta wonderful.

Awesome experience! Sayulita is a cool little surf town with an authentic Mexican feel. Our guide was great and I really enjoyed the day. Got some nice pictures wondering off the beaten path.

Beautiful tour. Great guides. Music was a little loud on the ride back, but most people were enjoying it so must just be me.

Sergio and his team was amazing. The guide that picked us up really made the tour incredible though!