Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Adventures & Tours
For some adrenaline adventures in Puerto Vallarta, try canopy tours through the tropical rain forest. Race a jet ski over the waves, paddle a sea kayak, dive through magnificent reefs, go parasailing over the bay, and explore pristine beaches. All these Puerto Vallarta adventures and activities are just minutes from Velas Vallarta!
Puerto Vallarta Whale & Dolphin Watching Tours -Puerto Vallarta offers many adventure tours and wild wonders, but nothing compares to witnessing the beauty, harmony and grace of the humpback whales and wild dolphins that inhabit the Bay of Banderas. Puerto Vallarta is one of the top places in the world to view humpback whales and bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat. Each winter, you can see the humpback whales as they migrate south from their arctic feeding grounds to the warm, protected waters of Banderas Bay.
From November to March, you can experience the massive humpback whales on guided tours that leave every morning. One of the most amazing adventures in Puerto Vallarta is seeing these mammals display grace, power and beauty through their playful behavior. Pacific dolphins are sighted year-round and you can swim with the gentle dolphins at the Nuevo Vallarta Dolphin Center.
Puerto Vallarta Bird-watching Tours -With more than 300 species of birds, Puerto Vallarta is bird watching adventure and a true paradise for bird watchers. Tour Las Marietas Islands - just off the coast of Puerto Vallarta - a bird sanctuary and one of the few places where the Blue Footed Booby nests and breeds. Sea hawks and many birds of the oceans and estuaries inhabit or pass through these beautiful islands.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Sport Fishing -Puerto Vallarta is a sport fishing playground, where anglers from around the globe try reel in the big catch. Spend a blissful day out on the deep blue waters of Banderas Bay and fish with an experienced captain. Join a deep sea fishing charter and cast your lines for marlin, tuna, mahi mahi, dorado, sailfish, rooster tail and red snapper. Numerous charters are available - from pangas to large trawlers with fly bridges. Head to the Puerto Vallarta lakes for bass and other freshwater fishing.
Puerto Vallarta Scuba Diving & Snorkeling -With beautiful coral reefs and natural attractions, Puerto Vallarta is the perfect destination for scuba diving and snorkeling adventures. Off the islands of Los Arcos, Las Marietas and Las Caletas, you can experience tropical fish, mantas, dolphins, and turtles. Explore the rock formations of Los Arcos National Marine Park's underwater caves and canyons and secluded beaches with shallows teeming with tropical fish. Discover the wildlife reserves and marine ecosystem of the Marietas Islands with its deep caverns and rugged rock architecture. Tours range from short trips to all-day excursions, and night dives can be arranged for experienced divers.
Horseback Riding in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico -With gorgeous scenery, hillsides and valleys, Puerto Vallarta is a beautiful place for horseback riding. Take to the hills, rivers, villages and jungles by horseback, exploring the countryside with tour guides, learning the history of the area and experiencing Vallarta in a natural way.
Ride a quarter horse, thoroughbred or mestizo to explore a jungle trail with waterfalls. Ride alongside a picturesque river or in the verdant foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains, where the panoramic views of the bay are breathtaking. In Bucerias, you can trot along the beach.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Eco Tours -Discover the lush green Sierra Madre Mountains in the southern part of Banderas Bay. Hike along crystal clear rivers, through canyons surrounded by exuberant vegetation and ponds where you'll be able to swim and enjoy the scenery. Learn with guides about the wildlife and culture of this beautiful coastal region of Mexico. Other hiking tours explore the tropical forest that surrounds Puerto Vallarta. Enjoy spectacular views of the bay and one of the most beautiful water falls in the area, all in the company of specialists that make your hike a fantastic experience.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Canopy Tours -Exhilarating and educational, Canopy Tours are an eco-activity that guide you into Puerto Vallarta's lush tropical rain forest and get your adrenaline flowing. Soaring along zip lines, crossing hanging bridges and rappelling to the forest floor are among Puerto Vallarta's most exciting things to do.
Speed over a river gorge on several cables, splash through streams and learn wilderness techniques while spotting exotic orchids and tropical wildlife. The tours end at a palapa bar with 80 brands of tequila and a riverside restaurant.
Turtle Camp in Puerto Vallarta, MexicoFrom June to September, Puerto Vallarta is a breeding ground for sea turtles, and vacationers can share in the wonder of life by participating in local hotel programs to protect the turtle hatchlings in their dash to the sea. Under a starry sky, children and adults release baby turtles from buckets and applaud as the hatchlings scurry across the sand and plunge into the ocean.
Photos by Mark Callanan