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Puerto Vallarta Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, September 2015

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Mexican sunshine, Pacific sea and white-sand beaches are just some of the reasons behind Puerto Vallarta’s fame. Set on beautiful Banderas Bay, and backed by the mountains of the Sierra Madre, the resort combines cultural traditions and outdoor adventures, pampering luxury and terrific Mexican cuisine. Our three-day itinerary blends the best of the city, the outdoors and the region for an action-packed visit.

Day 1: Puerto Vallarta Lowdown

Use the church tower of Puerto Vallarta’s Our Lady of Guadelupe as a landmark on a stroll of downtown Puerto Vallarta. cobbled streets lined with flowers lead to the Malecon boardwalk, for strolls along the waterfront to the signature Seahorse Statue. Quaint souvenir shops sell Huichol handicrafts, and bohemian galleries highlight the work of local artists. To relax on the beach, try Los Muertos near the river, or head to quieter stretches of sand like El Gato and Los Arcos. For the best grounding in Puerto Vallarta’s layout, get your bearings on a day tour of the highlights.

Day 2: Outdoor Fun for the Family

A family beach holiday at Puerto Vallarta is all about getting out in the sunshine and dipping your toes in the Pacific Ocean. Say hello to Flipper and friends with a family dolphin experience, or join a beginner’s diving class to see what’s swimming under the sea. Older kids will rave about gliding across the treetops on the zip-line canopy adventure, and a day spent sailing on Banderas Bay is fun for all ages, with kayaking and snorkeling with wild dolphins.

Day 3: Big Day Out

From the mountains to the coast, there are some great destinations for day trips from Puerto Vallarta. Spend the day relaxing at an exclusive beach resort at Las Caletas, or get a taste for the Mexican countryside on a trip to the lovely colonial town of San Sebastian, where little seems to have changed in 100 years. The sparkling cove at the town of Yelapa is an enjoyable sail from Puerto Vallarta, for village restaurants and beach fun.

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Ziplining in Puerto Vallarta: Original Canopy Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

Fly through the rainforest, over the Orquideas River and right into a tequila bar and restaurant. Take a wild ride on Puerto Vallarta's popular first-ever ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.99
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Puerto Vallarta Cooking Class: Market Shopping, Lesson and Tastings

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 19 Reviews

Ready to cook up (and eat) a feast of flavors? This 5-hour cooking class in the home of a master chef introduces you to the cuisine of culturally rich Puerto ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $83.99

Downtown Puerto Vallarta Food Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

Get ready to become a local in 3 hours. Experience our 3.5-hour food tasting and walking tour offering a local’s insight into Mexican culture through its ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $51.99

Puerto Vallarta City Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 40 Reviews

Get more from your vacation in Puerto Vallarta! Visit all points of interest including Guadalupe Church, City Hall, the Malecon (Seawall), Rio Cuale, and many ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $34.99

VIP Nightclub Tour in Puerto Vallarta

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Party like a VIP on this Puerto Vallarta club tour with a local nightlife guide. You’ll visit three of Puerto Vallarta’s trendiest bars and clubs, sliding ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.99

Taste of Pitillal Food Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Discover Puerto Vallarta's hidden culinary gem, the authentic neighboring town of  Pitillal, a working class neighborhood with delightful shops, ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Duration: 4 minutes (approx.)

From USD $51.99

Taco Adventure Evening Food Tour in Puerto Vallarta

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

An entertaining and informative evening taco tour exploring Puerto Vallarta´s best night-time street foods. Strolling through the authentically Mexican ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $51.99

Day Trip from Puerto Vallarta: Punta Mita and Sayulita UTV Adventure

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Take an off-road romp through the back roads of Punta Mita from Puerto Vallarta or Nuevo Vallarta. Drive or ride in a personal UTV (utility terrain vehicle), a ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $62.50

San Sebastian Tour from Puerto Vallarta

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Nestled in the heart of the Sierra Madre Mountains, San Sebastian's remote location and historic appeal have made it one of Mexico's last great getaways. As ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $91.99

Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens and Lunch on Playa Las Gemelas

Find quiet reprieve on this day trip that takes you away from the hustle and bustle of Puerto Vallarta. Wind through the high mountain splendor of Vallarta ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $167.99

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