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Puerto Vallarta prides itself on sandy beaches and abundant sunshine, and while sunbathing is certainly a popular way to spend a vacation, outdoor adventures await visitors willing to pull themselves from the lounge chair. Here are your options.

Water Experiences
Situated on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, it's no surprise that Puerto Vallarta excels at aquatic adventures. Visitors can swim and snorkel in the Marietas Islands, go sailing on Banderas Bay, take surf lessons in nearby Sayulita and Punta Mita, look for humpback whales and dolphins, or strap on a Flyboard and play Iron Man.

Land Adventures
Some of Puerto Vallarta's best adventures take place on solid ground. Outdoor adventures might take the form of rappelling down a waterfall, riding a 4x4 off-road through the Sierra Madre, ziplining through the canopy, driving a utility terrain vehicle (UTV) from Punto Mita to Sayulita, horseback riding on the beach, or cruising along jungle trails on an ATV.

Sky-High Activities
Visitors looking for a high-flying thrill can bungee jump into the ocean, rappel from jungle platforms, tour the jungle canopy on a wobbly walkway, or soar at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour along Mexico's largest zipline.
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Canopy Zipline in Puerto Vallarta, Best Zip Lines in PV!

Canopy Zipline in Puerto Vallarta, Best Zip Lines in PV!

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Soar over the treetop canopy during a zipline tour in Puerto Vallarta. Designed with adventure seekers in mind, this tour guides you through 11 different ziplines that vary in length, speed, and scenery, to give you the best birds-eye views of the sprawling rainforest. Plus, you can choose from several start times to suit your schedule.
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  • 4 hours
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Puerto Vallarta Cruise and Candlelight Dinner Show

Puerto Vallarta Cruise and Candlelight Dinner Show

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Immerse yourself in the magical mysticism of Las Caletas by night with an enchanting evening excursion from Puerta Vallarta. Watch the sun sink into the shimmering sea as you sail to a secluded beach surrounded by rugged rock formations. Dine upon a gourmet 3-course meal by candlelight before watching the renowned Rhythms of the Night show, a stunning spectacle that promises to transport viewers to a spiritual land that time forgot.
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  • 5 hours
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Sierra Madre ATV Adventure from Puerto Vallarta

Sierra Madre ATV Adventure from Puerto Vallarta

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Drive an ATV through the Sierra Madre Mountains on a half-day adventure from Puerto Vallarta. You’ll splash through jungle rivers, pass quaint villages, and get a glimpse of the real Jalisco, far from crowded resorts. Choose between a 3- and 4-hour trip by ATV, and spend the day exploring the Puerto Vallarta countryside, with both morning and afternoon departures available.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Luxury Yacht & Snorkel in Puerto Vallarta

Luxury Yacht & Snorkel in Puerto Vallarta

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Climb aboard a luxury yacht for a sightseeing cruise in Puerto Vallarta. Experience the natural beauty of the Bay of Banderas during this boat trip. Go snorkeling or paddelboarding during the excursion and keep an eye out for wildlife including dolphins, turtles, and tropical fish. Relax on deck and admire views of the coastline around Puerto Vallarta. Drinks and snacks are included.
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  • 6 hours
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Private Tour: Puerto Vallarta ATV Adventure
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Private Tour: Puerto Vallarta ATV Adventure

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Satisfy your appetite for adventure on a morning or afternoon private ATV experience from Puerto Vallarta. Climb aboard your powerful ATV vehicle and discover spectacular scenery at your own leisurely pace; see impressive mountains, virgin beaches and rushing rivers as you drive on a variety of terrains. Customize your private tour according to your interests and learn about the heritage and geology of the area from your expert guide.
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  • 3 hours
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Marietas Islands Snorkel Tour & Hidden Beach

Marietas Islands Snorkel Tour & Hidden Beach

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Active outdoor enthusiasts will love this snorkeling tour to the Marietas Islands. Eco Explorer has more boats with permits than other providers, meaning you have a higher chance of visiting the beach than other tours. You also see dolphins, turtles, manta rays, and whales, while underwater you can check out a colorful array of tropical fish.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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ATV and RZR Jorullo Bridge Experience in Puerto Vallarta

ATV and RZR Jorullo Bridge Experience in Puerto Vallarta

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During this half-day, adventure-filled excursion, you’ll have a chance to whip down Jorullo Bridge—the longest suspension bridge in Latin America—on your own rugged ATV or RZR vehicle. Choose to go in groups of four, pairs, or alone as you enjoy panoramic views over the Sierra Madre. Shared tours include round-trip transfers from Puerto Vallarta and an optional tequila tasting.
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  • 4 hours
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Horseback Riding Tour in Sierra Madre

Horseback Riding Tour in Sierra Madre

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Experience the natural beauty of the Sierra Madre on a horseback riding tour from Puerto Vallarta—a great choice for nature lovers and first-time visitors. Enjoy the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation as you travel through the countryside with ease and go on horseback to a cascading waterfall in the jungle. Your tour includes lunch, domestic open bar, and round-trip transportation from Puerto Vallarta.
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  • 5 hours
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Puerto Vallarta Original Canopy Tour, Ziplining, Tequila and Speed Boat Ride
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Puerto Vallarta Original Canopy Tour, Ziplining, Tequila and Speed Boat Ride

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Soar through the treetops of the rain forest straight into a tequila bar during this canopy tour, which begins with an optional speedboat ride. On Puerto Vallarta’s first-ever zipline circuit, cover two miles (three km) on strong cables suspended 328 feet (100 meters) in the air and enjoy panoramic vistas. Conclude the exhilarating experience with time to swim, kayak, and race down a waterslide, or greet the diverse wildlife of the on-site menagerie. 
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  • 5 hours
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Swimming with Free Wild Dolphins in Puerto Vallarta

Swimming with Free Wild Dolphins in Puerto Vallarta

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Discover wildlife in their natural environment with this half-day tour in Puerto Vallarta. Climb aboard a boat with a biologist guide and utilize a hydrophone to find dolphins based on their sounds. Go swimming with wild dolphins and keep an eye out for a range of marine life including turtles, rays, and more. Support marine ecology research with this wildlife-focused tour.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Las Caletas Day Tour from Puerto Vallarta with Lunch and Open Bar

Las Caletas Day Tour from Puerto Vallarta with Lunch and Open Bar

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Discover the secluded and sublime Las Caletas nature reserve on an enchanting full-day tour from Puerto Vallarta. Venture to Mexico’s answer to the Garden of Eden during your excursion to the coastal haven of Banderas Bay; stroll through the atmospheric jungle on the hunt for diverse wildlife; experience an authentic cooking class; or let the stress slip away on the golden sands of the beach. Enjoy a light breakfast, fulfilling and flavorsome buffet lunch in addition to an open bar on this family-friendly adventure.
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  • 7 hours
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Puerto Vallarta Parasailing Experience

Puerto Vallarta Parasailing Experience

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See Puerto Vallarta from a different perspective—the air—during this exciting parasailing tour. Start your flight from the beach, rather than on the water, which means that you can fly much higher and see more of the surrounding area. Feel the wind in your hair as you soar above the beach and city and enjoy unparalleled views of the region.
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  • 10 minutes
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Puerto Vallarta Outdoor Adventure Zip Line and Speedboat Ride

Puerto Vallarta Outdoor Adventure Zip Line and Speedboat Ride

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Satisfy an appetite for adrenaline on a thrilling 6.5-hour outdoor adventure tour from Puerto Vallerta. Enjoy an exhilarating ecological experience packed with challenges and fun on this Puerta Vallerta Adventure; ride on a super-fast speedboat; rappel down rushing waterfalls; ride powerful 4x4 jeeps; soar over the tree tops on zip lines and cross suspended rope bridges hanging high above the jungle. This tour is the ideal way to spend an exciting day outdoors on your Puerta Valletra vacation.
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  • 7 hours
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Marietas Islands: Snorkel Cruise from Puerto Vallarta
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Marietas Islands: Snorkel Cruise from Puerto Vallarta

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Explore the magnificent marine life of the Mexican Pacific and the Bay of Banderas on an exciting full-day tour from Puerta Vallarta. Snorkel to observe an incredible underwater wonderland; kayak in the warm waters of the Marietas Islands; and watch for exotic birds flying in their natural habitat. Look out for dolphins, whales, giant manta rays, and sea turtles as an experienced guide directs your attention to the wonders of nature on this eco-adventure.
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  • 7 hours
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Puerto Vallarta ATV ZIP LINE Combo Adventure

Puerto Vallarta ATV ZIP LINE Combo Adventure

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Combine a thrilling ATV ride through the jungles of Puerto Vallarta with a chance to soar down 12 different zip lines during this action-packed, half-day combo tour. Get bird’s eye views over lush coastal forests, enjoying a rare vantage point over the Pacific Riveria. Tours include convenient departures near the Puerto Vallarta airport and a complimentary tequila tasting.
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  • 5 hours
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Shaded Hot Spring, Massage and Mex Grill in Puerto Vallarta

Shaded Hot Spring, Massage and Mex Grill in Puerto Vallarta

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Relax during a peaceful tour at this shaded hot spring. At Nuevo Ixtlan, our guide provides a personalized spa day experience, surrounded by nature. After pickup from your accommodation, you will arrive at the medicinal waters that are a comfortable temperature. Unwind with a traditional Mexican grill of locally sourced food before heading back to Puerto Vallarta.
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  • 8 hours
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Full-Day Puerto Vallarta City Highlights Tour

Full-Day Puerto Vallarta City Highlights Tour

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See the highlights of Puerto Vallarta on a full-day tour that explores downtown, Los Arcos, and Mismaloya Beach. With an expert guide to lead the way, you’ll stroll the Malecón, see gorgeous coastal scenery, and visit a tequila distillery for a tour and tasting. This Puerto Vallarta tour is a great choice for first-time visitors, and it includes pickup and drop-off at local hotels.
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  • 6 hours
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Sunset Sailing on Banderas Bay
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Sunset Sailing on Banderas Bay

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Awaken your senses to the stunning sights and sounds of a Banderas Bay sunset on a tranquil 3-hour sunset cruise from Puerto Vallarta. Sip a cosmopolitan cocktail and nibble on premium cheese as your stylish Beneteau sailboat cruises on the calm waters of Banderas Bay; watch the setting sun sink into the crystal clear Pacific Ocean and absorb the impossibly romantic atmosphere of this enchanting excursion.
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  • 3 hours
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ATV and Zipline Adventure Combo Tour with Tequila Tasting

ATV and Zipline Adventure Combo Tour with Tequila Tasting

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This half-day tour near Puerto Vallarta combines several adventures in the morning or afternoon. After an ATV tour, take a dip in the Canopy River, then ride a zipline course through the treetops with the Sierra Madre Mountains as your backdrop. A short mule ride to Jalisco ends with a tequila-tasting session.
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  • 5 hours
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$150.00
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Jet Ski Safari in Puerto Vallarta

Jet Ski Safari in Puerto Vallarta

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Adventure-seeking travelers will love this jet skiing safari in Puerto Vallarta. Ride your own jet ski but benefit from the assistance of a guide. You'll be shown how to use the vehicle properly before you jet off. Look out for dolphins, manta rays, and turtles and admire the beautiful views along the way. Even go snorkeling if you like.
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  • 2 hours
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Yelapa & Majahuitas Snorkeling Tour from Puerto Vallarta
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Yelapa & Majahuitas Snorkeling Tour from Puerto Vallarta

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Spend hours at your leisure in the forests, bays, and beaches outside Puerto Vallarta. This relaxing day trip takes you to the nearby villages of Yelapa and Majahuitas. A light breakfast and buffet lunch are served on the boat where you’ll have access to sandy shoreline and snorkeling in crystal-clear waters.
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  • 7 hours
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Puerto Vallarta Roundtrip Shuttle Airport Transfer

Puerto Vallarta Roundtrip Shuttle Airport Transfer

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Begin your vacation in Puerto Vallarta comfortably and conveniently by booking a shared, round-trip airport transfer. Enjoy a smooth and direct journey to your hotel without the hassle of long taxi lines and confusing public transport systems. Simply collect your luggage and begin your holiday in style with this stress-free airport transfer.
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  • 10 minutes to 1 hour
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ATV-Zip Line Combo Adventure Tour from Puerto Vallarta

ATV-Zip Line Combo Adventure Tour from Puerto Vallarta

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Get away from the Puerto Vallarta crowds with this combo ATV off-road and zipline tour. Easily navigate over rugged backcountry roads in your ATV—you go up in elevation and catch incredible views along the way—and then soar down an 8-cable zipline course. Photo and video footage is included, too, for extra value.
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  • 4 hours
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Puerto Vallarta Airport-Hotel Shuttle Transportation
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Puerto Vallarta Airport-Hotel Shuttle Transportation

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If just the thought of landing in a new place and having to navigate your way to your hotel stresses you out, you'll love this handy shared one-way transfer from Puerto Vallarta Airport. Look out for your driver in the designated meeting place and leave the rest up to them. Sit back and enjoy the views, or even take a nap, on the way to your accommodation.
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  • 25 to 45 minutes
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