Puerto Vallarta entices the curious adventure traveler with its beaches, traditional Mexican architecture, and the Malecon. It’s possible to spend a week here without doing much research in advance – just show up and take whatever comes.
But you might miss some of the hidden gems the city has to offer – gems like extreme sports, an art tour, and some of the best food and drink combinations you’ll ever find. Rest assured, Travel Raintree has done the homework for you. Read on to get our list of the Top 5 Adventures in Puerto Vallarta.
Zip Line Tours
If you like the feeling of gliding through the air at moderate to fast speeds while taking in the scenic views of the jungle, then zip lining is for you! Zip line tours are a staple among adventure travelers. Near Puerto Vallarta, there are several tours and companies to choose from: Canopy Tour de Los Veranos, Vallarta Adventures, Rancho Mi Chaparrita, and several others. Canopy El Eden has one advantage: its location is famous because it was chosen for the filming of an action movie in the 1980s.
“Arnold Schwarzenegger filmed his movie Predator in the Sierra Madre jungle in 1986, and Canopy El Eden has named two of its longest zip lines in his honor–Predator and, in recognition of his latest role, Governator.”
Zip line the jungle as you explore rivers, hills, beaches, and wildlife. Your excursion takes place right where pirates and Spanish conquistadors used to thrive.
Walking Food and Cocktails Tour
Walking food tours are becoming more commonplace in cities with a rich culinary history. What makes Tequila, Tacos, and Mexican Cocktails special is the thoughtful combination of food and spirits. Led by a foodie guide, this 3.5 hour tour will give you a chance to taste fish tacos paired with a lime and cucumber mezcal cocktail and a gourmet beef taco paired with a raicilla cocktail. You’ll learn how a michelada cocktail is made with beer and fresh salsa.
“Learn the historical significance of Mexican spirits and how to differentiate each one. Between mouthwatering tastings your informative guide will point out some of Puerto Vallarta’s must-see sights.”
Fat Bike Graffiti and Art Tour
Beginners and experienced riders alike will enjoy this tour of public art and graffiti. You’ll ride about 17 kilometers (only 10.5 miles) for 2.5-3 hours as you navigate the streets of Puerto Vallarta. If you’ve never ridden on fat tires, this is your chance – it feels so smooth and comfortable. Adventure travel means you try new things. Included in the price is a tour guide, 10 speed fat bicycle rental, helmet, snacks, and beverages.
“This tour will take you out of the tourist zone and focus on street art and murals. This is an easy beginner ride on super comfortable fat bikes and you’ll see amazing graffiti art, learn about it and have a blast.”
“The Flyboard uses the thrust of a jet ski to propel the board through the water or into the air. With nearly 400 pounds of lift, this heart thumping, adrenaline-producing ride is a thrill a second. Once you try it, you will enjoy the adrenaline rush!”
You can find Extreme Flyboard right on the beach in Puerto Vallarta. Extreme sports rarely looks this cool. An English-speaking certified flyboard instructor will ensure you have a safe ride. A photographer/videographer is on hand to capture your favorite flyboard moments for an additional fee. This is one adrenaline rush you need to experience for yourself.
Vallarta Tequila Tastings invites you to try one of their 4 tequila tasting tours: The Tequila-Curious, The Connoisseur, The Mezcalero, or Tequila Chocolate Pairing. Led by Mexican-born guide Ricardo, you’re sure to learn the art and science of tequila and mezcal. Ricardo said, “Not until I moved here to Puerto Vallarta in Jalisco – the ‘Tequila Capital’ – did I realize just how sophisticated this spirit was. I learned how to slowly savour the tastes, textures and aromas of the many varieties of tequila and mezcal.”
These tours give you the opportunity to taste different varieties of tequila and its cousin mezcal. Learn what the differences are between blancos and reposados, what pairs well together, and what makes a good quality tequila.
Where to Stay
Club Regina Puerto Vallarta offers comfortable amenities, on-site dining, and easy beach access right in the exclusive Marina Vallarta.
Villa Vera Puerto Vallarta is located near the restaurants and bars of the exclusive Marina Vallarta just a few miles from Puerto Vallarta’s beaches and best attractions.