3 ideas for adventure tourism in Puerto Vallarta

adventure tourism puerto vallarta

If you are a lover of direct contact with nature, Puerto Vallarta offers exciting adventure tourism in which the beach, the jungle or the mountains, will become your friend or foe on your search for an adrenaline rush.

Puerto Vallarta is famous worldwide for being a beautiful beach destination that combines the blue-emerald of its beaches with the pleasant colonial flavor that identifies the main buildings that decorate its historical center.

In addition to this attractive tourist setting, true adrenaline lovers now have a new reason to travel to this beautiful corner of the Mexican Pacific coast. The reason: to enjoy the incredible adventure tourism.

We present the three ecotourism adventures most requested by the “extreme sports fans” in and around Puerto Vallarta:

1. Zip lines


It is one of the most exciting adventures that can be practiced in the mountain area, just minutes from downtown Vallarta. According to specialists in topics related to extreme sports and outdoor activities, in the surroundings of this destination, there are more than 10 ideal scenarios to practice this challenging sport.

One of the most complete experiences is available at Canopy River, natural reserve located just 30 minutes from downtown Puerto Vallarta, in the Ejido del Jorullo. Here, surrounded by an imposing green vegetation, embraced by the mountains that make up the Sierra Madre Occidental, and flying over the river Cuale, you can travel more than 3,286 meters above the trees.

An entire adventure, considering that the longest line reaches 650 m and that the highest point of the journey exceeds 200 m in height. The zip lines of El Nogalit, El Eden and Cerro Verde are also recommended.

2. Rafting


This can be practiced in the Cuale river, in Ejido del Jorullo a few kilometers from the center of Puerto Vallarta. The adventure consists of challenging the riverbed (which for many is the very origin of the city of Vallarta) aboard fun rafts to reach the bottom of the river. The tour is completed with hiking, zip-lining, and rappel practice, as well as exciting free falls, all in an adventure that can last up to 2 hours. If you are interested, you can contact Canopy River to make this experience that, without a doubt, will make you live Vallarta … to the extreme!

3. Kayak


For its disposition, right in the center of the beautiful Bay of Banderas, the waters that bathe the beaches of Vallarta (and its surroundings) are ideal for the practice of this relaxing activity that requires skill and a boat for one or two people. We recommend renting a double boat to share with your partner the beautiful views offered by the Pacific framed by the spectacular jalisciense mountain range. Taking advantage of your kayak, get closer to the areas of estuaries and low jungle to learn more about the wonderful aquatic and terrestrial fauna that has made these spaces, their habitat, and refuge.

The best beaches to practice this activity are: Mismaloya, Tomatlán, Las Ánimas and Quimixto.

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