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Activities to Connect with Nature in Puerto Vallarta

8 Activities to Connect with Nature in Puerto Vallarta

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Puerto Vallarta, a hidden gem in the Mexican Pacific, is a great destination for those adventurers looking to connect with nature on different levels. It has great places to visit including thriving nature, gorgeous beaches, and tons of incredible outdoor activities.

This article will help you find great ideas to do in this heavenly destination while you connect with nature and its gorgeous and vast ecosystem, so let’s get started checking out all the different things to do in Puerto Vallarta!

Boca de Tomatlan

Activities in Puerto Vallarta: connect with nature in Tomatlan.

This small fishing village is located 25 minutes south of Puerto Vallarta. It is great for those travelers that want to experience a more local scene in Mexico as it provides a welcoming atmosphere. What is very special about this paradise is that it is located between mountains, rivers and the ocean, making it the perfect place when you want to spend a relaxed day in nature away from the city.

There is a spectacular hiking trail along the coast, and you can hike from Boca de Tomatlan to Colomitos, a beautiful secluded beach, only accessible by hiking or by water taxi. The hike is of moderate activity level, and a relatively easy trail without many steep inclines that is suitable for beginners in good physical condition. For more advanced hikers who want to make a whole day of it, you can hike all the way to Las Animas, a perfect spot where you can stop at a beach club and enjoy a delicious lunch on the beach. If you have the energy to hike back to Boca de Tomatlan where your hike began, it will be a great day of physical activity while connecting with nature in the beautiful tropical rainforest. If you feel tired after your delicious lunch, you can take a water taxi from Las Animas back to the Romantic Zone.

Sayulita Escape

Visit Sayulita.

If you are looking for the best activity to connect with nature, Sayulita Escape offers the opportunity to blaze through jungle trails on an all-terrain vehicle. This tour provides plenty of adrenaline as you cruise off-road and challenge your driving skills as you navigate winding curves, race up steep hills, and down valleys on a Polaris RZR UTV. You will feel the thrill of excitement as you take in magnificent vistas from all angles.

Then you will ride along the highway until you reach Sayulita, a famous little surf town, where you can enjoy a fabulous lunch at a beach club. After lunch, you will have time to walk along the beach, explore the town, or just relax on a beach lounge chair.

Drivers must be 18 years or older and present a valid driver’s license.

Canopy River

Connect with nature and enjoy the Canopy River Zip Line Tour.

If you really crave adventure and want to fly like Tarzan from mountain to mountain above the treetops, you will not want to miss the Canopy River Zip Line Tour. It takes you soaring over Puerto Vallarta’s lush tropical rainforest on circuit of 11 thrilling zip lines.

You will breathe in the freshest air while taking in the most gorgeous views of the Sierra Madre mountains. At the end of your zip line tour, you will ride a mule back to the eco-park where you can enjoy a delicious lunch, have a free tequila tasting, and take a refreshing swim in the infinity pool that is situated in one of the most breathtaking locations.

We recommend bringing insect repellant, sunscreen, and wearing comfortable clothing and sneakers or running shoes. Also, don’t forget your swimsuit, or your courage!

Las Caletas Beach Hideaway

Las Caletas in Puerto Vallarta.

This pristine beach south of Puerto Vallarta can only be accessed by boat, making it a very exclusive and private paradise. It is surrounded by crystal-clear waters where you can relax in nature while practicing water sports or reading a book.

Also, it is a great place for children and teens, too! They can enjoy the Kids Adventure Park or Teen Adventure Cove while riding on zip lines, interacting with the friendly macaws, or riding a donkey.

At night, this place is also fun! The Rhythms of the Night tour is a great attraction for those looking to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience with a delicious dinner under a starry sky and a great and mystical performance in the outdoor amphitheater. The catamaran will arrive at this cove just as the sun sets, you will immediately notice the torches that light up the night providing a quaint atmosphere to be entertained at night, right in the heart of the jungle.

In fact, Las Caletas is a renowned place among the Hollywood scene. Back in the 70s, movie director John Huston used to live there to relax and recharge from the industry frenzy, making it a very glamorous place back in those days.

Las Caletas is always a great plan to connect with nature!

Marietas Islands

Best activities to connect with nature.

These uninhabited islands are a UNESCO biosphere reserve, since it is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. This is a must when visiting the region if you are looking to explore what mother nature has to offer. Its abundant marine life gives you the opportunity to see different species of tropical fish, and if you are lucky, you may even spot an octopus or some sea turtles.

This tour is offered by several different vendor in the area. Vallarta Adventures is a tour company that we recommend. During their 7-hour Islas Marietas Eco Discovery tour, you will enjoy a catamaran ride all around the bay, with snacks, and a delicious lunch onboard. You will have the opportunity to snorkel, kayak, and paddle board at Marietas Islands. Once back onboard, you will enjoy a delicious lunch before traveling to Majahuitas, a pristine secluded beach where you can enjoy an open bar, a banana boat ride, and just relax on the beach or swim in the ocean.

Los Arcos

Activities in Puerto Vallarta.

This is one of the most iconic sights in the region and it is also home to a rich variety of marine life. These beautiful granite islands have been a protected National Marine Park since 1984; it is a breeding ground for exotic species like pelicans, Bobos, and parrots.

This spot is perfect for snorkelers and divers as it gives great underwater visibility of the coral reef, which is home to a diverse array of sea life.

The best way to get here is to arrange a trip with a local guide. Firstly, you have to go to Mismaloya in the south of Puerto Vallarta – don’t miss out the opportunity to explore Mismaloya, which is home to beautiful waterfalls and the Vallarta Zoo; from there you will find guides who offer tours which include gear and even lunch.

Also, you will find plenty of tour providers that offer a day out in the area. Most of the tours offer food and beverages, as well as fun activities on the boat.

If you are a guest of Garza Blanca Resort & Spa Puerto Vallarta, complimentary kayak and snorkel tours led by the in-house activities team are offered daily.

Botanical Gardens

Botanical garden.

Visiting the Botanical Gardens are a perfect way to connect with nature and a great plan for a family outing! This natural sanctuary was opened to the public in 2005, and is located 30 minutes south of Puerto Vallarta on the highway to Barra de Navidad – another great place to see. It covers 8 kilometers of tropical forest where you can observe a vast diversity of flora and fauna, which complements your immersion into the local scene.

The garden’s main focus is the preservation of orchids which are found all over the area. Also, you will see a palm garden, rose garden, and wild and carnivorous plants, which are home to the local bird species.

Also, the Botanical Gardens organize different events like the Bird Festival and the Vallarta Flower and Garden Show, which is a full week of lectures, presentations, and demonstrations about the local flora and their natural environment.

And if you want to grab something to eat you can have a delicious meal at the Hacienda de Oro Restaurant, which offers Mexican cuisine. Also, you can get special souvenirs at the on-site store.

Sierra Madre Mountains

Sierra Madre mountains.

The Sierra Madre mountains are the perfect backdrop to this exclusive location. One can find in these lush jungle-clad hills a variety of plant life and wild animals. You will be astonished at how beautiful and magical this place is.

If you want to experience a day immersed in nature, there are several hiking tours offered in the region. They last about three hours and they take you deep into the wild of this fantastic location. Also, these tours will take you to different indigenous towns which is a great educational opportunity.

Whether you are into eco-adventures or just want to connect with nature on a deeper level, there are great things to do in Puerto Vallarta. This destination is more than ready to welcome you at any time to embark on new adventures in any type of getaway you have in mind – with friends, family, or your special someone.

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