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Tel: 800 396 9168 (toll-free)
227 Cerrada de Cardenal
Tel: 52 322 224 0607
Carretera 200, Km 53.5
Tel: 52 315 351 0320
Calle Mástil, Marina Vallarta
Tel: 888 526 2238 (toll-free)
Concierge.com's insider take:
Canopy tours are all the rage in the jungle south of Puerto Vallarta, with screaming tourists zip-lining over boulders, treetops, and waterfalls. Canopy Tours de los Veranos has zip lines through the forest, over rushing rivers, and past marmoset monkeys swinging from vines; shuttle transport is provided to its jungle playground from Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit.
A more sedate way to explore the foothills around Puerto Vallarta is on horseback. The horses at Rancho Ojo de Agua are said to be descendants of the Mexican cavalry steeds, although they are content these days to canter past the bromeliads and orchids that line the forested paths and climb up to hilltops with views of Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay. If you're more of a spectator than a rider, you can catch a polo match at Club de Polo Costa Careyes, about a two-hour drive south of Puerto Vallarta.
Mining villages are tucked away in the Sierra Madre mountains above Puerto Vallarta. San Sebastián is a favorite for day tours with Vallarta Adventures. The small town of about 800 residents feels stuck in the early 1900s: Cowboys linger outside cantinas, children ride horses home from school, and industrious families run small coffee plantations open to visitors. The tours are all guided, and lunch is provided at a local family-run restaurant. Vallarta Adventures also offers private airplane charters to visit remote villages high in the mountains, where Huichol artists create the fabulous beaded masks on display in many Puerto Vallarta galleries.—Maribeth Mellin
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