We are now in the middle of the high season in Puerto Vallarta, with thousands of tourists arriving to this destination daily.
With hotels registering one of the highest occupancy rates in the country, it is not too surprising that tour operators are also working restlessly these days.
According to local news, sales of tours on tourist boats have increased up to 70% during the winter festivities.
This is why Puerto Vallarta’s visitors are advised to book their activities as soon as possible to make sure to get a place on their favorite tour.
Everything tourists need to know about Puerto Vallarta’s tours
The most popular tour in Puerto Vallarta is surely the Los Arcos de Mismaloya tour. These tours bring tourists to the popular Los Arcos National Marine Park, where visitors will be able to admire the famous Arches of Mismaloya, two rocks emerging from the sea in the creation of a unique scenery.
These granite islands also serve as the natural habitat for several bird species ranging from pelicans to parakeets and more. Luis Eduardo García, a Puerto Vallarta’s tour operator, declared:
“The most recommended [tour] is the Los Arcos de Mismaloya tour, which lasts two hours, includes a vest, [and the possibility to] snorkel and do diving activities to see the colorful fish [typical of this area].”
According to him, the cost of such a tour is roughly 1,200 pesos per person, which is equal to slightly more than $70.
Of course, this is not the only popular tour in Puerto Vallarta. Luis Eduardo García said that, apart from the Los Arcos de Mismaloya tour, some of the most popular ones include trips to Colomitos beach, featuring visits to Las Ánimas, Quimixto, and Yelapa.
It’s important to keep in mind that prices tend to increase based on how far and popular a certain destination is.
How to avoid scams
Even though it’s important to book your tour as soon as possible to get the best deals, it’s also fundamental to avoid getting scammed.
Even though Puerto Vallarta is a very safe city, as tourists keep increasing year after year, so does the number of scams in the area.
In this regard, Luis Eduardo García advises tourists and locals alike to buy their tickets either through the official site of their chosen tour operator or by going to the Los Muertos Pier.
Visitors should never trust street vendors offering discounts or special deals on boat tours as these are often fake tickets.
Some other popular activities in Puerto Vallarta
Apart from boat tours, Puerto Vallarta offers plenty of activities to its visitors. This area is widely known for the many beautiful natural reserves surrounding it.
For instance, the Canopy Ecotourism Park, located in the Ejido El Jorullo. This park offers plenty of activities to all kinds of tourists, from ziplining to long hiking adventures and the new Jorullo Viewpoint.
This massive bridge made of glass gives visitors the impression of being suspended in the air while admiring the most breathtaking view over the Cuale River and mountain range.
Tourists also choose Puerto Vallarta, thanks to the many beautiful beaches found here. From Boca de Tomates to Playa de Oro and Las Glorias, the options are endless.
Here, people can relax with a refreshing cocktail while sunbathing in the sun, try out water sports such as surfing, or opt for other activities, such as horseback riding on the beach.
Despite this, it’s important to remember that not all beaches in Puerto Vallarta are swimmable, and, at times, water conditions can become very dangerous.
When this happens, red flags are usually placed on the shore to indicate the prohibition of entering the water so tourists can know at all times whether swimming is safe or not.
Lastly, Puerto Vallarta is a great starting point for those wanting to immerse themselves in the authentic Mexican culture.
With nearby villages such as Sayulita, San Pancho, and Yelapa, visitors will have plenty of places to discover this unique culture through all its traditions.
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