Puerto Vallarta affords beautiful backdrop to a variety of exciting leisure activities. The opportunity exists in this stunning Caribbean port to pretend to be Tarzan one minute and the kid from "Flipper" the next. If you enjoy some slightly controlled wildness on your vacations, Puerto Vallarta is the spot, especially if you are considering a Caribbean cruise. Just make sure that once you step off the boat you move as quickly as possible to get away from the touristy section and head off in search of real fun.
Canopy Adventure Park
This spot about 45 minutes away from the center of Puerto Vallarta gives you the chance to play Tarzan. In fact, one of the attractions here is actually called the Tarzan Swing. It's not quite swinging from tree to tree on a vine, but it is probably the closest you'll ever get. If you have a fear of heights, the 90-foot-high zip lines might be a problem, but otherwise anyone who enjoys the great outdoors should enjoy. Even beginners can find pleasure here because the guides are highly trained.
Canopy Adventure Park
Sierra Madre Hiking
Leave the tourist stops on the beach behind to hike 5 miles into the wilderness of the Sierra Madre mountains. The scenery is unforgettable. You will end the hike at a hot spring warmed by the volcanic heat beneath the ground. Take a dip in the warm waters and enjoy a picnic.
Swimming with Dolphins
One of the more touristy things you might want to consider giving into while in Puerto Vallarta is swimming with dolphins. You could just jump into the water and swim with the bottle-nosed mammals, or take it a step further: The Dolphin Trainer for a Day sends you into the water for nearly 5 hours.
This choice goes beyond just petting a dolphin or even grabbing hold of a fin for a fast jaunt through the water. You work alongside a dolphin trainer to learn how these amazing animals are fed and trained. As a bonus, you'll get 40 minutes of time with sea lions.
Dolphin Trainer for a Day
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