Being one of Mexico's most top tourist hives, Puerto Vallarta offers a host of attractions, including the spectacular hatching and releasing of baby turtles, sunset yoga classes, adrenaline-pumping adventure zones, stately rental properties, horseback riding tours, romantic cruises and lots of fun water activities. But, what you should never miss is a visit to the top destinations in this marvellous coastal town.
A visit to the Botanical Gardens.
Located south of the city, the Vallarta Botanical Gardens house a fantastic variety of flora and fauna. Plus, it serves as a wonderful location if you're looking for a good hike. It is recognised by the Canadian Garden Tourism Coalition as one of the ten must-see gardens in 2013. Explore the Tree Fern Grotto, Tropical Fruit Trees, Native Mexican Plant Collection, Orchid Conservatory, Gift Shops and ATV Tours. Enjoy the cool breeze from Sierra Madre Mountain while taking a dip in the mountain river. Should you get hungry, you can visit Hacienda de Oro and treat yourselves to authentic Mexican food and mighty fine, brick-oven pizza.
Take a stroll along the Malecon
This promenade is the site for Mexico's largest annual trade and travel show, Tiangus Turistico. The Malecon serves a perfect spot for beholding the sights, experiencing the sounds and taking in the aroma of the local scene. This boardwalk also features beautiful sculptures, such as Seahorse, The Arches and Flamenco Dancers. Visit here on Sunday evenings and catch the amusing performances of local musicians and artists on the streets. You will also find sumptuous delicacies and cheap souvenir items from local merchants.
Behold the famous Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
This towering edifice is one of the most iconic landmarks of Puerto Vallarta. Built in 1929 in the city centre, this gem's architectural charm hasn't waned but enhanced over the years. Even now, you can still see locals show their respect with a sign of the cross whenever they pass the church. Another structure akin in beauty to the Cathedral, the church of San Miguel Archangel, sits in El Pitillal -- a traditional Mexican village. Here, you can witness and experience the richness of the local culture.
With all these wonders, you will surely be coming back for more.
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