An exotic and popular attraction located in the south zone, upriver from Mismaloya Beach, following the river. Located 180 meters above sea level in the exuberant green jungle of the Sierra Cuale. El Edén is without doubt a spectacular location, full of fun and adventure centered in the waters of the river or above the tree tops and valley. It is one of the popular natural attractions in Puerto Vallarta, the location is very lush, all green and refreshing. There’s a natural pool created by the Mismaloya river, here you can enjoy the cool river water, jumping into it Tarzan-style or sliding down the small waterfalls into the refreshing emerald flowing currents in the pool. Lots of fun, if you dare!
El Eden became famous for being used as the set for many of the shots used for one of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s most famous movies, “Predator”. The movie starts off with the heroes arriving at Boca de Tomatlán beach, the rest of the movie was shot at El Edén, the restaurant that currently is there, the pools and surrounding jungle. The last part of the movie, the showdown between Aaarrrnold and the alien hunter was shot on the other side of México in Yucatán. There’s not much left of the movie, just an empty shell of a helicopter and a predator sculpture, at times (another kind of predator) a live costumed predator too, that will spare your life if you pay it/him for appearing in your souvenir/selfie photos… Newer generations will not necessarily remember the movie, some may recognize the Predator from more recent versions, some even including the other lethal ET: Alien, or from video games.
If you remember Predator, don’t tell anyone, people will guess you’re a dinosaur, as it was shot in 1987.
Another attraction this location offers is the beautiful El Eden Jungle Restaurant and for those that want an adrenaline overdose, there’s a great canopy tour with more than 2 miles of zip-lines over the river and through the jungle tree tops. You can also enjoy learning a bit more about the two local liquors: Tequila and Raicilla, traditions and lots of history are included in these famous and infamous alcoholic beverages.