Weeeeee!!!! – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

For a taste of the action outside Puerto Vallarta, we went on Vallarta Adventures’ Outdoor Adventure trip since it seemed to offer a bit of everything.

Their Outdoor Adventure course includes eight zip lines up to 650 feet long and 250 feet off the ground totalling about three quarters of a mile of zip line. Then there are the four rappels, including one that drops 100 feet down the face of a waterfall, and a free-fall rappel off a platform, Special Forces style. Did we mention the whole gig starts off with a speed boat ride before boarding a 4X4 Unimog followed by a mule ride  2,000 feet up into the Sierra Madre Occidental where the course begins?

The guides were great (young, well-trained, great English) and the course was fast-paced and just heart-thumping enough. The jungle  was gorgeous and the gear and safety standards were impressive. Outdoor Adventure guides have to complete 250 hours of specialized training before they can go out with clients and Vallarta Adventures’ trips have recieved the highest safety certification.

With safety out of the way, it was time to have some fun, as these photos show.

Clipped into the zip line.

Clipped onto the zip line. Vallarta Adventures actually uses double clips for double safety.

Eric flying down the 1st of 8 zip lines.

Eric flying down the first of eight zip lines.

At 250 feet high, this is one of the highest zip lines anywhere.

At 250 feet off the ground, this is one of the highest zip lines anywhere.

Karen on one of three rappels

Karen smiling her way down one of three rappels. And she hates heights!

Soaked in a waterfall at the bottom of a rappel.

Soaked in a waterfall at the bottom of a rappel.

Eric on a high rappel

Eric on a high rappel.

 

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Sea Lion Kisses – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Director John Huston spent months shooting “Night of the Iguana” (a very bizarre, shockingly modern movie, by the way–watch it if you haven’t already)  in and around Puerto Vallarta. By the time he was done he’d fallen in love with the area so he bought an island and built himself a home there.

These days John Huston’s island, Las Caletas, is owned by Vallarta Adventures which runs a nice day trip out there during which guests can choose to do anything from lounge in a hammock to scuba diving to hanging out with a sea lion.

Here’s what happened when we got in the water with Mara…

Kissed by Mara.

Eric kissed by Mara.

Snack time!

Snack time!

Karen is avoiding something. Is it Mara's breath.

Karen getting a whiff of sea lion breath.

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Lap of Luxury – Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico

We capped off our incredible run of amazing resorts up the Costalegre with a few blissful days at Hacienda San Angel in Puerta Vallarta.  The hacienda was originally the home Richard Burton (with one of his non-Elizabeth Taylor wives) and has been lovingly, meticulously and amazingly restored and renovated into an art and antiques filled haven where every detail has been attended to with style and elegance.

The gigantic patio in our room at Hacienda San Angel overlooking Puerto Vallarta and Baneras Bay.

The gigantic patio in our room at Hacienda San Angel overlooking Puerto Vallarta and Baneras Bay.

Karen doing her morning rituals - coffee and email, on the patio of our room at Hacienda San Angel.

Karen in the midst of her morning ritual: coffee and email on the patio of our room at Hacienda San Angel.

There are some interesting and fanciful sculptures along Puerto Vallarta's Malecon.

There are some interesting and fanciful sculptures along Puerto Vallarta's Malecon.

For Semana Santa (the week before Easter), there were some amazing sand sculptures being built along Puerto  Vallarta's Malecon like this one of the Last Supper.

For Semana Santa (the week before Easter), amazing sand sculptures were being built along Puerto Vallarta's Malecon, such as this one depicting the Last Supper.

Sunset over Banderas Bay from our room at Hacienda San Angel.

Sunset over Banderas Bay from our room at Hacienda San Angel.

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