When you think of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico you probably think of beaches and tequila cocktails. But just outside this oceanfront resort town are mountains that offer the chance for unexpected Puerto Vallarta adventure travel as well.

Clipped into the zip line.

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

Puerto Vallarta adventure travel

There are lots of day trips offered in Puerto Vallarta. We chose Vallarta Adventures’ Outdoor Zip Line Adventure trip because it offered eight zip lines up to 650 feet (200 meters) long and up to 250 feet (75 meters) above the ground totaling nearly a mile (1.5 km) of zip line.

Eric flying down the 1st of 8 zip lines.

Eric flying down the first of eight zip lines.

Then are also four rappels, including one that drops 100 feet (33 meters) 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 (600 meters) up into the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains where the course begins?

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

About 250 feet (75 meters) above the ground.

The jungle was gorgeous and the gear and safety standards were impressive, including the use of double clips on the zip lines.

Karen on one of three rappels

Karen smiling her way down a rappel even though she hates heights.

The guides, which have to complete 250 hours of specialized training before they can go out with clients, were great (young, well-trained, great English) and the course was fast-paced and just heart-thumping enough.

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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