Huichol Indian Village -The Huichol Indian Village is the traditional home of the Huichol Indians, one of Mexico's last surviving indigenous peoples. The artistic Huichol Indians are Aztec descendants who have retained traditional customs, language and art. Huichol Indian art is recognized for its beauty all around the world. Famous for their yarn paintings and colorful beadwork, the art of the Huichol Indians depicts ancient spiritual stories involving snakes, deer, scorpions and wolves. High in the Sierra Madre Occidental, the Huichol Indian village sits in a remote mountain setting but is worth the journey.
Puerto Vallarta's Plaza Principal -Puerto Vallarta's Plaza Principal is also known as El Jardin Principal or "The Main Garden." A statue of Don Ignacio L. Vallarta, the city's namesake, occupies a place of honor in the plaza. Plaza Principal is the top downtown Puerto Vallarta tourist attraction with concerts, performances, art exhibitions and food markets. Stop by on weekends to enjoy free concerts.
Marina Vallarta -Marina Vallarta is a beautiful golf, marina and waterpark complex set on a beach with views of Banderas Bay. Play on the championship 18-hole golf course, stroll along the boardwalk and pop into a shop. Enjoy a delicious meal at one of the charming Marina Vallarta cafes that look out at the Marina's famous lighthouse. Marina Vallarta offers more than 500 slips and is one of Mexico's most famous attractions.
Las Marietas Islands -Las Marietas Islands became famous in the 1970s as a result of undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau. Today, the Marietas Islands Marine Reserve is a bird sanctuary protected by the Mexican government. A top spot for scuba divers, Las Marietas Islands offer adventurous diving in reefs, caves and deep drop-offs. Las Marietas Islands is a great spot for snorkeling and windsurfing. The islands can be reached from boats off Puerto Vallarta's northern beaches.
Las Caletas in Banderas Bay -Las Caletas is a breathtaking spot on Banderas Bay. Set on golden beaches bordering a verdant forest and the crystal blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, Las Caletas is an exclusive setting with spectacular scenery. Play in the waters along Banderas Bay and enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking and surfing Pacific waves.
Puerto Vallarta's Old Town -Known as the "zona romantica", Old Town Vallarta offers charm and romance. Visit historic landmarks and attractions, gourmet cafes, art galleries and enjoy the nightlife. Picturesque and exotic, Puerto Vallarta's Old Town is a thriving historic Mexican city and a must-see attraction in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
San Sebastian del Oeste -San Sebastian del Oeste is a 17th-century silver-mining village set in the majestic Sierra Madre Mountain range. Surrounded by towering pines, the historic mountain village was once a province capital founded in 1605 and one of Mexico's greatest centers for mining silver and gold. Tour the San Sebastian del Oeste mine to learn more about its place in Mexican history. Visit attractions, including a museum, park, plaza, charming shops and a historic church.
Aquaventuras Water Park -Aquaventuras Water Park in Puerto Vallarta is a water theme park with pools, slides, and river adventures. Set on 15 acres, Puerto Vallarta's Aquaventuras Water Park offers family fun from high-speed water toboggans to relaxing river rides. Swim with the dolphins in Puerto Vallarta and check out the live animal shows featuring sea lions. Fun for all ages, the park offers a children's area for kids to enjoy.
Sierra Madre Mountains -The Sierra Madre Mountain range is legendary. Immortalized in the movie "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" with Humphrey Bogart, the majestic Sierra Madres are divided into the Sierra Madre Occidental and the Sierra Madre Oriental.
Extending into the US, this major Mexican mountain range boasts peaks reaching 6,000-12,000 feet. Truly fascinating in its diversity, the Sierra Madres encompass everything from snow-covered mountains to tropical valleys.
Virgin de Guadalupe Church -The Virgin de Guadalupe Church or "Our Lady of Guadalupe Church" is one of Puerto Vallarta's famed attractions. Completed in 1951, originally the landmark Puerto Vallarta church was topped by a gilded crown. The gold crown was decorated with angels holding hands and modeled after a crown worn by Empress Carlota of Mexico. In 1995 The Virgin de Guadalupe Church suffered major damage, due to an earthquake. Today, the church is topped by an Octavio Gonzales sculpture.
Photos by Mark Callanan