Seven members of our family booked an ATV-canopy tour through Unique ATV Tours during our cruise stop in Puerto Vallarta. You can save quite a bit of money by booking directly instead of taking a ship shore excursion, but you'll need to get your own transportation to the departure office. We took a city bus from right outside the cruise terminal and walked a couple of blocks from the bus stop in PV to the office, then reversed the process going back to the ship. This worked fine for us but some people might prefer a taxi, also readily available. If you want a taxi, go outside the gates of the terminal and you'll save a little money. When we arrived at the office they were ready for us. Unfortunately, it was a very rainy day and some of us were planning to add the zip-line to the trip. We were informed that there was only one more zip-line available that day due to the rain and had to do that first instead of at the end of the ride, which was not a problem and we appreciated that the staff arranged it so those who wanted to zip-line could do so. Unfortunately my son and his wife, riding at the back of the group, never made it out of the steep driveway. They were on a double bike and it flipped before they hit the street. We didn't know about this until we had ridden quite a way, but were assured they were OK and resting back at the office. The rest of us continued with the trip and had a good time. Some of us waited at the restaurant while some did the zip-line. The phones were our so we couldn't check on our son and daughter-in-law but were assured they were OK. We were disappointed that we had to wait around the restaurant for about a half hour after the zip-liners were finished, as one of the guides had gone somewhere and was late getting back. We were cold and wet and would have liked to have moved on much sooner. Once back on the bikes, we had an enjoyable ride through. It was very rainy, but that seemed to add to the experience as we splashed through puddles. The scenery was nice, a lot of it along the river. The tequila stop mentioned by others was at the restaurant by the zip-line, so that didn't upset us. The other stop was closed because of the weather, so the restaurant was our only stop, which was fine with us. When we got back to the office my son and his wife had already returned to the ship and I later learned that they were a bit more injured than we were led to believe, although they were fortunate because it could have been worse. BEWARE OF THE DRIVEWAY! My adult son and his wife had never ridden an ATV and were on a double bike. It somehow flipped going up the steep drive and they were thrown off. Nobody seems to know exactly why this happened. Upon returning home I contacted Unique ATV and was issued a prompt refund for their portion of the trip, but the person I spoke with on the phone was completely uninterested in my suggestion that it might be a good idea to bring the bikes to the street so riders could have a chance to get familiar with the controls on flat ground. I sent a followup e-mail suggesting the same and the only response was "Thank you." IF YOU ARE AN INEXPERIENCED RIDER OR ARE RIDING A DOUBLE BIKE, I RECOMMEND THAT YOU INSIST THEY BRING IT OUT TO THE STREET FOR YOU. I would certainly not want anyone else to have the experience my son and his wife did. Overall, however, those of us who completed the tour had a good time. The guides were friendly and we had a lot of fun despite, or perhaps because of, the inclement weather. We had no problems with our reservation (you can get a 10% discount by booking through their website in advance) and they handled our refund promptly. My only concerns were the long wait after the zip-line. and their apparent disinterest in my suggestion about taking the bike to the street.
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