We did a day tour with Joel, who was both friendly and incredibly knowledgeable of the area. Joel picked us up near our hotel in downtown Puerto Vallerta and drove us through the mountains and pointed out some beautiful sights and local flora and fauna along the way. We made our first stop at a nearby village, he gave a very informative tour of the town hall office and church. We then headed out to the ranch for brunch and a cheese-making demonstration. One tip: don't eat breakfast before the tour, because the food at the ranch is AMAZING.
We took a tour of the raicilla distillery and had some samples before taking a horseback ride. The ride was more adventurous than I had anticipated, but the horses were so calm and our guides were so attentive it ended up being an absolute blast. Be sure to wear bug spray, but don't miss out of this part of the tour. Joel was hilarious and went out of his way to make sure we were enjoying everything. We got a very informative tour of some petroglyphs before heading back.
Back at the Ranch we had more food and some of the best Margaritas I've ever had. The food here is so fresh it's really hard to overstate how good it was. We ended up buying a couple of bottles of the Raicilla but there is no pressure to buy anything, the whole day had a very casual feel.
On the way back to our hotel Joel showed us some more scenic sights along the way and offered some insider tips for really enjoying Puerto Vallerta.
If you're in Puerto Vallerta you MUST visit. Really, between the food and the culture you can't go wrong at this place.
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