As we got off the Carnival Spirit in Puerto Vallarta, we were met by Pablo, our tour guide for the day. There were about 20 of us in the group. Once assembled, we went straight to the inflatable all-weather speedboat and hopped in. I didn’t realize how far we would be going in the speedboat, but it was about 25 miles out, or a 35 minute boat ride going 35 – 40 MPH. Our destination was the remote seaside village of Quimixto. We pulled right up to the boat dock and got out.
|Pablo, our tour Guide|
We walked for about five minutes back to an area where we are given helmets and a safety briefing for the horseback ride. We then continued on to the staging area for the horses. Once there, the local village people helped us mount the horses.
|Hubby on a very small horse!|
When we were all mounted up, the adventure began. And yes, this was my first rodeo and I was a little bit on the nervous side! See my hubby above, a 6’5” man on a small Mexican horse!
Although the ride took us through a small stream, a bit of jungle, and up and down narrow rocky dirt paths, our final destination spot was the beautiful and breathtaking Quimixto waterfall.
|Off the horses, walking to the Falls|
Once at the waterfall, you can relax at this nice little restaurant that the locals have been working on for years – this is where I ate the mouth-watering guacamole dip! A few people chose to swim in the crystal clear waters next to the waterfall. Those who were brave enough jumped from the rock ledges. I’m not that brave and the water was too cold for me. Besides, one slip on those rocks and you could really do some damage. We just enjoyed the beautiful scenery, cold drinks, and great friends.
After twenty minutes, we headed back to the horses to return them to the villagers. The ride back was much easier, as I started getting a little more comfortable on my new ride.
After returning our helmets, we headed back to the speed boat and took off for our next great adventure – snorkeling! Our guide took us to a cozy little remote cove with rock reefs and friendly tropical fish. He educated us on the interesting sea life and even brought some fish up to the top of the water so we could see them up close and personal.
We snorkeled for twenty minutes or so and then it was back in the boat for our last stop of the day, Pizota. Pizota is a remote fishing village of about 100 residents with a tropical ambiance; a secluded piece of paradise if you will.