Cruise Day 13 – Puerto Vallarta

Let me just say that I wasn’t that excited about Puerto Vallarta. When I was in Mexico years ago I went horseback riding here and that was great, but I was taken aback by how poor the city was. It seems like as soon as you stepped off the ship back then you were in a dirt parking lot.

The only bummer about this day was that I slept through the docking of the ship. It would have been interesting to watch how they backed us in as the opening to the cruise docking area is through a very narrow opening. Puerto Vallarta is almost unrecognizable to me since the last time I was here. There are hotels and timeshares everywhere! Really the only thing I recognize are the hills around the town.

These parrots were in a large cage at the cruise ship terminal. They were making plenty of noise to wake people up and get them off the ship.

Celebrity Millennium: Puerto Vallarta

After some pastries and fruit for breakfast we walked off the ship to meet up with our friends. The plan was to hire an independent taxi or tour guide so that we could go as a small group to town, lunch, and a tequila tasting room. For $25 each we went with Pedro in a large passenger van. It was great – he told us about the flora, fauna, shops, hotels, etc – you name it and he could tell you about it. We took a short tour of the town area north of the pier and then drove south past the Malecon. Continuing south we went up a steep hill to overlook the city and the bay of Los Arcos. We had another photo opportunity where we could see the location where the Night of the Iguana was filmed (evidently I’m to young to know the movie).

Celebrity Millennium: Puerto Vallarta

Celebrity Millennium: Puerto Vallarta

Celebrity Millennium: Puerto Vallarta

Celebrity Millennium: Puerto Vallarta

Celebrity Millennium: Puerto Vallarta

Celebrity Millennium: Puerto Vallarta

Here’s our small group for the day. Miss you guys! I think I’ll crack open the tequila tonight in memory of our fun times in Puerto Vallarta.

Celebrity Millennium: Puerto Vallarta

Celebrity Millennium: Puerto Vallarta

Celebrity Millennium: Puerto Vallarta

Once again, like in Costa Rica we were on the PanAmerican highway. Pedro said it would take 40 hours to drive to Guatamela from Puetro Vallarta! From here we backtracked a short distance and turned off onto a dirt road that took us to a tequila tasting room. We were all pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t Hacienda Dona Engracia as that is where the larger tours from the ship go and I’m sure it was swamped with people.

We were welcomed with a small shot of almond tequila at Ranchos Los Panchos Reposada. It was delicious! Our host walked the 6 of us around the tasting room, showing us agave plants and how they were processed into tequila before the advent of modern technology. Then we got to taste 4 more tequilas. There was one other flavored one – coffee and the others were different ages of tequila. Surprisingly, all of them were very good. I guess I just didn’t expect that, but maybe that is because the tequila that is poured in the US has a bad rap for being cheap and nasty tasting. Did I mention it was only like 10:30 in the morning?

Celebrity Millennium: Puerto Vallarta

Celebrity Millennium: Puerto Vallarta

Celebrity Millennium: Puerto Vallarta

Celebrity Millennium: Puerto Vallarta

Celebrity Millennium: Puerto Vallarta

When we were done with the tequila tasting room Pedro took us another couple miles into the hills for lunch. Our destination was Canopy Mundo Nogalito Tours which had a beautiful restaurant in the shade under the trees next to a river. They also had zip lines, but we didn’t have enough time to even consider that option. Richard and I shared a combo plate for lunch – cheese quesadillas, rice, beans, guacamole, pico de gallo, salsa, and nachos. We also shared a blended mango strawberry margarita. Everything was very tasty.

Celebrity Millennium: Puerto Vallarta

Celebrity Millennium: Puerto Vallarta

Celebrity Millennium: Puerto Vallarta

Celebrity Millennium: Puerto Vallarta

Celebrity Millennium: Puerto Vallarta

Celebrity Millennium: Puerto Vallarta

Relaxed from the tequila and full from lunch, we headed back to the ship and were on board at 2 pm. At 3 pm we departed for Cabo San Lucas.

Celebrity Millennium: Puerto Vallarta

Celebrity Millennium: Puerto Vallarta

Celebrity Millennium: Puerto Vallarta

Celebrity Millennium: Puerto Vallarta

One Response to “Cruise Day 13 – Puerto Vallarta”

  1. Anne Says:

    If you guys come visit NM, I’ll have to take you to a place in Santa Fe that has something like 150 different types of tequila. Maybe not at 10:30 a.m……

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