The Best Hikes in Puerto Vallarta
After exploring the bay for the last 15 years, I have compiled this list of all my favorite hikes in Puerto Vallarta and the surrounding areas. Some trails are easy and well-marked, but others are off-the-beaten-path and are only for the more adventurous hikers!
The Coastline Hike
This hike starts at Boca de Tomatlan and goes all the way to Las Animas and Quimixto. It is a beautiful trail that follows the coastline and there are a lot of beaches along the way. Therefore, you can stop and take a dip to cool down whenever you want.
The Ocean Grill is a restaurant that is only accessible by boat or by doing this trail. Their food is amazing, and you can’t beat the views they have of Playa Colomitos, Mexico’s smallest beach. It is maybe a 45-minute hike from the starting point in Boca de Tomatlan.
The route is safe and well-labeled by locals. At the end of the trail, there are a bunch of local restaurants to choose from. Afterward, you can hike back the same way, or simply grab a water taxi.
Mirador la Cruz
This is a great urban hike to the lookout cross with the best sunset view in the bay. It is moderately strenuous and almost completely stairs all the way up. From El Malecon, take Calle Abasolo away from the sea and then turn left on Emilio Carranza. Afterward, turn right on Josefa Ortiz. Follow the signs and you’ll eventually reach the white stairs to the best view in Puerto Vallarta.
The Yelapa Waterfall Hike
This 20-minute trail follows the Tuito river from the ocean in Yelapa. It is a very popular hike and easy to find. You will be given the option of renting an ATV, hiking, or taking a mule to get to the waterfall. Yelapa is not accessible by land, so the streets are very narrow and it would be easy to get lost up in the jungle.
The Jungle Hike
This trail is also known as Monkey Mountain. It is a bit off-the-beaten-path since it is a bit far from downtown Puerto Vallarta. You must drive past Punta Mita and head towards Litibu Beach. You can take a guided tour or go on your own to the top of Monkey Mountain with an amazing 360° view of coastline and jungles! The hike takes about 1.5 hrs each way, so make sure to take some water and sunscreen.