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February 11, 2005
Our boat was a two-decker with a partially covered upper deck, so one could choose to sit in the sun or the shade on the plastic patio chairs (not the greatest if you suffer from back problems). There was a perfectly adequate and clean bathroom area below deck (what a relief!). Our tour started with a continental breakfast of rolls, bananas, or apples and juice. The lady sitting near me pitched little pieces of the bread over the rail, causing a great deal of attention from the sea gulls.
It took us almost an hour and a half to arrive at Los Arcos. Before we arrived, we were outfitted with snorkels, masks, lifejackets, and fins (I was very impressed that the crew member managed to guess everyone’s fin size on the first try, just by looking at their feet!). Most people seemed to be wearing their bathing suits under their clothes, but there was a small area adjacent to the bathroom where you could change if you brought your suit.
The snorkeling at Los Arcos was disappointing, but I read of other reviewers who were happy with it—perhaps they swam closer to the arches. The water was not clear, and it was on the cooler side, but it was January, so what could you expect. I did a once around the boat, saw two schools of fish, and got back on board.
We made a stop at Las Animas to let out the people who did not want to do the trek to the waterfall and then we motored to Quimixto for the trip to the waterfall, which one could do walking or by horseback (see my horseback riding review).
Lunch was included at La Caracol on Las Animas beach, and there was some time to splash in the waves and relax in the sun on the beach. The food was substantial and enjoyed by all.
There was an open bar during the trip back and forth where you could get beer and margaritas. I was surprised that most people restrained themselves to the degree they did. A highlight of the tour was two porpoises swimming under the bow for several miles. The forward deck was very crowded, as we were all trying to get a glimpse and a photograph of these delightful creatures hitching a ride on the wake of our boat.
From journal Puerto Vallarta
by J Greg
November 4, 2003
From journal First Try at Puerto Vallarta
brooklyn, New York
September 19, 2003
From journal PV fun in th sun
by Linda Kaye
San Antonio, Texas
February 4, 2003
Although the arches themselves would be enough to delight you, there are many other sites and activities that would require many days to see or do. Unfortunately, we only had two-thirds of a day here. So, we had to choose one of several Princess-sponsored tours or activities in order to complete our stay at Cabo and get back onboard before sailing time. Of course, you could go off on your own and hope you could maximize the full flavor of Cabo San Lucas. With limited time available, it is highly recommended that a sponsored tour be taken. Each one of the tours is filled with so much to see or do that every aspect of what may interest you will be satisfied.
A few examples of the 11 Princess-sponsored tours are: ocean kayaking and snorkel adventure, horseback ride on the beach, scuba diving, Sea of Cortez ecological snorkel tour, and the tour we took--the land’s end boat tour and scenic drive. This tour included a very enjoyable 40-minute glass-bottom boat ride through the harbor and around the famous arch. The taped narration by Jean-Michel Cousteau gave us a good perspective of the ecological aspects of the area. Our close-up and personal view of Los Arcos and their awesome beauty was the highlight of the tour.
We saw seals and pelicans basking in the sun and sprawled over the smaller rocks surrounding the larger rock formations. Upon returning to the dock, we boarded a comfortable van for a scenic drive, first through the quaint little town of Cabo, then along the coast, arriving at the popular restaurant Giorgio’s, perched high on a bluff overlooking the harbor, for a complimentary drink. From here, we had a magnificent view of the harbor, the village, and our ship anchored in the middle of the bay immediately adjacent to the harbor. WOW! Another spectacular view. I was ready to jump ship and stay awhile.
Once you experience Cabo San Lucas, its crystal-clear beaches, and the warm, dry climate, you will understand why this Baja city has been transformed from a quiet cannery village into an international resort.
From journal The Mexican Riviera-Where I Belong
by J&J Reid
July 1, 2002
From journal Villa del Palmar
Brooklyn, New York
February 18, 2001
Los Arcos is a rock formation in the southern part of the Bay of Banderas. Big rock arches carved by rough seas and time, they probably make for great snorkeling and scuba diving. On this particular day the water, while not rough, was churned up so much that it was cloudy, making my very first snorkeling experience a dud. I can blame this on the weather, as a tropical storm had passed through a week before, so who knows? There were fish there to be seen, I just didn't see many. In retrospect I could kick myself for not trying snorkeling at Maritos where I was the day before.
Okay, not so great. Then it was on to Los Animos, a tiny spot along the southern end of the bay, for aforgettable preplanned lunch and some beach time. The surf was so rough I was afraid to go in. Fortunatelym I met some students, real nice folks from Mexico City, and got in a quick volleyball game before heading off to Quixtimo for horseback riding.
Quixtimo, it seems, is a small villge set up for the sole purpose of renting horses to tourists. These horses: old, tired, with bleeding saddle sores and cracked horse shoes, broke my heart and gave me serious doubts as to whether they'd make it. After a terrific experience at Rancho Campomar, this was clearly inferior. The trail was muddy, frighteningly steep and rutted from the rains so much that the horses slid as they fought their way up the hills. Needless to say, I wasn't digging this. Our destination was a mountaintop waterfall an hour or so along the trail. But you couldn't get near it, unless you patronized the conveniently located cafe at the base of it. If you just wanted to sit near the falls, it was 20 pesos.
Here comes the climax of the day: I had the extraordinary pleasure of watching an old couple, two European octogenarians, if not older, dismount with great help from hired guides and proceed to splash about topless in matching flourescent thong bottoms. Fortunately when they rolled in it was time to go.
I'd pass on Quixtimo. The jury is out on Los Arcos. If you want to snorkel, scuba, kayak or horse back ride, there are better places to do it.
From journal Traveling solo in Vallarta