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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
August 23, 2005
At the location, they have lockable lockers that are about the size of a standard water-park locker. We were fit for our harnesses, and then they gave us about 5 minutes of instructions. Eduardo gave the instructions. He was very personable and funny. It was fun to watch his safety demo.
We then walked up the hill to the first zip line. On the first platform, you have to walk up a metal spiral staircase. It is about 15 feet up. The first two lines are short and get you accustomed to the zip lines. My wife was apprehensive about going. She is the kind of person that won’t ride roller coasters or any other thrill ride. She said that the worst thing was going up the spiral staircase at the beginning. After that, she had a great time. We all really enjoyed the adventure.
The harnesses are very secure. You have a primary strap and a safety strap. The way it is designed, you would have to be Houdini to get out of the harness while on the zip line. The guides were going down the lines, hanging upside-down with their hands free. It is very safe and well maintained.
The first few lines go through the jungle. Then the lines start crisscrossing the river. Some of the lines are 30 to 40 feet in the air. The last line goes right down the river over the rapids and ends at the restaurant/bar, where you can get a free soda.
The Canopy Tour people and the bus operator are not the same company. There was some confusion on when the bus would depart. The Canopy Tour guide said that it would be 30 minutes. The bus didn’t leave for over an hour after the last person finished. There was plenty of time for lunch in the restaurant.
I recommend, no, require, that you take insect repellent. There are lots of mosquitoes in the jungle. I also recommend wearing clothes that you don’t mind getting a little dirty. You will get some dirt on your shoes and may get some greasy dirt on your hands from the lines.
From journal Puerto Vallarta/Nuevo Vallarta Week
December 11, 2004
My wife and I were shown to a table for two near the water, with the sound of waves almost at our feet and a beautiful view of the city lights reflected off the bay. Wine and a buffet dinner were included, and the food was decent buffet fare. The wine was not so good.
After dinner, we were shown to the amphitheater, where it was quite a wait for the show to start, but once it started, it was gorgeous. Dancers in colorful costume enacted legends of the pre-Columbian cultures on a stage set against the dramatic jungle backdrop. One may almost feel the presence of the ancient spirits of Mexico. After the show, on the boat ride back to the marina, the lights on the boat are dimmed, soft music plays, and with the lights of Puerto Vallarta for a backdrop, it's a good time to fall in love all over again, no matter whether you are newlyweds (we had some onboard) or celebrating your 25th anniversary (those too).
From journal Two Heavenly Weeks
Quispamsis, New Brunswick
May 29, 2004
The Canopy Tour adventure began at the Vallarta Adventures office in Marina Vallarta. From there our group was loaded onto the back of a truck for the hour-long ride up to the mountains. The ride provided an opportunity to see a bit of the countryside, as well as the homes of some of the less advantaged citizens of the area – certainly a contrast from the beautiful downtown and resorts of PV.
Eventually we arrived in the mountains at the Canopy Tour operations. They had lockers to place our belongings in and several guides who got us all suited up for the tour. Let’s just say that the safety helmets and gear do nothing to enhance anyone’s looks! Our group was then introduced to our Canopy guides and given an overview of what we were about to do, the equipment we were using, what we needed to do, and what not to do (like touch the equipment).
Warning: once you leave from the first platform, there is no getting down, going back or stopping. The tour is basically like sliding along long clotheslines from tree to tree. The lines are of various lengths and speeds and your height above the ground varies too. You are in a harness and are clipped to the lines so there’s no way you can fall; but you need to control your speed with your hand so you don’t arrive too quickly onto the platform and knock over the guide. On two occasions we had to walk across hanging metal walkways between trees (they sway and there’s only a little line to hold onto). To me, that was the scariest part of the whole experience. The finale is rappelling 80 feet down from the last platform to the ground. Again, there is no other way to get down; so you have to do it whether you want to or not.
At the end of the tour we had to hike back up hill about 10 minutes to the tour building where we were released from all our safety gear and given free water, fruit and cookies. They also had beer and chips for sale at very reasonable prices. The guide then showed us some of the highlights from the video/DVD of the experience that we could buy ($US36 for VHS; US$42 for the DVD). We bought one so we could prove to everyone back home how brave (crazy?) we were. It was a great day, great experience and one I'd recommend.
From journal Puerto Vallarta Dream Vacation
July 7, 2004
From journal Week in Puerto Vallarta
March 12, 2004
However, the rest of the trip was a lot of fun. The crew was great, the food was pretty good and the open bar was open the whole trip. The crew leader was Chuby Do and he was like a Mexican Adam Sandler. The crew really busted their butts to make sure everyone had a great time and provided great service. The trip the secluded beach was great, and it was nice to be at a beach with no vendors. The only problem was it was very hot and there was no shade to speak of. As you can tell I am from Minnesota and not used to that much sun in the winter.
Make sure you catch the crew's rendition of Summer Lovin' from the Grease Soundtrack on the way back to the port. It may have been the funniest part of the trip.
If you are looking for whales go earlier in the season and if you are only going for the snorkeling you will be disappointed, but if you are going for a fun time with a great crew,this is right up your alley.
From journal Great Week in Puerto Vallarta
November 11, 2003
Once docked, you walk along torch-lit paths to the romantic dining areas, where you are served a pre-selected menu of foods, wine, etc. The food is tasty, but not five-star.
At an appointed time, you are then taken to an outdoor amphitheatre for the performance, under the stars. Very well done and professional. Not at all what I expected.
The return to the dining area gives you time for a coffee and liqueur prior to reboarding for the boat ride home. The music is quiet and subdued, for a much quicker ride back, and taxis are waiting for you at the pier.
Very well organized.
From journal Time to Share
Los Gatos, California
February 10, 2004
From journal A Whale of aTime
Los Osos, California
July 23, 2003
Our first stop is the small town of San Jose, where we were given an extensive tour. We saw their main square, church, a tortilla factory, houses, and the cemetery.
We then went to a Mexican ranch, where we were shown how people live off the land. Our guide pointed out plants, cooking methods, and culture of the people in the area. We were treated to homemade tortillas and a variety of Mexican candies and fruits.
Then they took us to the jungle, where we were shown the navite plants, trees, and wildlife.
Finally, we were taken to San Francisco, which had a beautiful beach. We were treated to a delicious lunch there and had time to hang out a little bit.
On our way back, our guide led our group in a series of drinking games. Pay close attention to the guide's presentation because or you'll find yourself downing lots of shots of tequilla.
From journal Puerto Vallarta's Variety
January 21, 2003
We had to be in Neuvo Vallarta at 8:30am, our resort was so far away; we took a cab in for 190 pesos (wow, that is expensive!!!). When we got to the Vallarta Adventure office, and checked in without any problems. We were offered free breakfast while we waited to leave.
We were upset because we decided not to bring our digital camera in fear it might get wet, but it probably would have been fine. Throughout the entire day, we were videotaped and given the opportunity to purchase, which we did.
We started off just cruising towards the Marietas Islands, where we snorkeled. The first three whales we saw had dolphins riding along with them. We saw a ton of humpback whales. Near the end of the tour, we even saw a mother and her baby calf and they were only about 20 feet from the boat.
The snorkeling wasn’t the greatest because the currents made the water rather cloudy. But our guide would swim to the bottom and bring up starfish and puffer-fish for us to look at, as well as point out different fish. My husband saw a manta ray. We also had an opportunity to take out sea kayaks and explore for a while on our own. Once back on the boat, we were served lunch and headed off for a secluded beach all to ourselves. The guides ended the tour with a lip sync, which was one of the highlights.
A description of the tour can be found at the Vallarta Adventure''s website, http://www.vallarta-adventure.com.
From journal Adventures in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
March 10, 2001
We met at Vallarta Adventures office in the Marina at 9:30 and after a briefing on the day's activities we were assigned a guide and spilt into small groups of twelve. Each group then boarded a bright yellow Mercedes all-terrain vehicle--actually a truck with benches in the back and an awning over our heads. We were comfortable enough, each of us having a seat belt and bars to hold onto as well as pads on the benches. Our guide, Abel, gave us a brief history of the place as we sped along the highway into the nearby state of Nayarit.
Our first stop was the small town of Valle de Banderas where we toured the village square and the church and learned about life in small town Mexico. The traditions, customs, feast days and history were very interesting and many of the towns people came out to greet the daily arrival of the fleet of SUVs.
From here we left the road and off-roaded it through dry river beds, passing caballeros on horse back leading their brahma cattle and waving at us. Soon we arrived at our next stop, and unloaded for an hour long nature walk along a semi-dry creek bed. Ours was the first group to set out and Abel described the flora and fauna as we went along with the massive termite nests and other interesting natural sites. Cattle wandered freely through the terrain as well.
Back in the truck and onto the highway with our next stop being a secluded beach near the town of San Francisco where a spectacular buffet lunch and open bar awaited. We spent an hour or so wandering the beach, admiring the rain forest that came right up to the shoreline and then back in the trucks for the drive home. But they weren't through with us yet, and Abel soon had us all doing tequila poppers and playing a drinking game. By the time we arrived at the Marina, our group had killed the bottle and were ready for naps.
The trip itself lasted a full day and the combination of natural and cultural sights made it an enjoyable excursion. The tequila might have helped a little as well.
From journal Vallarta Adventure