A December 2005 trip
to Mexico by Emms137
Quote: This was my first Christmas cruise and my first cruise on NCL. I had a wonderful time. I would love to share my experiences and offer advice to those who may be preparing for a future cruise.
Restaurant | "Senor Frogs"
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 29, 2006
Blvd. Kukulcan Km 9.5, Hotel Zone
Cancun, Mexico 77500
Rancho Ojo de Agua is run by a delightful Mexican family in Puerto Vallarta. They offer horseback riding tours around the villages near Puerto Vallarta. Tours range from 3 hours to overnight. My family took a 3-hour tour, which we booked on our own, and it was delightful. Our group's riding skills ranged from nonexistent to decent, and for the most part, we all had a sense of adventure. Our two guides tailored our private tour for the four of us to our needs. Those of us who wanted to run had the opportunity, but if you preferred to walk, that was fine, too.
While the ride was primarily through villages, we still saw lots of beautiful places and met some delightful people. One of the highlights was letting the horses wade in the river as we rode them, which was a new adventure for everyone. Lunch was provided midway though the tour, and while it was simple (quesadillas, beans, and rice), it quenched the hunger we worked up while riding. The ranch also arranged to pick us up at the pier and drop us back off (either in town or at the pier) at no additional cost. All of the people at the ranch were delightful and happily shared their culture and lifestyle with us.
At $50 a person, this was a wonderful bargain, especially considering we got a private tour, transfers, and lunch! The ship charges $65 or so for a large group tour (20 to 30 people), so we were quite happy to break away from the big group and get a taste of the real Puerto Vallarta! Also, this ride is suitable for beginners; just tell your guides at the beginning and they will happily accommodate you. They team you up with a horse based on your skill and comfort level and are more than happy to offer assistance and tips thoughout the ride. I will definately go riding here again when I go back to Puerto Vallarta. See http://www.mexonline.com/ranchojo.htm.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 29, 2006
Rancho Ojo de Agua Horseback Riding Tour
Cerrada del Cardenal #227
Las Aralias, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 48328
This is a fabulous low-key tour that only lasts about 45 minutes (but it can last longer if you stop at Lover's Beach). You will board a glass-bottom boat with about 8 to 10 people and cruise around the bay. You will get to see fish through the glass bottom and catch a good glimpse of Lover's Beach (which is near the arch and accessible only by boat; there is an option to get off the tour here and get a ride back later, but we just stayed on the boat since this beach was crowded). There is a leisurely cruise around the arch, complete with lots of time for taking pictures, looking at the rock formation, and checking out the sea lions that live on the rocks.
Once this is complete, you sail back and have the option of being dropped off at a mainland beach (which was very nice!) or going back to the pier. If you go to the mainland beach, the walk back to the pier is about 45 minutes, but you can also get a cab back, which would be quicker. In short, it was a lovely tour, and we were glad that we arranged it on our own so we could go whenever we wanted (boats depart very frequently) rather than having a set time. It's also much cheaper to do this tour on your own (I think it was $25 or so to do it as a shore excursion).
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 8, 2006
San Luis Obispo, California