Puerto Vallarta Cruises

Culinary Discoveries
Jeep Safari and Beach Adventures
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Nestled amid a sweeping mountain landscape, the vibrant beach resort town of Puerto Vallarta is renown as the gourmet beach capital of Mexico, featuring culinary delights at every turn along streets peppered with restaurants, bars and boutiques. Puerto Vallarta, which sits within the state of Jalisco on Mexico’s largest bay on the Pacific Ocean, also boasts 25 miles (40 kilometers) of beautiful beaches and features the lush greenery of the jungle-clad Sierra Madre—all worthy of exploring during an MSC World Cruise.

MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting activities and things to see and experience including:

• Culinary Discoveries
• Jeep Safari & Beach Adventure
• Boardwalk Malecón

With plenty of places to whet one’s appetite in Puerto Vallarta, our World Culinary Discoveries excursion takes you on an adventure that starts at the local market, whose stalls are laden with fruits and vegetables, and ends at Hacienda Doña Engracia, the only family-owned and operated artisanal tequila factory in the area, for an authentic cooking lesson of Pork Tostadas and Chicken Enchiladas and a tequila tasting at the ranch. Meanwhile, our Taste of Mexico excursion takes you on a jungle drive through the Sierra Madre Mountains to a villa nearly 1,000 feet above sea level where a master chef will prepare local delicacies for you to feast on while taking in one of the best views in Mexico.

For something more adventurous, our Jeep Safari & Beach Adventure will have you trekking caravan-style through the scenic countryside, past fruit and tobacco plantations, to relish the spectacular natural beauty of the area.

To embrace the city’s vibe, don’t miss the picturesque Romántica Zone, where quaint cobblestone streets and red-tile roofs converge with modernity to create a magical atmosphere full of culture, art, entertainment and history. Here, on our Puerto Vallarta Highlights excursion, enjoy the famous Boardwalk Malecón, a mile-long promenade along the expansive coastline of beautiful Banderas Bay where artistic pavings form drawings created from pebbles and bronze sculptures, including the emblematic “The Boy on the Seahorse” statue by artist Rafael Zamarripa, line the path. Heading past City Hall, see one of the city’s prettiest landmarks, the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, whose bell tower rises majestically, showcasing a wrought iron crown held up by angels. Then soak up the view from Olas Altas, one of the most popular beaches in Puerto Vallarta.

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    Under the shade of a sombrero
    Under the shade of a sombrero

    One of the world’s great civilizations, Mexico is a great cruise destination with its melange of Mesoamerican cultures, modern indigenous tribes and Spanish traditions; it’s a vibrant modern economy too, the biggest in Latin America after Brazil.

    Mexico’s landscapes are just as diverse, from the shimmering blue coastline of Baja California and the iconic cactus-strewn deserts of the north, to the Mayan villages and gorgeous palm-smothered beaches of the Caribbean Sea. You can climb volcanoes, watch whales, swim underground and tour tequila farms during your holiday to Mexico.

    And sprinkled throughout you’ll find richly adorned colonial churches, giant ancient pyramids and a sophisticated cuisine that has little in common with the world of nachos and burritos. Despite the inevitable influence of the US and close links with the rest of the Spanish-speaking world, the country remains resolutely individual. The music that fills the plazas in the evenings, the buildings that circle around them, even the smells emanating from a row of taco carts: they all leave you without any doubt about where you are.

     Many first-time visitors are surprised to find that Mexico is far from being a “developing” nation: the country has a robust economy, the world’s fourteenth largest, a remarkably thorough and efficient internal transport system and a vibrant contemporary arts and music scene.