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Puerto Vallarta is one of the Pacific coast's major tourist attractions and yet it has managed to retain some of its small town Mexican charm.

About an hour by plane from Mexico City, the town is backed by the lush vegetation of the slopes of the Sierra Madre mountain range which run down almost to the waterfront.

Exploring Puerto Vallarta

As the town grows its hotels and condos are beginning to creep up the mountainside and yet there is a pleasant lack of Cancun style high rises.

Wandering around the streets away from the beachfront is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon and the town also makes an excellent base from which to take bike trips into the nearby jungle or to spot dolphins swimming in the local rivers.

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Suggested itinerary featuring Puerto Vallarta

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Puerto Vallarta, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Puerto Vallarta

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    Accommodation choices for Puerto Vallarta

    We've selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Puerto Vallarta. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.