I did not have trav buddy when I went PV however I would still love to write about it. Day one was a little hectic, but most first days of trips are hectic. The flight was long we had a layover in San Francisco. Arriving in a foreign country is a little bit of a process. They checked our passports and we were good to go. It was a little unnerving having my little brother and sister there, what with all the recent new of kidnappings and swine flu. But PV is a safe place and the people are wonderful. At the airport they take you in this room that looks like a jungle, there is desk here where people will assist you they will give you a map and tell you all about a million offers. For example they will say come to this breakfast at this hotel tomorrow it will be free then we will give you amazing discount on these tourist attractions.
Its all about time shares down there so many people offer you these deals so that they can get you to buy a time share, however once you get to your resort the people there will say, No!! dont listen to those people at the airport they are lying! then they will give you their deal. Just ignore all of iT!! Say NO TO TIMESHARES!! Just get to your room, and get out and enjoy your vacation! So after we were all settled in our humble suite at our resort we toured the area. The pools were great, there were a few restaurants scattered along the beach of our resort, and there were three adjoing hotels. The main was huge, However I dont remember the name. This is where our friends were staying. My family and I resided in the smaller of the three. We spent a lot of time at their pool, or pools.
Pina collata of course, non virgin ;-)
They had a lazy river where you could hop on an intertube and float the perimeter of the main pool in a canal, and for three hours a day that would turn to crazy river with waves and all. The main pool was complete with fountains, in pool lawn chairs, several swim up bars, and many different adjoining pools. But enough about the resort, there is no adventure there. Outside our resort was poverty stricken Mexico, for about fifteen minutes until you came into down town Puerto vallarta. the main strip is filled with trinket shops of all sorts. I loved it here because I got the chance to use my spanish and to barter. Always barter!! You can get retailers to lower the price just dont let them win! Or you will end up paying 100 pesos for something you could have racked down to 50 pesos! Once you have seen the main strip you are done.
Head into the hills!! Go zip lining!! its amazing adrenaline rush and when they offer you to zip line upside down...DO IT!! It is amazing. If you are a woman you will enjoy the guidance of several very handsome young men a top the lines of vallarta adventures' zip lines. This includes an hour long bus rides through some very beautiful scenery and some amazing small villages. Take advantage of the rest of the city, but ask around before you just go for a stroll not knowing where you are going. You can still have an adventure and be safe!
Its an amazing city, take a look around, leave your resort, and realize how lucky you are, to have what you have.