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Sunday, January 20, 2013

First Few Days in Puerto Vallarta + Bus Tour

Los Arcos, Puerto Vallarta
I wanted to share a few pictures from our first few days in Puerto Vallarta. The top photo is from a stop on our bus tour in front of Los Arcos. A few days later, we would jet ski and snorkel around/near this rock formation. I wish I had pictures from jet skiing but because of the nature of water sports, it's difficult to get photos without an underwater camera. ;)

Malecon in the evening

Throughout the week, we pretty much went to Malecon every single day. This is the main shopping and restaurant street. It reminds me a lot of Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, but with a Mexican vibe.
Rickard in front of The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe
The day we took our bus tour was the only day in all 8 days that it rained. It was light rain, and the weather was still warm enough to wear shorts which was nice. However, we were glad we took the city tour on a day that wasn't ideal for laying around by the pool. One of the first stops was at The Church of Our Lady Guadalupe in Puerto Valalrta.

The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe (La Iglesia de Nuestra de Guadalupe)
 One of my favorite spots on the tour was El Eden, up in the jungle mountains of Puerto Vallarta.

View from the El Eden Restaurant
El Eden is the location of where The Predator, with Arnold Shwarzenegger, was shot. Rickard was really excited about this, but I was kind of nervous about the bus ride up in the jungle mountains. The roads were dirt, rocky and since it rained a little bit slippery. Our tour guide joked about how this is a Mexican experience indeed!

The view from El Eden restaurant opened up to a river where people were free to swim. There were also people zip lining up above the river.

The Menu
At the El Eden restaurant, there is no paper menu. There is a glass case holding several types of seafood and other meat.

Our Order
They told us that every order could feed 2-3 people. Honestly, it could probably feed 4! There was shrimp, lobster, fish, and crab! It was really good and very fresh; they must have caught all this seafood in the region. It was so much food that I don't think we ate dinner that night since we were stuffed from this late lunch.

Afterward we were free to walk around and explore El Eden. It was very, very beautiful with buganvilias (flowers which are ALL over the city of Puerto Vallarta) and the lush greenery of the rainforest.

Pink Buganvilias

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