Wednesday was our final day at a port (Puerto Vallarta). This would be our best day yet! Prior to the cruise when we first started looking into possible excursions, we were concerned about Jeri’s back and thus we were hesitant to try zip lining and rappelling. Early in the cruise, after talking with some people at the excursion desk, we decided to sign up for it. We’re so glad that did!
We got ready and got off of our ship. Because we had almost an hour prior to departure, we had time to visit a shopping area close by. Fortunately a local told us about golf carts that shuttled back and forth. So we easily saved ourselves a 10-plus minute walk (each way) by hopping on a golf cart. Shopping in these little stores in Mexico is fun because it’s easy to find neat stuff at good prices.
After shopping, we were able to hop on another golf cart back to the ship where we would gather for our excursion.
Our excursion started with a boat ride to a location south of Puerto Vallarta. Then we boarded the back of a truck, fastened our belts, and held on as we traveled up the mountains to our base camp. The last part of the journey was on unpaved roads.
The trip started on paved roads but ended on up on dirt roads. We were held on tight as we were bounced and tossed about.
At the camp, we changed clothes and put on our gear.
First stop was an orientation session.
We listened attentively.
We posed in front of the truck.
Then we were assigned a burro. This was our first time riding an animal! These burros were quite strong and sure-footed carrying us farther up the mountain.
Once at the top, we hiked a short distance to the first zip line. Jeri went first.
Then Tim went next.
After a couple of zip lines, we rappelled down besides a waterfall. The scenery was beautiful!
We ended up in the pool at the bottom.
After some other zip lines, we did our first water slide. Tim sat in front; Jeri was holding on to him from behind.
We slid down the slide right into the water.
Although we got a face-full of water, we thought it was hilarious and were laughing so hard.
Now we were thoroughly soaked.
Towards the end, we did one zip line upside down.
Eventually we end up back at the base camp. We picked out our photos. Then we hopped back on the truck for a ride back to the dock.
We take the boat back to the port where our cruise ship was docked.
The guys that took care of us were great. Here they are hamming it up.
We thoroughly loved the day!
Cruise Days 1 and 2 – Departure and San Diego
Cruise Day 3 – At Sea
Cruise Day 4 – Cabo San Lucas
Cruise Day 5 – Loreto
Cruise Day 6 – La Paz
Cruise Day 7 – At Sea
Cruise Day 8 – Puerto Vallarta
Cruise Day 9 – At Sea
Cruise Day 10 – At Sea