Top Five Attractions in Puerto Vallarta CheapOair Staff September 26, 2011 Beach Vacations, Interests Church of our Lady of Guadalupe People flock to Puerto Vallarta because of its location, great beaches and water sports. The Mexican resort city also features an incredible about of Bio diversity from humpback whales, sea turtles, crocodiles and other wildlife, and outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy zip lining, horseback riding and paragliding to fulfill their quest for adventure. Remember to book flights to Puerto Vallarta early to enjoy the spots Puerto Vallarta is well known for: Bahia de Banderas (Banderas Bay): The “Bay of Flags” is both a municipality and a bay in the Mexican state of Nayarit, and is the largest natural bay in Mexico. The coastline is long – about 68 km, and the beaches are beautiful and pristine. Because of the abundance of water in the bay, there are a lot of cattle farmers in this region and the mountains are also considered an ecological reserve and known as a breeding ground for the Humpback whale. Isla Rio Cuale: This is where the city’s earliest residents built their humble homes, and this island is connected to the mainland by two older suspension bridges. Some visitors have referred to this isle as the “soul” of Puerto Vallarta, and located in the middle of Zona Centro and the colonia Emiliano Zapata. It is removed from the noise of downtown because of its relatively peaceful location, and features several culinary attractions. Botanical Gardens of Vallarta: These gardens are both an educational research center and located in the Sierra Madre Mountains. They are located very near Puerto Vallarta, only about 12 miles south, and contain over 3,000 species of plants. This is a place to photograph and simply revel in the majesty of the Sierra Madre Mountains. Church of our Lady of Guadalupe: Considered the city’s most precious landmark, the church welcomes visitors and also many pious Catholics, and is involved in a 12-day festival called the “Feast of the Guadalupe” each December. The church also dominates Puerto Vallarta’s skyline and is featured in several postcards. Plaza de Toros: Bullfighting along the Mexican coast is more a tourist sport than it is a local pastime, but if you’re into this type of entertainment check out the Plaza del Toro in Puerto Vallarta, which is a smaller version than the one found in Mexico City. Visitors can purchase their tickets at the plaza.