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Great hike to Colomitos. We took the lower trail there and the upper trail back. the upper trail is clearly not used as often. It is not cleared as well as the lower trail but we didn't see any other hikers on the trail.

Decent hike. We did it in 4.5 hours round trip. Things we didn’t expect; bars and restaurants along the way, so don’t worry about food and extra water. Also there’s water taxis from Las Anima and from Quimixto beach where the waterfall is, so if you get tired you can always take a taxi back for between 80-150 pesos/person. Once you get there don’t expect a serene natural waterfall though; there’s a bar, restaurant and the pool is there because sand bags blocking the flow of water. Overall a good work out though.

Beautiful trail! And Maraika is the nicest place to have lunch in a magical setting...

We visited Puerto Vallarta for a week and wanted to get in a hike - this one was perfect! We went in April. The river had a lot of cool rocks (which we scrambled over a lot) and the waterfall at the end was a nice reward. Be prepared to walk through water in certain segments. Take the bus from the romantic zone and the driver will drop you across from a road you take to walk through the eco park to the river.

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2 months ago

Gorgeous hike! My husband & I took our 10 year old daughter. We all thoroughly enjoyed every twist & turn! Drove to Boca de Tomatlan & parked our car at the school for 50 pesos. Hiked all the way to Los Animas. Water taxi back was 50 pesos per person. Amazing photos & memories. Had lunch at Marcika just before Playa Las Animas. Was delicious but they do charge 400 pesos service charge per person. The view was unbeatable so we paid it. But there were many restaurants at the beach just minutes away with no charge. Definitely recommend the trail!

Nice walk but took longer then expected due to quite a few steep inclines. Make sure you bring lots of apples for the horses just before the waterfall. Many appear underfed. We took a taxi back to Boca from the pier not far from waterfall. Once in Boca we took the public bus back to Puerto and it was like $2. The waterfall was nice but nothing amazing.

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2 months ago

Gorgeous views. Beautiful secluded beaches along the way. Some steep climbs and descents over rocky terrain, so a robust 2.7 miles one way. Ends at a touristy beach Las Animas where you can buy lunch and get a water taxi back to Boca. No Uber’s were available on return, but taxi there for 300 pesos back to PV hotel zone (whereas Uber was 275 pesos without tip on way out). Lovely hike that is well worth it. Winds through some local homes and some tourist luxury villas, so provides contrast of local poverty compared to affluence and tourism’s economic engine.

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2 months ago

Best part of our trip to Puerto Vallarta! Secluded beach areas along the way and delicious food at Las Ánimas to end the hike! Highly recommend!

One of the most beautiful trails in area.

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3 months ago

Very beautiful trail. As others described, the orange bus that runs between Centro - Mismaloya - Boca de Tomatlan can take you to the start of the trail in Boca for $10 pesos per person. You start out in the town and, basically, try to follow the shore along the way. There are multiple trail maps with "you're here" star markers on them along the way. There are a few somewhat steep up and down sections, so the Medium difficulty rating is appropriate. Lots of colourful birds along the way. You'll also cross multiple beautiful beaches. The Colomitos Cove one is quite crowded as boats bring people here. There's a restaurant on the cliff at Colomitos, called Oceanside Grill - we had a terrible experience there with awful service and food poisoning, so you might want to avoid it. There appear to be multiple ways up at Colomitos beach, the one you need is the closest one to the water on the south side, it's a steep staircase up the mountain. As you make your way farther away from Colomitos, the beaches get less crowded. At times you'll need to take a path that seems to go through resort properties, just follow the signs with arrows to Los Animas as that is the beach at the end of this trail. At La Troza we were walking through such path and came across a man watering plants next to several piles of coconuts, so we bought one and it was deliciously sweet and perfectly refreshing for the hike. Once you make it to Los Animas beach there are a bunch of shops and restaurants there. From there, you can keep going to the waterfalls (which we didn't have time for), take the same trail in reverse, or take a boat back to Boca. If you decide to take a boat, on the pier there'll be cruiseship passenger groups, so don't line up behind them, watch for boat drivers calling out "Boca" and wave one down - the boat cost (in Feb 2019) was $50 pesos per person cash only.

8km hike through the jungle on the shore of Banderas Bay. Beautiful views of the small, remote beaches. Nice waterfall where you can take a dip in a cool water. Access to the waterfall through the restaurant. On the way back, if you tired you can take water taxi back to Boca de Tomatlan instead of hiking (70 pesos).

Awesome trail. Bring lots apples and carrots for the horses. They look underfed and overworked. Ask for nacho he will show you a second waterfall. Must buy a drink to see waterfall, it is in a restaurant. 2$usd for water per person.

We just did part of this hike from Las Animas to the Cuale Waterfall at Quimixto. It took about 20 minutes and was well worth it! The waterfall was gorgeous and even had a natural water slide. The water was a bit cold but we all went for a dip before having a bite to eat at the restaurant. People can also rent horses to take them up to the waterfall, but this meant that there was a lot of horse poo on the trail - watch your step!

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5 months ago

This trail was absolutely amazing! We took the orange bus from where we were staying outside Mismaloya to Boca (10 pesos/person). After getting off the bus, we walked down the steep cobblestone road and over a walking bridge to get to the other side of the small cove. The trial started out by leading us past some villas and houses, then it went through the woods for a while. It got steep fairly quickly and there are a lot of stairs. I would definitely recommend wearing tennis shoes and not any type of sandals. The trail poked out at Colomitos Cove. The view was absolutely breathtaking, with crystal clear blue water. This beach is pretty small and there were not very many people. At this point the trail crosses the sand and there is a fairly big rock close to where the waves break that you have to climb up to follow the path. This was the only part of the hike where we weren’t sure where to go - make sure you go close to the surf (we had to go one at a time to make sure the waves didn’t get our shoes wet). After this part of the hike, most of the trial followed closely along the beach. For a lot of it there was a rock path, and for some we walked through the sand. We crossed several fantastic white sand beaches with nobody on them (Escondida, Caballo, Troza), hotels right on the water, and even a large bar/restaurant that looked like a very nice place to stop for a drink. In the end, we ended up at Las Animas beach which had several restaurants, shops, beach chairs, and boats. In total, the 2.9 mile hike took us 1.5 hours at a moderate pace, including stops to take pictures. We spent several hours at Las Animas before taking a water taxi back to Boca (40 pesos a person). If you are staying near Mismaloya, I definitely recommend taking some time to do this hike!

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Gorgeous hike along the water! So beautiful, you run into a few beautiful beach areas. At the end you will reach the beach with different restaurants for food & drinks & water tools for activities or just simple chill & tan. You can hike it back to shore or take a water taxi back for one way is about 3-3.5 mile hike. A must do of your into our door adventures.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Make your way to Boca de Tomatlan and head straight down to the water. Turn left and walk upstream for 50-100 meters and you'll see a bridge across the river. That's where the trail starts. Cross the bridge and turn right. For the first half kilometer or so the trail winds amongst homes perched on the steep slope. It's easy to take a wrong turn onto a path leading to one of the homes but you won't be off trail for long. The trail hugs the coast so it's ocean views all the way. There are some gorgeous isolated beaches along the way as well. When in doubt just keep walking parallel to the ocean and you should be good. There are several places to stop along the way for a beer or snack. Once you reach Quimixto the trail winds amongst homes of the local inhabitants. Tons of colour here. Turn inland (left at the junction), cross the river bed and you'll hit a narrow road that leads to the trail again. Locals are super friendly, Just ask for 'cascade'. It's about 20 minutes from Quimixto. There's a restaurant at the waterfall so take your swimming suit for a cooling dip. It's fairly easy to grab a water taxi at Quimixto to get you back to Boca if you don't want to walk back. During the rainy season (July to October) I suspect this trail would be quite muddy but the falls would be great. November/December would be good months to hike this trail as the waterfall will be flush and there will be lots of canopy to keep you cooler on the trail. Towards the end of the dry season (April/May) most of the canopy is gone so you need sun screen.

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