Things to do
Located between El Centro and the Romantic Zone of Puerto Vallarta, the Cuale River in downtown Vallarta is home to many attractions for both visitors and locals.
Also known as the Isla Río Cuale, it is one of the most visited places during all seasons, and undoubtedly one of the most scenic in the region. The Cuale River lies between the Sierra del Cuale and the source of the river of the same name; its waters maintain a low average temperature throughout the year and also you can see where the river meets the sea and as it passes through the natural stones, and when it is not the rainy season it appears completely crystal clear.
Aside from its great visual appeal it is also a significant place to explore from above, with activities like zip-lining, or discover the diversity of its flora and fauna with hiking or horseback riding excursions.
The river not only offers nature or animal species; it also has architecture. You’ll find the Rio Cuale Archaeological Museum, one of the most important due to its wide variety of artifacts from the ancient civilizations of Mexico. There is also a cultural center featuring plays, dance performances, exhibitions of paintings and many other events related to the arts.
I recommend you to visit the various restaurants and bars; sampling different dishes and tropical drinks while admiring the natural beauty of the region is a truly delight.
Another element that gives the island more color is the market; commerce is vital and the various stalls offer everything from artisanal handicrafts to clothing and fine jewelry made by the talented hands of indigenous Huichol people who preserve their traditions and still inhabit small villages in the mountains of the Sierra Madre Occidental.
Here you’ll find not one but countless souvenirs to take home with you or give to family and friends. This is one area full of culture that you simply cannot miss!