El Salto Waterfall: Your next favorite hiking spot in Puerto Vallarta

31 January, 2024
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When exploring Puerto Vallarta, immersing yourself in its natural wonders is a MUST. The city’s allure is heightened by the diverse landscapes it offers within and nearby. For nature enthusiasts, particularly those who love hiking, consider embarking on an exploration of the unparalleled beauty of El Salto Waterfall. Concealed in the picturesque Agua Azul neighborhood of Puerto Vallarta, this natural gem beckons you on a leisurely 4-hour walk through lush greenery.

As you navigate the jungle, be prepared to encounter a variety of flora and fauna; thus, it’s imperative not to forget your camera. Capture the unique scenery to satiate your artistic side and immortalize the memories of your adventure.

We highly recommend undertaking this journey during the autumn and winter months when the weather significantly elevates your experience. The lower humidity and milder temperatures create a more comfortable environment, allowing you to fully enjoy the surroundings. 

With the rainfall season during September and October, the waterfall extends a refreshing, invigorating welcome up until January. For enthusiasts of the ice bath sensation, this experience comes remarkably close. Don’t forget your bikini if you wish to take a dip in the invigorating, ice-cold waters of the waterfalls in this area.


El Salto Waterfall

Photo: Random Adventures


Key essentials not to overlook for this hiking adventure:

  • Sunblock
  • At least 3 liters of water
  • Bathing suit
  • Enough snacks for a 4-hour walk in total
  • Comfortable tennis shoes for navigating slippery paths without minding getting dirty
  • Gym clothes
  • Light sweater
  • First aid kit
  • An extra pair of clothes
  • Towel
  • Water-proof, roomy backpack
  • Camera
  • Repellent


El Salto Waterfall

Photo: @sandy_gau in Instagram


Beyond the physical activity, this journey offers a golden opportunity to reconnect with yourself in a secluded space, far from noise, distractions, and technology. It’s a place to take deep breaths, express gratitude for nature’s gifts, and allow the healing powers of the mind and soul to unfold, reminding ourselves of the freely available resources around us and acknowledging that everything we need for a profound healing experience is within reach can be immensely satisfying. Don’t hesitate to take your time during your hike to savor every tiny detail and express gratitude for this unique gift to yourself. Nature has a way of providing the quietude our minds crave, and perhaps, amidst the peaceful surroundings, answers to life’s complex questions may come to you.

Stay tuned for more outdoor gems that cater to your adventurous spirit and exercise needs, sprinkled with a touch of reconnection. So, fellow hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, keep a keen eye out for our upcoming blog recommendations!


Discover the magic, and let Puerto Vallarta become your sanctuary—your forever haven, your second home. In the embrace of nature, the invitation is clear: weave your story into the vibrant Pacific Coast and make it a place where every moment is an adventure waiting to unfold.

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