Palo Maria Waterfall Hike

Easy, beautiful and right in Puerto Vallarta, this hike is perfect on a hot day. You will see giant palms, gorgeous trees and possibly some HUGE spiders.


Start Point:
From Puerto Vallarta, take one of the orange buses that sit alongside the OXXO store on Basilio Badillo. The buses do not have too many regular stops and do not announce the stops so you will have to pay attention! Get off the bus outside the hotel Garza Blanca- luckily there are usually others getting off here too. Cross the road towards the river and walk along the fence up stream. THIS IS WHERE WE MADE OUR MISTAKE THE FISRT TIME- we tried to walk up river the entire time! Stay along the fence as long as possible to make the hike muuuuuch easier.

Distance: About 30 minutes to the first waterfall

Difficulty: Not difficult, you will have to stream walk at times and hop over some small rocks to the first waterfall. If you decide to try and keep climbing to the second wall- extremely difficult!! A very flimsy โ€œropeโ€ sketchily attached to the rocks is all that separates you from falling down the rocky cliff into the water.

Equipment: Waterproof shoes and refreshments.

Description: The waterfall is nice but the real treat for me was the gorgeous flora surrounding the river and the crisp clear water to swim in. It should be a easy, relaxed hike and has plenty of nice swimming holes. Just be sure to follow the fence at the beginning of the hike- donโ€™t go straight into stream walking. I tried this and it made the hike much more difficult!

If you are a brave soul and decide to climb up the waterfall and keep going, much respect! Be careful and please share pictures so I can see what lies beyond.

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3 Comment

  1. Lena says: Reply

    I would love to go to Mexico ๐Ÿ˜ I have never seen a big waterfall before, but a hike in surroundings like those would be cool ๐Ÿ˜

  2. This sounds like a great hike! And itโ€™s great exercise too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Caroline Keyzor says: Reply

    This looks amazing. I love a good hike to a waterfall! I’ll add this to my list of things to do in Mexico!

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