Disney Magic Panama Canal Cruise – Puerto Vallarta – Day 12

May 21, 2008
Port of Call: Puerto Vallarta
Weather: Partly Cloudy and 70s

This is the second visit to Puerto Vallarta for Linda and I. We stopped here on the inaugural West Coast DIsney cruise in 2005! Here are the Puerto Vallarta photos from the 2005 trip

Here are photos coming into port:

Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta

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Puerto Vallarta

When I looked at the excursion choices and saw the same one I had taken in 2005, Horseback Riding, I quickly signed up for it and brought some of my cruisemates along as well. Linda really wanted to do the Zip Line again, but she’s had some shoulder issues and thought it be best to pass.

The ride to Rancho Capomo was about 45 minutes. The drive was as I remembered, through very poor areas of the country. Many homes were not completely built, or missing windows, or broken roofs. A way of life so foreign to me and I was thankful for the life I have and all I am able to do. Our guide told us average salary is $5 US dollars per day for the local residents.

Upon arrival, we were treated to a small breakfast with some very yummy chocolate cinnomin coffee. Soon it was time to be assigned horses.

Rancho Capomo Puerto Vallarta

Rancho Capomo Puerto Vallarta

Rancho Capomo Puerto Vallarta

Rancho Capomo Puerto Vallarta

Rancho Capomo Puerto Vallarta

Rancho Capomo Puerto Vallarta

We rode through shallow riverbeds and lots of country. This time of year is just before the rain season and so everything is still very brown and the water levels are very low.

Rancho Capomo Puerto Vallarta

Rancho Capomo Puerto Vallarta

After approximately 50 minutes of horseback riding, we parked the horses and began our hike to the waterfall. The guide had warned us earlier that there was only a trickle at best (very different from my previous visit where we all frolicked in the water).

We hiked along suspension bridges that challenged the courage of many of us!
Rancho Capomo Puerto Vallarta

Rancho Capomo Puerto Vallarta

Despite the lack of “waterfall” we all enjoyed the time off the horses to stretch our legs.

Rancho Capomo Puerto Vallarta

Rancho Capomo Puerto Vallarta

Soon we were hiking back to the horses for our return trip. We took a very different trail and enjoyed different parts of the area.

Rancho Capomo Puerto Vallarta

Rancho Capomo Puerto Vallarta

Rancho Capomo Puerto Vallarta

Rancho Capomo Puerto Vallarta

I believe this was my first up close and personal experience with an unhappy donkey. Boy, did he/she let out quite a loud and long HeeeHawwww!

Rancho Capomo Puerto Vallarta

We returned to the ranch for Tequila to celebrate our journey, lunch, and local entertainment.

Rancho Capomo Puerto Vallarta

Rancho Capomo Puerto Vallarta

All too soon, we were back on the bus and headed to the Disney Magic.

Puerto Vallarta

Tonight’s entertainment was the Crew Talent Show. It was well done and lots of fun to watch!

Crew Talent Show Disney Magic

Crew Talent Show Disney Magic

Crew Talent Show Disney Magic

Crew Talent Show Disney Magic

Crew Talent Show Disney Magic

Crew Talent Show Disney Magic

At dinner, we always enjoy ourselves 🙂

Disney Magic

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