There are rivers, lakes, and waterfalls in and around Puerto Vallarta but they are mostly available only during the rainy season. They used to be full of water throughout the year but now, with the climate change, and this crazy weather all over the world, some of those rivers and waterfalls have been affected. Now we have to wait until it rains to see them fill with water to be able to swim and get on the rivers.
All of the rivers are very small rivers that people can get into and enjoy. Some of the more rivers here are Rio Cuale, El Eden, and Palo Maria, which is about 10 minutes south of Puerto Vallarta by car. Palo Maria is more for the youth because you have to do some climbing to get to the river. But each of these three rivers are popular and all of them are beautiful.
The perfect time to go to the rivers is from July to November when the water is not that cold; it’s just perfect and the weather is fine. Also there’s not a lot of people during this time in Vallarta so you can enjoy the rivers more without worrying about the weather or the rivers being too crowded.
As for the waterfalls, there used to be more here in Puerto Vallarta. However, due to climate change some of the waterfalls have dried up. When I first got here 12 years ago, when we drove on the highway, we would see the mountains and there would be some beautiful waterfalls, but now they are gone.
(Restaurant on Rio Cuale, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, pictured.)