Ryan takes you to the Palo Maria Waterfalls of Puerto Vallarta.
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If you’re ever in Puerto Vallarta and you’re looking for a great place to cool off, be sure to make the short trip out to the Palo Maria waterfalls, also known as the Cascada de Palo María.
Start by taking one of the orange buses that sit alongside the OXXO store on Basilio Badillo. The bus will say Boca-Mismaloya on the front. Upon boarding the bus be sure to tell the driver you want to be dropped at “Rio Palo Maria”. Try to sit near the front in order to remind the driver if necessary.
Once you arrive you’ll need to cross the street and hike about 25 minutes up river until you reach the first waterfall. There are several pools and cascadas to choose from depending on how adventurous you want to get. The first watefall is easily accessible and requires no climbing. Getting to the second one takes some effort and requires you to climb a pretty sketchy and slippery section of rock. Once you get over the other side, you’re rewarded with a larger pool to swim in. After that, you can decide to keep climbing in order to get to the remaining cascadas or stay put and go for a refreshing swim like we did.