Shaped like a horseshoe, the Bay of Banderas sits in the State of Jalisco and offers over 50 miles of beautiful shoreline, ranging from jagged cliffs to sandy beaches. In its heart sits the city of Puerto Vallarta.
Puerto Vallarta is famous for many things, including its beautiful old town, El Malecon, the wonderful beachfront boardwalk, and its spectacular sunsets.
Needless to say, a viewpoint overlooking the Bay of Banderas and the colonial city promised to be spectacular, especially when you imagine the sun dropping into the ocean!
However, the day we set out to find the scenic viewpoint over the city, the so called Mirador Cerro de la Cruz, was cloudy and hot.
It hadn’t been easy to find information on how to get there beforehand, but with a bit of persistence, a sense of adventure, and a lot of sweat, we made it to the top. It was worth every drop of sweat, despite the cloudy skies!
To make it easier for those wanting to visit the viewpoint after us, here is how to get there:
From the Malecon, take Calle Aldama to walk towards the hilltop. Once you get to Calle Emilio Carrenza, take a left.
This is what it looks like where you turn left into Calle Emilio Carrenza. It is the beginning of the steeper, more dirt road part, of the ascent:
Walk up the cobble stone pathway towards the white house, all the way to Calle Abasolo. There you turn right. From here it is a straight shot to heaven!
You’ll come by some awesome street art, as well as local houses. No need to worry, the people are really friendly and many of them offer water for sale.
Calle Abasolo ends at the staircase which will take you directly to the viewpoint.
On top, you will see the cross which gives the viewpoint its name, as well as the viewing platforms.
A few tips for the road:
- Wear sturdy shoes, the road is not always paved and it can get a bit slippery on the dustier slopes.
- Have a sense for adventure, keep an open mind, show respect, and appreciation for different cultures.
- To put safety into perspective, my daughters and I, no man in tow, felt completely safe at all times.
- Bring water, or have a few pesos to buy water from the locals that live there. I am sure they will appreciate it greatly!
- Don’t forget sunscreen, hat, and bug spray.
- If you are physically fit it will take about 20 minutes from bottom to top.
We’d love to hear how your experience was, if you end up going on this little adventure, just comment below!
Written by STEFANIE PICHONNAT
Stefanie Pichonnat is the owner of AAV Travel, a boutique travel firm specialized in creating and customizing personalized travel itineraries. She is also a Puerto Vallarta Specialist. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org