Like a yogurt, my legal status in SF has a "Best before date" that requires a trip outside of the US every 6 months (at best). We wanted to visit the Costa Rica but the flight to get there is surprisingly long (seen from Europe it seemed really close to SF, but it is actually an 8 hours flight), so we decided to return to Puerto Vallarta, in Mexico, for 3 days. We hoped for a better weather than in December and we were not disappointed. Oddly enough, it was the low season so we enjoyed a fairly quiet city with few tourists. We had planned two main activities: a swim with dolphins and a visit to the Botanic Garden, that we had missed last time.
The Botanical Garden:
The view on the valley from the restaurant was stunning. After our lunch, we went to the river near the restaurant to enjoy some bird watching. What I did not anticipate was to be in the middle of the jungle and hence freaking out at every crik, crak, crok... half expecting a dangerous beast to jump on me at any time, to get a fresh slice of a French girl. As for the branches, twigs and other piece of woods, they were all potential vicious venomous snakes in waiting! Some people may not know but I have a debilitating phobia of snakes... Oh, and I've almost forgotten the thousands of tiny little Mexican mosquitoes who literally ate us alive! Our legs and arms could now be used as "case study" for 3rd year students in dermatology! By all means, a very enjoyable moment... actually it was a great moment :)
Back to the city we had a fantastic dinner in one of the multiple street food stands (5 pesos for 1 tacos, when you pay easily 100 times this price in one of the rip-off touristy places). OK, the presentation is not 5-star but the taste was really good and we had the choice for beef 'meat', 'tongue' or 'cheeks', lots of pickles, a giant bowl of hot green sauce and so-called mild red sauce. The other pleasure was to see the face of the locals, so surprised to see 2 'gringas' there.