See the tiny grey dot? That is me zipping from one tree to another across a canyon. What you can't see is the river about 400 feet below me or the expression of sheer exhilaration on my face. On Monday last week, we took a bus about 15 miles south along Banderas Bay to do the Los Veranos Canopy Tour. This isn't so much about learning about trees and wildlife as it is about zipping from place to place at high rates of speed. Fun! I highly recommend Los Veranos if you're considering a tour. Everyone we asked said it was the safest and best of the four tours offered in Puerto Vallarta. Safety, a good thing. A little tip- sign up for the 9:00 a.m. Monday tour. Most visitors arrive on the weekend and haven't had time to think about what they want to do yet, so the Monday morning tour is smaller. We met a really fun couple from Chicago, another from L.A., a nice family from Montreal, and three 20 year old gals from San Francisco one of whom recovered from puking out the bus window on the ride out just to flirt with all the cute tour guides. Would y'all like a mint?
But wait, it gets better. At the end of the canopy tour, you can go play with MONKEYS!! I heart monkeys! These are little cute things of a variety I can't recall that climb all over you with their cold little toes and fingers in their enclosure as you feed them bits of salad. Then they go face first into your pockets looking for stuff to steal. You are instructed to empty your pockets, but some dude had an unopened granola bar that was instantly pilfered by a clever monkey. The keeper retrieved the granola bar, which sort of pissed of the monkey since possession is the law in monkey land.