Looking for a great way to spend a morning in beautiful PV? I highly recommend a hike to The Cross Puerto Vallarta. This destination is an actual cross that sits high upon the hills above the downtown neighborhood, El Cerro. The hike is sometimes referred to as “El Mirador de la Cruz” or simply “El Mirador” (the viewpoint) as well.
The cross itself has long been a visual landmark in Puerto Vallarta. In Mexico, it is quite common to find a large cross on a hilltop overlooking a town. The cross Puerto Vallarta used to be a simple structure on top of an overgrown hilltop. Today, it is a full fledged tourist destination. The lookout point now boasts plenty of stairs with direct access, covered shade areas, and a separate tower for even better and higher 360 degree views.
The platform for extra amazing views
Getting to the Cross is not exactly easy. I would say it is for those who are in moderate physical shape. It is definitely not a long hike in distance, but it is a steep ascent from sea level. Part of what makes PV so beautiful are its dramatic mountains that seem to rise straight up from the sea. Climbing the staircases up to the top of El Mirador is definitely worth it when you the incredible, jaw dropping 360 degree views. Nothing better than that unobstructed vista and the fresh ocean air! The unique part of the viewpoint is the backside where you get just as fantastic views towards the mountains. The Cuale River Valley is absolutely beautiful and worth a few pictures as well!