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Questions about Los Veranos Canopy Tour

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Hi Folks. I have very unreliable e-mail service here at work, so I wanted to post the letter I just sent to Los Veranos/canopy tour in the hopes that you guys can answer some/all of my questions in the event that my e-mail gets lost like many others. Here goes:

 

 

 

Hello!

I've heard so many wonderful comments about your business that I would like to get some info to book this excursion in Feb 2006.

I'm not sure about a few things, so I didn't want to use your on line form just yet.

 

Here's the thing, we are arriving on Feb. 7th on the Sapphire Princess. My itinerary states 7AM, but I don't know if that's ship time or central time. I also don't know where our ship docks in relation to your shuttle pick up locations. I'm sure you're used to dealing with many cruise passengers, so I'm hoping you can help us out.

Do you have morning availabilities for 2 adults on the canopy tour? At what times are your tours operated? Do we have to book a shuttle separately, and if so, how do we do this, and how much does it cost?

 

I see on your website that reservations are accepted up to 1 month in advance, so I guess I need to wait until January to officially book this, right? Also, it says I'll receive a 10% discount for booking on line, but I'll have to pay an extra 5% if I use a credit card? Is this correct? Is there any other way to pay when I book on line?

 

I have given you many questions here, but I hope you don't think me a pain! I am very interested in making this booking, so I hope to hear from you soon!

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Pudy68,

 

I recently booked a tour for 13 of us in December. They took my booking 2 months in advance. I had the same question about the shuttle. What you do is take a taxi to their office and then board a shuttle that they supply. We are booked on the 11 am tour which I believe would be 10 am ship time. I wired 1/2 of the total fee to them to hold our reservation. Hope this helps!

 

Also, it took about 2 days before they responded initially and then very rapid after that.

 

Have a great cruise!

 

Kathy

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I booked an adventure for December in September. We did not need to pay anything in advance. Doris emailed a confirmation and all the directions we needed to get to their office for the shuttle.

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Thanks PV!

So, if we book an 11am tour, does that mean we need to get the 10am shuttle? Are we supposed to tip the shuttle driver?

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We probably had to pay 1/2 in advance because we have such a large group that we are taking 1 whole tour.

 

I was told that the shuttle will pick us up at 10:45 for the 11:00 tour.

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If you book with the tour company itself, they will send you a colorful two page set of instructions on when & where to report. The report time will be 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour at their office on the south side of PV. They will have you read and sign the standard waiver of liability forms and everybody piles on the shuttle to the excursion site right around the tour start time.

As PV4ME has indicated, use the yellow taxis outside the port facility property. The white taxis in the port will cost you an arm and a leg. Taxis charge by zones traveled. The cost per taxi (up to 4 people) is running about 50 or 60 pesos ($5-6 USD) each way. It was 50 pesos from the Sheraton to the excursion office and I think the Maritime Terminal is one zone further north.)

So ... If you book the 11 AM tour, be at the Los Veranos tour office at 10:45. (I took the 10 AM tour last week and had to report at 09:45)

 

PV (Mexico in general) is a cash business environment. They will take credit cards but may or may not hit you with a surcharge to cover the vendor portion of the transaction. Book using the method or agency that will give you the most flexability. If you are going to book directly with them, bring the cash to avoid the surcharge. If you book thru "puertovallartatours" or "vallartaonline", choose the discounter that gives you the best price and payment options.

 

Sapphire is scheduled to arrive in PV at 0700. It never made it to the dock much before 0800 during the last two weeks. I think it's safe to say that "ship time" is not local time unless they were just running a little late two weeks in a row. Your time in port is limited. Consider the 1000 tour so you can get back to town and enjoy the many quality restaurants and watering holes that PV has to offer. 1.5-2 hours is more than enough time to get off the ship and make it to the tour office.

 

Check out this web site to get a low commercialism view of what PV has to offer visitors. http://www.vallarta-info.com/ They have a link to a PV discussion board where you can ask questions about restaurants, shopping and PV life in general.

 

I hope you enjoy the city and come back for a longer stay in the future.

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My daughter called me yesterday after she and her husband got back from the Canopy (Veranos) tour. She found an internet cafe that had pretty decent rates for calling. They had an absolute great time. She said some parts were scary (200 ft up in the air), but she loved it and the views were spectacular.. One thing she did mention....they brought bug spray, but the tour people said they really wouldn't need it, so they didn't use it....BIG MISTAKE!....there legs got bit up by those pesky skeeters....So if you are going on this tour, bring the spray and use it, regardless of what you are told.

Hopefully, she will find another good place to call today after Randi's.....

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Thanks MSN! That's great info. You're a real sport to bother typing all of that for me!

 

When i got married, I had wanted to honeymoon in PV but the airfare was so expensive from MA/USA at that time. I had this picture on a calendar that showed a hotel pool overlooking the ocean and it was dreamy! I wanted to be there in a bad way. Alas, I never made it, but I am very excited to arrive this coming February. Thanks for making PV so attractive!

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When I looked at this tour in Oct I thought it was $70 before the discount. I just received my confirmation and the price is $77 before the discount. We are on the 12/3/2005 sailing of the Sapphire Princess. What is everyone else paying?

tonyt

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Looked at your referenced site and the $72 is after the discount, which is $1 more than the Veranos site after discount.

tonyt

 

I was there on November 11th. Price was 770 pesos before the discount. I paid 693 pesos cash ($66 USD at 10.5:1 exchange rate).

 

I see the current full price rate listed on their web site is now $88 USD. This would represent a 20% increase since earlier this month.

 

One of my favorite tour booking agencies, Vallarta Online, is still offering this excursion for $67.50. http://www.vallartaonline.com/tours/CanopyToursdeLosVeranos/

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We will be cruising on princess 12/17/05. does anyone know what tour company they use for the canopy tour?

 

The excursion description on the Princess web site leads me to believe that they use Vallarta Adventures. Princess Cruise line works closely with Vallarta Adventures. VA's excursion it tree top-to-tree top and ends with a 60-70 foot rappel. I did this one last year, Los Veranos last month.

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I was there on November 11th. Price was 770 pesos before the discount. I paid 693 pesos cash ($66 USD at 10.5:1 exchange rate).

 

I see the current full price rate listed on their web site is now $88 USD. This would represent a 20% increase since earlier this month.

 

One of my favorite tour booking agencies, Vallarta Online, is still offering this excursion for $67.50. http://www.vallartaonline.com/tours/CanopyToursdeLosVeranos/

MSN-Travelers: Which of the 2 did u enjoy most? Which do u suggest for a first-timer?

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The excursion description on the Princess web site leads me to believe that they use Vallarta Adventures. Princess Cruise line works closely with Vallarta Adventures. VA's excursion it tree top-to-tree top and ends with a 60-70 foot rappel. I did this one last year, Los Veranos last month.

 

MSN-Traveler: which is best for first-timer?

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I got the $72 from their confirming e-mail. I e-mailed them about the old price

and they are now charging me $66. Their math is not too good as the original price was $63 ( $70-10%). I wasn't going to quibble over the $3 increase.

tonyt

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Hi everyone - this is NOT a solicitation (are you listening, moderators?) :)

 

This post is simply to clear up a misunderstanding about this thread. We just had a customer contact us saying that she was told that there was a price discrepancy on our site and that she was confused about how much the tour costs. When asked where she heard that, she told us that she read about it on the Cruise Critic message board. I'm assuming it is this thread, since there is a lot of discussion on this thread about pricing for the Los Veranos Canopy Tour...

 

The price listed on www.puertovallartatours.net for the Las Juntas y Veranos canopy tour is $72 per person, which it has been since November 15th when the canopy tours raised their prices. Our site is NOT the official canopy tour website - we just sell discounted tickets to the tour. They are two different sites.

 

The retail price through the official tour website at http://www.canopytours-vallarta.com is now $88 per person, less a 10% discount for booking online, but a 5% surcharge if you pay by credit card. It was less - we previously offered the tour for $66 per person until the Nov. 15th. price increase.

 

There is no discrepancy in the pricing - we are two independent websites who happen to sell the same tour for different prices. I hope this helps clear things up for everyone. Happy Cruising! Hope to see you in Vallarta soon!

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MSN-Travelers: Which of the 2 did u enjoy most? Which do u suggest for a first-timer?

MSN-Traveler: which is best for first-timer?

 

I enjoyed both. Each has a different flavor.

Vallarta Adventures (VA) is almost entirely tree top-to-tree top with a 70 foot rappel out of the tree tops at the end and an uphill hike to the reception area. Los Veranos (LV) is mostly land station-to-land station with a several uphill walks from one station to the next. It ends at the starting place.

 

LV has a few more lines than VA and most are higher and longer at LV. The gear is all one piece and a little heavier at VA. LV has a different pulley design and the staff will carry it from station-to-station if it gets too heavy for you.

The LV pulley design has a greater chance of you're slowing down and stopping short of the receiving platform. The staff scoots out to "rescue" you and pull you in. VA has you wear heavy gloves and grip the line as a breaking method.

 

LV lets you take a camera with you, VA does not (heavy gloves).

Both pay good attention to safety and ensure the participants are not placed in danger. I never felt that safety was seconday nor do I feel it is possible to fall off the line or out of the harness at either venue.

 

If you are not scared to death of any kind of heights (470 & 475 feet at the highest points) and don't mind several uphill climbs, I would reccommend LV as the better thrill ride. VA is the better echo tour.

 

LV offers greater flexibilty for times and has more to do out at their site should you want to linger.

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As I can see interest in the many price postings, here's what the different websites are currently listing:

 

(Actual Touring Company) canopytours-vallarta > $79.20 (incl. lunch) {$88 minus 10% disc}

(Additional Vendor) puertovallartatours > $72.00 (not sure/lunch)

(Additional Vendor) vallartaonline > $67.50 (incl. 1 soda)

 

It looks like you get shuttle service on the air conditioned buses no matter where you book.

 

Please, if any of this info is wrong, please correct me and let's get this straight. I want to book the best possible deal now, and try to avoid surprises! :rolleyes:

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All shuttle buses for LV have Mexican air conditioning. They will be an open side truck bed with seats or an old city bus with windows open. :)

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My husband and 15 yr old son were on the Los Veranos Canopy tour and absolutely had the best time. Hubby said it was quite an experience and was glad he took it. Hubby also said it was somewhat difficult climbing up to the first zipline.

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The DH and I just returned and had a great time at Los Veranos. The staff was very safety conscience and took excellent care of everyone including the old folk (us) and the little girl who looked about 10-11 enjoying the adventure with her Dad. Yes, there is walking involved to get to the next station as you go upwards. Yes, for someone afraid of heights it is scary but I had encouragement from others and my DH and I did it. It was fun and we bought the DVD and pictures.

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Not sure where our page 2 has gone to. The thread is showing a page 2 exists, but we can't get to it. Sometimes these quirky problems go away when a new post is made, so that's what I'm trying now.

 

Ile - the Los Veranos website does not show an option for $88, including lunch anymore. It only shows 825 pesos, plus a 10% disc for booking online. I am thinking that we'll pay $70-71 cash once we arrive. No lunch, though.

 

Looks like it's only $3/pp cheaper to book with a competitor. For that little bit, I'll probably stick with the original vendor.

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