Puerto Vallarta newcomers often ask us to recommend things to do. One oft-forgotten pastime is the Puerto Vallarta zoo. Located in Mismaloya (just south of Vallarta), the zoo is a fun place to spend a few hours. They have plenty of animals, of course, but also an aquarium, cable car, trails for hiking and mountain bikes, and even an amusement park. The zoo is open until 6:00 daily (though I'd encourage visitors to double-check opening hours when planning a visit).