Today was a perfect time to hit the zoo again. We'd sort of been saving the short trip if we had visitors this winter. It was not our first time; in fact, we had already been twice on previous visits. Still, it is a bit of an outing that requires a fair degree of effort. An entire hillside, a bit up the river, in Mismaloya is dedicated to the Puerto Vallarta Zoo. One has to hike up a well constructed walkways up the hill and back. To get to the area, it's possible to take the bus to the Barceló Resort and walk down the road on the opposite side of the highway.
There are a number of wild cats from different regions and more ordinary zoo members like ostriches, peccary, birds, and monkeys. I'm very fond of capybara. Also, everyone ends up loving the giraffe. We love the zoo. Although tickets for the people are only around $8, the zoo sells pouches of food so guests can feed the animals. One small bag cost $4 but it's so worth it as animals get up close and personal. It contained peanuts, pellets, asparagus, carrot sticks, corn, and bread. The bag is marked with which treats are best for which animals. Who knew that a camel would eat asparagus!
We'd brought along a picnic lunch but didn't end up eating anywhere near the animals. We walked back across the main road and to Playa Mismaloya. Any picnic is fun. Yet, a picnic with a view is ever so much more delicious.