New name, same fun walking tours with me as your guide! Two-hour walks will introduce you to the Mexican culture and peoples of this charming town. NEW WALK for this season: Malecón for Wheelchair Travelers plus I have spiced up my other walks with new information and stops.
Why walk with me? Informative, fun, small groups, go inside workshops and markets to see and meet the artisans and vendors, visit places you may not find on your own, time for questions and conversation. For customer reviews, go to Trip Advisor.
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Private and Group walks are bookable directly with me at least 48 hours or more in advance.
See photos of each walking tour in the photo galleries below.
This walk covers the oldest part of Vallarta on the north side of the Rio Cuale. From the Central Plaza, we walk the surrounding cobblestone streets. Learn about the historic buildings, galleries, open markets, and shops, the Guadalupe Church, and some of the famous Malecón sculptures. See artisans at work, buy cigars, taste locally-made candy. Meet at the Los Arcos Amphitheater across from downtown Central Plaza.
From the downtown plaza, we head for the Southside over the swinging Rio Cuale bridge, through old neighborhoods that are a mixture of old homes and new rentals. Visit central produce/fish market. See newly renovated historic hotel, artists creating colorful tiles, find antiques, folk art, hand-painted clothing and hand-made specialty soaps and lotions. Meet at Cigar Factory on Insurgentes and Libertad, across from the Municipal Market.
See colonial architectural buildings and designs including Taylor and Burton’s homes. Hear history and stories of this former fishing village while walking charming cobblestone streets with views of both ocean and jungle. Sample chocolate, cigars, and coffee at famous Cigar Factory and Cantina. Meet at the Los Arcos Amphitheater across from downtown Central Plaza.
NOTE: numerous stairs and some moderate hilly cobblestone streets.
See the Gringo Gulch Walk photo gallery
Ideal for limited mobility and wheelchair travelers. Walk or roll along the famous Malecón boardwalk while learning about the early history and culture of Vallarta, stories of its people, the inspirations behind the many bronze sculptures, Spanish colonial architecture and outdoor art including tile, sand sculptures and Huichol Indian symbology. End at the stunning Los Muertos Pier. List of accessible beach restaurants is included with the walk. Meet at Millenium Sculpture by Hotel Rosita on the north end of the Malecón.
We take the local bus to rural pre-Hispanic El Tuito one hour south of Vallarta. Learn local history as we walk through town. See typical adobe architecture, clay studio producing pre-Hispanic figures, sample tortillas and locally-made soft panela cheese. Stop at a local demonstration garden to hear about aquaponics and sustainable agricultural practices including low impact tilling, composting, vermiculture, mulching, irrigation, crop rotation, and small animal husbandry. Visit a backyard bakery using a wood-fired oven and then an optional stop for lunch. Meet at Southside bus station corner at Aguacate and V. Caranza at 9:45 am. Roundtrip bus fare included in fee. Typical Mexican lunch not included but highly recommended. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED BY TUESDAY NOON.
NOTE: this walk is not suitable for those with mobility or balance issues.
Visit a traditional Mexican plaza with its surrounding town, small shops, and street vendors selling everything from embroidered napkins to parrots to wooden crucifixes and tamales. Leather is big here as this is cowboy country. Huaraches, belts, cowboy boots, purses. Bargains galore! Shops for medicinal herbs, custom perfumes and natural beauty products included. Tacos for lunch (extra cost). Meet at Southside bus stop, corner of Basilio Badillo and Constitucion in front of Oxxo. Roundtrip bus fare included in fee.
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