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Puerto Vallarta Cultural Walking Tours

Immersing yourself into a place helps to discover its culture. Walking enhances this experience. My name is Sandra Cesca. Welcome to my walking tours. My love of photography and travel writing have helped develop my business over the last 10 years. As you read the descriptions of my walks and view the photos in my gallery, you will get a sense of the experience you will have with me. Finally, go to my BLOG TAB where you can read stories of some of the people you will meet.


Why walk with me? Informative, fun, small groups, go inside workshops and markets to see and meet the artisans and vendors, learn some history, visit places you may not find on your own, time for questions and conversation. For customer reviews, go to Trip Advisor.

BOOK NOW gives you immediate reservations, online payment, and email confirmation. Only available up to 24 hours in advance. Book early to assure your choice is available. Walks are about two hours long except for El Tuito (6 hours).

Custom and Private walks are bookable directly with me at least 48 hours or more in advance.  sandra.learn.vallarta@gmail.com

See photos of each walking tour in the photo links below.

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Primary Walks

Chocolate Walk ~~ Activity Book Now

Chocolate Walk ~~ Activity

$45M,W10:00 amM,W,F2:00 pm

Begin with a mini-class where you will learn the history of chocolate, roast and grind cacao beans, and prepare the ancient drink of the Spanish Conquistadors. Hear about the history of Vallarta and its relationship to chocolate as we visit the three best chocolate shops in town, including two production kitchens, to see, smell and taste the many varieties of chocolate available. Experience local street culture as we walk from one shop to the next. Free samples and the opportunity to purchase various chocolate goodies, including body lotions and soaps made with local chocolate.  Meet at the Unicorn sculpture on the Malecon at the end of Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez street in Centro Vallarta. Easily reached by Uber, taxi or walking.

See the Chocolate Walk photo gallery

Historic El Centro Book Now

Historic El Centro

$35M,T,W,T,S10:00 am

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 history of Vallarta from its humble beginnings as a fishing village. Observe the Spanish colonial architecture of its buildings, galleries, and workshops, the Guadalupe Church, and some of the famous Malecón sculptures. See artisans at work such as the making of ancient milagros, Huichol beadwork, taste locally-made candy and caramelized nuts. Meet at the Los Arcos Amphitheater on the Malecon across from the downtown Central Plaza.

See the Historic El Centro photo gallery

Gringo Gulch Book Now

Gringo Gulch

$35T,T,S10:00 am

See colonial architectural homes and villas including those of actors Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Learn how the movie “Night of the Iguana” changed the destiny of Vallarta forever! Listen to the entertaining stories of famous people from the past who helped to settle Gringo Gulch. Imagine yourself in this former fishing village while walking charming cobblestone streets with views of both ocean and jungle. End up at the famous Cigar Factory where the well known products of Mexico such as tequila, chocolate, vanilla and coffee are available. Meet at the Los Arcos Amphitheater on the Malecon across from downtown Central Plaza

NOTE: numerous stairs and some moderate hilly cobblestone streets.

See the Gringo Gulch photo gallery

Emiliano Zapata Neighborhood Book Now

Emiliano Zapata Neighborhood

$35T,T,S10:00 am

From the patio at the Cigar Factory, we head for the Emiliano Zapata Colonia on the Southside over the swinging Rio Cuale bridge, through local cobblestone neighborhoods that are a mixture of old homes and new rentals. Visit Vallarta’s largest central produce/fish market; see renovated eclectic historic hotel, Banderas Bay’s largest ceramics factory where artists create colorful tiles, find old-world antiques, leather goods, folk art, and hand-made specialty soaps and lotions. Meet at Cigar Factory on Insurgentes and Libertad, across from the Municipal Market.

See the Emiliano Zapata Neighborhood photo gallery

Rural El Tuito Book Now

Rural El TuitoNew

$70 or $100M,TH,S9:00 am - 3:00 pm

This tour has been revised to include several more interesting stops. El Tuito is a 500 year-old rural pre-Hispanic mountain town one hour south of Vallarta nestled in beautiful agricultural and ranch country. Our first stop is the famous family-run panaderia where we sample empañadas baked in a wood-fired brick oven. Then across to Mi Pretexto, a small family raicilla farm started 20 years ago, to observe how raicilla is made. Next several stops include the brickyard where hundreds of hand-made bricks are made daily and fired in their two-story kiln; the plaza; 200 year-old church; local pottery studio; coop art gallery; behind the scenes in a tortilla shop. Hear the history of this town since the days of the Spanish conquistadors. We end with lunch (fee not included) at local family restaurant.

$70: RT transportation on Vallarta bus; local private car in Tuito
$100: RT transportation from Vallarta in private car

NOTE: this walk is not suitable for those with mobility or balance issues.

See the Rural El Tuito photo gallery

Other Tours

Snorkel Hike Swim ~~ Adventure Tour Book Now

Snorkel Hike Swim ~~ Adventure Tour

$65/person Custom Tour (6-12 people)M,T,W,T,F,S,S9:30 am Request a Day BEFORE you book

Take a day, get off the beaten track and out on the water where you will see Vallarta in a different light. This 6 hour day trip on my friend’s boat includes snorkeling, an easy hike through small village to a remote waterfall with a dip in its cool pool. Back to the tranquil beach for a simple Mexican lunch (not included) and one more dip in the clear ocean. Enjoy refreshing cold coconuts, talking with the locals, and some local raicilla (for taste or purchase).

Captain Juan is a former lifeguard (think safety and first aid) and grew up in Mismaloya where he docks his boat. He knows the water and the local people. I know this isn’t my usual walking tour…but it is such a fine day that I am happy to arrange this again for you and a few friends (minimum 6 and maximum 12). Less than six or to schedule,     CONTACT ME:   322 228 9365 in Vallarta or  sandra.learn.vallarta@gmail.com

NOTE: If you have less than 6 in your party, we can make adjustments.

See the Snorkel Hike Swim photo gallery

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