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Puerto Vallarta Walking Tours

I hope you will be able to join me for a walk while you are here in Vallarta. My name is Sandra and I am the owner, operator, and certified guide.  This October 2018 will start my 10th season for helping people just like you to enjoy this magical town and its colorful history and culture.

Closed now but you can still book walks beginning with October.

Some changes: Rural El Tuito and Malecón for Wheelchairs will be offered as requested, not on specific days.

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. Minimum 2 people required. Walks are about two hours long except for Pitillal (3 hours) and El Tuito (5 hours).

Custom and Private walks are bookable directly with me at least 48 hours or more in advance.

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

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Primary walks

Chocolate Walk Book Now

Chocolate WalkNew

$45M,W,F9:30 amM,W,F1:30 pm

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. 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. 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 and cigars being hand-rolled, 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

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

See colonial architectural buildings and design details including Taylor and Burton’s homes and villas of famous people from the past. 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 on the Malecon across from downtown Central Plaza

NOTE: numerous stairs and some moderate hilly cobblestone streets.

See the Gringo Gulch photo gallery

Southside Neighborhoods Book Now

Southside Neighborhoods

$35M,T,W,T10:00 am

From the patio at the Cigar Factory, we head for 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 Southside Neighborhoods photo gallery

Pitillal Centro Book Now

Pitillal Centro

$40M,S10:00 am

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.

See the Pitillal Centro photo gallery

Other walks

Rural El Tuito Book Now

Rural El Tuito

$50 Request a day.

We take the local bus to the rural pre-Hispanic mountain town of El Tuito one hour south of Vallarta nestled in beautiful agricultural and ranch country. Learn local history, sample tortillas and locally-made soft panela cheese, see the “Universal Revolution” mural and visit the 200 year old church. Notice the typical adobe architecture colorfully painted with a wash of the local clay as we walk to the former summer home of famous Vallarta artist Manuel Lepe, now a co-op art gallery where a variety of works including reproductions of pre-Hispanic sculptures are for sale along with a taste of local raicilla (for taste or purchase). Visit a backyard bakery using a wood-fired oven and then an optional stop for lunch. Meet at Southside bus station corner of Aguacate and V. Caranza at 9:45 am. Roundtrip bus fare included. Typical Mexican lunch not included but highly recommended.

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

See the Rural El Tuito photo gallery

Malecón for Wheelchairs Book Now

Malecón for Wheelchairs

$35 Request a day.

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 wheelchair accessible beach restaurants is included with the walk. Meet at Millenium Sculpture by Hotel Rosita on the north end of the Malecón.

See the Malecón for Wheelchairs photo gallery

Snorkel… Hike… Swim… Eat Book Now

Snorkel… Hike… Swim… Eat

$65/person Custom Tour (6-12 people)M,T,W,T,S9:00 am Request a day.

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

See the Snorkel... Hike... Swim... Eat photo gallery

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