Walking Tours

Marilyn Lambert y friendsI offer many guided two-hour walking tours within the greater Vallarta area. These adventures aim to introduce you to the Mexican culture and peoples of this charming town.  On these tours, you will hear explained the history, architecture, ecology and daily activities of the areas while you have the opportunity to meet shop owners and browse their many offerings.  These tours are all designed personally by me and include areas I know well and local people I can recommend for goods and services.  I do not get a commission from any vendors.  I only recommend shops and owners I know and who I have personally used so I know the quality and friendliness of their businesses. Many speak English.  I also conduct longer walking excursions to outlying areas beyond central Vallarta.  See below for more information.  For reviews, go to:  Trip Advisor and search Learn Vallarta Walking Tours.

Walks are $30/person and take about 2 hours. Reserve NOW on reservation page or call 24 hours in advance after your arrival in Vallarta: 322-228-9365 or email me anytime at:  sandra.learn.vallarta@gmail.com.   Custom and group tours are also available. Excursions are longer walking tours from 3-6 hours.     $10/person/hour.             Translator is available for a modest additional fee to accompany walks not given in French or German.


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This walk covers the oldest part of Vallarta on the north side of the Rio Cuale. Beginning in the Central Plaza, we will walk the surrounding streets to learn about the historic buildings, art galleries, shops and markets offering authentic folkart and foods. Historic information about the  Guadalupe Church and some of the famous Malecón sculptures is included.

Cleaning Nopal CactusSouthside City Walk

Enjoy all the colorful sights, smells and sounds as we walk through old neighborhoods. Visit artists creating colorful tiles, paintings, pottery, unique soaps; central produce/fish market to sample hot tortillas and fresh juices; find antiques, folkart, leather and hand-painted clothing and local places to eat.  Stop to visit newly refurbished historic hotel on the River Cuale.

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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 Vallarta Cigar Factory and Cafe.

Gloriosa LilyTropical Plant Walk          

As we walk Old Vallarta, see examples of over 70 tropical plants and trees while hearing about their practical and medicinal uses.  Included  are history, local stories, and information about this lovely town.  See photos under Photo Gallery.

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Beginning at the southern end of the Malecón where the Rio Cuale empties into the bay, we will stroll through the vendor-filled Isla Cuale, stopping at the Archeology Museum and the Cultural Center. Taking the eastern swinging bridge into one of the city’s little known neighborhoods, we will head along the north bank of the river, while experiencing the relaxed and colorful ambiance of neighborhood living.  End at the central Flea Market for a coffee at the Cigar Factory Cafe or an optional lunch.

Malecón Sculpture Walk       (FREE)

Learn the origins, inspirations and stories behind this distinctive collection of Vallarta’s famous bronze sculptures installed along the newly renovated Malecón. Led by local gallery owner Gary Thompson. One or two of the sculptors will be available to explain their works and the lost wax process of bronze sculpting.  TUESDAYS ONLY, 9:30 am at Millennium sculpture by Hotel Rosita.  November-April.         No reservations needed.


012 (2) Rural Organic Farm Visit      NEW          BEGINS  NOVEMBER 

Visit first organic farm in rural Vallarta located in pre-Hispanic El Tuito. Learn local history as we walk through town. See typical adobe architecture while sampling tortillas and locally-made soft panela 007cheese. A short walk through the countryside will bring us to the working farm where you will learn about tilling, composting, mulching, planting, irrigation, crop rotation and harvesting.  Then back to town with a quick visit to a backyard bakery using wood-fired oven and then an optional stop for lunch.  Return to Vallarta on your own.

Percentage of fee goes to support this non-profit community supported project created and managed by Organic Select.  THURSDAYS only.  Reservations required by NOON TUESDAY.           $40 adults/$20 children under 12.                 Meet guide at 9:45 am at southside Aguacate bus station.  One way bus fare included.

Rio Cuale Upriver

Head along the beautiful Rio Cuale into the jungle. Pass through rustic towns, stopping at local art studios to meet the artists and view their works.  End with a refreshing swim and local Mexican lunch on the river (not included). Take local bus back to Vallarta.  Can also be done on horseback (extra cost and three days notice required).

Pitillal Centro Plaza

Visit a traditional Mexican plaza with its surrounding town, small shops, and street vendors. Leather is big here as this is a cowboy town.  Huaraches, belts, cowboy boots, purses.  Bargains galore!  End with optional lunch at local restaurant.

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Start early with a  moderate nature hike from the beach town of Boca through the jungle.  See spectacular views, wild flowers, and sometimes whales or dolphins frolicking in the ocean.  After the hike, stop at a secluded cove for a swim or delicious grilled lunch (extra cost) overlooking the bay.  Free panga back to Boca.

Sayulita Town and Beach

This quaint beach town, favored by surfers and lovers of relaxation, is becoming a haven for retired executives and hippies.  Combine exploration of shops and galleries with some beach time…try surfing or a horseback ride through the jungle!  Fish tacos and chocobananas very popular here.

Yelapa Town and Beach

Join us on a panga boat ride to Yelapa, remote beach village south of Puerto Vallarta. Walk to the charming town, waterfall, beach side restaurants; enjoy fresh grilled fish or famous local pies while you swim or snooze under your own beach umbrella.  Panga fee and lunch not included.

3 Responses to Walking Tours

  1. carol farrior says:

    Would like to receive information on your tours. We have been coming to Puerto vallarta for 28 years so we have seen a lot.

    • Hi Carol, click on each title to see more details of each tour then tell me what other information you would like to have. Even though folks come to Vallarta many times, they often tell me they didn’t know about a lot of the things I introduce them to as we walk the neighborhoods. Hope you can join me on your next visit.

    • Hi Carol, did you find all the info on my walking tours? When are you coming to Vallarta again?

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