Walking Tours

I 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.

Walking Tours are $25/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.


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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, museums, and merchant shops. Historic information about the  Guadalupe Church and some of the famous Malecón sculptures are 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; city’s largest tortilla producer, central produce/fish market; find antiques, folkart, leather and hand-painted clothing and local places to eat.

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See colonial architectural buildings and designs. Hear history and stories of this former fishing village while walking charming cobblestone streets with views of both ocean and jungle.  Visit small shops for Mexican candy, pottery, textiles and embroidery.

Gloriosa LilyTropical Plant Walk          NEW

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 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.  Begins TUESDAYS ONLY, 9:30 am at Millennium sculpture by Hotel Rosita.  November 12-April 15.  No reservations needed.


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 specular 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!  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.

Bucerias Town and Beach

Nestled between Nuevo Vallarta and the fast-growing La Cruz/Punta Mita areas, this quiet beach town has much to offer.  Stroll the streets, visit galleries, bookstore, and small cafes. Swim or have a margarita on the beach.

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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