I offer many guided two-hour walks within the greater Vallarta area. These adventures aim to introduce you to the Mexican culture and peoples of this charming town. You will hear of history, architecture, ecology and stories while seeing locations you might not find on your own. You will have the opportunity to meet shop owners and browse their many offerings. These walks 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. Many speak English. Longer walks into outlying areas are described further down on this page. For customer reviews, go to: Trip Advisor and search Learn Vallarta Walking Tours.
Walks are $35/person (except for the El Tuito Walk) and take about 2 hours. The BOOK NOW option, allowing immediate reservations, online payment, and email confirmation, is available for my most popular walks. Book early to assure your choice is available. Walks normally begin at 10 am except in summer when they start at 9 am.
Custom Walks and other neighborhoods including Pitillal, Boca, Sayulita, Rio Cuale and Yelapa are available at $10/person/hour and are bookable directly with me. Email or call me 48 hours in advance: firstname.lastname@example.org and in Vallarta 322-228-9365.
Translator is available for French or German customers to accompany walks for a modest additional fee.
El Centro City Walk Book Now
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.
Southside City Walk Book Now
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 the Los Arcos Amphitheater across from downtown Central Plaza.
Gringo Gulch Architecture & HistoryBook Now
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 Cafe. Meet at the Los Arcos Amphitheater across from downtown Central Plaza.
Tropical Plant Walk Book Now
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 colonial town. See tropical plant photos under Photo Gallery. Meet at the Los Arcos Amphitheater across from downtown Central Plaza
Before going to dinner, walk along the famous Malecón boardwalk while learning history and local culture of Vallarta, stories of its people, the origins and inspirations behind the 17 bronze sculptures, significant historic buildings, outdoor art including tile, glass, murals, sand and Huichol Indian symbology. End at the stunning new Los Muertos Pier. List of beach restaurants we pass is included with the walk. Meet at Hotel Rosita on the north end of the Malecón.
Rural El Tuito Walk RESUMES 10/1/15
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 observe sustainable agriculture 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. Percentage of fee goes to support this non-profit community supported project. Meet at 9:45am at Southside Bus Station, Aguacate and V. Caranza.
Held every THURSDAY. 10 am-3 pm. Roundtrip bus fare included in fee. $45/person $25 children under 12 Typical Mexican lunch not included but highly recommended. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED BY TUESDAY NOON.
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 bus stop, Juarez and Iturbide downtown in front of Parisina Fabric Shop.
Start early from Boca. Enjoy a relaxing beach day plus easy nature hike to where the jungle river meets the sea. Stop for a swim or delicious grilled lunch at quaint restaurant (extra cost) overlooking tranquil swimming cove. Longer moderate hike ends at Las Animas beach. Panga back to Boca. Meet at Southside Bus Station, Basilio Badillo and Constitucion in front of Oxxo.
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! Meet at Walmart Bus Station across from cruise ship terminal.
Join us on a panga boat ride to this remote beach village south of Puerto Vallarta. Walk to the charming town, waterfall, beach side restaurants; enjoy fresh grilled fish or famous fresh pies from the local ladies while you swim or snooze under your own beach umbrella. Meet at entrance to Los Muertos Pier.