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 $30/person (except for the Farm 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. For all other walks email or call me 48 hours in advance: firstname.lastname@example.org and in Vallarta 322-228-9365. Custom and group walks are also available.
Excursions (Pitillal, Boca, Sayulita, Yelapa) from 3-6 hours at $10/person/hour are bookable directly with me. 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.
From the southern end of the Malecón at the mouth of the Rio Cuale we will stroll through the vendor-filled Isla Cuale, stopping at the Archeology Museum. Then across the swinging pedestrian bridge into one of the city’s older neighborhoods. Visit the central produce/fish market, part of Gringo Gulch, an old hacienda, and ending at the Cigar Factory for cigars, chocolates or local coffee. Meet at Oscar’s Restaurant at south end of the Malecon.
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 Meet at Millennium sculpture, Hotel Rosita. November-April. No reservations needed.
Rural Organic Farm Visit Book Now BEGIN THURSDAY 12/4
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 the farmhouse to sample raicilla while observing propagation and seed-saving techniques. Then a short walk through the countryside to the working farm where you learn about tilling, composting, mulching, planting, irrigation, crop rotation and harvesting. Finish walk back into town to 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 farm project. This walk is in collaboration with Organic Select. Meet at 9:45am at Southside Bus Station, Aguacate and V. Caranza.
Held every THURSDAY. 10 am-2pm. Return on your own. $40/person $20 children under 12 Bus to El Tuito included in the fee.
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.