Explore Puerto Vallarta on foot to discover art, history, shops and other attractions
To get in some exercise while seeing some of Puerto Vallarta’s off-the-beaten-path offerings, try the Power Walk the Hidden Streets tour option from Tours du Jour Mexico. Participants climb up a stone path through the forest behind the old town, while the guide explains the uses of local plants and trees along the way. From the top of the hill, take in a view of the town’s colorful rooftops and the beautiful Banderas Bay below. The three hour tour also takes in the Gringo Gulch neighborhood, the Rio Cuale flea market, a sampling of artisan chocolates and tapas at a Spanish restaurant.
For more education and less exercise, try one of four neighborhood walks offered by Learn Vallarta. Visitors on the two- to three-hour tours meet shop owners, sample fresh foods from street vendors and see local craftsmen at work. Tour guides point out unfamiliar produce and explain bout the preparation of fresh foods.
Learn Vallarta also offers a free Malecon Sculpture Walk. The tour takes in the 13 large bronze sculptures along the Malecon, Puerto Vallarta’s picturesque boardwalk, with explanations of the art and the artists’ inspirations. Led by Gary Thompson, owner of Galeria Pacifico, the tour requires no reservations, and leaves from the Malecon by Hotel Rosita at 9:30 a.m. The two-hour tour finishes with refreshments at the gallery.
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