Escape Route Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The middle photo is of Sandra at her Saturday Market Co-op booth inside the Paradise Community Center. I shot the other photos during our walking tour. The photo on the left is of a purified water vendor’s cart and his cute little children that we just happened upon during our walk. The photo on the right was taken inside the unique and gorgeous Rivera del Rio Boutique Hotel in the Romantic Zone.
Sandra Cesca is such a lovely lady and a wonderful tour guide! As a long-term expat, Sandra has extensive knowledge of the Puerto Vallarta area. She offers a variety of two-hour guided walking tours to introduce visitors to the beautiful city of Puerto Vallarta along with its vibrant Mexican culture and wonderfully charming people. I had an opportunity to take one of Sandra’s walking tours and found it to be really fun and informative.
The Puerto Vallarta tours currently offered: El Centro City Walk, South-side City Walk, Gringo Gulch Architecture and History, Tripical Plant Walk, Rio Cuale In Town Walk, Malecon Sculpture Walk, Rio Cuale Upriver, Pitillal Centro Plaza, Boca de Tomatlan Beach and Nature Hike, Sayulita Town and Beach, Yelapa Town and Beach, Bucerias Town and Beach.
Walking tours are $25 per person and about 2 hours in length. Longer 3-4 hour excursions are available at $10 per person, per hour. Custom tours are available. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. If you’d like to chat with her in person, I encourage you to visit her booth at the year-round Saturday Market Co-op in the Paradise Community Center (Pulpito #127, between the streets Amapas & Olas Altas in Puerto Vallarta’s Romantic Zone).
Sandra is the author of two wonderful walking-tour photo books. I bought copies of both of her books and I’ve really enjoyed browsing through all the lovely, colorful images. Her first book is entitled “Walking Puerto Vallarta and Beyond” ($250 pesos). Her second edition is entitled “Tropical Plant Walks of Puerto Vallarta / Including a Walking Guide of the Vallarta Botanical Gardens” ($250 pesos). These books make great souvenirs of your trip to beautiful Puerto Vallarta, Mexico as together the photos capture the essence of life in this unique and magical city.
This walking tour will allow you to experience a different side of Puerto Vallarta. You will discover hidden neighborhoods, quaint gardens and rustic walls. In a brisk walking fashion you’ll be guided into the hills where most tourists don’t venture. After a light fruit snack and break, the tour continues by making a decent along the cobblestone streets and tiny corridors of Gringo Gulch, the area made famous by Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. You’ll also discover Vallarta’s best kept secrets, the unique cafes and restaurants. This is not a regular city tour with a slow pace and frequent stops This tour helps you slip in an early morning workout while you explore the charm, beauty and magnificent views of Puerto Vallarta. Along the tour route there will be hills and stairs in addition to flat ground.
Reservations for this tour are required.
Days/Time: Wednesdays at 9 a.m.
Duration of Tour: 3 hours
Maximum Participants: 10 persons
Age Requirement: Ages 12 and up
Cost: $40 USD
Included in Price: Treats and snacks along the way.
Point of Departure: White benches in front of the church with a crown – Church of our Lady of Guadalupe in Centro (downtown)
What to Wear: Shorts and good walking shoes
What to Bring: Light backpack, flip flops, small towel, camera, pocket money
Restrictions: Not suitable for persons with respiratory problems or heart conditions.