ESCAPE ROUTE VALLARTA (AKA: Learn Vallarta)
Mexico Phone: 322.228.9365
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.
TOURS DU JOUR PUERTO VALLARTA WALKING TOURS
Contact: Sylvie Scopazzo
Mexico Phone: 044.322.171.8225
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.