When you are tired of watching whales (that could never be tiring, really, but it’s a bit too much sun and sea for us), lolling in the sun on the beach and sipping margaritas, take some time to soak up some culture and burn off those guacamole calories.
Vallarta has wonderful walking tours.
Gary Thompson of Galeria Pacifico is at the Millennia Sculpture at the north end of the Malecón, next to the Rosita Hotel, every Tuesday morning, November to April, at 9:30 am. Gary, a longtime resident of Puerto Vallarta, has a lot of good stories to share about the permanent and temporary sculptures. This is a free tour but carry pesos to share with the artisans you will meet, such as the sand sculpturer. Carve out at least two hours of your morning for this tour and make sure to wear a sunhat.
Sandra Cessna, another full time resident of Puerto Vallarta, does a two hour tour called “Learn Vallarta,” which is focused on the history and culture of Puerto Vallarta, as well as a great perspective on good shopping and eats. $30 US dollars is a small price to pay for the knowledge she shares about locals and folklore and you will see sites that tourists are not normally privy to. http://escaperoutevallarta.com
The IFC (International Friendship Club) has done house tours for many years. Traveling in comfortable, air conditioned buses you’ll be welcomed into the privacy of four different residences along the coast of Puerto Vallarta. With an abundance of homes offered, you’ll have the chance to view four, on any given tour, from traditional dwellings to luxury penthouses and villas. The IFC is very active in the Puerto Vallarta communities, contributing and volunteering at orphanages, the library, hospitals, . The cost is $5oo Mexican pesos and all funds go directly to these excellent causes. Meet on the beach in front of The Sea Monkey Tuesday and Wednesdays at 9 am and expect to spend at least four hours. http://www.toursforvallarta.com
Along the Rio Cuale your walk will be self guided but the market, restaurants and artisans, from one end to the other, could take all day, if you are so inclined. The Isla Cuale, located in the heart of Puerto Vallarta, has the best of old and new. At the eastern end of the island is Puerto Vallarta’s small archeological and cultural museum. From fancy ocean view restaurants to cozy cafés, you’ll have no trouble pleasing your palate.
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Thanks to our guest blogger Adam Garcia for this article!
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