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This walking adventure will cover much of the Puerto Vallarta historic tourist zone from the Stadium down to Conchas Chinas beach area.  This includes many areas of 5 Decembre, El Centro, Gringo Gulch, Emiliano Zapata, Romantic Zone, Alta Vista, the Malecon, Cemetery, the Mirador, several parks, and two traditional mercados.  It is a moderate trip (around 4  miles) but we walk it at a very casual pace and stop often to chat about what we see or experience.  


We will stop for lunch at an extremely authentic local family's Mexican restaurant (not included.)  Here is a very varied menu and you will be dining mostly with working class Mexicans who appreciate the great food at an affordable price.  


Restroom opportunities are endless and many cost 10 peso.  Stores and Tiendas are everywhere.  


Each time we walk this adventure we may walk a slightly different route.  We do like to mix it up and there are just so many different possible routes with interesting stairways and small cobblestone streets - we are always trying to optimize routes.  Some of the highlights of this walking adventure may include: The sports complex, fire station, Libramento, cemetery, traditional mercardos, full service Mexican grocery store, teatro, Malecon, chocolate factory, The Lookout, Richard Burton Elizabeth Taylor House, Romantic Zone,  favorite restaurants, favorite birria and barbacoa, doctors, dentists, pharmacies, churches, art galleries.  

We will conclude the tour around 4:00 PM possibility in by the beach or the Romantic Zone.  


  • Walking Difficulty: Moderate  (long walk with some dirt paths, broken and cracked sidewalks with often changing elevations and hills and stairs) - taking the stairs to the Mirador makes this adventure "Advanced" But those not wanting to climb all the stairs may wait below in a cafe.  But the view is highly recommended.  

  • Meet at 10AM in the Hotel Zone South  (exact location and directions will be in your email confirmation after reserving.)

  • We conclude the walking adventure around  4 PM 

  • Wear comfortable walking shoes and have water or other hydration. 

  • Bring a rain umbrella (rainy season June to October) and recommended for hot sunny days for personal shade.  We do not cancel when it rains we celebrate - It is approximately  5 degrees  cooler during a rainstorm.  We may consider a cancellation in the event of a hurricane. 

  • In the event we only have only 1 participant we will not cancel if you reserved directly through our website - our guides do not like to stay home.  But through a tour consolidator site like Viabor, Expedia, or other minimum numbers of participants required.  

  • Lunch (not included) usually around 1 PM

  • Bring Pesos for shopping - many of the smaller merchants do not take cards.  

  • Price is $49.50 USD plus VAT per person with prepaid reservation or $55 payable to the trip leader (if space is still available.)  Teens (13 to 19) receive special price of $ 39.50 and children (12 and under) $29.50. 

  • Price does not include customary tip for the guide. 

  • Trip scheduled weekly usually on Thursdays

  • Email us at if you have a group (4 or more) and wish to arrange this tour on a different day then regularly scheduled.  

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