Puerto Vallarta Walking Tours

Puerto Vallarta Walking Tours

9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Choose from 2 short walking tours, 3 all-day adventures, and a Mexican wine-tasting experience. I focus on the history and culture of Mexico through small group immersion. Groups are kept small for a more personal experience. See local life, culture, art, history, architecture, food, tropical gardens, and of course the friendly Mexican people. Hear stories about those who have shaped this charming town. Enjoy the sights, sounds, smells, and beauty of this tropical paradise while discovering places you may not find on your own.
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico

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2022

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DiceDiva
Sacramento, CA172 contributions
May 2022
I love taking walking tours when I visit a new city, so I was excited to discover Sandra's tour online. My husband and I lucked out and were the only two people on our tour. Sandra explained the history of Puerto Vallarta and showed us many of the city's landmarks, such as Our Lady of Guadalupe church and "Gringo Gulch" where the movie Night of the Iguana was filmed and where Hollywood types built beautiful villas in the 1960s. We learned about some local artists and also visited a few shops that sell locally-made and authentic Mexican products, and took a break for a mango smoothie at a chocolate shop. The tour lasted about three hours but we did not walk a very long distance. We took plenty of breaks and popping in stores helped us cool off and minimized the effects of the heat. Sandra also recommended a restaurant, El Campanario, where we had delicious lunch plates with a bowl of soup for the equivalent of US$12. I would recommend taking Sandra's tour upon your arrival to Puerto Vallarta to learn about the city and get ideas for exploring on your own later.
Written May 15, 2022
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Gracias for your extensive review. Much appreciated. Come back soon.
Written November 14, 2022
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pcj612
Montreal, Canada3 contributions
Jan 2022
Sandra is a great guide that knows PVR like the back of her hand. She will guide you to the hidden-in-plain-sight gems of the city while being able to answer all your questions about PVR and Mexico in general. I recommend this tour to all who want to have a deeper understanding of PVR.
Written January 16, 2022
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Btesler
Minneapolis, MN53 contributions
Mar 2022
I took the Audio Walking Tour for the second time now. It is fantastic. It's packed with history, art and such interesting facts about Puerto Vallarta. The Voice App worked great and the tour took about an hour. I loved that I could start/stop at any time and duck into a shop or cafe. I was also able to take pictures with my phone while listening to the tour, so that was nice. I suggest downloading the app and getting things set up before you get to the starting point on the sunny Malecón. Once there, stick your phone in your pocket and enjoy beauitful Puerto Vallarta. I highly recommend this tour.
Written March 26, 2022
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Thanks so much for your kind review. The audio tour is a great way to see historic Vallarta if you cannot make my in-person tour. Enjoy over and over again.
Written November 14, 2022
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Robert R
3 contributions
Nov 2021
Sondra was our guide for our walking tour of Historic El Centro Puerto Vallarta. Sondra was very informative. She focussed on what she perceived were our interests and guided us through the area. We visited historic, as well as, cultural and artistic interests. we are so fortunate that we were able to spend time with Sondra and hope to take other tours on future visits,
Written November 5, 2021
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Glad you joined me! Thanks so much for your kind review. I love to share my favorite places and people of Vallarta. Just now starting up my walks again after Covid. Also catching up on my reviews. Hope to see you again.
Written November 11, 2021
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Colleen C
2 contributions
Dec 2021 • Friends
The joy of this experience was long lasting beyond the timeframe of our PV visit. We were warmly welcomed and introduced to the mystical magical world of milagros. These charms in ancient times traditionally foretold aspects of health, wealth and relationships. Picking the forms on which to attach your chosen multitude of charms was interesting and creative. Having them interprepted by our hosts was astonishingly accurate and intensely emotional and joyful. You couldn't leave Vallarta with a better souvenir that is infused with the memories of a beautiful day spent in the garden in the company of intuitive and professional artisans.
Written January 19, 2022
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What a lovely review! You captured your experience so well. I will share this with Lupita and Francisco, your milagros hosts.
Written March 12, 2022
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Fidel47
Toronto, Canada236 contributions
Jan 2020
We were in Chocolate Heaven for a few lovely hours and Sandra was our heavenly angel. She guided us through the history of chocolate and with the help of a lovely and charming Mexican woman,named Gia, supervised our sorting, peering, grinding and tasting of hot chocolate. Sandra even recorded and shared the pictures of our little adventure, she expertly took us through the cobbled streets of Old Town to some very unique, funky chocolate spots frequented by local aficionados.
Throughout Sandra was expertly informed, warm and engaging and sensitive to needs and safety in navigating the streets. Of course, conversation drifted far beyond chocolate and revealed Sandra's love for the city and community. A wonderful experience for us. We hope to,enjoy some ofnSandra's other offerings in visits to come!
Written February 10, 2020
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Gracias for your kind comments. So glad you enjoyed walking with me while sampling some of the best chocolate you will find in Vallarta. I do love this town and hope you return soon. Sandra
Written February 11, 2020
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Michael D
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico15 contributions
Feb 2020
We loved our tour of El Tuito, courtesy of Sandra Cesca and Puerto Vallarta Walking Tours. El Tuito is a small town 30 miles south of Puerto Vallarta. It has a unique charm and unlike anything I've seen outside of Puerto Vallarta.

Sandra hired a driver and took us to many different places along the way - an empanada stand with fresh empanadas of at least 10 different flavors, a Raicilla distiller who makes is own brand, and a manufacturer of concrete bricks and blocks used throughout Mexico. When we got to town, we toured the main Plaza, the Cultural Center, the gorgeous San Pedro Apostol Parish, a torilla manufacturer, the streets and stores surrounding the main plaza, and areas just outside of the main town, seeing beautiful homes, a secondary school (the marching band was practicing that day!), the home of an artist who makes sculptures of clay, and a wonderful not-for-profit art gallery which features a wide variety of works done by local artists.

All along the way, Sandra provided us much interesting information about El Tuito's history, the backgrounds of many of the businesses we saw, and life in general in El Tuito. Sandra is a wealth of knowledge and her command of the Spanish language really enhances the learning experience.

We finished the day with a lovely meal of authentic Mexican food along the town square.

The trip to El Tuito was well worth it. It's a small, hidden town and a wonderful getaway from the hustle and bustle of the big city. The town is clean and tranquil. The people are wonderful. Truly charming.

This was my second Walking Tour with Sandra (Pitillal was the first) and I'd happily do another with her in the future.
Written February 16, 2020
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Gracias for this detailed review, Mike. I so appreciate your taking the time to outline all that we saw and your interest in everything. This is also one of my favorite tours as a guide. Rich in history and cultural experiences. See you again soon!
Written February 23, 2020
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familyofsixChicago
chicago11 contributions
Nov 2021
It was great to get an overview of PV with Sandra. She's very well versed in all things PV and happy to share her knowledge and experience. We stopped at a small cafe with her (she'll show you elegant art and eating places), and got lots of good recommendations for things to do/restaurants.
Written November 16, 2021
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Karen and Jeff
Oakville, Canada15 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
On February 11th, my husband and I went on the Gringo Gulch Walking Tour with Sandra. This tour and Sandra"s expertise exceeded our expectations. Sandra was knowledgeable, professional, considerate and had some personal stories that added to the information being shared. We enjoyed her passion for Puerto Vallarta. This tour should not be missed as the area is fascinating and Sandra captured its essence beautifully. Karen and Jeff - Oakville, Ontario
Written February 18, 2020
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Gracias Karen and Jeff for this kind review. So glad you enjoyed taking a walk with me. Come back soon.
Written February 23, 2020
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Rebeckirsch
Evergreen, CO56 contributions
Mar 2021
One of the highlights of our trip! Sandra gave us an excellent overview of our new favorite city in Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. The local artisans, Huichol beaded art sculptures, Talavera pottery, fine handmade textiles, chocolate and coffee. In addition, learning about the history, religion and culture of Puerto Vallarta made our tour so interesting. Sandra really knows the city and is well respected by the locals. We plan a second trip soon and will take a different tour to another theme. Thank you Sandra as we felt we made a new friend.
Written March 13, 2021
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Thanks so much for your kind review. I love to share my favorite places and people of Vallarta. Just now starting up my walks again after Covid. Also catching up on my reviews. Hope to see you again.
Written November 11, 2021
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