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Free Walking Tours By The Tourism Office Of Puerto Vallarta

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I took 2 free walking tours that I highly recommend given by the Tourism Office of Puerto Vallarta.

The tour starts at their office location which is just off the Malecon at the corner across the street from the Church of Lady of Guadeloupe. It was exactly what I was looking for.

They have tours running on Saturday morning at 9am, Tuesday 9am and Wednesday 9am. This tour covers area of Church, up hill to a scenic lookout point, along the area to the Rosita Hotel and back on the Malecon with explanation of the sculptures.

The Tuesday 12pm and Wednesday 12pm tour also starts at their office and then heads to the south side on the Malecon with explanation of the sculptures, goes to Isla Rio Cuale with interesting murals, up to Gringo Gulch area where you see where Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton lived and the famous bridge which is now the Kimberley Hotel but you also get to see in this area the magnificent views from up in the hills to the ocean and also a close up view of the crown on the Church of Lady of Guadeloupe, the interesting architecture, the cobblestone streets. The guide Julian is excellent, speaks very good English and is very knowledgable.

The tour can last from 2 to 3 hours. If you find that you can not make the whole tour because you do have to climb a lot of stairs up hill and you leave the tour earlier it is fine and understandable but please let the tour guide know you are leaving the group. It would be a nice gesture to give him a tip as this is how they make their living. Even though this tour is free, I can say it is just as good or maybe even better than some tours I have taken.

Make sure to wear proper walking shoes. Streets can be cobblestone or uneven and are hard on the feet if you are walking long distances.

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We did the noon tour with Julian last May. It was the best, most informative tour we have taken. He was such an engaging personality with great knowledge of the area. We are hoping to do the morning tour when we are there in April.

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Thanks for the update on the free Walking Tours Donna! This will be very helpful for people who don't know about it, and great detail for those who are aware of them, but have never participated. (There used to be a sunset walk but I don't see it on the city's information website. )

The map below shows exactly where City Hall is located, which is the meeting place. You can enter the tourism office from the outside of the building as well. It's on the southeast corner of the building.

http://vallartainfo.com/downtown-map/

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Added to mu "to do list" :)

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Exactly what I am looking for, thanks for detailing. Will try the noon tour in early April.

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Excellent information, especially for people new to town or for a refresh. I've seen the tour go by many times, but have never taken it myself as I tend to like to do my own thing and wander at my own pace.

Tour guide Julian sounds like quite an asset.

Donna --- thanks also for mentioning the mobility challenges, with the stairs. I've got a bad knee and remember seeing a group of about 25 heading up the steps to the church one time, thinking --- "I wouldn't want to slow a big group up, if my knee reacted." That helps people know whether they can handle it.

Kansas --- Are you talking about the City Tour or the sunset Malecon Sculpture Tour (not presented by the City?) Reason I ask is that every time I go into the Tourist Office to pick up the latest magazines, etc. --- they have that City Tour schedule posted on the front door, and I've never noticed a sunset tour.

Gary Thompson from Galeria Pacifico (who does the Tuesday morning Malecon Sculpture Tour at 9:30am, and just broke his tours in half as they were tending to be over 3 hours) started a Sunset Sculpture Tour last year. Curious if you're referring to that one?

Great information. Also, just an aside ---- we've taken some excellent Free Walking/Foodie Tours in various US cities also, and (even in the US), the volunteer guides make their living on tips only so it is most definitely an occasion to be generous, based on enjoyment and guide-skill. A very nice gift from the Tourist Center and people of Vallarta.

Thanks Donna, for your first-hand report. The tours are advertised in the local English-speaking newspapers (PV Mirror and Vallarta Tribune, etc.) but it's gratifying to get a real report from someone who has done it.

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Marly I thought I read of a free Sunset Sculpture Tour, and so I looked further and found this below. They added the Sunset Tour and it will go until mid April 2018. Specifics on it start at paragraph 6.

http://www.banderasnews.com/1711/art-vallarta-malecon-sculpture-walks.htm

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Yes, exactly. Very familiar with it --- but it's a not a City Tour. It's put on by Gary Thompson who owns Galeria Pacifico. He split the tour in half last year because the morning tour had gotten to be 3.5 hours and almost nobody make it to the end, including me. The end of it is back in his gallery, where you meet some artists (I met Ramiz Barquet there after one of the tours --- he did "Nostalgia" and others) and donate to efforts at Los Mangos, or other causes that Gary is supporting.

In post #2, you mentioned a tour not showing up on the City website. So I thought you meant the City of PV did a sunset tour, similar to the one Donna is reporting on. Gary's tour is not through the City, so if that is the one you were referring to, that's why it's not there.

Got it now. Thought I missed a City-run sunset tour in the past but it doesn't look like it.

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Ron1006 in your question titled PV Walking Tour Here is the information about the Puerto Vallarta free walking tours by the Tourism Office.

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Millehouse 1615 Did you get time to enjoy the free walking tours when you just visited Puerto Vallarta? Was reading your Forum post on the Xiutla Folkloric Dancers and how much you enjoyed it. Sounds like you felt the same emotions I did when I saw their performance at Plaza Lazaro Cardenas. Sending you a private message.

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I have had knee and hip joint replacements. Does any group do a tour for slower walkers?

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