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“See the sights, help the kids”

International Friendship Club Tours
Ranked #11 of 207 Tours in Puerto Vallarta
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Enjoy the beauty of Puerto Vallarta by touring some of its most architecturally interesting homes. Our Home Tours visit 4 unique homes each week with tour funds supporting the International Friendship Club's (IFC) Cleft Palate Surgery Program and other charitable programs. Departure Location: Sea Monkey restaurant, on the beach at calle Aquiles Serdan just south of Molino de Aqua Condominiums in Col. Emiliano Zapata. Tour Cost: $600 pesos.
Reviewed February 1, 2013

The IFC offers home tours on Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30 AM during the winter season. There office is across from the handicraft market on the Rio Cuale in the old town. Their brochures are avaiable at many (most?) hotels. Your donation of 450 pesos (about US$35) goes to aid Mexican children with cleft palette receive surgery, helps feed poor school kids and other needed services. The tours are led by IFC volunteers. Except for the bus rental fees, all funds go to IFC projects. (I am not a member of IFC or PV resident).

Most of the houses offer spectacular views of Banderas Bay of the Pacific Ocean. Each is unique and lavishly done. You are free to explore but be prepared to climb stairs, lots of them. Many are for rent and the time one spends visiting four home (about three hours) offers a glance at the upscale home rental or sale market as well as an orientation to PV, I have been going to PV since l968 and never tire of visiting these gems of houses and helping kids at the same time,

Thank Jean G
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

vines,orchids,dark foliage,steep trails,hidden streams,these gardens
have it all.a 30 minute,2.00 bus ride from pv brings you here;6.00 gets one in the gate.then you can spend
all the time you want hiking and exploring.when tired,hot and thirsty,head for the wonderful 2nd story restaurant for a great view
and some excellent food and drinks.a very nice way to spend
a day away from the beaches.

Thank ditmar33
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

The guides on our bus were wonderful. They were friendly and knew their stuff. We had seen 2 of the houses before, but totally understand how difficult it is to round up places to show. Loved the day out, would do it again.

Thank KenandDoug
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

A bus ride on a local bus takes you to Vallarta Botanical Garden, 45 minutes from Puerto Vallarta.
The grounds are beautiful. There is a hike though a forest where vanilla and coffee plants grow, orchids and tropical plants, nice grounds, One of the best restaurant meals we had on our whole trip, Clean and beautifully decorated washrooms.

1  Thank Pam128
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

Spectacular homes and views on this tour. You will visit private homes that have gorgeous architecture and unbelievable views. We visited 4 houses, ranging from exquisite to over-the-top fantasy of wealthy tasteful tropical luxury. (I'm talking about you, Casa Balboa. What a villa!)

The ticket sales fund charitable efforts by the International Friendship Committee, including cleft palate surgery for Mexican children.

Highly recommended.

Thank jimbobrewer
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