This tour of Puerto Vallarta's southern region takes you from the palms to the pines. At an elevation of more than 2,000 feet, you will visit the 16th century village of El Tuito and soak in its rich history and cooler mountain air. You'll visit beautiful gardens, a traditional bakery, and an organic farm for a delicious lunch set in a refreshing river. Experience regional highlights that give you unique insight into the area and the lives of the residents.
Vallarta Botanical Gardens
Mexico’s rich flora inspires the nature lover in us all during educational walks through this botanical wonderland. Colossal strangler figs, survivalist cacti, delicate orchids, and taste bud captivating chocolate are only a few fascinating examples from these diverse collections. See for yourself why this local gem was recently declared, “One of the Top 10 Gardens in North America Worth Travelling For.”
Tour Historic El Tuito
Head out into the Sierra Madre Mountains in our open-air Mercedes Benz Unimog 4x4 trucks to the town of El Tuito. Explore the center of town and main church on a brief walking tour. Visit a tortillería and a "casa" known for producing the area's famous Panella cheese to sample this regional treat and see how it is made.
A Walk Through Time
Visit pre-Hispanic petroglyphs that are more than 1,200 year old and are still being studied today be historians to determine their meaning. Sample local artesian breads baked in a primitive, hillside, wood fired oven like they were baked for hundreds of years before the arrival of modern ovens.
Lunch in a Refreshing River & Raicilla Tasting
Stop at an organic farm to relax and enjoy a delicious lunch. Stroll the grounds of this beautiful farm before a savoring delicious BBQ lunch and open bar. Enjoy a guided tour through a rustic house and family-owned raicilla distillery and learn how this regional sprits is made and have a taste.
The Best Guides in the Business
Our guides are passionate about this tour, the region and their guests. They are very well educated on the area, from history to culture to the flora and fauna. They make the day not only fun and interesting but also educational and safe. Whether you are leaning about the region on the way out or having fun with your new friends with an open bar in the truck on the way back, you are sure to enjoy the time spent with your guide.
Vallarta Adventures is the best! We just returned from the Hidden Mexico and the Rhythms of the Night tours. We had excellent guides and Senor Leon was outstanding. There were 12 of us and everyone was involved and having a great day. The botanical gardens were beautiful, the town of El Tuito and the Tequila distillery all were more than what we had expected. Having lunch in a stream along with drinks was a refreshing break during the day. We took a Zodiac boat ride to start which saved time from driving around the long way and this was an extra special treat. The morning was beautiful, you saw all the large yachts in the harbor and several small villages and homes after crossing the bay. Learning about the true blue agave Tequila helped us to find the "good" stuff at home once what we bought there has disappeared. We look forward to our next year's trip and further trips with Vallarta Adventures. Thank you for helping us to enjoy our vacation and meet very interesting and exciting people along the way. Your staff does a wonderful job and we look forward to seeing you again.
Karen And Tom Stovall