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 & Tequila Tasting
Stop at an organic farm to relax and enjoy a delicious lunch served at tables set in a cool, refreshing river. Enjoy your BBQ lunch and open bar as your feet soak in the flowing water. Enjoy a guided tour through a small, family-owned tequila distillery, and sample various tequilas and learn how this regional sprits is made.
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.
This tour was fantastic! The mountains were beautiful and all the sighting were incredible! What truly made this tour amazing though was the staff! Adolfo was the friendliest person I had met all week in Nuevo Vallarta! The care and attention he gave to each one of us on the tour was outstanding. He was also incredibly knowledgeable on the history and culture of the area. He presented the information in such an entertaining and appealing manner. It is evident that he is truly passionate about his job! Alberto the driver was also wonderful. He was very kind and was a great and responsible driver! The tour was nicely put together and organized! Well done!
Michelle Randles and Cameron Rumbolt