Vallarta Rural El Tuito Walk

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Explore the past with a trip to 500 year-old, pre-Hispanic El Tuito, which lies an hour south of Puerto Vallarta. Feel the cooler weather as you travel by local bus to a verdant valley that lies 2,500 feet up the Sierra Madra Mountains. Life moves slower in this small, rural town, evident in the the agricultural and cottage industries as you walk the well-worn streets.
Duration:  5hrs - 5hrs 30mins
Cancellation:  48.0hrs
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  • Observe very old adobe buildings with their colorful clay-washed exteriors in the central plaza and down the narrow side-streets
  • Hear about how the Spanish conquistadors contributed to the history of this area, as depicted by murals in the city hall
  • Visit a clay studio that produces hand-wrought figurines typical of those found in pre-colonial times
  • Get a taste of the local cuisine, including fresh-made blue corn tortillas, panela cheese and cookies baked in an outdoor, wood-fired oven
  • Visit a co-op art gallery in the former summer home of famous Mexican artist Manual Lepe while tasting locally-produced raicilla

What's Included

  • Roundtrip bus fare
  • Samples of blue corn tortillas, local panela cheese and raicilla
  • Guided walking tour of rural El Tuito
  • Local resident and guide who shares little-known stories and facts

Additional Information

Round trip bus fare included in fee. Guests should bring water, a hat, sunglasses, a camera, bug repellant, good walking shoes and pesos for shopping, lunch and tips. This walk is not suitable for those with mobility or balance issues.


Since this walk is an immersion into the culture with visits to small local artisan workshops and markets, a maximum of 10 people are allowed. Pets are not allowed.

Cancellation policy

Full refund if canceled at least 48 hours in advance. 50% refund if canceled less than 48 hours in advance. No refund for no-shows.

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Mar 18, 2015
Thought this tour was very informative, learned about the history of El Tuito and beyond, met not only the local farmers, culinary artisans, but also the local artists as well. Would definitely recommend this tour, as it is nice to explore areas and meet the locals beyond Puerto Vallarta.
Feb 17, 2015
Sandra was welcoming, interesting and knowledgeable. Once we arrived at El Tuito, she was comfortable greeting people in their homes and businesses. She was gracious to them and they to us. We never felt uncomfortable walking around and Sandra pointed out the architecture, plant life and overall surroundings so we never missed a thing. The tour was a wonderful piece of true Mexican culture.


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