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Things to do in El Centro, Puerto Vallarta

Our most recommended things to do in El Centro, Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta: City Tour, Tequila and Coffee Factory Tour

1. Puerto Vallarta: City Tour, Tequila and Coffee Factory Tour

Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your hotel in either Puerto Vallarta, Bucerías, Nuevo Vallarta, Conchas Chinas. Ride in a comfortable air-conditioned van through the city. Take a short walk on the Malecon. Learn about the area from your knowledgable guide. See the iconic locales within the city. Visit the Church of the Lady Guadalupe leaving plenty of time to take pictures. Travel to the mountain and tour a Tequila Distillery. Learn the process of making tequila. At the end of the tour, enjoy a tequila. Continue on and visit a local organic coffee factory. Learn about the coffee-making process and enjoy a coffee tasting. Choose the option with lunch and enjoy a local meal.

Puerto Vallarta: Cooking Class and Market Tour

2. Puerto Vallarta: Cooking Class and Market Tour

Start your culinary adventure through the flavors of Puerto Vallarta by meeting your guide for the day, an experienced local chef, at a produce market. Ambling through the market, you’ll learn about the ingredients that make Puerto Vallarta’s cuisine a must-try, and pick up stories of life in the bustling harbor town. With some fresh produce in hand, you’ll head to the chef’s house — where preparations for the lunchtime feast will begin. The cooking class is split between demonstrations and interactive portions, so you’ll be able to pick up some skills to bring the flavors of Jalisco home with you. All dishes are prepared just as traditional Mexican cooks would prepare food for their families — from scratch, with fresh ingredients, and with an eye towards Mexico’s rich culinary history. As you dine on the fruits of your labor, you'll be treated to a tequila and mezcal tasting, rounding out a genuine taste of a vibrant food scene. The chef selects a different menu for each class based on what’s fresh at the market, and the preferences of those in the class, so you can rest assured that you’ll be cooking up something both authentic and catered to your tastes.

Puerto Vallarta: Scavenger Hunt Adventure Walking Tour

3. Puerto Vallarta: Scavenger Hunt Adventure Walking Tour

Inject some fun into your trip to Puerto Vallarta and turn the resort into a giant game board. Immerse yourself in the world of adventure and embark on an interactive scavenger hunt that combines the fun of a race with a one and a half-hour sightseeing tour of Puerto Vallarta. Guided from any smartphone, make your way through Puerto Vallarta, and discover overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. The adventure begins at the north end of The Malecon, the seaside walkway along the bay. Along the way, admire the sights and sounds of the city, stopping by famous sculptures by Mexican artists, the Choco Museum, Vallarta Plaza, and the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Enjoy the luxury to start the tour at your own leisure and determine your pace of play, so why not stop for a bowl of pozole or a refreshing margarita along the way?

Mexico: Puerto Vallarta City Tour

4. Mexico: Puerto Vallarta City Tour

Explore downtown Puerto Vallarta with an experienced tour guide and learn all about this Jewel of the Pacific. Walk along cobblestone streets set against white houses on a journey that welcomes you to the most iconic landmarks in Vallarta. Start your tour at the “Malecón”, the boardwalk of Vallarta- get up close and personal with the emblematic monuments that portray Mexico's art and traditions: The Seahorse, Los Tapatíos, Los Arcos and the surrealist sculptures of Leonora Carington. You will treasure your photos of these icons forever. Visit the famous Vallarta church of Guadalupe, dedicated to the virgin who appeared in Mexico in 1531. Follow on through to the main square of Vallarta with its traditional bandstand, the municipal market, and the stores that offer a wide variety of Mexican handicrafts and regional products. Visit a traditional silver and opal boutique and bring home a unique Vallarta souvenir direct from the artist. Admire the large rock formations along the coastline called “Los Arcos” and finally, have lunch at El Patio, a traditional Mexican restaurant in Vallarta that will serve up a delicious and authentic meal. Watch the creation and process of making tequila, Mexico's most iconic beverage, and enjoy a tequila tasting to close your fun-filled Vallarta downtown tour.

Puerto Vallarta's Taco Hopping Tour

5. Puerto Vallarta's Taco Hopping Tour

Meet your local guide and get ready to discover the flavors of Puerto Vallarta. Discover some of the city’s most colorful and exciting neighborhoods as you visit a selection of the best eateries that only the locals know about. Experience Puerto Vallarta like a true local, and dine at street side taco carts, family owned restaurants, and many more. Learn about the rich flavors of Mexican cuisine, and the special role that food has to play in the culture of the country. With your guide, go off the beaten path and leave the tourist trails behind as you walk through streets of the city and taste the real flavors that Puerto Vallarta has to offer.

Puerto Vallarta Horseback Riding

6. Puerto Vallarta Horseback Riding

Are you seeking a lifetime adventure? Explore the magic hidden in the mountains of the Sierra Madre led by your loyal horse. From Puerto Vallarta to paradise, give yourself an opportunity to one of a kind trip. The horse ride is the ideal option to let yourself connect with the flora and fauna of the enchanted tropical forest of Vallarta. Explore the flora and fauna of the enchanted forest, where you can observe a unique and spectacular natural scenery. As well, enjoy a relaxing ride through the mountains and descend gracefully in the beautiful and distinguished crystal waters of the Cuale River, swimming along with your horse. Nature, fun, and horses are all you need in Puerto Vallarta!

360 Puerto Vallarta City Tour with Lunch

7. 360 Puerto Vallarta City Tour with Lunch

History, Mexican culture, and modern life await you in the colorful Vallarta. Get to know the most beautiful and historical spots, beginning with Puerto Vallarta’s stunning marina, a bright landscape both day and night. Afterward, sightsee the heart of the city, the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the oldest brick building in the city and primary religious sanctuary for the Catholic Faith. At the City Hall, you can appreciate the art, statues, and sculptures made by renowned artists like Mathis Lidice. Among other stops, a Traditional Mexican dish is waiting for you in the subtropical rain forest of the Sierra Madre together with a delicious Tequila tasting.

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What people are saying about El Centro, Puerto Vallarta

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 64 reviews

Definitely worth the cost and a day of your time in beautiful PV! Enrique, our chef was a friendly and gracious host and tour leader. He took u Our group of 6 through a local market to buy our ingredients for the class. Loved his explanations about how to tell if a lime is ripe, the best avocados, the best tomatoes, etc. after the market we went to his very lively home to prepare our food. We all got to participate in grinding, chopping, stirring as we moved from course to course. We made delicious tostadas, a soup, mole sauce, and margaritas, even tortillas. The main entree was a beautifully seasoned baked chicken with the mole and our from scratch tortillas! My husband and I enjoyed this tour very much and recommend it to anyone interested in learning about genuine Mexican cuisine!

Really interesting and informative - not to mention delicious! Chef Enrique is knowledgeable and friendly and generous with this skills and home. Excellent activity to learn about Mexican cuisine and experience a bit of culture firsthand. And I won't hesitate to shop in a true Mexican market now that I know how!

Great tour. Great guide (Irma). My wife and I really enjoyed the tour. If you want to see the real Puerto Vallarta, this tour is the one for you. If we're ever back we'll be getting with Irma for another day around town.

The whole day was perfect! Great guide, very informative, kind, helpful, and LOTS OF FUN!!

Great time with great people. The tequila was top notch.