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Puerto Vallarta: Guided San Sebastian Tour

1. Puerto Vallarta: Guided San Sebastian Tour

A guided tour of San Sebastian del Oeste brings you on a journey back in time to an old mining town and Pueblo Magico or “Magic Town” of Mexico. Your expert guide will share fascinating tales of history and folklore as you explore. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and flavors of traditional Mexico.Explore the municipal center, the town jail, a small museum, and art gallery. Take in the Colonial architecture and the backdrop mountains.Later your guide will lead you to a tequila gallery and an organic coffee factory for tastings of both of these delicious Mexican treats. Learn about the iconic tequila beverage and savor a taste of the local wares.Enjoy a delicious traditional lunch at a restaurant with the most incredible views of the Sierra Madre mountains. Finally, be transported safely and comfortably back to Puerto Vallarta.

Puerto Vallarta: Dolphin Watching Cruise with a Biologist

2. Puerto Vallarta: Dolphin Watching Cruise with a Biologist

Cruise from Puerto Vallarta in search of dolphins with a team of biologists and naturalists. Eat a delicious breakfast and snack onboard and stay hydrated with soft drinks. Snorkel through the protected waters of the Los Arcos Marine Park. Meet your guide at the tour supplier's office in Marina Vallarta. Start with an informative talk about the biology and ecology of these incredible creatures. Embark on your dolphin-watching adventure in Banderas Bay. Sail in a small craft that allows you to get close to the dolphins while ensuring their welfare. Feel confident knowing that the staff is respectful of marine life and will work to ensure that the welfare of marine life is a top priority during your trip. Have the chance to spot female dolphins with their newborns or observe groups swimming calmly, bow surfing, or frolicking playfully. Depending on the behavior of the dolphins, you may have the option to swim with them. Stop to snorkel through the colorful marine life in the Los Arcos Marine Park. Look for eels, rays, trumpetfish, and sea turtles in the turquoise waters before ending your tour at Marina Vallarta.

Puerto Vallarta: Botanical Gardens Tour & Culinary Adventure

3. Puerto Vallarta: Botanical Gardens Tour & Culinary Adventure

Enjoy an official guided tour to the world-famous Vallarta Botanical Gardens destination and the pristine nature reserve! This exclusive experience immerses guests in both the natural beauty of Mexican plants and the richness of authentic Mexican cuisine. Your experience begins upon meeting up with your official Vallarta Botanical Garden guide who will serve as your companion and ambassador of Mexico’s tremendous native flora and fauna. Together you will wind your way along Vallarta’s stunning south shore and up the Horcones Canyon to the world-famous Vallarta Botanical Garden. From there the adventure begins in earnest as you venture through garden trails, conservatories, and exhibits to explore and learn together. You’ll then dine in the magnificent Hacienda del Oro Restaurant with generous portions of authentic Mexican cuisine spotlighting some of the plants you just experienced in cultivation. Afterwards, you’ll also have some free time to wander the garden at your leisure, swim in the crystalline waters of the mountain river flowing through the forest preserve, capture some photographs, or relax with a drink in hand at the observation deck of the Garden’s Visitor Center. There’s nothing quite like the Vallarta Botanical Garden, and the Botanical Delights Tour and Culinary Adventure is the best way to enjoy the most from your experience there. A day of delights will provide memories for a lifetime.

From Puerto Vallarta: Jungle Mountain Bike Tour

4. From Puerto Vallarta: Jungle Mountain Bike Tour

Discover the best mountain biking trails of the Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range on a tour from Puerto Vallarta. Meet your guide at your chosen meeting point in the city and travel to the ranch where dry and semi-dry forests and pastures await you. Ride through the trails of the mountainous forest and discover breathtaking views of the Riviera Nayarit as you get in touch with nature. After your tour, relax in the ranch's hammock area or cool off with a dip in the pool before heading back to Puerto Vallarta.

Puerto Vallarta: Sayulita and San Pancho Beaches Tour

5. Puerto Vallarta: Sayulita and San Pancho Beaches Tour

This Puerto Vallarta tour to Sayulita and San Pancho is the best way to see why these destinations are world-famous for surfers and anyone looking for a laid-back vibe and totally chill day trip from Vallarta. Surf, sand and the warmth of the Mexican hospitality and sun make this an unforgettable Vallarta excursion. This guided tour from Puerto Vallarta lets you discover and explore two of the coolest beach towns in Mexico and enjoy an excursion of culture, history and hippie chic adventures. You’ll head up the coast to Nayarit to explore Sayulita and San Pancho, two beach towns adored by surfers from around the world. Throughout your experience, your friendly bilingual guide will share the history and folklore of the towns whilst showing you around the main attractions of these “Pueblos Magicos” or “Magic Towns” of Mexico. You’ll visit traditional fruit markets for exotic treats, sample delicious local candy, and enjoy a tequila demonstration with a tasting. With free time to explore, you can shop til you drop with visits to local artisans for the most authentic and unique souvenirs from Vallarta. Talk to the artists themselves and enjoy the hippie vibes, you may decide to stay forever! You can hang out on the most awesome beaches in the world, and if you want to check out the famous waves, optional Vallarta surf classes are available on the day of your Sayulita excursion. Beginners and experts alike will be able to catch a wave and surf the Vallarta shores of Sayulita for an unforgettable experience. If you aren’t up for a class, just kick back and relax on the beach and watch the pros in their hypnotic aquatic dance. Return to your hotels tanned, relaxed and totally chill after the best surf town tour in Vallarta to Sayulita and San Pancho.

From Puerto Vallarta: El Tuito Tour with Lunch

6. From Puerto Vallarta: El Tuito Tour with Lunch

This tour combines the best of el Tuito in one outing: visit the Botanical Gardens, a local bakery, a tequila distillery, and a coffee factory, and take a stroll around the beautiful downtown area of el Tuito—a name that means “place of beauty”.   After driving through the scenic mountains, your first stop will be the Botanical Gardens where you’ll wander along numerous walking trails that will take you through both preserved wilderness forests and display gardens. The Gardens’ particular mission is the conservation and propagation of orchids, which can be found all over the grounds. You’ll also see oaks, bromeliads, agaves, wild palms, and more. Your guide will be sure to make this an educational and entertaining visit.   Second, you’ll visit an artisan bakery, located on the road to the village. Taste delicious breads made in the traditional fashion, in firewood-heated clay ovens. From there, you’ll head to the village center where you can enjoy the sights of the picturesque village el Tuito and its colonial streets, dating from the 16th century. See the main Parish of St. Peter the Apostle and a typical house known for producing the region’s best cheese.   To finish off the tour, visit a tequila distillery, where you’ll have the opportunity to taste the different types of tequila and learn how it is produced. Enjoy a free tasting of tequila before heading to an organic coffee factory where you’ll see how coffee is typically produced in this region.

From Puerto Vallarta: San Sebastian del Oeste with Lunch

7. From Puerto Vallarta: San Sebastian del Oeste with Lunch

Embark on a relaxing tour to the charming town of San Sebastian del Oeste, an important mining town that is embraced by the Sierra Madre mountain range and is considered an Esmeralda village because of the greenness of its mountains. Discover how this unique town preserves a nostalgic grandeur and charming tranquility. Get picked up from your hotel, hit the road, and take in the beautiful scenery of the Sierra Madre. Along the way, make your first stop to visit a local bakery, take a photo, and enjoy the view of the hills. Then, explore an organic tequila factory to witness the whole process of tequila making. See how they grow the agave plants, harvest, cook, ferment and distill the alcohol. Of course, tastings are included! Next, visit an authentic coffee factory, which is the oldest coffee factory in the area. After this, head to the town of San Sebastian and walk to visit the Church, the main square, the town hall, the museum, and workshop where local artisans produce silver and work with unique designs. Finally, stop in a family restaurant to enjoy some delicious Mexican food.

Tequila, Jalisco, and Toriles from Puerto Vallarta

8. Tequila, Jalisco, and Toriles from Puerto Vallarta

Begin your tour with a pickup from the lobby of your hotel. Travel to Tequila in Jalisco for an adventure full of history, culture, and tastings. Your first stop will be at a little town on the way to taste a delicious Mexican breakfast (included in the tour price). Then, you will arrive in Toriles, the unique Aztec archeological zone in the northeast of Mexico. Head onwards to Tequila, where you will visit the Main Square, walk through the streets, visit its churches, and take a Tequila tour in Jose Cuervo - the first Tequila Factory in Latin America. Here, you will learn about the proccess of making Tequila and taste its different flavor possibilities.

From Puerto Vallarta: 2-Hour Guided Sierra Vallejo Hike

9. From Puerto Vallarta: 2-Hour Guided Sierra Vallejo Hike

Slow down and step out of your daily routine to discover tranquil, yet majestic areas often only accessible by foot on a hike in Sierra Vallejo.  Get picked up and be ready to spend some time outdoors and see stunning panoramic views of the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains. Hear about their unique features as you take an easy hike through Sierra Vallejo. Explore the region with expert guides. Learn about the flora and fauna of the area while enjoying scenic nature trails and finding secret spots along the way.

Puerto Vallarta: Sunset Boat Ride & 3-Course Jungle Dinner

10. Puerto Vallarta: Sunset Boat Ride & 3-Course Jungle Dinner

Enjoy a tour of the bay via APEX and appreciate the majestic sunsets, considered one of the most beautiful in the world. When you reach the small fishing village of Boca de Tomatlan, a truck will be waiting to take you into the jungle where you’ll reach your destination of Los Veranos Restaurant. Once there you’ll enjoy a delicious farm to table, three course gourmet dinner, cooked with locally sourced produce. To liven up this beautiful evening you will listen to live music. Come and enjoy an unforgettable night.

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Miguel was our very educated & humorous tour guide. He can tell you everything you need to know about the history then and now about every town we pass, on the way and about San Sebastian. He has been there many times himself. He is fascinating to listen to. The felt very safe with the driver as well. The town of Sebastian is very old and Miguel brought us on a walking tour of the town, explaining everything. The town seems so European. It is so charming. The included lunch is so tasty! Its a real mexican meal, with items I have never tried but will be seeking again. Take your camera. It is so picturesque.

Highly recommend this experience, I had an amazing time exploring the jungle with the team from Jaguar Experience, everyone was super nice and very accommodating making sure that I feel safe at all times and that I’m having fun. The food was also super delicious and the menu was adapted to my pescatarian diet which I really appreciated! I am definitely looking forward to go back next time I visit Puerto Vallarta!!

Great tour! Adan is very knowledgeable and funny. He delivers a great historical description to this beautiful old town and let's you interact with his tour by asking you questions about what he has taught you! Highly recommend it!

Eduardo was very knowledgeable about the plants and birds that we saw. His knowledge of the history and ecosystems of the area was very interesting. Super easy to get along with and a great companion.

Very good, many interesting facts, very rich food, very good service