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From Puerto Vallarta: San Sebastian del Oeste with Lunch

1. 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.

Puerto Vallarta: Botanical Gardens Tour & Culinary Adventure

2. 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: El Tuito Tour with Lunch

3. 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.

Tequila, Jalisco, and Toriles from Puerto Vallarta

4. 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.

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

5. 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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What people are saying about Nuevo Vallarta

A great day spent with our guide Jorge, who lives in the area of the tour. He knows everything about the pueblos just south of PV and is doing his part to help the wild macaws in the area. Would have liked to have spent more that 15 minutes in the main part of El Tuito - needed at least, but we had to keep to a schedule to fit in all the stops.

Nice tour with Gustavo. Stops for pastries, tequila tour & tasting, and visit at a coffee maker. The lunch in San Sebastián was very good. You have about an hour and a half in San Sebastián to tour and look around. The church is worth a visit. The drive to/from does include some windy roads. All in all It was a good interesting and fun trip.

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.

Tour guide Mario was excellent. Food was very tasty and the town is full of surprises. Coffee plantation is a must if you enjoy coffee or are interested in the process and details.

We enjoyed our visit very much. The guide was very friendly and the visit very interesting.