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Day Trips From Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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A January 2007 trip to Puerto Vallarta by Koala_D

SUNSET IN PUERTO VALLARTA Photo, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico More Photos
Quote: Puerto Vallarta is a favorite vacation city for me! It is centrally located, and there are day trips to be taken in all directions!

Day Trips From Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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SUNSET IN PUERTO VALLARTA Photo, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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I love Puerto Vallarta! There is so much to do in the city, and I still haven't explored all of the surrounding areas. I have visited it 8 times (for 2-5 weeks each time), and I still have not run out of new things to see and do!My favorites (ranked outstanding down to only great!) are: (#1) San Blas Bus Tour: This tour can be done every year, and you'd still see something new! (#2) San Sebastian: Lots of history here, and it is a beautiful town to walk around in...a relaxing tour. (#3) Huicholes Tour: Definitely visit the Huicholes by bus...don't try it on your own. The tour guide will give you hours of history about the Huicholes and the areas you are passing through. It is N...Read More

San Sebastian Expeditions

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Attraction | "San Sebastian Day Tour"

San Sebastian Expeditions Photo,
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I had always wanted to visit the picturesque mountain town of San Sebastian, but didn't want to endure the long bus ride. Recently, a new highway was built which connects Puerto Vallarta to Guadalajara east through the Sierra Madres...so I decided to take a bus tour from Puerto Vallarta. (You may also take a local bus there--very inexpensive -- but it will make many stops along the way.) All-day tours begin early, and you will travel through many small towns during the two-hour drive. It's a very scenic ride, so bring a camera. The road is good (except during the rainy season), and eventually you will start winding upward through the mountains. The tour will stop at a small family-run arcil...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 26, 2007

San Sebastian Expeditions
A top the Sierra Madre
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San Blas Day Tour

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THE OLD FORT Photo,
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My favorite day-trip from Puerto Vallarta! I have taken this bus tour four times, and I have always seen something new and different each time. I recommend it for singles, families, young, and old! It always begins with a pick-up at your hotel early in the morning, but it's acceptable to snooze on the bus. They are comfortable motorcoaches with air-conditioning. The guides are very good at providing information and history of the area during the trip. Soon after leaving Puerto Vallarta you cross into the state of Nayarit to the north. Bucerias is the next town... they have a great beach, and even nicer beaches a little farther at Destilladeras and Punta Mita. You may take local ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 27, 2007

HUICHOLES TOUR - 13 Hours

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HUICHOLE CRAFTS Photo,
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The tour will head north to Tepic, the capital city of Nayarit via Highway 200. You travel past many small towns, and over low mountains as well as past green fields and valleys. One stop is made for a great breakfast usually in Rincon de Guayabitos (buffet), or in San Francisco (small local restaurant). You will also visit the historic city of Compostela and see the regional anthropology museum and the temple of "El Cristo de la Misericordia". You pass by the Sangaguey volcano, and travel on through Tepic, past the "Puga" sugar factory with its high smoke plumes, to a Huichol Community. In "Nueva Valey", the name of this community, you'll be welcomed with a cl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 13, 2007

TTF CITY TOUR

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Mini Mall at the Malecon Photo, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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The BEST way of getting to know Puerto Vallarta if you only have a few days, or are visiting on a cruise ship, is with a city tour!The TTF City Tour begins by showing you the Marina Vallarta; its residential zone, the Golf Course, and Yacht Club. Next, you take a quick walk around for pictures and sightseeing.From here, the bus heads for the downtown area via the Pitillal district. This used to be a small suburb, but is now a growing residential area. However, it still has the cute church and town square. The bus then stops at the boardwalk, “El Malecón”, for a brief informational walk and talk about the monuments and statues here. You will also hear about the symbol...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 13, 2007

Puerto Vallarta Bus Tours

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Entering San Blas Photo, San Blas, Mexico
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Not all are equally interesting!My favorite bus/tour company is: TB (stands for Transportes de la Bahia) Tours. So far, absolutely no problems. Everything they did was a cut above all the rest! TTF can be good, but they also missed our hotel pickup for two out of eight tours. If you have time, they will reschedule you, and you should ask for an additional tour free of charge to compensate for the inconvenience. On one of my trips to the Huichol, the bus broke down (we were met by another bus within 10 minutes), and we were behind schedule. The guide assured us we would miss nothing, but then he skipped the Compostela side-trip I was looking forward to. (I later complaine...Read More