is one of the greatest tours in Puerto Vallarta, perfect
for families and anyone who wants to get out and explore
the outer reaches of Puerto Vallarta and learn more about
the culture of the people.
you leave the pick-up point, you are transported in a 2003
Ram Terrain vehicle for up to 16 people to multiple stops
and explorations in outer Vallarta. The Ram truck is not
only comfortable, but secure with 3 point safety seat belts,
cushy seats, music and excellent guides, making this a great
trip for families with smaller children.
first stop is to the Vista Vallarta Golf Course where you
learn about the Sierra Madre Mountains and how the developing
areas have grown. From there, you leave the city and leave
behind modern day developments behind. The next stop is
a small community outside of Puerto Vallarta, where in the
20th century it was home to a prosperous plantation, orchard
and fruit packing industry.
you leave Ixtapa, you'll continue on dirt roads, viewing
ranches, traditional Mexican homes, and life outside of
the tourist areas. At the end of the town is the cemetery,
where you will stop for a look and to learn about the history
of Dia de Los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, and the beliefs
that surround the celebrations.
El Quelitan, you stop to see a small village that is reminiscent
of decades gone by. Here people live without modern conveniences,
ride horse and burros, live in wood, adobe and limestone
homes. You will also get to sample some traditional foods,
such as tortillas de nixtamal.
the village, you travel further up the mountain, crossing
rivers and streams, observing the changes in vegetation,
and lifestyles of the communities. At about 2000 feet above
sea level, is Rancho Viejo, where the air is fresh and cool.
An excellent view and photo opportunities abound. You will
also stop to visit Señora Olivia's house, where you
are invited in to explore the house, the farm and see learn
how they live in a remote area.
about 2:00PM after exploring, you will head back down to
the valley to the restaurant Las Palmas, for a wonderful
lunch of beef, chicken, lamb, chorizo sausages, rice, beans,
guacamole, salsa, and chips, along with fresh water and
around 3:00PM you go further into the valley to see many
different kinds of plantations, from banana and mango to
corn, beans and tobacco. You will also stop at a local lagoon,
known for the abundance of birds and wildlife.