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El Malecon Tours

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El Malecon
Like most boardwalks, Puerto Vallarta’s promenade, known as El Malecon, is dotted with sightseeing opportunities, cafes, shops, galleries, and performers. Overlooking the Bay of Banderas, the mile-long stretch offers scenic views during the day. And in the evening, the waterfront nightclubs and discos open their doors to party-seeking locals and visitors.

The Basics
Beginning at the Hotel Rosita, the Malecon spans the length of a mile (1.6 kilometers) along Puerto Vallarta’s beachfront, ending at the four giant stone arches of the Los Arcos Amphitheater.  Many citywide tours of Puerto Vallarta include a visit to El Malecon. Visitors can also explore the promenade and its array of offerings by foot, bike, or Segway on various tours designed around sightseeing, eating, and drinking experiences. In addition to the shops, restaurants, and bars, sea-inspired statues pop up along the boardwalk, providing plenty of photo ops. When reaching the end of the Malecon, head a couple blocks east to the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe—the Renaissance-style structure is a favorite city landmark and worth a stop.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Wear comfortable shoes for biking and walking.
  • The promenade is especially busy during summer nights.
  • Free Wi-Fi is available along the boardwalk.
  • The local nightlife scene starts up around 10pm.

How to Get There
El Malecon runs along Los Muertos beach and is about a 30-minute walk from central Puerto Vallarta.The nearest major airport is the Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport, which is located four miles (6.4 kilometers) north of downtown Puerto Vallarta.

When to Get There
Between April and June is considered the best time to visit Puerto Vallarta, right before the city reaches the hot summer months and when the temperatures are about 85°F (30°C). As for peak sightseeing times, tourists and locals head out to see migrating humpback whales in Banderas Bay from December to roughly mid-March. And from May to December, visitors can take part in turtle liberation ceremonies at participating hotels during the sea turtle preservation season.

Dining Along the El Malecon
A stroll along El Malecon allows visitors to sample a variety of local dishes and street food, from tacos to grilled corn to tejuino, a popular fermented iced drink made from the same corn dough as tortillas. As for cocktails, margaritas, mezcal, and craft beers are the go-to drinks when in this Mexican city.

Address: Malecon, Puerto Vallarta 48300, Mexico
Admission: Free
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Puerto Vallarta Cruise and Candlelight Dinner Show

Puerto Vallarta Cruise and Candlelight Dinner Show

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Immerse yourself in the magical mysticism of Las Caletas by night with an enchanting evening excursion from Puerta Vallarta. Watch the sun sink into the shimmering sea as you sail to a secluded beach surrounded by rugged rock formations. Dine upon a gourmet 3-course meal by candlelight before watching the renowned Rhythms of the Night show, a stunning spectacle that promises to transport viewers to a spiritual land that time forgot.
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  • 5 hours
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Private Tour in El Malecon Boardwalk Bike Ride

Private Tour in El Malecon Boardwalk Bike Ride

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Cycle along Puerto Vallarta's El Malecon boardwalk on this private 2.5-hour bike tour. With just your family and friends, soak up gorgeous views of Banderas Bay and check out landmarks along the way, including the Cathedral, lighthouse and the pier. Visit local-favorite eateries for lunch and ice cream (own expense), and learn about the city’s history and architecture from an informative guide.
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  • 2 hours
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Sierra Madre ATV Adventure from Puerto Vallarta

Sierra Madre ATV Adventure from Puerto Vallarta

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Drive an ATV through the Sierra Madre Mountains on a half-day adventure from Puerto Vallarta. You’ll splash through jungle rivers, pass quaint villages, and get a glimpse of the real Jalisco, far from crowded resorts. Choose between a 3- and 4-hour trip by ATV, and spend the day exploring the Puerto Vallarta countryside, with both morning and afternoon departures available.
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  • 4 hours
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Downtown Puerto Vallarta Food Tour

Downtown Puerto Vallarta Food Tour

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Get acquainted with Puerto Vallarta's delicious food scene on this 3.5-hour food and eating walking tour. With an expert foodie leading the way, sample the diverse array of the city's edible delights, from tacos to sweets on this culinary adventure. Stop at 10 different spots to sample the food. And while going from place to place, see some of the highlights of the town and learn about the history of Puerto Vallarta. This small-group tour is limited to just 10 people, ensuring plenty of personalized attention. Suitable for all age groups and fitness levels.
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Full-Day Puerto Vallarta City Highlights Tour

Full-Day Puerto Vallarta City Highlights Tour

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See the highlights of Puerto Vallarta on a full-day tour that explores downtown, Los Arcos, and Mismaloya Beach. With an expert guide to lead the way, you’ll stroll the Malecón, see gorgeous coastal scenery, and visit a tequila distillery for a tour and tasting. This Puerto Vallarta tour is a great choice for first-time visitors, and it includes pickup and drop-off at local hotels.
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  • 6 hours
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Las Caletas Day Tour from Puerto Vallarta

Las Caletas Day Tour from Puerto Vallarta

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Discover the secluded and sublime Las Caletas nature reserve on an enchanting full-day tour from Puerto Vallarta. Venture to Mexico’s answer to the Garden of Eden during your excursion to the coastal haven of Banderas Bay; stroll through the atmospheric jungle on the hunt for diverse wildlife; experience an authentic cooking class; or let the stress slip away on the golden sands of the beach. Enjoy a light breakfast, fulfilling and flavorsome buffet lunch in addition to an open bar on this family-friendly adventure.
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  • 7 hours
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Luxury Yacht & Snorkel in Puerto Vallarta

Luxury Yacht & Snorkel in Puerto Vallarta

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The Bay of Banderas and the coastline around Puerto Vallarta are home to some of the most spectacular waters in all of Mexico. On our Luxury Yacht and Snorkel experience, you get to enjoy these scenic seaside destinations in style. Hop aboard a luxury, French-made catamaran and set sail to some of the area’s most beautiful hotspots. Along the way, enjoy delicious drinks and hors d’oeuvres served by our bilingual and friendly crew, and relax on the deck while we take you on a sightseeing tour unlike any other. We’ll stop at some of the region’s best snorkeling spots, so you and your group can get out and take a dip, snorkel, or paddleboard. Be on the lookout for marine life such as dolphins, turtles, and tropical fish—you never know what you might see! From December through March, keep an eye out for the awe-inspiring sights of humpback whales in the Bay.
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  • 6 hours
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ATV Adventure Tour in Puerto Vallarta Including Tequila Tasting

ATV Adventure Tour in Puerto Vallarta Including Tequila Tasting

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Combine adventure, relaxation and tequila on this action-packed day trip from Puerto Vallarta. Start off the day by cruising through jungles and on untrammeled trails on an ATV. Admire the lush scenery of the jungle. Then head down to the clear and clean river for a refreshing swim before indulging in a tequila tasting.
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Yelapa Waterfall & Majahuitas Snorkeling Tour from Puerto Vallarta

Yelapa Waterfall & Majahuitas Snorkeling Tour from Puerto Vallarta

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Spend hours at your leisure in the forests, bays, and beaches outside Puerto Vallarta. This relaxing day trip takes you to the nearby villages of Yelapa and Majahuitas. A light breakfast and buffet lunch are served on the boat where you’ll have access to sandy shoreline and snorkeling in crystal-clear waters.
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  • 7 hours
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Private Tour: El Eden ATV Adventure from Puerto Vallarta

Private Tour: El Eden ATV Adventure from Puerto Vallarta

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This fully customizable private half-day ATV tour takes you through Puerto Vallarta to El Eden for a jungle adventure. With just your family and friends, enjoy a variety of landscapes as you drive your all-terrain vehicle through downtown, along a highway and into the woods of El Eden. Choose from a variety of stops: to swim in rivers, visit a charming fishing village and see a filming location for the movie ‘The Predator.' Experience a different side of Puerto Vallarta with this tour ideal for riders with previous experience on ATVs.
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  • 4 hours
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Bikes and Bites: Taco Bicycle Tour in Puerto Vallarta

Bikes and Bites: Taco Bicycle Tour in Puerto Vallarta

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Taste your way through Puerto Vallarta’s distinctive cuisine on a 3-hour foodie bike tour that explores the best tacos in town. Join a local guide and a small group, then pedal through the neighborhoods of Cinco de Diciembre, downtown, and Old Town, stopping along the way for sightseeing and snacks. This 3-hour culinary bike tour covers roughly 4.5 miles (7.2 km.) of terrain and includes tastings of tacos and artisanal ice cream, and it’s limited to six people for a fun, personal experience.
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  • 3 hours
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8 Passenger Vallarta Private City Tour

8 Passenger Vallarta Private City Tour

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See the highlights of Puerto Vallarta: the rich history, beautiful architecture, and stunning scenery that has made it a tourist hotspot for many years. Visit the seaside Malecon and celebrated Lady of Guadalupe Church. You will stop at several lookout points for spectacular views of the Bay of Banderas and Los Arcos before lunch and the return trip to your hotel.
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  • 5 hours
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Puerto Vallarta City Tour

Puerto Vallarta City Tour

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Explore every corner of Puerto Vallarta’s cultural landscape on this full-day sightseeing tour. Visit all of the city’s legendary landmarks and monuments including the Guadalupe church, the City Hall, and the magnificent Malecon. Travel around the city by coach and on foot to discover history as rich as Puerto Vallarta’s architecture. Upgrade to cap your tour with a meal in the rain forest.
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  • 8 hours
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Tasting Vallarta Gourmet Food Tour

Tasting Vallarta Gourmet Food Tour

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Indulge in Puerto Vallarta’s gourmet scene on this nighttime food walking tour. During this progressive dining experience, visit four award-winning establishments: a family-owned eatery, an acclaimed local restaurant, a seafood place in Old Town Vallarta and a dessert haven on the Malecon. Sample dishes such as mahi mahi, chicken asado and slow-roasted pork, as well as several cocktails. Expect spectacular water views on this small-group tour limited to six foodies.
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  • 4 hours
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ATV-Zip Line Combo Adventure Tour from Puerto Vallarta

ATV-Zip Line Combo Adventure Tour from Puerto Vallarta

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Get away from the Puerto Vallarta crowds with this combo ATV off-road and zipline tour. Easily navigate over rugged backcountry roads in your ATV—you go up in elevation and catch incredible views along the way—and then soar down an 8-cable zipline course. Photo and video footage is included, too, for extra value.
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  • 4 hours
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30-Minute Private Photography Session in Puerto Vallarta

30-Minute Private Photography Session in Puerto Vallarta

Flytographer 30 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Puerto Vallarta and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Puerto Vallarta, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 30 minutes
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60-Minute Private Photography Session in Puerto Vallarta

60-Minute Private Photography Session in Puerto Vallarta

Flytographer 60 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Puerto Vallarta and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Puerto Vallarta, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 1 hour
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90-Minute Private Photography Session in Puerto Vallarta

90-Minute Private Photography Session in Puerto Vallarta

Flytographer 90 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Puerto Vallarta and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Puerto Vallarta, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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120-Minute Private Photography Session in Puerto Vallarta

120-Minute Private Photography Session in Puerto Vallarta

Flytographer 120 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Puerto Vallarta and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Puerto Vallarta, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 2 hours
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Puerto Vallarta Sunset Photography Workshop

Puerto Vallarta Sunset Photography Workshop

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Our Photography Workshops are a unique and fun experience for creative people. We are proud to host the only Sunset Photography Workshop in Puerto Vallarta including hands-on assignments such as shooting long silhouettes, learning creative techniques for capturing colorful sunsets, using flash, camera-specific lessons, and more! All skill levels and camera types can benefit from our courses as we tailor our workshops to each individual student’s needs, interests, and skill levels. You can expect to have a better knowledge of exposure and your own camera by the end of the workshop. Our workshops are group learning environments with a demonstration and verbal presentation, but each student will receive personal one-on-one attention during the hands-on portion of the course. In addition to basic exposure and camera settings, you will learn the following: Composition White Balance Using Fast & Slow Shutter Speeds Focus Modes Drive Modes Metering Modes Flash @ Sunset HDR & More!
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Puerto Vallarta Travel Photography Workshop

Puerto Vallarta Travel Photography Workshop

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Receive comprehensive lessons that can be applied to all of your photography subjects. Each workshop comes with a detailed handout highlighting all of the topics we covered during the course. All of our students are invited to join our online community where they can continue to receive photography support and participate in our themed challenges. All skill levels and camera types can benefit from our courses as we tailor our workshops to each individual student’s needs, interests, and skill levels. You can expect to have a better knowledge of exposure and your own camera by the end of the workshop. From hobbyist to amateur photographer, or the entrepreneur trying to reach customers with better quality images, our workshops are for everyone! Our courses are designed to focus your attention and develop skills while learning new techniques. Put your expensive camera to good use and finally get out of auto mode!
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  • 3 hours
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Puerto Vallarta City Tour - Churches, Tequila Test and more

Puerto Vallarta City Tour - Churches, Tequila Test and more

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If you have never visited downtown Vallarta, it is likely that when you see them you do not believe that a place like this existed in Mexico. We will observe hundreds of beautiful places within the city that you will really be surprised
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  • 6 hours
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Private Tour: Puerto Vallarta City Sightseeing

Private Tour: Puerto Vallarta City Sightseeing

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Experience Puerto Vallarta's history and authentic attractions on a sightseeing tour of the city. Set out in a private van to explore this resort town and its many offerings. Take a walk along the waterfront Malecón, visit the iconic Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic church and see beautiful Mismaloya Beach, which played a starting role in John Huston's 1963 film 'Night of the Iguana' and officially put Puerto Vallarta on the tourist map. Learn how tequila is made at an area factory and even visit a local market or two.
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  • 6 hours
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Two tours in one: City and taco tour at the Sunset thru Downtown Puerto Vallarta

Two tours in one: City and taco tour at the Sunset thru Downtown Puerto Vallarta

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The only "edible" City tour thru one of the most beautiful historic neighborhoods in Mexico, recently considered Cultural Heritage of Jalisco State. Two tours in one to enjoy of the most emblematic sites in the town discovering the secret places and the most fun anecdotes of the development of the jewel of the Pacific Coast; Puerto Vallarta while you experience the night time food scene in the area.
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  • 3 hours
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