PUERTO VALLARTA CITY HIGHLIGHTS

4 hours | Puerto Vallarta | PVR-100
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Points of Interest

  • Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Easy activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Discover all the color, charm and excitement of Puerto Vallarta when you board your air-conditioned transportation and settle in for a relaxing day of sightseeing. Puerto Vallarta blooms with artistic color and Mexico's warm charm. Known for its varied architecture, sparkling beaches and festive atmosphere, it welcomes you with an easy mix of man-made sights and natural beauty.

Your driving tour meanders through this fascinating city and includes many highlights and photo opportunities. Drive through the heart of Puerto Vallarta and enjoy the "Malecon", a mile-long walkway along the expansive coastline of beautiful Banderas Bay. Keep an eye out for the famous Seahorse statue by artist Rafael Zamarripa. This iconic symbol of Puerto Vallarta is a replica of Las Pilitas, a statue initially located at the end of Los Muertos Beach that was destroyed by strong winds and waves. In 1976, the artist created a new version that was installed on the Malecon, and it has become the hallmark image of the city. Continue past El Palacio Municipal (City Hall) and the main plaza in the historic area, with its cobblestone streets and red-tile roofs.

Have your camera ready when you come to the beautiful Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe. A showpiece of the tour, the foundation of the original church was laid in 1903, at the site of a small chapel dedicated to Virgin Guadalupe. Construction began in earnest in the early '20s with the blessing of the "eucaristía", the main bell, in 1921. The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe dominates the downtown skyline with its idyllic mix of architectural styles. Note neoclassic elements as well as the crown that graces the top; it is reminiscent of European baroque temples.

From here, continue your drive toward the Cuale River, passing the vibrant hotel strip. From a distance, you can view the villa dotted hillside enclave called Gringo Gulch, the site of homes owned by the rich and famous. The area became noteworthy in 1963 when Richard Burton bought "Casa Kimberly" as a gift for Elizabeth Taylor during his filming of Night of Iguana. Paparazzi often photographed the area, and it became known as one of the most beautiful and romantic in the world.

Take in the breathtaking ocean view of Olas Altas, one of the most popular beaches in Puerto Vallarta, and then head into town for a refreshing cold drink served at a local restaurant.

Re-board the transportation for the quick drive back to the downtown area where you'll have free time to shop for souvenirs and mementos of your day. At a local restaurant, you will be provided with a complementary margarita to enjoy while watching a folkloric show. The transportation will then take you back to the pier. Or, if you choose to extend your time in port and remain in town for independent sightseeing and absorb the culture, you will be responsible for your own return to the ship..

Special Notes:

Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing suited to the day's condition. Please note that shorts are not permitted in the cathedral - dress appropriately. Sequence of tour stops may vary. At the local restaurant, guests can enjoy a complimentary drink. Please note that food or additional drinks are not included but may be purchased directly from the restaurant, time permitting.

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart from ship for your drive downtown and visit the cathedral of Guadalupe

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Transportation
Transport Capacity:
42
Travel time:
00:20
Time at site:
00:30
Free time at site:
10
Inside visit:
Yes
Walking distance:
400
Steps:
10
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No

Photo stop of views of the Bay of Puerto Vallarta including the renovated "Muelle de los Muertos"

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Transportation
Transport Capacity:
42
Travel time:
00:30
Time at site:
00:30
Free time at site:
20
Inside visit:
No
Walking distance:
50
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Free time for shopping

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Transportation
Transport Capacity:
42
Travel time:
00:25
Time at site:
00:30
Free time at site:
30
Inside visit:
Yes
Walking distance:
100
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes

Refreshment at a local cafe

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Transportation
Transport Capacity:
42
Travel time:
00:20
Time at site:
00:35
Free time at site:
35
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
Yes
Walking distance:
50
Steps:
3
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes

Re-board your transportation for return to ship

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Transportation
Transport Capacity:
42
Travel time:
00:20
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes