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What makes a Puerto Vallarta vacation such a unique experience is the vibrant culture and warm hospitality throughout the city. The cobblestone streets of Puerto Vallarta echo with Mexico culture and traditions, inviting you to pause and discover the beauty around you. To learn more about what makes this city so special to travelers from around the world, there are several Mexico cultural tours that show off the constantly evolving art scene and historical villages tucked into the mountains.


Mexico culture and traditions are famous for food, but to discover authentic Mexican dishes, you’ll want to join a local cultural food tour. With Vallarta Food Tours, you’ll be eating like a local in no time--you’ll know where to go and what to order for a true cultural experience. Vallarta Eats also offers a variety of cultural food tour options, including a chocolate and vanilla tour! If you’re looking for Mexico cultural travel adventures, a cultural food tour is the tastiest choice. 

There are several free Puerto Vallarta activities designed to expose more people to the beautiful art in the city. On Tuesday mornings at 9:30 a.m., you can join a local gallery owner in front of the Millennium sculpture by Hotel Rosita for a free two-hour walk along the Malecon where you’ll learn the history behind the famous sculptures. On Wednesday nights, the Puerto Vallarta Art Walk is a time when downtown galleries open their doors and offer drinks to those who want to see their current collections and displays. If those times don’t work for your Puerto Vallarta vacation, you can have your own self-guided cultural experience by exploring local street art. When it comes to Mexico cultural travel, seeing current artwork is just as important as learning history.


Some of the Mexico cultural tours take you away from the hustle and bustle of the city to where you can imagine what the land looked like hundreds of years ago. For locals and visitors, one of the best Puerto Vallarta activities is a day spent exploring the lush Vallarta Botanical Gardens. After a short bus or taxi ride from the city, you’ll discover naturally arranged gardens and pavilions, a serene peace chapel, and jungle trails that lead down to the river. Once you’ve finished exploring the gardens on your Puerto Vallarta vacation, a meal at the hacienda gives you a sweeping view of the mountains accompanied by authentic Mexican food, a true cultural experience.

Mexico culture and traditions are alive and thriving in the mountains surrounding the Bay of Banderas, and San Sebastian del Oeste is filled with traditional culture experiences. Some tour companies offer Mexico cultural tours that leave from Puerto Vallarta and explore all that San Sebastian del Oeste has to offer. Some of the traditional culture experiences you’ll have during your day trip include a walking tour of the town, a visit to a silversmith workshop, an artisanal tequila tasting, a tour of an organic coffee farm, and a family-style lunch at a typical home. For Mexico cultural travel that goes beyond the tourist zone, visiting San Sebastian del Oeste is a must. 


The best Puerto Vallarta activities are the traditional culture experiences found throughout the city. Whether you opt for a downtown taco tour or a trip into the mountains, understanding and taking part in the rich culture of Mexico will turn your ordinary beach vacation into an extraordinary adventure of world travels. 

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