This tour of Puerto Vallarta's southern region takes you from the palms to the pines. At an elevation of more than 2,000 feet, you will visit the 16th century village of El Tuito and soak in its rich history and cooler mountain air. Along the way, you'll stop for a tour of the world famous Vallarta Botanical Gardens. You will visit regional highlights that give you unique insight into the area and the lives of the residents.
Botanical Gardens... You will take an educational walking tour of these gardens located in a unique tropical dry forest ecosystem at 1300 feet above sea level. From hardy cacti to delicate orchids, you will see hundreds of plant species. Plus, by visiting with us, you help fund this non-profit institution.
Tour Historic El Tuito... Head out into the Sierra Madre Mountains in our open-air Mercedes Benz Unimog 4x4 All Terrain Vehicles to the town of El Tuito. Explore the center of town and main church on a brief walking tour. Visit a tortilla maker and a "casa" known for producing the area's famous Panella cheese to sample this regional treat and see how it is made.
Mexico's Beautiful Cemeteries... One of the most unique and beautiful sites in the Mexican outback is the local cemetery and El Tuito has one of the best. In the Mexican culture, cemeteries are a place of celebration; they are colorful, full of flowers and gifts and usually busy with visitors. You will enjoy a guided tour of the local cemetery and learn all about its cultural significance.
Stunning Hacienda and Raicilla Distillery... As you drive down a dirt road that seems to be in the middle of nowhere, you will be taken aback as the Hacienda el Divisadero comes into view. Tour the distillery and sample some Raicilla, a "moonshine" made from the green agave, now considered a fine spirit. Take a short, guided walk to view ancient petroglyphs created by pre-Hispanic, indigenous people. Then relax in the open-air hacienda and enjoy a complete lunch.