One of the reasons that Puerto Vallarta is such a popular visitor’s destination is that in addition to the amenities that you would expect to find in a world-class tourist destination (fine dining, adventure excursions, golf, spas, shopping, beaches, convention center, cultural activities, etc.), there are many little towns and villages that are close enough to Vallarta to make a great day trip but still feel like they are a million miles away.
El Tuito is exactly one such little town. Located to the south of Puerto Vallarta, in Cabo Corrientes at the farthest end of Banderas Bay, El Tuito has a population of just 4000 and very much feels like a traditional Mexican little town.
The plaza (town square) is surrounded by some beautifully restored homes that all have a striking uniformity due to the particular orange hue of the local clay that is used for building here. There is also a small museum where you can learn about the heritage and origins of El Tuito and its residents.
You will also find little shops selling locally grown and crafted items like handmade cheeses, organic coffee and raicilla, a local bootleg liquor similar to tequila that has only recently been made legal for sale.
Ask your Concierge at Pinnacle Resorts to arrange a taxi for you, you can reach El Tuito by car in about one hour from downtown Puerto Vallarta or you can take a public bus marked “El Tuito” or “Botanical Gardens,” from the corner of Basilio Badillo and Insurgentes, located in Old Town of Vallarta.
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