Puerto Vallarta Food Tours – A Taste of Mexico

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Puerto Vallarta is a beautiful city in Mexico with a rich history and culture. It’s also a food lover’s paradise, with some of the best restaurants and food carts around! Luckily, you don’t have to search for them – Vallarta Food Tours does it all for you by giving hungry travelers access to Puerto Vallarta’s tastiest spots serving delicious street food and regional specialties.

Boy in front of gazebo at Lazaro Cardenas Park in Puerto Vallarta.
The gazebo in Lazaro Cardenas Park – the meeting point for the Original Downtown Tour

In addition to sampling the delicious fare, visitors learn about what makes this area so special from locals who know their way around. A food tour is a culinary adventure that will give you an authentic experience that can’t be matched!

Puerto Vallarta Food Tours

If you are looking for Puerto Vallarta food tours, look no further than Vallarta Food Tours. The company operates nine different food tours in Puerto Vallarta (more about those are at the bottom of this post). 

My husband, son, and I went on the Original Downtown Tour.  This post will give you a glimpse of the delicious food tastings we had on the food tour in Puerto Vallarta.

Man and woman in Puerto Vallarta.
A little pre-tour selfie

Participants on the tour met at the gazebo located at Lazaro Cardenas Park, located in the heart of Puerto Vallarta.

We allowed ourselves plenty of time to get to the park before the tour.  This allowed us the ability to check out the park as well as snap a few pictures.  Our tour guide was Amanda, a native of Puerto Vallarta.  With ties to the United States, she is fluent in both English and Spanish.  Not only does she know languages and Puerto Vallarta history, but she also knows food.

Palm trees in the middle of a street in Puerto Vallarta.
A little oasis in the middle of the street.

Once a person books a Vallarta Food Tour, he/she is sent all of the information that they need to participate.   We were advised to eat a light breakfast before the tour and to arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled tour time start.  (Our tour time was from 10:30 am – 2:00 pm.)

Tacos El Cuñado

Once all of the participants had arrived, we began walking toward our first destination.  The first stop on our tour took place at Tacos El Cuñado. 

Amanda explained that Cuñado means brother-in-law and she told us all a bit about the history of this Puerto Vallarta favorite street cart while we all enjoyed taco asada.  We were able to select from a few toppings for garnish.

Taco asada on a plate with a lime wedge.
Taco Asada

Aguas Frescas

Our next stop was for aguas frescas.

Aguas frescas translates to “fresh waters.”  Similar to lemonade, aguas frescas is a combination of fresh fruit blended with sugar and water.  Sometimes, cereals (grains), flowers, and seeds are used as well.

Woman pouring agua frescas into sample cups.

Sipping on agua fresca is a great way to hydrate while enjoying the beautiful surrounding that is Puerto Vallarta.  At this stop, we tried several different varieties of aguas frescas.

Agua frescas in a cup.

Carnitas Lalo

A stop at Carnitas Lalo for breakfast tacos was up next.

Carnitas Lalo sign.

Carnitas Lalo is a spot for early risers to grab a breakfast taco.  They are served until they run out.

Topping street tacos at a taco stand.

One thing you might notice is that our plates are covered in plastic. While it is different than what we see in the United States, it is an affordable and clean way for them to serve food on a sturdy surface.

Taco de Carnitas on a green plate.
Taco de Carnitas

Mariscos Cisneros

After enjoying our breakfast tacos, we made our way to Mariscos Cisneros, a seafood restaurant.

Mariscos Cisneros Restaurant Familiar Sea Food sign.

On the tour, participants are kept well hydrated with water.  Adults have the option to purchase alcoholic beverages.  Being in Mexico, I thought it was only proper for me to order a Margarita.  Many of the restaurants accept American dollars for payment.  Sometimes your change will be in pesos.

Margarita in a plastic cup.

At this stop, we were asked if we liked spicy foods.  There was an option for those who didn’t.  I went with the menu item on the tour – Stuffed Pepper Taco.  Ay caramba!  It was spicy but quite delicious.

Stuffed Pepper Taco on a white plate.
Stuffed Pepper Taco

Along our journey, Amanda talked to us about the history of Puerto Vallarta.  Before it was known as Puerto Vallarta, the small fishing village was called Puerto Las Peñas. 

Before 1918, it was not recognized by the federal government as a municipality, meaning that it did not receive any funding for roads, etc.  The local people had to make do with the resources around them to pave the roads, therefore many of the roads (particularly in the Old Town) are paved with river rocks from the Rio Cuale.

Joe Jack's Fish Shack sign above the sidewalk.

Mariscos El Guero

As we continued on our culinary adventure, we made our way to Mariscos El Guero, another seafood restaurant.

Ceviche Mahi-Mahi on a tortilla chip.
Ceviche Mahi-Mahi

Our tasting menu consisted of Ceviche Mahi-Mahi, Smoked Marlin Tacos, and Agua de Jamaica.

Jamaica agua fresca in a sample cup.

Agua de Jamaica is a tea made from Hibiscus and I found it to be quite refreshing.

Smoked marlin taco.

The last item we had at Mariscos El Guero ended up being my favorite on the tour – smoked marlin tacos.  I would definitely go back and eat them again.

Leaving behind all of that great seafood, we crossed the footbridge that spans the Rio Cuale.  It is a swinging bridge and was fun to cross.

People walking across a metal swinging bridge in Mexico.

We arrived at the flea market which is full of colorful wares for sale.

Woman shopping at a flea market in Puerto Vallarta.

Vallarta Chocolate Factory

We continued and made our way to Vallarta Chocolate Factory to sample chocolate and coffee.

Bags of cocoa beans for sale.

Oh, the chocolate! We each were able to select one sample from the collection on display. I chose a piece that had coffee and it was incredible.

Chocolate candy in a hand.

Next up we were able to sample authentic Mexican coffee. My son told me it was much better than what we drink at home.  We left that location with fewer dollars and a bag full of coffee and chocolate.

Mexican coffee samples.

We then set out on foot toward our last destination. On the way, we walked in front of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, a beloved Puerto Vallarta landmark.

Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe church.
Our Lady of Guadalupe


Our last dining locale was Gaby’s and mole and tequila were on the menu for us.

Gaby's Restuarant Bar in Mexico.
Tiled steps leading up to a restaurant.

There is beauty all around Puerto Vallarta, from the tiles on the stairs to colorful Catrinas (Mexican skeleton dolls).

Family standing in front of life-size catrina doll.

Most of us are familiar with the gringo way of drinking tequila – the salted rim, the lime, and taking a shot. At Gaby’s, we learned the proper way of enjoying one of Mexico’s national treasures.

The three glasses below are somewhat symbolic of the flag of Mexico – red, white, and green.  On the left is sangria, tequila in the middle, and lime juice on the right.  You start with a small amount of lime juice, followed by a sip of tequila, and then finish it off with a sip of sangria.

Trio of tequila shots.

We learned about mole while dining on the dish below covered with both a brown and verde (green) mole.

Green and white mole on a plate.

The finale of our trip was flan, a sweet custard dessert with a creamy caramel sauce on top.

Sample of flan.

Sadly, at that point, our tour was over and our bellies were full.  We left with a map outlining the different locations we visited as well as 25 other restaurants, some coupons, and a small shopping guide.

Gaby's Restaurant sign with view of Bay of Banderas.

The cost of the tour that we took is approximately $50 per adult.  It takes place rain or shine, and it is wise to dress comfortably, including good walking shoes.  The guide takes care of everything for the participants, excluding the aforementioned alcoholic purchases.  At the end of the tour, it is perfectly fine to tip the guide for their work.

Vallarta Food Tours has earned high marks on TripAdvisor – they were listed as one of the Top 10 Food Experiences in the World in 2019.

Vallarta Food Tours

Here are some of the tasty food tours offered by Vallarta Food Tours:  

  • The Original Downtown Tour – A daytime walking cultural food tour exploring the best of Centro and Old Town neighborhoods.
  • The Street – An evening taco tour.
  • Mex-Ology – Tequila, tacos, and Mexican cocktails.
  • Taste of Pitillal – A day tour exploring the local cuisine of Pitillal, a charming authentic Mexican neighborhood in Puerto Vallarta, off the touristy path.
  • Bikes & Bites – A guided 3 – 3½ hour bike food tour featuring eight food-tasting locations carefully chosen to highlight the best regional flavor.
  • Vallarta by Road – A backstreets tour that explores the foodie gems around Puerto Vallarta in the comfort of an air-conditioned, 20-seat Mercedes Sprinter.
  • Seafood Lovers – A tour dedicated entirely to fresh-caught seafood prepared with authentic regional flare. 
  • Discover Vallarta – A tour to discover the hottest international restaurants in Puerto Vallarta. 
  • Mayto – Cuisine and culture beyond Puerto Vallarta.  This “tour” also includes a 1-night stay in the beachfront Mayto Hotel.

Vallarta Food Tours is the #1 Rated Tour in PV with 3,700 5-star reviews. It is rated 5 stars on TripAdvisor, Google, and Yelp!  From personal experience, I highly recommend that you consider taking a Puerto Vallarta food tour with Vallarta Food Tours.

Visit VallartaFoodTours.com to learn more and to book your tour.

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  1. Sounds like fun I will be in Puerto Vallarta July 11-15 and would like more information on this tour.

  2. everything looks amazing! i am especially intrigued by smoked marlin tacos & well be on the lookout for those when i visit puerto vallarta…. and an agua fresca to wash it down!

  3. This looks like an amazing food tour! I am hungry just looking at your images. I would love to taste that authentic Mexican coffee and Agua de Jamaica. I have not yet been to Mexico but adding Puerta Vallarta to my Mexican bucket list. 🙂

  4. Those tacos are making me hungry! This sounds like such a fun activity to enjoy. I’m supposed to be cruising through Puerto Vallerta so I’ll have to keep this in mind for when I’m there!

  5. I love food tours, and this one looks amazing! Augas frescas are so good, and I also love Mexican coffee. I would really like to try all of those delicious tacos as well. How fun!

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