Talpa and Mascota

This incredible tour takes you up into the towering mountains of the Sierra Madre to the colonial towns of Talpa and Mascota. You’ll explore these historic sites that few vacationers get to experience. These towns will take you back in time and give you a glimpse into traditional and rural life in Mexico’s mountains. You’ll admire the beautiful setting of these charming pueblos, which gracefully rest in mountain’s fertile valleys. Enjoy a guided walking tour, stopping along the way to taste the delicious local foods prepared by the locals. This is a great day of exploration and culture away from the beaches of Vallarta.

To the Hills

You head up into the beautiful Sierra Madre Mountain that tower over Vallarta and the bay in a comfortable, air-conditioned transport, enjoying the views along the way. Your guide will help the guest get to know each other and tell you about the incredible day ahead.

Get Your Camera Ready

Arriving in Mascota you’ll feel the cooler mountain climate and admire this his stunning colonial town – you’ll feel as if you have stepped back in time.  You’ll feel you have stepped back in time. We’ll visit a local school and be shown around by a local student and enjoy local cheeses produced by the students and fresh bread from a family-run bakery.

More Mascota Please

Your guide will take you on a fun and informative walk through the town where you can see a day in the life of the local residents. You’ll visit the main square, which is always the heart of Mexican towns. Visit the Museum of Archeology located in a charming, old high school. Then we’ll stop at the magnificent La Iglesia de la Preciosa Sangre a stunningly beautiful church and gardens on which construction began in the early 1900s, yet remain unfinished due to the revolution.

Discovering Talpa

Leaving Mascota, we’ll enjoy the delightful drive through the mountain pines and oaks to the quaint town of Talpa de Allende. Get lost in the winding, old cobblestone streets of this former mining town founded by the Spanish around 1585. As you explore this beautiful town, your guide will introduce you to its hidden treasures and the sweet aroma of the candy factories that permeates the fresh mountain air.

Talpa´s Crown Jewel

At the center of town sits one of Mexico’s most beautiful and famous churches, the cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary of Talpa. Each year thousands of followers embark on a pilgrimage and head to Tapla and its stunning church. You’ll discover why this charming little mountain town and its rich tradition and history attracts artisans, pilgrims, and travelers from around the world.

Beautiful Views and Delicious Food

As we head out of Talpa, we will stop at Villa Cantabria where you can take in the breathtaking views of downtown Talpa and the extinct volcanoes that guards the emerald valley and hills below. We’ll enjoy a delicious lunch prepared using local and organic ingredients grown and raised right in the Mascota and Talpa region. This is a truly homemade Mexican meal like no other and a great part of an amazing day.

What's Included

  • Lunch
  • Bottled water
  • Light snacks


What to Wear & Bring

  • Light sweater
  • Camera
  • Money for souvenirs
  • Sunblock
  • Comfortable shoes


Approximately 10 hours


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.


7:30 a.m., 8:00 a.m.

Departs From:

Nuevo Vallarta at Vallarta Adventures' Center and Marina Vallarta.  Detailed directions will be provided with your confirmation. 


Min age: 8 years old

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