New at Superior Tours Vallarta; visit in two days the Magic Villages in the mountains close to Puerto Vallarta. San Sebastian, Mascota and Talpa; with this tour we show you all highlights of the villages without being rushed. Stay the night in a hacienda-style hotel, see the museums and witness the pilgrims in Talpa. Taste the coffee and the local candies and enjoy the mountain climate. Join us!
Old mining town, charming main square
Visit several museums
Famous for the pilgrims and sweet candies
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Rates are in USD and per person. Tour operates with a minimum of 4 people.
Included in the tour: transportation in comfortable vehicle, 1 night lodging at hotel Meson de Santa Elena, tours to mentioned places with entrance fees, bilingual guide certified by board of tourism.
Transportation will take place in a Mini-Van, Van, or Mercedes Sprinter , depending on the final number of people (small groups only). All our vehicles are fully insured and have a/c. Our guides speak multiple languages and are all certified by the Administration of Tourism. Tour is in English, other languages on request in private tour only.
Day 1: San Sebastian
Nominated as a World Heritage site by UNESCO and recently declared Magical Village, San Sebastian is truly an unspoiled place to explore. Just over a century ago an estimated 30.000 people lived there. Today, there are only about 600 people remaining. The mines are long closed but the charm and beauty of the village is still there. While visiting San Sebastian, we will explore the local coffee plantation, where you can see the whole process from the trees to the roasting of the beans and sample the organically grown coffee. We will visit the museum of Doña Conchita and learn the history of San Sebastian. A stroll through the main plaza and a stop at the local church is also included in this tour. We recommend to have lunch in San Sebastian and in the afternoon we will continue to Mascota. One night in hotel Meson de Santa Elena.
Day 2: Mascota & Talpa
We will start visiting the highlights of Mascota. Mascota, (4300ft) with a population of 10000 people is charming as well as rich in history. Once an important trading city, now people live mainly of agriculture. There is a big chance that if you bought apples, avocados or oranges in Vallarta, that they are from Mascota. The church, which was starred in the late 1700’s took over 100 years to complete. The Mascota Casa de Cultura Museum (closed on Mondays), the historic Museum with archeological pieces that were found in and around Mascota, as well as “The Flintstone Home”, are a must to visit. In the late morning we will continue to Talpa.
About Talpa: The town has long been one of Mexico’s most cherished pilgrimage sites. Devout Catholics from coastal Jalisco and Nayarit and from Guadalajara have for centuries walked here to show their devotion to the Virgin of Talpa. Many attribute with life-changing powers the diminutive representation of Our Lady of the Rosary, or Nuestra Senora del Rosario.
The icon is housed in Talpa’s basilica, built in her honor in 1782. Displaying multiple architectural styles from Roman and Gothic to neoclassical, the twin-spired, quarry stone temple is the soul of this town of about 7,000. The church faces the plaza, which due to the large number of visitors is lively most any day of the year. Professional photographers snap pictures of kids on plastic ponies in front of the church, and a man with a real, live equine that’s even tinier gives squealing tots a ride around the square.
After checking out the church and the chapel of Our Lady of Talpa—where the Virgin resides in a glass case—visitors stroll the town center, where shops sell many different types of souvenirs. Typical are rollos de guayaba, a sweet made of cooked and pressed guava. The ubiquitous candy is feted during the town’s Feria de la Guayaba the second week of November. Coffee from the region, both ground or whole bean, is sold in tiny storefronts. Other stores sell homemade, cream-based rompope liquor in a variety of flavors. Small figures from flowers to images of the Virgin are made of chicle, a natural gum. (Yes,this is the original basis for chewing gum.)
Tiny wooden chairs and stools are another popular souvenir. Behind the church, La Cruz de Romero scenic lookout provides a view of the neighboring municipality of Mascota. The lovely forests of the region are characterized by maple, oak and fir trees as well as endemic species like orchids and ferns.
After lunch we will head back to Puerto Vallarta, estimated arrival time around 6-7pm
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