Original Downtown Tour

Local Places.  Local Food.  Local People

Experience The Best Food In Downtown Vallarta

Tacos And Authentic Regional Favorites. We know that tacos are on your list of food priorities and this culinary tour has tasty tacos and more. The original downtown Vallarta food tour will take you to locally-owned restaurants and street food stands you might not find on your own but certainly don’t want to miss.

  • This is a 3.5-hour walking excursion with a local foodie as your tour guide.
  • Voted #5 Food Experience in the world by TripAdvisor
  • Enjoy mouthwatering regional cuisine from 8 different tasting locations.
  • The tasting includes a bottle of water, fresh coconut water, and enough food for a satisfying lunch.

The Original Downtown Food Tour

Duration: 3.5 hours
Starting Location: Lazaro Cardenas Park.

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  • TIME:

    Tours hourly at 10:30am


    3 1/2 hours


    10 people 1 tour guide


    Tour takes place snow, rain or shine


    Comfortable clothing and shoes

  • WHO:

    Suitable for most ages and fitness levels




    8 tastings. expert tour guide, tasting map with insiders recommendations

  • COST:

    $52 adults $42 children under 13


    Lazaro Cardenas Park


    5 star company with over 2600 reviews

What to expect from this tour?

More Than Tacos – We go beyond tacos and include mole enchiladas, ceviche tostada, savory soup, regional chocolate, a seafood taco, and a birria taco from one of the best taco stands in Vallarta. We even stop by a tortilleria, which is a fresh tortilla bakery.

A Culinary Tour With A Bit Of History – We share the story behind the food, including the history of each restaurant and regional Mexican dish. We also share some of the highlights of Vallarta’s rich culture.

Why take this tour?

  1. Experience Authentic Mexico. With over 1,000 restaurants to choose from in Vallarta it can be overwhelming to decide where to eat. We introduce you to the local gems serving the best regional cuisine our city has to offer.
  2. Something For Everyone. This is the perfect shore excursion for your day at port, a fun way to spend a few hours outside of your all-inclusive and is ideal for anyone looking for a small-group tour that isn’t too touristy. We see a lot of snowbirds and expats on this tour too.
  3. Foodie Fun. If you love to eat this is the tour for you. Take your tour early in your vacation so that you can return to the spots you enjoyed most. Make a few new foodie friends along the way!

Tour Highlights Include

  • Meet Local Food Heroes
  • Learn how to dress a taco the local way!
  • Learn about the Mexico best gift to the world – Chocolate
  • Explore Vallarta most important sites such as Old Town, Rio Cuale, Guadalupe church, malecon and much more
  • Experience Vallarta Best Tacos and regional dishes
  • Enjoy regional delicacies while meeting new friends

Stress Free Policy

Tour bookings can be changed to any date, different tour or turned into a gift certificate to use on a future date with no expirations even one hour before the tour! A change of plans is no problem!

Tasting Locations

Some of our possible delicious specialties served on the Original Downtown Tour:


Originating in the state of Jalisco, this slow-cooked meat stew is marinated in aromatic red chiles and served up in delectable tacos.


Using only the freshest fish and produce, Antonio returns daily from the local market to present his loyal and passionate following with delicious ceviche.


Since 1984, Cesar and his family have proudly served the area fresh coconut. Arguably the busiest coconut vendor in town, Cesar sells over 900 coconuts a week!

Aguas Frescas

Try a sample of 3 different fruit waters from one of the oldest aguas frescas stands in PV.

Mole & Tequila

Let the flavors of Mexico unfold through the delicious moles from two different regions, served with a tasting of Mexico’s quintessential drink, Tequila, and its trusty chaser, Sangrita.


Enjoy this refreshing drink made out of coconut palm and topped with a mix of apples, walnuts and a “secret” ingredient that no other Vallarta tuba vendor has.


Stop at Vallarta’s only artisanal chocolate shop, coffee roaster and hand rolled Cigars.

Steak Taco

Cuñado’s taco stand has been serving up the best carne asada tacos for over 45 years!


Known for fresh seafood and one-of-a-kind stuffed jalapeño tacos!

Dietary Restrictions

We CAN provide substitutions for gluten free, nuts and seafood allergies on this tour. We CANNOT accommodate Vegans and vegetarians. Please check with us about other allergies or aversions.
Required substitutions must be indicated in advance at time of ticket purchase.
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