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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Leave Puerto Vallarta behind to explore one of Mexico's last hidden vestiges: San Sebastián, tucked within the Sierra Madre. On this tour, take in scenes of daily rural life as you travel by comfortable vehicle into the mountains toward this colonial enclave. Meander among its whitewashed structures with your guide, see remnants of its mining past, and simply enjoy a town mostly untouched by tourism. Lunch is included.
  • Day trip to San Sebastian from Puerto Vallarta
  • Fantastic views on the scenic mountain drive
  • Colonial church and buildings
  • Lunch and beverages included
  • See rural Mexican life play out in this traditional village
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Professional guide
Lunch
Bottled water
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop off

Departure Point

Mástil 13, Marina Vallarta, 48335 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

Las Palmas 39, 63732 Nuevo Vallarta, Nay., Mexico

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your way to the Vallarta Office in Puerto Vallarta to meet your guide and tour group. 

Climb aboard a comfortable vehicle for the journey through the Sierra Madre to San Sebastián. This small village of less than a thousand residents had several periods of 'gold fever' between the 17th and 20th centuries. Walk around the quiet streets, featuring whitewashed buildings and examples of colonial architecture.

Learn about the village's history and see what rural Mexican village life is like. See how locals cultivate coffee and agave, as well as raise cattle. 

Visit the 18th-century church dedicated to the town's namesake saint, stroll around the charming cobblestone plaza and snap photos of the classic Porifian bandstand. 

At the conclusion of your time in San Sebastián, enjoy the scenic ride back to Puerto Vallarta.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Puerto Vallarta
This tour can depart from Puerto Vallarta
Pass By:  
Nuevo Vallarta
This tour can depart from Nuevo Vallarta
Stop At:  
San Sebastian del Oeste
Marvel at this beautiful remote village and the mountains carpeted in dense tropical vegetation. To arrive in San Sebastian del Oeste is to take a step back in time. This antiquated town dates back to 1605 and was made famous by its plentiful silver mines. Today, with only 600 inhabitants, there are scattered examples of its traditional colonial architecture merging with a colorful village square, quaint cobblestone roads, passing mules and a sleepy way of life far removed from the rest of the world. Your day includes a walking tour of the 18th century church, a silversmith workshop and an organic coffee farm. This expedition is not for the average tourist but for a traveler who seeks to find the real Mexico.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Comfortable walking shoes and a light sweater are recommended
  • IMPORTANT: this tour is not available to cruise ship passengers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • You must contact Vallarta Adventures immediately after booking to confirm the pick up location on your booking.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Vallarta Adventures

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during San Sebastian Tour from Puerto Vallarta?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by San Sebastian Tour from Puerto Vallarta.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during San Sebastian Tour from Puerto Vallarta?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by San Sebastian Tour from Puerto Vallarta.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during San Sebastian Tour from Puerto Vallarta?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by San Sebastian Tour from Puerto Vallarta.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during San Sebastian Tour from Puerto Vallarta?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by San Sebastian Tour from Puerto Vallarta.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during San Sebastian Tour from Puerto Vallarta?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by San Sebastian Tour from Puerto Vallarta.

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  • "Vegetarian and vegan options are available and wine, beer and guava juice are included along with delicious pastry and coffee." See review

Reviews

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San Sebastián
Margaret_K
, Feb 2020
Loved this tour and the only reason for a 4 star rating is the confusion about pick up location. Bus, driver (Rafa) and guide (Antonio) were excellent as were the stops along the way to San Sebastián especially the craft tequila distillery which was entertaining and informative-now I know the difference between blue and green agave! Lunch in San Sebastián was fabulous. Vegetarian and vegan options are available and wine, beer and guava juice are included along with delicious pastry and coffee. The mining hacienda was fascinating and the town of San Sebastián charming. Highly recommend Vallarta Adventures and this excursion!
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star-5
Our tour guide Gabriel was very...
Malissa O
, Apr 2018
Our tour guide Gabriel was very informative, friendly and witty, we really enjoy his talk. Our driver Cesar was excellent! We would do this tour again for sure!
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This trip was well worth taking...
Elizabeth G
, Mar 2018
This trip was well worth taking. Right from the get go everything was organized and friendly. The bus was comfortable and the driver Alonso was very capable considering the roads in some places were very rough and narrow. We felt completely safe the whole time. Gabriel our tour guide was very historically knowledgeable and provided us with lots of humour and fun. Exploring parts of Mexico that are typically not tourist oriented was amazing. The lunch provided was wonderful and filling. San Sebastián is such a historical part of Mexico and it was fun learning all about the coffee plantations and historic family and the tequila making. We would highly recommend any taking this tour to learn a little more about Mexico and all the wonderful things it has to offer. Viva Mexico!
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This was very disappointing. The...
Sandra S
, Mar 2018
This was very disappointing. The reviews we had read were all glowing so we expected more but got less. The van was packed and the ride long and hot. The stops left a lot to be desired: a little silver shop packed, a rather pathetic church, looooonnng cobblestone walks which were very difficult for some people on the tour, a museum which was really just a bunch of old family pictures, the tequila factory was a real letdown and a lot of driving. The lunch was very good, however but we could have gotten that in PV. Ruby was very passionate about what she does as a tour guide but really, too much talk!
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star-5
Excellent, well planned tour with an...
Matt G
, Feb 2018
Excellent, well planned tour with an extremely knowledgeable guide. Well worth the money and time.
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A wonderful guide and driver. Lots...
Elaine R
, Mar 2017
A wonderful guide and driver. Lots of interesting scenery and a nice lunch. An historical look at San Sebastian. Recommended.
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A long day but worth your time. The...
kathyswear
, Jan 2017
A long day but worth your time. The lunch they serve is delishous. Historical village very interesting.
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Tour guide Gabriel and driver Fidel...
Patrick R
, Dec 2016
Tour guide Gabriel and driver Fidel took good care of us. We learned some Mexican history along the way and stopped at a tequila distillery and had some tasty samples. We toured the town and enjoyed the scenery. A nice day spent in the cooler mountains!
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We were looking forward to our tour of...
bordenaz
, Jun 2015
We were looking forward to our tour of San Sebastion and were not disappointed. The first stop on the tour was for a downed tree. The road was a narrow two lane road up the mountain and a tree was laying across the road. We had to get off the bus while the driver maneuvered around the tree. No problems were encountered but it was an unusual diversion. Next stop was an old hacienda on the outskirts of San Sebastion. The hacienda was the location of an old silver mine and smelter. It turns out that John Huston used this as his residence while filming Treasure of the Sierra Madre. The property is still in use as a hotel. In San Sebastian, we toured the church and the town. Also on the tour is an elderly gentleman making and selling hand rolled cigars. The town is worth visiting and in is good condition. On the return trip we visited a tequilla factory.
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I expected much more from this tour...
Daniel B
, Jan 2013
I expected much more from this tour, maybe seeing an old town in Mexico can be more interesting for non-Europeans, also, not much left of the town's history. The guide and the visitors were very nice so anyway I had a better time than if I had stayed at the hotel on the beach on this rainy day.
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