Puerto Vallarta

Taste of Pitillal Food Tour

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Taste of Pitillal Food Tour
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  • 3 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Eat your way through a part of Puerto Vallarta on this extensive and very edible 3.5-hour tour of the local Pitillal neighborhood. With the guide by your side, get acquainted with the many flavors and cooking styles of Mexico. Go beyond the realm of the average tourist and indulge in dishes such as slow-cooked meat, tacos, freshly grilled shrimp, churros and much more. The small-group tour is limited to just eight people, ensuring a lot of personalized attention.
  • 3.5-hour guided eating and walking small-group tour of Puerto Vallarta's Pitillal neighborhood
  • Learn about the gastronomic history of the off-the-beaten-path part of town
  • Samples everything from tacos to tortas, churros to popsicles
  • Experience what it's like to be a local in PV
  • Small group tour limited to eight people, ensures lots of personalized attention

What's Included

  • Guided walking tour
  • Tastings at 8 different locations
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Plaza del Pitillal
    Plaza del Pitillal, Centro Pitillal, 48290 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico

    Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/jS4bZDQH38e51ph56

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Moderate amount of walking is involved. Not wheelchair accessible
  • There are enough food tastings that, for most people, lunch afterwards is not needed
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements or allergies at time of booking by filling out the 'Special Requirements' box
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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We had a wonderful time with our guide Al. It was great to go to all of the local places and taste their specialties. You will not go away hungry! Kind of wished there was a bit more variety (we had 4 different types of tacos, a tamale, and a popsicle) but it was all great food!


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Taste of Pitillal Tacos and Tamales
BonitaB_P, Apr 2023
Wonderful tour in the center of Pitillal! Our guide was Miel who is very knowledgeable about the history and culture surrounding Mexican food. Introduced us to several small family restaurants that we plan to revisit for dinner. We had five types of tacos (pork, fish, goat, etc), chicken tamales, various fruit juices and tequila. Well worth the money!!
A truly pleasant experience
Ian_S, Mar 2023
It was a great learning experience to be immersed in the local culture…. and sampling foods with the locals!
Delicious tour of local fare
epayette79, Mar 2023
Variety of tacos with explanations about why each were unique. Stops at local church, tortilla factory and dress shop that makes Quincenara dresses.
Would do it again!
Marilyn_M, Feb 2023
The tour was very fun, informative and tasty! We are buying property in the area and appreciated learning a new neighborhood and where we can shop for tortillas, produce and spices! Great tacos and Al was a wonderful guide!
A good food tour experience
Michelle_S, Jan 2023
Joana, our guide, was amazing. She made the experience come to life with her information and humor. She was so fun to be with and knew a lot of stories to tell us.
Great tour of Pitillal
Tom_E, Nov 2020
All the stops were great... Also nice to see the beautiful Parraquia de San Miguel Arcangel... Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and shed light on the neighborhood.
One of the best tours in Puerto Vallarta
Marianna_M, Feb 2020
So much fun. Such great food. Bernardo is a gem. He is so knowledgeable about the history of PV and certainly knows his food. Would do this tour again in a heartbeat. ❤️❤️🥰
Very tasty tour
dsaxsma, Jan 2020
We had a wonderful time with our guide Al. It was great to go to all of the local places and taste their specialties. You will not go away hungry! Kind of wished there was a bit more variety (we had 4 different types of tacos, a tamale, and a popsicle) but it was all great food!
Barbara_K, Dec 2019
Fun time with Bernardo and fabulous food. Pitillal is an interesting and busy little town. It was nice to see where the locals shop and eat.
taste of pitillal food tour
Ron_H, Dec 2019
We shop every year at a western store but hav'nt eaten at local eateries. Now after this food tour we have no worries about having lunch and where to go. Thanks to our very cool guide our yearly trip from PV by bus will be a greater cultural experience. There are great little places only minutes from the plaza. We have done dozens of tours in PV but this one is so easy and fun that we will be back next year. Ron Hebert, U. S. A.
What a great tour!
Shondra_F, May 2019
We had such a great time with Shawn, We really shared a comfort zone. The food was awesome as well. We went to places we would never have found. Do not overlook this tour. It is well worth it. If your coming by cruise ship, get off board and go for it. Thank you Shawn.
My wife and I are empty-nesters and...
Mark D, May 2017
My wife and I are empty-nesters and have been traveling regularly on Disney Cruise Lines. For our recent trip we wanted to plan something different on each of our four port days to broaden our experience. Our research led us to Vallarta Food Tours, booked on our own here on Viator. We enjoy and appreciate well-made food, local culture in real neighborhoods, and the people responsible for them. This tour did not disappoint! This was one of the highlights of our trip we rank it not far behind our Panama Canal passage. When we noticed, two days before arriving in PV, that our vouchers were not clear on the meeting place, we emailed the operator, Vallarta Food Tours. Paul Mayer, the owner, responded within a couple hours and gave us directions on how to get from the port yellow cab near the Wal-Mart, which is a five-minute walk from the pier - about US6 at the time to the meeting point Plaza del Pitillal, in the gazebo across from the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel church. Paul and our guide Ricardo met us at the square about ten minutes early and we chatted while we waited for the rest of the group. Ricardo provided cold bottled water for our group of seven and once under way, he oriented us as to the background of the neighborhood, what wed be seeing, and things to watch for. While the streets and sidewalks are narrow, uneven and busy with both pedestrians and vehicles, no one in our group seemed overly anxious or inconvenienced. There is a lot of sidewalk and street business, mostly food vendors, delivery persons and service trucks, all making for a colorful, noisy, and fragrant, bustle. Some adjustment to culture is required: dogs are welcome everywhere and the local markets are open air, receiving a side of beef broken down streetside with the carcass laid bare on a tarp in the bed of a pickup truck. These sights should not deter visitors these people are neighbors and reputation means everything. Ricardo pointed out one of many help wanted signs that, because the community is small, basically shamed the former employee by its wording, Looking for a responsible employee Passersby are either friendly or disinterested. Since this is not a tourist area, there are no pushy hawkers or tacky shops selling souvenirs. Younger residents appeared to speak English well older residents less so. You are an obvious outsider here, so your high school Spanish will either be accepted or just not understood at any rate, Ricardo was born in the area, and though he grew up in the States, knew everyone and was accepted as a local. Ricardo managed everything at all our stops. All tastings are pre-arranged, with the exception of quick stops for a sidewalk sample of a cherry-like fruit dipped in a chili sauce as well as rotisserie chicken and potatoes basted in the drippings. However, neither of these could top the churros, hot out of the fryer and dusted with cane sugar, after which Costcos may as well not exist. In fact, all our Americanized Mexican restaurants at home are pretty much ruined for us! Food tastings and stops were spread out around the neighborhood in what felt like a ten block area we always seemed to be within three or four blocks of the Plaza and included carnitas the cola braising liquid MAKES this! on fresh soft tortillas, goat stew with or without cabbage and onion, mixed ceviche tostadas, poblano pepper and cheese tamales the fluffy masa was like polenta. At this last stop, Ricardo explained that the diner is dedicated to literally feeding the community meals are offered in the large courtyard setting at very low prices so everyone can afford to eat well. Ricardo called the owner my aunt whether that was literal or figurative, she is a caregiver to all. Ricardo guided us through the tastings, recommending we try different garnishes and condiments separately so we could appreciate how they affect the flavors and also, I suspect, allay fears of spiciness. Our tour also included a very special non-food stop to a small saddle, tack and leather shop, La Regional Talabarteria, where four men, including the late founders son, cut, inlaid, sewed and assembled pieces of a custom saddle. Its humbling for this architect, a mechanics son who is no good with tools, to watch real artisans create beauty with no fuss or artifice. The work speaks for itself. Other non-tasting stops included a spice store, produce market, and a print shop, all chosen as examples of life in a working, close, vibrant community in a larger urban area. This was by far one of the best guided travel experiences weve ever had. To be brought into a neighborhood and share closely the space, time, food and culture, even if only for a few hours, is the essence of community to commune to communicate, such that we understand our differences highlight our similarities. Hopefully we can bring that spirit back to mend the too-prevalent divisions in our home communities.
Was nice having a private food tour...
Megan F, Oct 2015
Was nice having a private food tour of places where tourists to not usually venture, it is just a very hot walk.
We were in PV at the end of May...
Jose R, Jun 2015
We were in PV at the end of May during low season. We were the only two on the tour that afternoon. Alex was our guide and he was amazing--very passionate and knowledgable about the culture, food, and history of PV. He even made extra stops since the group was so small. He was lovely company and offered very useful tips on any topic we discussed regarding our stay in Vallarta. It was a great way to explore a neighborhood we wouldn't have otherwise. We even went back to some of the restaurants he took us to! The highlight for us was the Robles family restaurant. Make sure to go on an empty stomach! The food was delicious! Thank you Alex for everything! We will definitely go on this tour again.

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