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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 7-hour 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 simple enjoy a town mostly untouched by tourism. Lunch is included.
  • 7-hour day trip to San Sebastian from Puerto Vallarta
  • Fantastic views on the scenic mountain drive
  • Colonial church and buildings
  • Lunch and beverages
  • See rural Mexican life play out in this traditional village
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.

Reviews

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M
, 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!

E
, 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!

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!

M
, Feb 2018

Excellent, well planned tour with an extremely knowledgeable guide. Well worth the money and time.

E
, Mar 2017

A wonderful guide and driver. Lots of interesting scenery and a nice lunch. An historical look at San Sebastian. Recommended.

k
, Jan 2017

A long day but worth your time. The lunch they serve is delishous. Historical village very interesting.

P
, 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!

b
, 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.

D
, 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.

M
, Oct 2012

Because of a local bad road, if you have a motion sickness, you should not go.
But it if are OK for motion sickness, you can learn many things about Mexico and history. Cool air and Nice guide and local people.


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