Boca to Las Animas
report describes a hike from Boca de Tomatlan to Las Animas.
A Hiking Trail
View from the trail.
For those who enjoy hiking, there are some excellent walking
around Puerto Vallarta. This trip
Although it is possible to do this trip on your own, I recommend taking
local guide with you. The jungle
part of the trail is fairly obvious but at some points you pass through
communities and the trail
seems to pass almost through peoples homes - you could end up in
Our guide for this trip was Arturo. A resident of Puerto Vallarta,
is a musician and tour guide. He
is the perfect companion for a trip like this. He speaks excellent
has a wonderful personality and
will even act as a personal life guard while swimming at secluded
JR knows how to contact Arturo. If you are interested in doing
walk with Arturo, contact JR through
his web site: http://vallartainfo.com/
Four of us took the trip, meeting Arturo in the park, Plaza Lazaro
at the corner of Suarez and
Carranza at 9:30.
We caught the bus to Boca de Tomatlan arriving a little after 10:00. At
we bought some fruit and
started hiking. The trail follows the coast with lots of up and
Bring a camera, some of the vistas of
the bay are spectacular. If you are interested in the flora and fauna
the area, Arturo has some
knowledge of the plants and birds you will see along the way.
A highlight of the trip is a half way stop at a small secluded beach
a swim. While there we saw
whales fairly close to shore. We arrived at Las Animas beach a little
noon. Approximately a 2 hour
hike from Boca.
At Las Animas we had a lunch of fresh fish (Dorado) and cold beer.
oysters were also available.
We spent some time at Las Animas and then caught a water taxi back to
From Boca we
took the bus back to Puerto Vallarta arriving back about 3:30.
The pictures tell the story better then I can: Images
of Boca to Las Animas
I mentioned that Arturo also is a musician, here he is playing
and singing: Arturo and