Boca to Las Animas
A Hiking Trail

View from the trail.

View from the trail.

Trip Report - Wayne Campbell

Images from Hiking Trail

For those who enjoy hiking, there are some excellent walking trails around Puerto Vallarta.  This trip
report describes a hike from Boca de Tomatlan to Las Animas.

Although it is possible to do this trip on your own, I recommend taking a local guide with you.   The jungle
part of the trail is fairly obvious but at some points you pass through small communities and the trail
seems to pass almost through peoples homes - you could end up in someone’s kitchen!

Our guide for this trip was Arturo. A resident of Puerto Vallarta, Arturo is a musician and tour guide.  He
is the perfect companion for a trip like this. He speaks excellent English, has a wonderful personality and
will even act as a personal life guard while swimming at secluded beaches.

JR knows how to contact Arturo.  If you are interested in doing this walk with Arturo, contact JR through
his web site:

Four of us took the trip, meeting Arturo in the park, Plaza Lazaro Cardenas, 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 Boca we bought some fruit and
started hiking.  The trail follows the coast with lots of up and down. Bring a camera, some of the vistas of
the bay are spectacular. If you are interested in the flora and fauna of 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 for a swim.  While there we saw
whales fairly close to shore. We arrived at Las Animas beach a little after noon. Approximately a 2 hour
hike from Boca.
At Las Animas we had a lunch of fresh fish (Dorado) and cold beer. Fresh oysters were also available.
We spent some time at Las Animas and then caught a water taxi back to Boca. 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 flute and singing:  Arturo and  Friends