Warm days on the water and lively nights in old town are hallmarks of most Puerto Vallarta vacations. With two days, you can enjoy the beaches and water sports of the Bay of Banderas and still have time to venture inland for a jungle adventure.
Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe)
Miguel Hidalgo 370, Puerto Vallarta
Several city tours pass by the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and guides will typically take time to explain the church’s backstory and significance. Many of these tours—which are sometimes private and customizable—also include visits to attractions such as Los Arcos, the Marina, and the Malecón. Others combine sightseeing in the downtown with more offbeat experiences—such as silver workshops—for returning visitors who want to see a different side to Puerto Vallarta. And even tequila fans can find a private, tasting-filled tour which also offers a glimpse at the church’s striking exterior.
Things to Know Before You Go
Especially ornate and delightful from the outside, the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe is a must-see of downtown Vallarta.
Several full- or half-day excursions offer stops at the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe holds English-language services on Saturdays and mass on Sundays.
Try to catch a glimpse of the bell tower at sunset as its silhouette is picture perfect.
How to Get There
Situated at the heart of the Old Town, the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe can be found on Calle Hidalgo (Hidalgo Street), just off the central square. All public buses which run towards downtown Puerto Vallarta will drop you within easy walking distance of the Church and taxi drivers will know exactly where to find it.
When to Get There
For an atmosphere like no other, the best time to visit the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe is throughout December. The first half of the month sees celebrations for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe—as well as the anniversary of the founding of Puerto Vallarta—while the latter half is when Posada season and the Christmas festivities get underway. It’s open daily.
Attractions in Puerto Vallarta's Downtown
Combine a trip to see the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe with a whistlestop tour of some of the city’s other principal attractions. Stroll the malecón, try tuba (a fermented drink) from one of the vendors, and snap a photo—if you can—in front of the colorful Puerto Vallarta sign. Dip in and out of the art galleries which dominate the Zona Rosa (Pink Zone) before relaxing on the bar-lined, palapa-dotted Los Muertos Beach.
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- Vista Vallarta Golf Club
- Los Arcos National Marine Park
- Marigalante Galleon
- Marina Vallarta
- Banderas Bay (Bahia de Banderas)
- Puerto Vallarta Cruise Port
- Las Caletas Beach (Playa Las Caletas)
- Gringo Gulch
- Aquaventuras Park
- Zona Romantica
- Los Muertos Beach (Playa Los Muertos)
- Nuevo Vallarta
- Boca de Tomatlán
- Vallarta Botanical Gardens (Jardín Botánico de Vallarta)
- Marietas Islands (Islas Marietas)