Puerto Vallarta Backroad Adventures 

       Suggestions for a 10 night/11 day 

        Back Road Adventure with John Benus

 “For people with a spirit of adventure who love nature & would like to experience the real culture & flavors of Mexico.”

            Offered  Mid November – Mid June.

                     DAY 1  Puerto Vallarta
Depart SFO on Alaska non-stop (3.5 hours) to Puerto Vallarta or whatever city your coming from. 
Greeted by John & private transport from the airport to Vallarta Shores  Suites .After a refreshing dip in the ocean, pool or Jacuzzi, we’ll have a Sunset Dinner on the famous Malecon.  
                     DAY 2  Puerto Vallarta
Mexican style breakfast served by your private chef followed by time to swim & relax on our private beach & pool with Jacuzzi. In the afternoon, John will give a casual tour of some of his favorite places of interest with a light lunch.
Today’s sunset hour, with a local band, will be on our private balcony featuring John’s famous guacamole & jumbo shrimp cocktail.Overnight at Vallarta Shores Suites.
                   DAY 3 Puerto Vallarta & Yelapa
Mexican style breakfast as usual, followed by our all day adventure via 1 hour boat ride to the remote coastal village of Yelapa. Your choice to relax on the beach or for those anxious to stretch your legs, join John  for a leisurely one hour hike following the Tuito River to his favorite swimming hole & waterfall. A mid afternoon seafood lunch/dinner on the Yelapa beach, then sunset boat ride back to P.V. Overnight at Vallarta Shores Suites.
                  DAY 4   Talpa de Allende   
Today’s buffet breakfast will be at the Mi Pueblito Restaurant overlooking the ocean. Our back road adventure starting today will take us to Talpa de Allende to experience the real culture & flavors of Mexico. Our private van will take us up and over the majestic Sierra Madre mountain range. After checking into our Hotel Real Posada we’ll enjoy lunch in the Molino Rojo Restaurant followed by a walking tour of Talpa’s points of interest. A highlight of this town is to have a sunset dinner overlooking the famous Cathedral & Plaza at the La Burrita Café.
                          DAY 5   Talpa de Allende
Breakfast at the Patio Restaurant followed by an excursion through the countryside to the 80 year old unique hand made adobe brick factory. Returning to Talpa for a light lunch at the Gaeta Restaurant, followed by some time to purchase some handicrafts or leather goods. Our sunset Dinner tonight will be at the Casa Grande Restaurant overlooking the town & valley. After dinner John has a special treat. A visit to one of the oldest horse shoe factories in Mexico that still uses 18 century equipment. Take a few home to share some good luck with friends. Overnight at  Hotel Real Posada
                          DAY 6   Mascota
After breakfast at the Patio Restaurant in Talpa, we’ll take a short 45 minute ride to our next back roads town of Mascota. After checking into the Mason San Jose Hotel,we’ll have a pick me up, any style of coffee, at the Napoli Café followed by a local tour with John. Then a visit to the towns locals hangout the Dos Agave’s Pub. Dinner will be at the Tapango Restaurant. Overnight at Mason San Jose
                               DAY 7  Mascota                                 
After breakfast at the Casa de Mi Abuela Restaurant, we’ll take a safari style transport to a remote moonshine “Raicilla” factory & visit the 350 year old silver mining town of Navidad,then visit the 76 year old local carpenter who doesn’t use nails.
Returning to Mascota to have the experience of ringing the bell of the 250 year old church that can be heard 5 miles away.  Dinner at the Alameda Restaurant with the Ex President of Mascota. Overnight at Mason San Jose.
                                DAY 8   San Sebastian del Oeste
After breakfast at the Casa de Mi Abuela, we’ll travel back in time to the 450 year old village of San Sebastian del Oeste. Upon arrival we’ll have a tour of the organic coffee plantation before checking into our 350 year old Hotel del Puente. Then we’ll visit the local silversmith & stretch our legs with a 1 mile hike to the abandon silver mine. Dinner overlooking the Plaza then off to bed.
                                DAY 9   Puerto Vallarta
Rosters get up early ,about 7 am, in San Sebastian & so will we. After breakfast at the Paradise Restaurant ,we’re off to Puerto Vallarta to relax on the beach & reminisce about your back road adventures at our Vallarta Shores Suite. Our sunset dinner tonight will be prepared by our private chef.
                               DAY 10   Puerto Vallarta
Breakfast by our chef, then time to relax on the beach, poolside or Jacuzzi. Today’s mid day snack will be a locally prepared fish on a stick, usually Marlin. For our Grand Finale, we’ll take an afternoon ride along the coast to the sleepy coastal fishing village of Boca de Tomatlan where we’ll take a slow boat, following the coast, back to Puerto Vallarta. Dinner to follow at a surprise restaurant. Overnight at Vallarta Shores Suites. 
                              DAY 11   Puerto Vallarta to Home or choose to extend your vacation
For those coming from the Bay Area, you’ll have the morning to relax until departing the Vallarta Shores Suites about 1 pm to catch our return Alaska Airlines flight to SFO.
“Join us to experienced the real culture & flavors of Mexico & secrets of its backroads”  
This suggested itinerary is for 10 nights(excluding Airfare) based on Double Occupancy. 
$1,750 per person (Single Supplement Available) includes all accommodations, land transfers, meals, excursions & drinks with or without alcohol. (Minimum of 6 & maximum of 8 travelers for this itinerary)
NOTE: “All you have to do is relax & keep breathing”
Any questions or possible dates you’d like to join us , please just send your reply to this Email: WHCalendars@yahoo.com or call me. (415)331-0100 in US/Canada or 388-105-0786 in Mexico
John Benus,Trip Leader