About Us

We’ve been exploring the colonial towns near Puerto Vallarta since 2003. Our passion is sharing what we’ve discovered with those who’d like to experience the real culture and local flavors of Mexico.

During our adventures to these 200-400 year old colonial towns with cobblestone streets, we’ve met artisans, blacksmiths, and craftsmen who’ll treat you like family. Each has a unique story and knowledge of this magical region. This type of experience you can’t find in a book. So pack your bags, put on some sunscreen, and enjoy your vacation!

John lived in Sausalito for many years and now lives in Puerto Vallarta. He has over 40 years of Travel Industry experience that includes a degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management from Michigan State University, Regional Marketing Manager for Westin Hotels, and former Director of the Venezuelan Tourism Association. John was Editor & Publisher of What’s Happening Calendars of California and leader of the famous Marin Moonshiners Hiking Club that was featured on CBS Television, Eye on the Bay. See him in action on YouTube/Marin Moonshiners. Presently John is the Leader of the “War Against Trash” campaign in Jalisco, Mexico.

Margaret lives in Fairfax, California. She has a PhD in Psychology from the University of Wyoming and was a psychologist for the Marin County Office of Education for many years. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

If you have any questions:
Call (415) 331-0100 USA and Canada
Email JohnBenus@PuertoVallartaBackroads.com

John Benus
Trip Leader and “Fun Doctor”