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February 22, 2022

At La Troza’s luxury beach resort, you'd be forgiven if you didn't want to venture too far from the spectacular yet intimate surroundings of our private retreat. With the only sounds being those from nature’s very own orchestra, it’s easy to stay and unwind in quiet splendor.

However, for those who like to explore, one of the lesser-known, and often overlooked day tours from Puerto Vallarta is an excursion to the nearby town of El Tuito.

The picturesque town of El Tuito is around 17 miles south of the nearby port of Boca de Tomatlan and has a population of just a few thousand residents. Famous for raicilla and panela cheese, El Tuito’s name means ‘beautiful small valley’.

La Plaza

In the heart of the town, rich in Spanish and indigenous culture, lies the main plaza - a focal point where locals and tourists can mingle and relax.  

Visit one of the many shops, restaurants, or cafes offering a host of Mexican goods and first-class dishes from the surrounding area.  

Adjacent to the la plaza is the cultural center; wander inside or pose for photographs alongside the painted murals.  

A couple of blocks from here is the San Pedro Apostol Parish Church, serving the town for over 200 years.  

Raicilla And Cheese

Did we mention raicilla? Only recently given legal status, raicilla originated in the southwestern point of Jalisco. Distilled similarly to tequila and mezcal, raicilla is sometimes known as the ‘grandfather of tequila’. Most bars or restaurants in El Tuito will stock raicilla, usually produced in the encompassing Sierra Madre mountains.  

El Tuito is also famous for panela cheese. Also called queso canasta (basket cheese), a smooth Mexican cheese made with pasteurized cow's milk. Purchase some from one of several sellers around town, many of whom will allow you to sample before buying. At La Troza, our chefs will add your purchase of panela to any dish or snack of your choice. A delicious remembrance from a fabulous day out.

Head For Home Or Travel Further

To explore some more, El Tuito is only an hour’s drive from the beach towns of Mayto and Tehuamixtle, home to some of the best seafood and secluded beaches in the area.

Otherwise, head for home, passing some of the many roadside traders along the way, selling traditional pastries and bread, fruit, and crafts.

Add El Tuito to the list of things to do in Puerto Vallarta.

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