Fiery Pacific sunsets, high-flying Mayan rituals, free tours of over a dozen museum-worthy sculptures, & a sea-fresh Ceviche / Aguachile Market at Puerto Vallarta’s favorite pier are just a few reasons the Malecón is such a treasured place.
A waterfront boardwalk dedicated to leisurely strolling the shores of the friendliest city on Earth, there’s no doubt that “El Malecón” is the cultural heart of Banderas Bay. Stirring art, inspiring sights, and colorful characters teem along this iconic stretch of cobblestone all hours of the day and night. Roughly translated as “waterfront esplanade,” the Malecón in Puerto Vallarta is the perfect place to soak in a Pacific sunset, while marveling at the 17 museum-worthy bronze sculptures lining the walkway – not to mention traditional Mayan “flying men,” and refreshing homemade ceviche on PV’s newest landmark, Los Muertos Pier.
FREE Sculpture Tours
Tuesdays thru April
You need only show-up punctually at The Millennia sculpture near Hotel Rosita to join this informative art tour. Learn more about the famous Boy on the Seahorse, 60ft Searching for Reason, and surreal chairs of The Roundabout of the Sea, among others. Many weeks the artists themselves even offer insight into their work.
Voladores de Papantla
Nightly at 6pm
These death-defying “Flying Men” soar over the Malecón in a traditional ritual that involves swinging from a 50ft pole by ropes tied around their feet. It’s a nightly sight that’s absolutely not to be missed.
Malecón Sunset Walk
5pm – Mon, Tues, Fri, Sat
Learn Vallarta offers this two-hour sunset tour from Hotel Rosita to Los Muertos Pier for just $35. It’s a great way to combine insight about the sculptures, local history, and the best places to grab a bite after the sun goes down.
Los Muertos Pier
Impressive by day, magical by night, PV’s favorite new sight is a towering sail that spirals high into the sky. Don’t miss the deliciously sea-fresh Ceviche & Aguachile Market every Tuesday, from 12-4pm (perfect for after the FREE Sculpture Tour).