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Boca de Tomatlan Trail is a 5 mile out and back trail located near Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Distance: 5.0 miles Elevation Gain: 810 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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nature trips

walking

bird watching

beach

views

If one is considering a visit to this beautiful jungle paradise just south of Puerto Vallarta, then this is a very beautiful and popular trail. The trail is a great way to balance out your trip with some good rest and time to enjoy the beautiful unspoiled beaches, perhaps some snorkeling, diving or stopping to enjoy the great local food with a cerveza or two.

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rocky
2 months ago

A little up and down and steep at parts, but a really pretty hike with great places to stop and spend some time along the way. Is a little easy to get off the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

There is a lot of garbage along what could be an amazing trail. For me the trash was too much to allow enjoyment of the natural beauty which is present.

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over grown
2 months ago

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rocky
3 months ago

AMAZING. I personally didn’t find this a hard trail but others in the group considered this an easy-moderate hike. Had a few snacks and plenty of water with us which we were glad we took, but also a restaurant you can stop at for a drink and snack/food (another gourmet restaurant also but believe it’s reservation only and it’s minimum $50 USD) along the way. Hiked the trail from boca to las animas beach. Unreal views of the water throughout the whole hike and we really took in the surroundings and local environment. Took our time throughout and stopped in for a drink at the restaurant “Maraika” before arriving at the beautiful white sand beach right after (called Los Caballos Beach). Swam for 45 minutes in the clear blue water before walking over to las Animas and catching a boat ride back (approx $20-50 pesos/person). Around a 1-3 hour day depending if you took your time or hiked straight through to the beach. HIGHLY recommend if you’re in the area. Lots of tourists we ran into who do it every time they’re in PV. (Also, bring bug spray! Never got a bite but also sprayed thoroughly with good quality bug spray)

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rocky
3 months ago

This is a fantastic hike, fairly rigorous with fantastic coastal vistas and beaches. We took a cab to Boca where our driver found the trailhead. We hiked about an hour to a beautiful little beach where there is a Restauraunt called Ocean Grille. (About an hour in). We made reservations the night before on dining app. Reservations for 11,12,and 1 only. Be sure to book. It was fantastic gourmet food and beautiful setting. Expensive but worth it. $80 for 2. After a swim we hiked to Los Animales. The path is up and down a little rugged but well maintained. Fantastic rocky / beach spots with some strong surf. Great picture taking vistas. Las Animales is about 1:20 from ocean grille. We took a water taxi back to Boca $100 pesos for 2. This is a beautiful hike that I wouldn’t miss.

hiking
4 months ago

Sometimes we were not sure if we were on the trail. The ocean views made it worth it.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful hike. A bit of a challenging up and down at the start, but well worth it for the coastline views. Took an hour and 40 minutes start to finish. So plenty of time to make stops along the way, and take all the ocean pictures you need. Easily found the footbridge instead of starting out by wading through a river in Boca. Nice to start the day with dry feet. First 750m does go through the town and past resident’s homes. But it’s clear you’re on a path, this is the road that anyone who lives in Boca takes to get home, didn’t feel like I was intruding at all. There are some signs to point toward the trail instead of private property at this section and later on near Les Animas when the trail passes through a few resorts. All beaches are federal land, so you’re not trespassing. The only hairy part of the trail is the descent into Colomitos. This section is sandy and steep, so gets slippery. At Playa Colomitos, the Ocean Grill has a sign up advertising $50USD minimum for purchase. By far the part of the trail is past Playa Colomitos. Amazing secluded beaches and beautiful shoreline views. Great swimming at Les Animas and the beach was not too busy. Took water taxi back to Boca, $50 pesos per person (2 people). Then took the bus back to downtown PV $10 pesos per person

hiking
private property
scramble
5 months ago

This is pretty hard and with very little reward. Yes some of the beaches are nice but the jungle is hot humid and boring. Also goes through people's backyards. I would advise to take the boat to Las animas and then just walk along the beaches till the restaurants. Rest is not very good.

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rocky
scramble
5 months ago

This was a pretty trail that goes through beaches, rocky terrain, boardwalks, and dirt trails. Worth it, but easy to go the wrong way in a couple of places. You’ll reroute pretty quickly, though. The open beach you come to about halfway is beautiful. There was a pack of dogs that barked at me, but didn’t really approach. I took the water taxi back to Boca. Just walk out onto the dock and just yell “Boca!” Someone will tell you what boat to hop on. They charged me $150 pesos. Enjoy!

hiking
private property
scramble
5 months ago

Thoroughly enjoyed this trail! My husband and I decided to continue on the trail after a rest in Las Animas and were rewarded with the beautiful secluded beaches at Quimixto. We had a delicious fish dinner on the beach while watching the surfers. A water taxi back to Boca was 50 pesos each.

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blowdown
private property
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Nice trail with lots to see along the way. A few steep parts but pretty easy. I was glad to have proper shoes on.

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bridge out
bugs
private property
scramble
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Une belle randonnée qui passe près ou même à travers certains balcons des habitants. Par une journée chaude et humide nous sommes trempé rendu à la plage qui devient notre récompense. Vous pouvez revenir en bateau taxi.

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blowdown
8 months ago

Easy 5km ending at the beach for a fresh limonada! Must wear shoes, maybe take them off if you have to cross while the tide is up, the trail is partially marked. You can't get lost just stay near the ocean.

hiking
10 months ago

Really enjoyed this trail and being able to relax on the beach at Los Animos was perfect! The trail was challenging only due to the heat and some of the elevation/up hill climbs. Beautiful views along the way. We took a water taxi back after filling our tummies w/coconut water, amazing strawberry mojitos and Mexican fare!

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike to Colomitos. We took the lower trail there and the upper trail back. the upper trail is clearly not used as often. It is not cleared as well as the lower trail but we didn't see any other hikers on the trail.

hiking
Fri Apr 26 2019

Beautiful trail! And Maraika is the nicest place to have lunch in a magical setting...

hiking
Sun Mar 31 2019

Gorgeous hike! My husband & I took our 10 year old daughter. We all thoroughly enjoyed every twist & turn! Drove to Boca de Tomatlan & parked our car at the school for 50 pesos. Hiked all the way to Los Animas. Water taxi back was 50 pesos per person. Amazing photos & memories. Had lunch at Marcika just before Playa Las Animas. Was delicious but they do charge 400 pesos service charge per person. The view was unbeatable so we paid it. But there were many restaurants at the beach just minutes away with no charge. Definitely recommend the trail!

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Thu Mar 28 2019

Gorgeous views. Beautiful secluded beaches along the way. Some steep climbs and descents over rocky terrain, so a robust 2.7 miles one way. Ends at a touristy beach Las Animas where you can buy lunch and get a water taxi back to Boca. No Uber’s were available on return, but taxi there for 300 pesos back to PV hotel zone (whereas Uber was 275 pesos without tip on way out). Lovely hike that is well worth it. Winds through some local homes and some tourist luxury villas, so provides contrast of local poverty compared to affluence and tourism’s economic engine.

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Wed Mar 20 2019

Best part of our trip to Puerto Vallarta! Secluded beach areas along the way and delicious food at Las Ánimas to end the hike! Highly recommend!

hiking
Sat Mar 16 2019

LOVED this hike and would highly recommend! Bring cash, water, and snacks with you. My family and I were staying in Nuevo Vallarta and I talked them into joining me on this hike. We took a taxi to downtown PV to the orange bus top. This runs between Centro - Mismaloya - Boca de Tomatlan and will take you to the start of the trail in Boca for $10 pesos per person. When you get off the bus, head downhill towards the water, cross the Horcones river, and then you will follow the coast line. The first part of the trail will take you through peoples back and front yards, but then after that you will follow the coast to the many secluded beaches. If you don't want to hike the whole way you can grab a water taxi at the first beach stop that will take you to Las Animas. We took a water taxi back to Boca after spending sometime at Las Animas, took the bus back to downtown and then explored downtown.

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