Boca de Tomatlan Trail is a 8.0 kilometer 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: 8.0 km Elevation Gain: 247 m Route Type: Out & Back

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nature trips

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bird watching

beach

views

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

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2 days 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!

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.

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2 months ago

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

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3 months ago

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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3 months ago

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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3 months ago

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!

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4 months ago

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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4 months ago

Very beautiful trail. As others described, the orange bus that runs between Centro - Mismaloya - Boca de Tomatlan can take you to the start of the trail in Boca for $10 pesos per person. You start out in the town and, basically, try to follow the shore along the way. There are multiple trail maps with "you're here" star markers on them along the way. There are a few somewhat steep up and down sections, so the Medium difficulty rating is appropriate. Lots of colourful birds along the way. You'll also cross multiple beautiful beaches. The Colomitos Cove one is quite crowded as boats bring people here. There's a restaurant on the cliff at Colomitos, called Oceanside Grill - we had a terrible experience there with awful service and food poisoning, so you might want to avoid it. There appear to be multiple ways up at Colomitos beach, the one you need is the closest one to the water on the south side, it's a steep staircase up the mountain. As you make your way farther away from Colomitos, the beaches get less crowded. At times you'll need to take a path that seems to go through resort properties, just follow the signs with arrows to Los Animas as that is the beach at the end of this trail. At La Troza we were walking through such path and came across a man watering plants next to several piles of coconuts, so we bought one and it was deliciously sweet and perfectly refreshing for the hike. Once you make it to Los Animas beach there are a bunch of shops and restaurants there. From there, you can keep going to the waterfalls (which we didn't have time for), take the same trail in reverse, or take a boat back to Boca. If you decide to take a boat, on the pier there'll be cruiseship passenger groups, so don't line up behind them, watch for boat drivers calling out "Boca" and wave one down - the boat cost (in Feb 2019) was $50 pesos per person cash only.

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6 months ago

This trail was absolutely amazing! We took the orange bus from where we were staying outside Mismaloya to Boca (10 pesos/person). After getting off the bus, we walked down the steep cobblestone road and over a walking bridge to get to the other side of the small cove. The trial started out by leading us past some villas and houses, then it went through the woods for a while. It got steep fairly quickly and there are a lot of stairs. I would definitely recommend wearing tennis shoes and not any type of sandals. The trail poked out at Colomitos Cove. The view was absolutely breathtaking, with crystal clear blue water. This beach is pretty small and there were not very many people. At this point the trail crosses the sand and there is a fairly big rock close to where the waves break that you have to climb up to follow the path. This was the only part of the hike where we weren’t sure where to go - make sure you go close to the surf (we had to go one at a time to make sure the waves didn’t get our shoes wet). After this part of the hike, most of the trial followed closely along the beach. For a lot of it there was a rock path, and for some we walked through the sand. We crossed several fantastic white sand beaches with nobody on them (Escondida, Caballo, Troza), hotels right on the water, and even a large bar/restaurant that looked like a very nice place to stop for a drink. In the end, we ended up at Las Animas beach which had several restaurants, shops, beach chairs, and boats. In total, the 2.9 mile hike took us 1.5 hours at a moderate pace, including stops to take pictures. We spent several hours at Las Animas before taking a water taxi back to Boca (40 pesos a person). If you are staying near Mismaloya, I definitely recommend taking some time to do this hike!

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