Taking the bus to Boca de Tomatlan save you money, it lets you experience a little more of Mexico and this unique area. Boca de Tomatlan is considered safe for tourists, and it is a popular day trip destination from Puerto Vallarta.
The conditions of the trail changes year-to-year due to the rainy season and huracanes that may have hit the area. These images do not represent de level of difficulty and or danger.
Boca de Tomatlan
The Boca de Tomatlan to Playa Las Animas trail is an easy mixture of cobbled paths and jungle dirt trails, there is a little section in the jungle, that goes up and down. There are 5 or so beaches that you pass before arriving to Playa Las Animas. Colomitos Cove is the first and most popular beach, due to its closeness to Boca. A lot of people only walk to here and then stop.
The stretch from Boca to Colomitos Cove takes about an hour. Once you get past the first point, through all of the houses, the trail opens up to the jungle. This leg is also the hardest part, with the most up’s and down’s. On the actual jungle path you will find signs marking how far you have gone and what the next beach is.
Although the hike from Boca de Tomatlan to Playa Las Animas is about 2 hours if you do not stop, once you factor in pauses at various beaches as well as the heat of the sun. Even though the hike is not long, roughly 3.5 Km you should plan for a full day’s adventure, because what is the point of hiking to multiple secluded beaches if you do not take the time to relax and enjoy them! Colomitos Beach is along the way to Las Animas. You can take all the time you want.
Playa Las Animas is the most developed of all the beaches. It is also the most popular, due to boat-day-trippers that come strait from Puerto Vallarta.
You are able to purchase food and snacks in Boca de Tomatlan. At the end of the day in Playa Las Animas, there are beach side restaurants and food stands, so you do not have to worry about packing lunch.
The beaches are stunning and the hike itself is an experience and as a health added value.
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