One of my favourite places to walk in Puerto Vallarta is the Malecon, a breezy walkway along the ocean.
Viewing the many fascinating sculptures along the way adds to the pleasure.
Even more fun is the free sculpture tour that runs on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 during the ‘season’ (Mid Nov to mid April).
The meeting point for the tour is the ‘Millennium’ sculpture near the Hotel Rosita. As a special treat the sculptor himself showed up to explain the meaning and fascinating thought processes involved in the creation of his work of art.
The tour features 17 sculptures all about the town, the bulk of them on the Malecon, but several in the city as well.
Gary Thompson, the host, tells some amazing stories about the sculptures, many who have survived theft and hurricanes only to lose a few limbs from tourists who can’t resist hanging off of them.
This is one of my favourites, the ‘Subtle Stone Eater’ by Jonas Guitarrez. His shiny black belly is made of obsidian, a black volcanic glass found inland.
I won’t show them all – instead I’ll let you go and enjoy the stories and the artwork yourself.