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Puerto Vallarta, Mascota

Established around 1592, this verdant valley at 4,000ft is rich in agricultural products such as wheat, rice and corn.
The name is derived from a Nahuatl word "Mazacolta" meaning "Place of Deer and Snakes" and does not refer to 'pets'.

Mascota is an agricultural town, so don't be suprised to meet a bunch of cows wandering down the street.

Mascota, together with Talpa is also the land of the horse. People from all over Mexico and beyond come here to buy horses. Many also bring their horses here to be trained. The number one topic, regardless of a person's occupation, are the fine horses of this region.


Puerto Vallarta, Mascota air

The new archaeological museum, set up by Joseph Mountjoy and sponsored by National Geographic, is worth a visit. He has been studying the extensive petroglyphs found in the area and the recent uncovering of pottery shards, by a farmer in one of his fields.

There are two very nice hotels in Mascota, Mesón del Refugio and Mesón de Santa Elena, they are very close to the plaza and they have the architecture and quality of the Pabellón in San Sebastián. There is a good restaurant called Navidad and the very interesting Rodríguez Peña museum.
  Mascota, Puerto Vallarta Plaza, Mascota, Puerto Vallarta

Mascota hotel Puerto Vallarta

Meson de Santa Elena

Mascota 2 Puerto Vallarta

Bed and Breakfast.
A delightful restored colonial building with a colorful courtyard surrounded by wonderful rooms with very high ceilings .
11 rooms and 2 suites with TV. Bar and Den. Carmelinas Restaurant. 450 pesos for a double.


Getting There

Three ATM Red Line busses leave every day to Talpa de Allende from the corner of Calle Lucerna and Calle Havre, red on the MAP in Colonia Versalles, at 6:30AM. 9AM, 2:40PM, 4:30PM and 6:30PM. Two Blue Line busses at 6:30Am and 4:30PM leave from behind Plaza Las Glorias, blue on the MAP. You can purchase your ticket there. Cost is 165 pesos.

You can also drive there yourself, the new road and bridge make it an easy two, to two and a half, hour trip.