Puerto Vallarta features a vast collection of public sculptures, most of them installed along the city's scenic Malecón or boardwalk. Many of the sculptures have been created by local artists. A natural draw for visitors and locals, the sculptures can be enjoyed on your own. However, a guided sculpture tour will provided you with interesting historical and artistic insight on Puerto Vallarta in general, and the works themselves, in particular.

Galeria Pacifico owner Gary Thompson's Tuesday morning Public Sculpture Tours are a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours discovering one of our city's most cherished treasures. Thompson really knows his stuff, having been integral to the Puerto Vallarta art scene since the 1980s. His knowledge of each of the works gracing the oceanfront promenade and environs means you'll get the inside scoop, not only about the pieces, but the artists themselves.

Aside from Gary's expertise, visitors have also been regularly enjoying the company of sculptor Mathis Lidice, who created "Millennium," the sculpture by the Hotel Rosita that serves as a point of departure for the tour, and local Huichol expert Kevin Simpson, who has further enhanced the experience by preparing a detailed explanation of the intricate symbols that have been created with river rock all along the Malecon's pavement.

The tours begin every Tuesday at 9:30 am, usually from November to April, starting at "Millennium" by the Hotel Rosita. After the tour, refreshments are served and printed information handed out at Galería Pacífico. For more information call (322) 221-1982 or visit Galeria Pacifico

Malecón Sculptures

Here is a list of current Malecón sculptures, by location, beginning with "Millennium," next to the Hotel Rosita, and continuing past the Isla Río Cuale pedestrian bridge.

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The Huichol Symbols on the Malecón

As you walk the Malecón, you will notice the intriguing pebble symbols in the pavement. These symbols come from the Huichol, a native people from this region of Mexico. The symbols have been used for thousands of years to express their complex pre-Colombian beliefs, which revolve around the shamans, or medicine men, who consume peyote cactus and, through its hallucinogenic properties, speak with their gods, who, in turn, tell them where to hunt for deer and plant their corn. Today, the Huichol are best known for their colorful bead art and yarn paintings.

The following brief explanation, provided by local Huichol expert, Kevin Simpson, will give you an introduction to their belief system.