Puerto Vallarta is a bay-town in the state of Jalisco, one of the most important ports in Mexico. City hitch-hiking works pretty fine here, so you might want to thumb instead of taking long-distance walks.
Going out towards Guadalajara
One of the best ways to get out of the city is to catch a bus to Ixtapa. The bus goes through the whole city from South to North, so it’s pretty easy to catch, just ask people for a blue bus to Ixtapa. As of September 2016 the ticket will cost you 7.5 pesos. When you’ll get to Ixtapa, just have a 15-minutes walk to get out of the town, find a speed bump and start thumbing.
- 1. If you want to spend a night close to Puerto Vallarta and hitch-hike in the morning, this might be a good option. Get to Ixtapa (like it was mentioned above), go to the main square of the town and find «Delegacion Municipal». On the left from the main door there’s another entrance to the building, and if you ask for a permission to put your tent right next to their office, they might be happy to help you. Basically it’s a small local police office. They have gas stove and water there, so you can cook and stay overnight in a safe place.
- 2. In the centre of Puerto Vallarta there’s a church called «Iglesia de Guadalupe». They allow homeless people to stay at their patio for a night. If you really have no place to go, it might be an option, but make sure to keep an eye on your belongings. At 9:00 in the morning the church gives free food to everyone who needs it.