It was wonderful to go out with a tour operator and captain who were so aware of the vulnerability of the ecosystem of the whales. We never intruded on the whales, but rather let them come to us if they chose - spectacular! Super Friendly and Knowledgeable!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Nature leads our way ! I am so happy to have had the opportunity of sharing my passion with you Cannot thank you enough. Hope to see you back!
Thalia is lovely! This was our second tour with her and we couldn't have been happier. She is very knowledgeable about PV, the history and nature in the area.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for a nice morning out wandering through Vallarta. Having the pleasure of hosting you again is indescribable. See you soon!
Greg SheltonUnited States
This was a really outstanding tour! Everything was great Thalia was amazing... We loved hearing the whales as well as seeing them. And the information about them was just fantastic. I would recommend this tour to anyone that is coming to PV. I have not been on one of the big commercial tours but but I can't imagine a better experience than this one.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Greg I had a marvelous morning with you all a fun group to be out with. Really really enjoyed it! I'll get in contact with you soon. Kindly, Thalia
Donna SetterquistUnited States
Thalia was excellent! My friend and I decided to take this tour while our husbands were out on another. We throughly enjoyed Thalia's in depth knowledge of Puerto Vallarta. She covered the area history, speciality food and drinks, and even some shopping. It was great learning more about the area than what the average tourist sees. Thank you, Thalia!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you both for the opportunity, your company, and showing interest in what Vallarta has to offer. I hope to meet again and share more wonderful moments Kindly, Thalia
Ron HebertUnited States
We have done a dozen or so tours in PV by several "companies" and the El Tuito to Tehuamixtle is our favorite. Thalia was awesome; so much knowledge, great cultural tidbits and 8 hours of fun. There were several enjoyable stops at charming rancheras. One of our travelers was 90 years old and had no problems. The van was very nice and the chofer was very professional. We hope to have Thalia design a special tour for next year.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hola Ron Thank you for getting in touch, no review has been received, but I understand you might be busy. Your message here shows as the only review. Hope to see you next year! Thank you for a nice day
Thalia is very knowledgeable and well informed on Puerto Vallarta. She bought the many sculptures lining the beach front to life for us. What we considered to be abstract, at times absurd, sculptures Thalia explained to us in great detail. She took us to a little local cafe/restaurant for a very late lunch... we loved the local experience and the food was delicious. Thalia is also a qualified Marine Biologist, a very interesting lady.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lindsay Thank you very much for honoring me with some hours during your stay in Puerto Vallarta. Every corner on every place can come to life thanks to paying attention with all senses and WONDER.... Loving what I do, and doing what I love is the most rewarding experience. Being able to share that with great guests, as yourself, makes it even better. Someday, sometime.. I'll be able to visit the land down-under and marvel at it's beauty. Muchas gracias
Bruce BolanderUnited States
We really enjoyed everything about our tour with Thalia. One of the reasons we booked with tours by locals is we wanted a personalized experience. Thalia, was great, took us places that bigger tours would not take you. We got to experience the destination instead of just looking and seeing. We got to sample food and drink. Thalia is very knowledgeable about the area and knows the good places to check out. I was wanting a certain souvenir for my mom and she found it for us! Highly Recommend her tours!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Bruce and Chris. I cannot thank you enough for giving me the honor to guide your through the city that captured me 10 years ago Each corner has a story to tell..all senses are to be on...and we all become part of it. Thank you for tagging along and showing interest in my country, my culture... I can only feel proud and happy to have been part of your vacations in Puerto Vallarta. Hoping to see you next time Hugs from Mexico Thalia
A wealth of knowledge, a very flexible approach to making sure we saw the sites we wanted at the pace we needed. All from an open, warm and welcoming person, Thalia's tour was the highlight of our visit. Wouldn't hesitate to book another tour with her the next time we are visiting. Book her and you will be very satisfied. Thanks Thalia, from Ian and Karen (Vancouver, BC).
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dearest Ian and Karen, Thank you for having shared with me part of your day and journey by giving me the opportunity to meet you both and guide you throu this marvelous city with which I fell in love with. Mi casa es su casa. I will be very happy to see you again. Take care, lots of warm Mexican hugs Thalia
Christina Lill-koohmareyUnited States
Thalia was the perfect guide for our group of 5. Communication prior to pick up excellent, punctual pick up at the port, her knowledge about everything Puerto Vallarta was fabulous! Her tour, a 5 hour mix of driving along the coast and back country (in a very comfortable van and she provided unlimited refreshments), walking tour of old town and tequila tasting in a remote area away from the tourist path were memorable! And her personality just charming. Highly recommended tour guide
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Christina, I also enjoyed the day out with you! So much good vibe and energy, so much fun! I love what I do, learn from my suroundings, share my knowledge and treat my guests as friends... those are the best ingredients to have a fun day out. Many thanks for the opportunity. Looking forward to seeing you again Sincerely, Thalia
Fantastic day! Thalia was informative and a pleasure to spend the day with.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Maddy, Thank you for the opportunity. I had a great morning, whales, turtles, sting rays, eels, many beautiful reef fish and more. Thanks for lunch, it was not necessary but really appreciated.
Jennifer SeegersUnited States
Awesome and Thalia is so knowledgeable. Worth every cent! Amazing!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much. May you travels take you to many more memorable adventures
Thalia was fantastic! Even before the tour via email she was extremely helpful! The tour was exactly what we were hoping for and more! She was a joy and very knowledgeable about all things Mexico and Peurto Vallarta. If I could give her and the tour more than just 5 stars I would do it in a heartbeat. Highly recommend!! Thank you so much!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Muchas gracias Tracey, I had a lovely morning with both of you reexploring Puerto Vallarta... every day a new adventure enhanced by wonderful guests like you! You both passed the Mexican restaurant, that tortilla knows what it's all about! Big warm Mexican hug! Enjoy the rest of your stay Thalia
Aubrey RichardsonUnited States
Thalia was a great guide with really interesting information to share. She was able to answer our questions about the marine life as well as the region. We were a group of four adults, two of whom are uneasy in the water, but we all felt confident with Thalia's ability to keep us safe and sound. For not much more than the cost of a cruise-ship sponsored tour, we had the boat and guide to ourselves - money well spent.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Aubrey, I had a lovely morning out with the four of you and enjoyed every moment of our snorkeling tour. Sharing my passion for the ocean is a great present from life I will definitely adjust the situation regarding meeting place. Thank you very much for the comment. Looking forward to seeing you again. Tropical warm Mexican hugs
Angela MarzanUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Angela, I had a great morning with all 4 of you, wandering in he city that I fell in love with. Being a guide is the best way I have to show the beauty of Mexico, while interacting with wonderful guests like you! Whenever you come back, you have a friend here! Thank you for the opportunity to meet you! Warm Mexican hugs, Thalia
Brett CookUnited States
The trip with Thalia was the best tour we've taken. She was knowledgeable and friendly while being respectful of the marine life and her passengers. We saw many whales and learned much information. Thalia is a real international guide that shows interspecies respect. We would book with her again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Brett!!! Thank you so much for the opportunity. It was an honor to have introduced friends to friends. See you back here
Jeff HerzogUnited States
Perfect Day! I can't say enough about Thalia and ToursByLocals, the process was awesome. Thalia helped us organize group transportation which was flawless and as a Marine Biologist, added so much depth to our tour. The lunch was the best I have had anywhere in many years, we saw whales, turtles, Devil Rays, Snorkeling spot was GREAT!! She kept to our time frame perfectly and didn't seem in any hurry to get back, One of my best days & my Sales Meeting's highlight to be sure..
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hola Jeff Many thanks for a terrific day out! Everything lined up perfectly, with the great finale as the humpback whales dove down in front of us. What a fun and delightful group you work with. My coworkers are whales, dolphins, turtles, mantas....and it's not always easy to hook up for a day off with all of them....LOL. hope to see you back. Pura vida mi amigo!
Thalia was very well versed in her knowledge of Puerto Vallarta. She has a good understanding of the symbolism of the public art and how it relates to the politics and history of the area. We enjoyed experiencing different elements of PV; the view from the lighthouse, a candy shopppe in the market, and a family run restaurant in the old town for lunch. It was great to explore all the nooks and crannies of PV. We could ask all the questions we wanted to and always got an educated answer from Thalia.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Muchas gracias for allowing me to spend a nice morning with you. I had a lovely time and hope to see all three of you in the future, maybe even introduce you to my adoptive marine family. Thank you for the kind words and wishes. All the best for you, Mia and Tammi. Mexican hugs!
Marc IsraelBASKING RIDGE, NEW JERSEY, United States
AWESOME!! We've been snorkeling at lots of places but how often do you get to snorkel with a marine biologist who actually swims with you and points out fish and things to see while you are in the water? Even though this was not a whale watching tour, Thalia knew whales had been spotted and fit that into our tour. She personalized to our group of 5 - so really embodied the "tours by locals" experience. She also fit in a quick trip to see Mismaloya from the water. Fun and educational as advertised
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hola mark! I had a marvelous day with you, your family and new friends. Definetly enjoyed Daniel's reaction to the marine world...I learned so much from him! Thank you for giving me the chance to meet you and share my passion. Looking forward to seeing you again. Tropical regards,fuerte abrazo Thalia
Marc IsraelBASKING RIDGE, NEW JERSEY, United States
Wow, just wow! Got a totally different perspective on PV - from details about the statues on the Malecon to the back streets of PV - the history of this town and it's importance in Mexican history. Got to view parts of Vallarta that we would have never seen on our own: Lighthouse with great view of PV, Gringo Gulch etc. She provided such insights into local culture, history of Vallarta. Tailored tour based our interests. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Next time we will venture farther out, by vehicle! There are many hidden gems in Puerto Vallarta. A lovely morning out sharing the beautiful Puerto Vallarta!
James BrownUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your kind words, but must of all, for giving me the chance to introduce you to my marine family! Charly, bubba, Juanita, xochilt, monchis, Tai, pulcino, Naty, Rijo, sierra and the others lived playing with all. Hope to see you back my friends!
Lincoln BoehmUnited States
A wonderful way to see the real and pretty Puerto Vallarta with a very intelligent, educated, multi-lingual guide. We learned a lot, had a good time and enjoyed a delicious meal. Highly recommended
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lincoln and Susy! It was an honor to guide you! I had a wonderful time wiht both of you walking around the city that I felt inlove with. Thank you very much for giving me the opprtunity to show you around. I look forward to meet you again. tropical regards, thalia