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The Art of Dining & Living Well: The Pitillal River Walk
email this pageprint this pageemail usLiana Turner - PVNN
June 02, 2010

The park at the Pitillal River Walk is a fine addition to our city, and hopefully there will be more like it in the future.
Part of "living well" is getting enough exercise. Walking is one of the best ways to achieve that, and it doesn't require any special equipment or membership or layout of precious cash. Here in Vallarta we have many places to walk and lots of interesting and beautiful sights to see along the way.

I had been hearing about this "river walk" for the last few months, and nearly every day planned to go see it for myself. I finally did, and was pleasantly surprised. It is not a long walk, but you could meander back and forth a few times and get a decent bit of exercise.

It runs from Francisco Villa across from the Cinepolis Theater at Pitillal and goes toward the beach to Francisco Medina Ascencio (the Airport Road, Hotel Road, or The Highway, depending on who you're talking to). Right about in the middle there is a stair tower with 75 steps. Running up and down that thing a few times would bring the heart rate up to a good exercise level. The view is quite nice and the breeze is refreshing.

Along the landscaped and well cared for path, there are picnic tables and benches, flowering plants and other colorful foliage, many cheerfully chirping birds and a large building that would be perfect for rest rooms, although I didn't see any. It also appears to be designed to hold some kind of concession/snack bar, but it was closed up when I was there.

A nice early evening picnic there would be just the thing. You could pick up some beverages and find some food in the prepared food section at the rear of Soriana or at one of the restaurants across from the checkout stands, claim yourself a picnic table and enjoy the scenery and fresh air with dinner. There almost always seems to be a breeze flowing through the river bed to cool things off.

Right now the river runs dry, but in just a few weeks it will be flowing again. This sweet little park is a fine addition to our city, and hopefully there will be more like it in the future.

Directions: Take Francisco Villa toward Pitillal. Park in the Cinepolis parking lot and walk across Francisco Villa to the beginning of the trail.

Liana Turner, is the chef and owner of Paradise Bakery and Catering. Serving the "Best Cinnamon Rolls in Vallarta," along with delicious sandwiches, salads, main dishes and yummy sweet treats every day but Sunday, and providing all styles of catering services, from pre-prepared meals to-go for informal gatherings to full service elegance for dinners, cocktail parties, wedding receptions and special events, Paradise Bakery & Catering is located at Del Santuario 149, corner of Paseo de Las Palmas, Colonia Barrio Santa Maria, Puerto Vallarta. For more information, call (322) 222-5133 or visit

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