A three-hour bus ride is hardly something most people would look forward to on a vacation. But on Vallarta Adventures’ Talpa & Mascota tour — the company’s newest offering, which sends travelers on a food tour of the rural colonial towns of Talpa and Mascota — hours seemed to tick by like seconds as we made our way through the Sierra Madre mountains.
The first stop on the trip was a cliffside “panaderia” (bakery) just outside Puerto Vallarta. The establishment is family-owned; if you take a peek in the kitchen, you’ll even see the owner’s young daughter helping to make delicious pineapple empanadas and “pan dulce” (sweet bread). The owners loaded our group up with a bunch of goodies and offered us the chance to try our hands at making the pastries.
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