Ixtapa Zihuatanejo Tours Excursions By Louis
There are some excellent Ixtapa Zihuatanejo Tours and Excursions to take, but one that I highly recommend and that my wife and I enjoyed immensely was the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo Tours Louis. It was a wonderful small group tour with owner operator Louis.
See the Real Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo away from the resort area!
Ixtapa Mexico Tours
Louis recommended and invited us to join him on his very popular all day city and country combo tour and were we ever glad we did! What an enjoyable day spent with Louis and a small group of other travelers that joined us on this tour. Taking a smaller group tour is so much better than those large stuffy over crowded bus tours that most tourists take, without even considering the huge advantages of a smaller more intimate and private tour. As well and in many cases, you’re sure to be surprised to find a marginal price difference in these types of tours as we have discovered over the years.
Below, is a sample of what to expect on your full day City and Country Combo Tour with Louis.
Tours by Louis has been in business for many years in this area, with the business first started by his father. They have become the premier tour operator in the region with years of experience backing them up, and it definitely showed on our tour.
Louis is a well educated individual who speaks fluent English. He has followed his father’s footsteps, becoming a licensed tour operator in Mexico. He is very knowledgeable and one thing that stood out during our day with Louis is that he was able to answer all of our questions with well informative answers, regarding the history of the area, local industry and so much more!
Ixtapa Zihuatanejo Tours and Excursions Direct Hotel Pickup
Louis Our Terrific Guide and Business Owner
We were greeted by Louis and his father at our hotel at the scheduled time for pickup. The small group van was very comfortable and clean with air conditioning. We had a perfect size of a total of 8 persons on our tour. After a couple of other pickups at local hotels in Ixtapa, we were on our way!
Our first stop was in the residential area of Ixtapa not frequented by visitors, with Louis taking us to the small housing complex where he was actually raised as a child. In this housing development, there was a small convenience store and a tortilla factory that has been in business for many years. Here, we were shown how they are made and sampled some fresh hot tortillas straight out of the oven!
Local Tortilla Factory in Ixtapa
I find that getting away from the hotel area and actually seeing where the locals live is really a must for travelers. It gives you a whole new perspective on life in a country other than yours. It allows for a first hand look at the every day life of the locals in the country you are visiting.
Travel is exciting and one should step out of the box and discover new and exciting things beyond the hotels and resorts!
Typical Local Convenience Store in Ixtapa
After passing through the local Ixtapa residential area and other small villages nearby, we were on our way to the town of Zihuatanejo. This area has been a destination in Mexico I have always wanted to visit.
I was first intrigued and interested to know about Zihuatanejo Mexico from one of my all time favorite Big Screen Movies with Famous Actor Morgan Freeman in “Shawshank Redemption.”
My wife and I had taken the local bus into the city prior to taking this tour, which is also worth taking instead of convenient taxis all the time. It is very inexpensive ride from Ixtapa to the city center of Zihuatanejo just a few kilometers away. Taking the local bus also gives you a feel of every day life for the locals in the area.
View of Ixtapa Mexico
Zihuatanejo is a lovely city but with very steep hills, especially where the locals live. This is where Louis drove us along, giving us beautiful vista views of the Zihuatanejo Bay and the City. It’s not a place one would want to walk, especially during the heat of the day!
I must admit, sitting in a nice air conditioned vehicle was perfect way to see the sites and residential areas of the town!
Zihuatanejo Farmers Market
Zihuatanejo Farmers Market
Louis then drove us into the city center, making a stop at the local farmers market. This market has absolutely everything, from fresh fish and vegetables, to household items and souvenirs. You name it, it’s here at the local marketplace.
It is a must stop for those visiting this region of Mexico. It’s like one big open air Wal – Mart where the locals do all their shopping. My wife was able to purchase pure vanilla extract made in Mexico, right here at the market and at very reasonable prices!
Here we were guided thru the marketplace, making a stop for a sample of some amazing fresh hot pulled pork on a tortilla. Yummy! 🙂
Country Tour includes Coconut and Tile Production
Visit to a Coconut Plantation
After our brief stop at the marketplace, it was time to hop back into the van and make our way into the countryside. After a short drive with Louis answering our many questions along the way and explaining the way of life and industry in this area, we then made a stop at a local coconut farm. Louis gave us a detailed talk and demonstration on coconut production and farming.
This was a very informative and relaxing stop in the countryside. It allowed us to see just how important this industry to Mexico and how a coconut farm is operated.
Countryside Tile Factory Fire Oven
Next was a stop at a small local tile and brick factory. A demonstration was given on just how those beautiful tiles and bricks are made that we all take for granted. This farm produces these by hand, with no machinery used whatsoever!
Hand Made Roof Tile Making Demonstration
This is labor intensive painstaking work for these workers, where one individual will produce hundreds of bricks and tiles on a daily basis.
Lunch and Playa Blanca Beach
A Beautiful Stretch of Beach in the Countryside
After enjoying the morning tour, it was off to a beautiful stretch of beach for lunch and a short boat trip. But first, Louis made a stop at a beautiful sanctuary in the country built by a local lady from the United States. She has developed a lovely animal rescue shelter and gardens.
A truly lovely oasis in the countryside and with a great purpose in protecting the wildlife in the area!
Lunch on the beach was fabulous! We had a choice of a variety of menu selections, which included and was our choice; fresh jumbo garlic shrimp and ice cold beer. Everyone enjoyed their lunch and time at this local beach restaurant as part of the tour.
After lunch and some free time walking the beach, we hopped aboard a local boat for a short tour in the adjoining river canal where pelicans like to hang out. This boat ride was a great opportunity for photos and also a perfect way to escape the mid – day heat, enjoying the cool breeze on the water on this typical hot and sunny day in this part of Mexico.
Your average daily temperature is normally 31 degrees Celsius or about 88 degrees Fahrenheit!
A Wonderful Full Day Ixtapa Zihuatanejo Tour
What a perfect day spent with Louis and the other guests on this tour! From here, we made our way back to Ixtapa and our hotels, but not without a stop at a favorite bakery of Louis. He picked up some amazing fresh coconut pastry bread for us to sample and enjoy on the return trip!
Louis is the perfect host and tour guide with a great sense of humor and one who loves to talk. It’s very clear after taking this tour that he loves what he is doing and sharing his passion and experiences about his home to those of us visiting this area. It’s no wonder that this company has receive TripAdvisors Certificate of Excellence and is rated at the top in tours taken in Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo.
Below, I have listed their official website for your convenience, where you can access more detailed information on their tours. Be sure to contact Louis, as he can put together a small group tour to suit your particular wants and needs.
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A Big Thanks to Ixtapa Tours Louis for hosting our amazing City and Country Combo Tour on our recent visit to this lovely part of Mexico. All content and opinions are that of the author and reflect my personal experience only.