Guided walking tour along Encino Street, past the Roma Cafe up until the Mercado Municipal Río Cuale (Cuale River Municipal Market) in downtown Puerto Vallarta Jalisco Mexico https://pvmx.net/DowntownPVR – here we turn right and over one of the three hanging bridges that connect the downtown area with Old Vallarta or the now called, Romantic Zone.
You can find all kinds of souvenirs in the Isla Cuale Flea Market, leather items, silver jewelry, t-shirts, traditional handicrafts, talavera ceramic, tequila, sombreros, hats, sunglasses and more.
In the past the area south of the Cuale River was used as farm land and for fruit trees, the first hanging bridge was inaugurated April 5th 1932 and they became part of the towns environment. There were special vehicles that took people over the river or you’d take a horse. October 3rd 1959 the first solid concrete bridge was opened after it was built in 100 days under the direction of Engineer Marcial Reséndiz Galván.
There’s another hanging bridge connecting the island to the romantic zone by the Cuale Cultural center, where you’ll also find a nice bridge (Iguana Bridge) connecting to the Gringo Gulch area of downtown PV.
I cross the bridge and show you a short panoramic view of some of the stands on the Cuale Island part of the bigger Cuale River Flea Market. The Cuale River Island is a relatively new geographic section of town that formed during strong rains in the 1970s. It was used as a playground into the 80s, hence the name “Children’s Island” and then into the market and park that it is today.
We then cross over another hanging bridge over to the Romantic Zone, arriving at the corner of 5 de Febrero and Constitución Streets. We walk along Constitución past the, no closed, Gutierrez Rizo Supermarket and turn right on Aquiles Serdán Street.
Read more on Downtown PV: https://www.puertovallarta.net/what_to_do/down_town
More on the Cuale River Island: https://www.puertovallarta.net/what_to_do/cuale-river-island
More on the Puerto Vallarta Romantic Zone: https://www.puertovallarta.net/what_to_do/romantic_zone