El Valle del Tuito is definitely an “off the beaten path” destination. Only a 1 hour bus ride south of Vallarta along the picturesque route Mex. 200,(and cross Sierra Madre approx. 2400 feet) lies the small agriculture village El Tuito. El Tuito means small valley or place of beauty. The meaning of the word comes from the words Tuito “Teotl” god Tiul, Tuitlán, which may mean: home of a God, divine place or place of beauty. This town is the capital of the municipality of Cabo Corrientes and has a population of approximately 9,000 inhabitants according to the 2005 census. Who would have thought that only 45 minutes south of Puerto Vallarta, at an altitude of 1000 meters, El Tuito, is a secret Paradise. Visiting this small, tranquil and peaceful town is like traveling a couple decades back in time.
This is a very charming town with a lot of history – going back over two hundred years. El Tuito is the municipality for Cabo Corrientes. Many delicious food products such as milk and cheese from local cows are produced here, all kinds of fruits such as mango, limes, avocado, oranges, guayabas and lots of star-fruit. Walking around is the best way to see Tuito. The plaza is surrounded by original one-story adobe buildings dating to the late 1700’s Famous for its Panella Cheese and Raicilla, a liquor similar to Tequila and produced locally. There are a couple of places just outside town that make Raicilla.