Puerto Verta is a beach resort city on the Pacific coast of Mexico. It’s a popular destination for those seeking sun, watersports and nightlife. but it’s not exactly known for its trail running. I had been there many times over the years since my sister moved to the area and started a family. But it wasn’t until a visit in 2018 with my girlfriend Audrèe that I discovered what would become my favorite local trail. About a 45 minute drive, 25 kilometres to the south of Vallarta lies a quaint fishing village called Boca de Tomatlan where the road turns inland, leaving the rest of the coast inaccessible to cars. From here begins a 9 km coastal trail which passes by the popular boat access-only Playa las Animas on the way to Quimixto and on to Quimixto Falls. We were halfway at playa las animas when we made a friend. There are thousands of stray dogs on the streets and beaches in Mexico and we assumed this little guy was one of them. I really wasn’t sure how long he’d end up sticking with us. But let’s just say that he seemed keen for an adventure. The trail ends about a mile inland at Quimixto Falls, part of the La Puerta River. Depending on the season you may find either a raging waterfall or just a trickle. But either way it’s a perfect place to rehydrate and replenish your electrolytes before making the return trip home.