Halloween… an Adopted Tradition in México

Halloween... and Adopted Tradition in Mexico

Halloween is a night of fantasy and mystery where everything related to the world of the dead and the paranormal phenomenon are remembered and represented; it’s one of the spookiest and mocking festivities in history. This festivity mainly takes places in the United States, Mexico and Canada the night of October 31st., although its world famous thanks to the Hollywood movie industry. It’s so special and unique that throughout history it’s been captured on film and literature reflected till this day.

Halloween... an Adopted Tradition in Mexico For several decades, with increasing force, Mexico celebrates more and more the Halloween festivities since it falls perfectly with the traditional festivities of the Day of the Dead which takes place the 1st. and 2nd. of November. It’s very common to see in businesses and houses the traditional orange and black colors, even pumpkins and all related to this day. Children come out early afternoon  to the streets asking for their “trick or treat” door by door along the way, at night many clubs and bars have special Halloween parties presenting a costume contest  where the prices are normally very tempting.

Among the most representative symbols of Halloween there are:

Halloween... an Adopted Tradition in Mexico
  • Candies
  • Witches
  • Black Cats
  • Cemeteries
  • Owls
  • Vampires
  • Masks
  • Pumpkins
  • Ghosts
  • Skulls
  • Full Moon
  • Ravens

 

This is a night to have fun with all the variety of scary character personifications which is simply an inoffensive mockery of the dead, for others it’s just a humorous impressions of well known personalities, if you are the kind of person who prefers to stay home grant no surprise in getting knocked on your door with the famous phrase “Trick or Treat”!
Funny Pumpkins

Art Walk Season 2011 – 2012

ArtWalk Season 2011-2012

Puerto Vallarta is a true artistic Icon; it has become a very important center of creation, exhibition and art promotion by having more galleries than any other beach destination where you can find contemporary and modern expositions of the most renowned Mexican and foreign artist; abstract paintings and a wide selection of more traditional styles such as engravings, watercolors and oils. You can also find other collection items such as hand manufactured jewelry and crystals, original sculptures and fine Mexican crafts. Even the sculptures that line the boardwalk.

Mata OrtizRaymundo AndradeRotonda del MarSergio Bustamante

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Due to all this growth, the Art Walk was created; this is not a guided circuit, the idea is to motivate the interested audience, collectors and visitors to take the opportunity to walk through the participating gallery facilities during the evening so they can appreciate the great variety and quality of their catalog.

The Art Walk starts every year at the end of October and ends in May, taking place every Wednesday  from 6:00 to 10:00 pm. These are the participant galleries for this season:

  1. Galería Colectika
  2. Galería Ana Romo Art
  3. Galería Corsica I
  4. Galería Corsica II
  5. Galería Pacífico
  6. Galería Caballito de Mar
  7. Galería The Loft
  8. Galería de Ollas
  9. Galería Arte 550

ArtWalk Map

Since all the associated galleries are in the Historic Center, the distance from one to another is fairly a short walk, makes it fun and a great way to get to know the exhibiting artists. Come and enjoy, in the majority of the cases a courtesy glass of wine.

This is a real opportunity to have a wonderful Art Walk experience throughout Downtown Puerto Vallarta in which all of these galleries undoubtedly will receive you with a warm welcome.

If you’re lucky to be here, please do not miss it.

XVI Pan American Games 2011 – Puerto Vallarta Events

XVI Pan American Games 2011 - Puerto Vallarta Events

The flame of the Olympic cauldron has been lit in Puerto Vallarta on October 7th, giving lead way to the “American Fiesta” of the Pan American Games Guadalajara 2011.

The facilities for the different disciplines and the city itself will be receiving 310 athletes, many tourist and the press from all around the continent.

The disciplines that will take place are the following:

Sailing
Will be held between October 17 and the 23rd at the Vallarta Yacht Club, being consider by the experts the Riviera Nayarit as one of the best destinations for this discipline due to the quality of its winds, the condition of its waters and the modern nautical infrastructure that it has.

There will be 140 participants under the following categories:

  • Windsurfing (Female / Male)
  • Laser Radial (Individual Female)
  • Laser Standard (Individual Male)
  • J-24 (Aquilla boat w / 5 people crew)
  • Hobbie Cat (double catamaran)
  • Snipe (Double)
  • Lightning (Aquilla boat w / 3 people crew)
  • Sunfish (Individual light weight open for Male or Female)
Triathlon
The location for this event will be at the Marine Terminal on Sunday, October 23rd which will be open water mode starting at API (Port Administration) and Fluvial Vallarta, 70 athletes will be participating.
Swimming – Open Water
It is expected for 36 swimmers to participate, 18 Male and 18 Female, in both genders the swimming route will be of 10 kilometers on October 22nd, the location has been changed to Downtown Puerto Vallarta taking place at the “Malecon”.
Beach Volleyball
The competitions will begin on October 16th and will end on the 22nd at the Pan American Beach Volleyball Stadium, located next to Sheraton Buganvilias Resort & Convention Center; this stadium has capacity for 3,436 spectators and will be receiving 64 participants.

Banderas Bay (Bahía de Banderas) Puerto Vallarta

Bahía de Banderas Puerto Vallarta

One of the most unique traits in which Puerto Vallarta is established is it’s Bay; Bahia de Banderas, running along 100 miles of coast line graciously surrounded by mountains and dozens of beaches.

Bandera’s Bay is politically divided by two states Jalisco and Nayarit; such division is marked by the Ameca River which ends at the Bay. Being the biggest and deepest of Mexico reaching about 3,000 meters of depth and it’s the second biggest of North America.

Dolphins swiming at Bahía de BanderasHumpback whale at Bahía de Banderas

The bright solar light and its clear blue waters makes the ideal conditions to enjoy an infinite of water activities such as parasailing, surf, water diving, snorkeling, sport fishing, water photography, and many more.

Mexico is one of the five countries with the most biological diversity in the world. This natural bay being so rich with sea life of which visitors can discover by taking the Eco-Tours that are offered, without doubt the one with the most impact is the humpback whale watching tour, among one of the most important is the turtle release program which is held a few meters from the beach at sundown.

Diving at Bahía de BanderasSea Turtle at Bahía de Banderas

Among the recreational activities are the trips in boats along the bay where you can enjoy the sunset with its variety of orange, pink, and violet colors while watching the dolphins very closely (permanent residents of Puerto Vallarta), discover the heavenly beaches such as Las Animas, Quimixto and Yelapa, you can also visit the Marietas Islands swim with the multicolor shoals at Los Arcos National Park Reserve or even enjoy of a wonderful pirate show on a boat.

The charm of Bandera’s Bay and the similar Hawaiian weather has led to the evolution of Puerto Vallarta and comply satisfactorily with the expectations of today’s modern tourist.

Bahía de Banderas Puerto Vallarta