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.

Isla Río Cuale – The Soul of Downtown Puerto Vallarta

Isla Río Cuale - The Soul of Downtown Puerto Vallarta Isla Río Cuale
Once you have walked the well known Malecon of Puerto Vallarta, it is a must that you take a stroll to the Rio Cuale Island which is located in the middle of Zona Centro and the colonia Emiliano Zapata, it is the perfect escape for those who love the serenity and excellent food since it’s a place away from the traffic buzz of downtown and the noise from the city, it offers a refugee where time seems to slowdown.

The Rio Cuale island was formed by a huge flood caused by a tornado in October of 1926 now in days it measures a little more than 2 acres, within you will find colorful pedestrian streets surrounded by authentic artisan shops and beautiful restaurants with a magnificent view of the river. The Archeological Cuale Museum inaugurated December 20th of 2004 has minimum samples of occidental cultures and in Centro Cultural Cuale inaugurated March 27th of 2003 music, painting, theater, sculpture, dance, singing and acting workshops are held.

For all those with an adventurous spirit, crossing through the hanging bridges will be of the most fun being a distinctive land mark of the zone and a direct route to the biggest artisan flea market of the city. While you walk the area you can appreciate the wild fauna such as parrots, squirrels, herons and a great variety of birds and most importantly the iguanas which are a protected species by the local municipal authorities. Being a place where kids can play and adults can enjoy a pleasant walk, where the island shows our culture and its entire splendor, no wonder why it has become a heritage of Puerto Vallarta.