Happy New Year Puerto Vallarta 2012

Happy New Year 2012

Watch, fireworks and champagne

The time has come to say goodbye to 2011, the countdown begins and Puerto Vallarta is preparing for New Year’s Eve party. The city’s boardwalk is the meeting place where music, good wishes and the atmosphere of brotherhood are the special guests

The end of year accounts for most of the people as a farewell, while longing for a better year, longing for the lost and missing and thanking for what was lived and accomplished.

Hats, whistles, streamers, confetti, the highly anticipated fireworks and much noise accompany this party, of course you cannot miss the toast and for many people the famous 12 grapes; symbol of fertility, life and prosperity which are consumed simultaneously with the clock before it strikes midnight accompanied with good wishes for the coming year. At midnight each hotel and locations near the beach are filled with lights and joy reaching its climax.

People celebrating the new year

For many it is time for reunions, for others it’s the time for reflection but in the end, the new year is always a time to celebrate the beginning of hope which never ends, because it is always a new beginning.

The Humpback Whale

The humpback whale season is about to begin, these large mammals travel each year 7.400 kilometers from the north pole to reach the equatorial Pacific Ocean and can be seen along Banderas Bay from mid-December to April, reaching up to 300 of them per season.

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Here in Puerto Vallarta due to the depth of the bay it’s possible to see these amazing animals from downtown and the beach, in any case the eco-tours are available daily so you can take this opportunity to enjoy the show of the whales jumping out of water, the reason for this it’s because that is how males attract the attention of females for mating. Their jumps reach up to 15 meters high.

Today it is estimated that between 6 and 7 000 humpback whales exist in the North Pacific, of which about 3,500 are “Mexican” for being reproduced in national waters. According to the National Institute of Ecology (NIE) whale watching is properly regulated by the official Mexican standard since the 2000 season their safety is guaranteed.

The Vallarta Whale, also known as the Dancing Whale, is a monumental bronze sculpture depicting a humpback whale with her calf. Created by artist Octavio Gonzalez, weighs 12 tons and measures 8.9 meters high and 13 long. Inaugurated on March 14, 2001 and can be seen at the entrance of Marina Vallarta.

The humpback whale watching turns out to be an extraordinary natural spectacle which can be seen just a few meters from the boat, turns out to be an unforgettable experience, highly recommended.

Turtle Season

Turtles SeasonIt’s incredible to think of all eventualities that occur in Puerto Vallarta, especially when they are natural events which results impossible not to notice, such as the arrival of the turtles to the bay. Of the eight varieties of sea turtles in the world seven of them reach the Mexican coast and two species are endemic to Mexico, which means they are only found here and nowhere else in the world, the Kemp’s Ridley (Lepidochelys kempii ) in the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Green Turtle (Chelonia agassizi) whose nesting area is in the state of Michoacán.

The Olive Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelys Olivacea) known locally as “Caguama” in Mexico is distributed along the Pacific coast including the Sea of ​​Cortez, being one of the most important for breeding and conservation of this species.

Turtle laying eggsTurtle's race to the oceanTurtle releaseTurtles arriving to the beach
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It is important to note that all sea turtle species are endangered and that’s why they are strictly protected, and here in Puerto Vallarta are some camps responsible for the protection, care and release of turtles, some hotels also have this kind of events where you can be a participant.

In your next vacation, bring your kids to a turtle camp, teach them or allow a person with the knowledge to talk to them about these incredible creatures of the sea. Participate in liberation of baby turtles and experience that feeling of protection and conservation over the species. There is nothing more fulfilling than holding a baby turtle in your hand, giving it a name, a kiss and wish them luck in their difficult journey and just watching them make way to their home, The Sea!

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