Puerto Vallarta again becomes a movie set for the big screen, a few days ago the shooting started for the film I Break for Gringos from Mexican director Fernando Lebrija native of Guadalajara who on this occasion co-wrote and is directing this film. Fernando Lebrija was born in Guadalajara Mexico. He completed a Masters in Fine arts in Film at the American Film Institute. Also a year of postgraduate studies in Screenwriting at UCLA, as well as completing directing course at USC, also in Los Angeles.
I Break for Gringos is a comedy about two young high school kids caught up in crazy adventures when they travel to Puerto Vallarta for the most memorable Spring Break of their lives!
“LOGAN is a high school senior with some insecurities. His PARENTS treat him like an immature kid. He doesn’t exist for LINA, the girl he has a crush on. When he steals his Dad’s vintage Camaro to impress her, he accidentally crashes it and gets grounded for his much-anticipated Spring Break vacation. But when his crazed best friend, BLAKE, discovers Lina is going to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Logan waits until his parents leave on their Anniversary Cruise, then promptly heads off to Mexico with Blake, determined to do it right this time.”
I Break for Gringos adds up to the list of the many feature films that have chosen Puerto Vallarta as their sound stage for production. The Night of the Iguana, Herbie Goes Bananas, Predator, Revenge, Beverly Hills Chihuaha and Limitless are among of the many movies filmed at this beautiful city.
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The Botanical Gardens are located high in the tropical forest of the Sierra Madre Occidental, about twelve miles south of Puerto Vallarta and covering eight acres of land, a place dedicated to the conservation of flora and fauna; a project by Betty and Bob Price that became a reality when it opened its doors on November 15, 2005.
Since then, the botanical gardens have grown to become one of the main attractions in the Bay of Banderas. One can observe more than 3,000 different plant species as you stroll through the quiet lanes of the place.
The Botanical Gardens are divided into different areas according to the types of plants. Thus we have for example, Blue Agave Hills (these plants produce tequila), Palm Gardens, the Orchid House, Mexican Wildflower, Rose Garden, a Pool of Aquatic Plant, River Walk, where one can dip into natural river pools of the Horcones river. If you are a bird lover, do not forget your binoculars because the gardens are the perfect place to observe many species of tropical birds.
The Botanical Gardens is one of the most beautiful and largest in Mexico, entry is fee is only $60 pesos and is ideal to visit after the rainy months when rain further enhances its beauty.
The Vallarta Botanical Gardens are open 7 days a week from December 1 through March 31. Open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am – 6pm, (closed August and September). For more information please visit http://www.vbgardens.org/ or call Tel: +52 (322) 223-6182.
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The construction of the Temple of Our Lady of Guadalupe, located across from the town square “Plaza de Armas” and the city hall, started in 1918. Its facade is made of brick and its central tower was built of four sections in the early 50’s and in 1965 was topped with a crown of concrete supported by eight angels of the same material, this tower has become the worldwide symbol that identifies the charm of Puerto Vallarta. Not far from the sea and at the foot of the mountain that shelters the bay, its poise stands out from the red roof tops, cobblestone streets and colorful patches of bougainvilleas, palm trees and golden bowls.
The original crown fell during the October 9, 1995 earthquake, so current is made of fiberglass and is said to be a replica of the crown used by the Empress Carlota wife of Emperor Maximilian of Hapsburg in 1860, who led the second and last monarchy in Mexico.
The interior keeps beautiful works of art made up of a marble altar with the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, painted by artist Ignacio Ramirez, the Stations of the Cross, a communion rail, pulpit and confessionals carved wood. The paintings that decorate the dome of the temple were made by the artist Daniel Lechón.
The church held on October 12, 2011 its 90 years and since then and by tradition and devotion on December 12, attending the parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe thousands of pilgrims to celebrate the Virgin of Tepeyac (Virgin of Guadalupe), a festival attended by locals and visitors.
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