Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta are coming together to raise awareness towards protecting the humpback whale and the natural riches of Bahía de Banderas in the third edition of the Ballenarte Conservation Festival, the event will run from March 20-23, 2018.
The event is led by the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP by its acronym in Spanish) via the Islas Marietas National Park administration, in coordination with Whale Ecology and Conservation (ECOBAC by its acronym in English), which receives support from the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB).
The Ballenarte Conservation Festival, the only one of its kind in the region, offers a series of ecological, cultural, and recreational activities to engage the local community, domestic and foreign tourists, and, of course, the children from both tourism destinations so as to inform them of the importance of learning more about these marine giants and their safeguarding.
According to biologist Astrid Frisch Jordán, Director at ECOBAC, every winter some 500 humpback whales arrive in Bahía de Banderas in order to mate, and about 40 calves are born in these waters every year. The cetaceans remain in the area for four months from December through March.