Jorge Chávez, Chief Editor over at Vallarta Lifestyles, published an article detailing the history and importance of pilgrimages in Puerto Vallarta.

Considered as a tradition consecrated by religious people, pilgrimages are also a cultural event that brings together hundreds of people around the Virgin of Guadalupe. It is a very important custom for most Mexicans and in Puerto Vallarta it has been commemorated in a peculiar way since 97 years ago.

But, what are the pilgrimages in Puerto Vallarta? They are walks made by believers of the Virgin of Guadalupe who come to thank her for all the favors received. Despite the years, the mechanics remain practically the same: people congregate at the intersection of Juárez and 31 de Octubre streets and from there, they go to the parish in a procession accompanied by chants, praises, band music and/or mariachi. 

In addition, the pilgrimages have become a celebration of friendship between Vallartans and visitors, being a cultural attraction of Puerto Vallarta. As food is an essential part of any celebration, along Juárez street, as well as in the Plaza de Armas, you can find a variety of stalls offering typical food such as tamales, atole, elotes, enchiladas, pozole, tostadas, churros, sopes, gorditas and much more.

The peak of these celebrations is the night of December 11th, with the “Magna Peregrinación de los Hijos Ausentes y Desfavorecidos” (Great Pilgrimage of the Absent and Disadvantage Children), where attendees come with typical manta costumes. At midnight, already gathered in the parish, they sing a related song with her anniversary and a mass of thanksgiving is held.

Source: Vallarta Lifestyles