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The Museum of Opal and Minerals of Mexico offers its visitors a cultural and recreational alternative as well as a tourist attraction in the Romantic Zone.

The Museum of Opal and Minerals of Mexico offers guided tours through four stations that are representations of different Mexican mines. The tour begins in the opal mines setting, unique to the town of Magdalena, Jalisco and continues with a selection of quartzes alluding to the town Naica, Chihuahua. Next to them are the silver mines from Taxco, Guerrero and the tour concludes with an exhibition of gold and copper stones distinctive from Zacatecas.

Each space is carefully designed and set to create a unique sensorial experience, where residents and visitors of all ages will be able to learn in an interactive way the different extraction processes of the most representative gems and minerals from Mexico.

The Museum of Opal and Minerals of Mexico is located at Venustiano Carranza 218, Emiliano Zapata from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00am to 7:00pm.

Source: Vallarta Lifestyles

Chile En Nogada Preparado.

For the month of September, Café des Artistes (Puerto Vallarta) and Tuna Blanca (Punta de Mita) invite  everyone to taste one of the most emblematic Mexican dishes: The Chiles en Nogada.

This dish showcases the colors of the Mexican flag: the green chile poblano (filled with ground beef and some fruits and seeds, such as yellow “criollo” peach, San Juan pear, “panochera” apple, almonds and pine seeds), covered with the famous Nogada, a white sauce made with walnuts and goat cheese, that adds a sweet flavor and a creamy texture. The last step is to add red pomegranate seeds that compliment the flavors for its light acidic touches.

In Café des Artistes or Tuna Blanca, you will be able to taste this delicious dish that uses typical ingredients and follows the original recipe of Puebla, with the incomparable chef’s Thierry Blouet seasoning, who will offer this recipe in both its vegetarian and traditional versions.

For dessert, you will enjoy a delicious Chile Habanero Dulce (Sweet Chile Habanero), which is filled with passion fruit mousse and served with vanilla ice cream.

Source: Vallarta Lifestyles

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From September 26 through October 4 the charming village of San Francisco, Nayarit, better known as 'San Pancho,' will celebrate an eight-day festival in honor of its namesake, Saint Francis of Assisi.

The patron saint of the environment and animals, Saint Francis emphasized mankind's role to protect nature, and San Pancho residents take his mission quite seriously, which is reflected in their various ecological programs, such as a birding group, a marine turtle preservation group, and an environmental group devoted to the preservation of the jaguar and its habitat.

As a strong Catholic country, Mexico reveres its saints, and they do this in San Pancho by holding a festival in his honor every year.

Every day of the eight-day festival is a celebration with locals and visitors alike enjoying lots of food, drinks, music, rodeos, parades, and colorful traditions like "The Bull," a spectacular headdress equipped with skyrockets that are lit as a "runner" moves through the crowd; and "The Torch," which is carried from a nearby town by a group of runners who are welcomed with music, shouts, and confetti.

On October 4th, the celebrations close with a bang. Fireworks are going off all day long. Spirited celebrations, parades, music and dance performances, a variety of cultural and competitive events take place throughout the day, until around 6 pm when it's time for the final rodeo, which usually lasts well into the night.

Source: Banderas News

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The Seventh Riviera Fest, a Volkswagen festival and exhibition at Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, will take place on September 28 and 29, 2019.

The Riviera Nayarit Volkswagen Fest is an annual event for VW lovers who appreciate the originality of the VW Bug and enjoy the mutual pursuit of this hobby with family and friends. Endorsed by the National Association of Volkswagen Clubs of Mexico (ANCVM), this is a non-profit event held in order to showcase the cars of those enrolled in clubs with the same purpose - or anybody who owns one and wants to participate.

The fun traditionally starts at 5:00 pm on Saturday, with a Volkswagen Parade that starts in Bucerías and ends at the Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, where the exhibition, contests, vendors and fair are held until 6:00 pm on Sunday.

Come check out some cars that have competed in national Volkswagen competitions, browse through the many different vendor stands selling VW souvenirs parts and accessories, and enjoy all kinds of food and drink, contests, live music, a kids' area with games and trampolines, and much more with other VW lovers - you'll be glad you did! Admission is free.

Source: Banderas News

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Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit were awarded as “Best Destination 2019” by Apple Vacations during the Crystal Apple Awards.

Taking place place at the Museum of Science and Industry of Chicago, Illinois, this distinction was achieved thanks to the preference of thousands or Apple Vacations clients, who were surveyed after visiting Vallarta · Nayarit and enjoying the cultural, natural and gastronomical richness surrounding our destination.

Los Cabos, Huatulco, Ixtapa, Manzanillo, Cancún, Riviera Maya, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Aruba, Curazao, Bahamas and Turks & Caicos were featured in the same category.

With this acknowledgment, Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit are consolidated as the best destinations to visit in Mexico, their natural beauty and attractions are more appreciated and known in the international touristic scene.

Source: Vallarta Lifestyles