The Riviera Nayarit is joining in the celebration of National Parks Day with an Eco Rally on Saturday, August 18, in Punta de Mita.
The event is organized by the National Commission for Protected Areas (Conanp) via the Islas Marietas National Park and the Sierra de Vallejo Río Ameca Nayarit Jalisco, together with the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and Bahía Unida, the Punta Mita Foundation, and Mita Recycled, using the tagline “Enjoy, Learn, and Protect.”
The event also has the support of the following organizations: Ocean Connectors; Aquaventuras from Dolphin Discovery; the Manta Project; El Cora Crocodile Sanctuary; Pronatura Noroeste A.C.; Scouts; CEMBAB (Bahía de Banderas Marvelous Species Conservation), Quality and Hygiene Laboratories, and the San Pancho Bird Observatory.
Registration will be open through Wednesday, August 15th by calling the following: 329 291 5053, 322 209 1021 y 322 221 3549. Registration will also be available on Saturday, August 18th at the Punta Mita Foundation’s Del Mar Community Center at 8:30 a.m. The community center is located on 67 Avenida Las Pangas, Corral del Risco, Punta de Mita, Nayarit.
Source: Riviera Nayarit Blog
Every year during the first two weeks of August, the annual Sweet Corn Festival in Jala, Nayarit, a region where the largest corncobs in the world are grown, gives everyone a chance to experience a very Mexican tradition.
This year, Jala's traditional Corn Festival is taking place from August 6th–15th. Organized to honor the first harvest, corn is the star of this festival, but the local cuisine, culture and traditions play honorary roles.
Historically pagans began celebrating earlier, but since the event is also a religious occasion that celebrates the Virgin of the Assumption on August 15, nowadays the event lasts two weeks and features regional expos, sports competitions, jaripeos (bull riding), dancing and performances in public places, fireworks, and many other family-friendly activities.
The food booths, offering different varieties of corn as well as processed products based on this grain, are set on the streets and offer a real experience to the palate.
Source: Banderas News
Puerto Vallarta is distinguished and privileged by its biodiversity. As one of the most naturally beautiful places on earth, this destination is a natural sanctuary, where rivers, tropical jungles, mountains and sea come together to provide a wide variety of eco-tourism options and an endless array of outdoor adventures.
One example is the Estero El Salado, an urban eco-reserve in the heart of the city's hotel zone comprising 169 hectares, of which approximately 135 correspond to mangrove vegetation and wetlands; the rest is made up by two medium forest remnants bordered by water and underwater vegetation, thorn forest and secondary vegetation.
Its connection to the ocean is permanent through a channel that is nearly 20 meters wide, 3 meters deep, and 2 kilometers long that leads to the port's bay. Its landscape and habitat characteristics are favorable to tropical birds, clusters of colorful crabs, amphibians and reptiles, as well as other wildlife.
The estuary is home to over 100 species of birds in both aquatic and terrestrial habitats. Over 29 amphibians and reptiles have been identified, along with 10 mammal species and a variety of invertebrates and fish characteristic to mangrove areas.
Source: Banderas News
The mystery of witnessing an adult sea turtle can be a life changing experience, and during the summers in Puerto Vallarta, you can watch 6 out of the 8 sea turtles in the world.
Summer in PVR is a very special time of the year. Besides being the perfect season for vacations, it is possible to witness an amazing natural event: the spawning of 6 of the 8 species of sea turtles in the world.
The cycle begins when females retrun to the beach to spawn near 100 eggs in approximately 3 hours. After 45 days approximately the eggs hatch, and the offspring heads to the sea. Someday, as an adult, these same females will return to the exact same beach where they were born to begin a new cycle.
PVR has several programs created to sustain the sea turtle's environment and ecology. They highlight the importance of preserving these species besides inviting locals and tourists to witness their path to the sea. The experience of observing how the offspring has its first contact with the ocean is the most magical, moving and unmissable spectacle.
Read more about Puerto Vallarta's Sea Turtle Protection.
Source: Visit Puerto Vallarta