Vallarta Adventures offers the opportunity to enjoy a very special night in a boat ride to the hidden paradise of Las Caletas. After the adventure you can delight yourselves with a candlelight dinner and later you'll be able to join the festivities and get a privileged view to the famous fireworks display at the Malecón! Ring in the new year with friends and family.
As night falls, the secluded cove of Las Caletas is transformed into a magical paradise, the ultimate backdrop for our exclusive event, Rhythms of the Night - an amazing voyage that will transport you to a mystical and spiritual land that time forgot.
Your adventure begins with a scenic ocean cruise across Banderas Bay to the isolated cove of Las Caletas. As the sun sinks into the Pacific Ocean and darkness descends, you'll enjoy a privileged view of the shimmering lights scattered along the coastline. As the lights diminish, our journey continues beneath the stars - until a flicker of torches guides us to the secluded haven of Las Caletas.
You'll savor every moment of this unique dining experience whether you are with your special someone or with a group. While lingering over coffee and dessert, the pulsing beat of native drums summons you to our outdoor amphitheater. Here, hidden at the edge of the tropical jungle, a torch-lit pyramid sets the scene, creating the atmosphere for a mesmerizing and breathtaking theatrical performance.
You can read more about Rhythms of the Night HERE.
Sinergiarte is the annual San Pancho art festival organized every December by Colectivo San Pancho (the town's art collective). The festival was born thirteen years ago to display and share the art and culture coming out of San Pancho, now in its 13th edition, the event has evolved into an important multidisciplinary festival, live music, dance and theater performances, visual art exhibitions and much more.
The festival is the perfect celebration for lovers of the arts and culture. This year it will offer workshops in dance, theatre, music, cinema, literature, performance, photography, multimedia, painting, sculpting, martial arts, sports, and it will also feature craftssmen and experts in gastronomy and the region's typical dishes.
Source: El Diario de Turismo (Spanish)
Hidden Beach (or Playa Escondida), a Riviera Nayarit icon, has been chosen as number 9 in the list for The World’s 50 Best Beaches© 2018 by Flight Networks, one of the biggest travel agencies in North America.
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Hidden Beach (Playa Escondida): Imagine a beach completely tucked away inside a cave with a cavernous opening in the roof to let the perfect amount of sunlight enter. That is Mexico’s Hidden Beach, and it’s undeniably one of the most interesting beaches in the world. Located just a 1-hour-long boat ride from Puerto Vallarta on the Islas Marietas, the only way to reach the golden sand at Hidden Beach is to jump off a boat and swim or kayak through a tunnel to shore.
It is said that the hole in the roof of the cave, creating an ideal sunbathing area, was made when Mexican forces were engaging in bombing practice during World War I. Despite the hole’s not-so-natural creation, the result is one of the most awe-inspiring stretches of sand in the world. With only a few visitors allowed on the beach at one time, you will get to experience the lush beauty and exquisite scenery in an intimate setting hidden from the world.
You can read more about Marietas Islands HERE.
Source: Flight Network
To say that Mexico is a country rich with tradition is clichéd nearly as much as some of the traditions themselves. Take, for example, Mexico's many Christmas traditions. In other countries, the 12 Days of Christmas are recognized, but in Mexico, the holiday season begins on December 1 and joyously continues until February 2.
December 12 is El Día de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, in remembrance of when the Virgin Mary left her image imprinted upon a cloth as a way of revealing herself and her identity to a Mexican peasant back in 1531.
From December 16th until the 24th, Las Posadas, candlelight processions reenacting Mary and Joseph's quest for lodging in Bethlehem, are held throughout the city. The ninth evening of Las Posadas is December 24, Buena Noche, or Christmas Eve. The children lead a procession to the church and place a figure of the Christ Child in the nacimiento (nativity scene) there.
December 25th, Navidad, or Christmas Day, is considered a time to rest, recover, and enjoy the leftovers!
On December 28th, Mexicans observes Día de Los Santos Inocentes, their version of April Fool's Day. After New Year's Eve, the parties continue until January 6th, known as El Dìa de Los Reyes (Three Kings Day.)
The Mexican Christmas season is joyously extended though February 2 when the nativity scene is put away, and another family dinner of delicious tamales and atole (a hot, sweet drink thickened with corn flour) is served with great love and happiness. This celebration is the last of the Christmas festivities, 40 days after the birth of Jesus.
Source: Banderas News
Las Posadas is a novenario (nine days of religious observance) beginning 16 December and ending 24 December. The Catholic tradition recounts Mary and Joseph’s pilgrimage from Nazareth to Bethlehem, as they were looking for a lodging to give birth to Jesus.
The holiday season is one of the most anticipated of the year. The city boasts a special atmosphere with Christmas decorations and traditional festivities begin to take place, where the most important thing is gathering with family and friends. One of such celebrations is the posadas, celebrated all over Mexico and also in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama.
Although posadas are officially celebrated December 16 – 24, many begin organizing them earlier in December and sometimes into January, given the sometimes hectic pace of the season in general—the latter are sometimes referred to as “post-posadas.”
Nobody wants to feel out of place during an important celebration, particularly our foreign visitors that choose to spend the Winter holiday season in Puerto Vallarta or Riviera Nayarit. To that effect, we are happy to share a brief overview of this time-honored tradition, so you can join your local friends in celebration.
Each one of the nine days preceding Christmas Day has a unique significance: happiness, charity, confidence, detachment, strength, generosity, humility, justice and purity. At first, posadas were organized at church atriums and, through time, were extended to the streets, where people gathered joyfully to be part of the processions. People sang and dance, increasingly cheering as the event began. In this fashion, the religious aspect of the celebration fused with the mundane, resulting in a unique mixture of fun and devotion that, in time, transformed the Mexican posadas into one of the most beautiful and unique celebrations in the world.
Source: Vallarta Lifestyles