Starting in December, Copa Airlines will connect Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit to Panama City, with two flights a week from the International Airport of Panama to the Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz Airport.

With the addition of this new destination, Copa Airlines will be expanding their route network to 79 destinations in 32 countries in North, Central, South America and the Caribbean, through the Hub of the Americas in Panama City, five of which are in Mexico.

Javier Aranda, general director of Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust said that the new route comes after several years of promotional work in Central and South America by Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit. “We are very pleased to announce this new direct flight from Panama to the Puerto Vallarta Airport with a renowned commercial partner such as Copa Airlines.

Copa Airlines will start with two weekly flights on Thursday and Sunday, departing from Panama City at 9:05 a.m. and arriving at the Vallarta-Nayarit Airport at 1:25 p.m. The return flight will depart the same days from Puerto Vallarta to 3:40 p.m., arriving in Panama City at 8:00 p.m. The route will be operated with a Boeing 737-700 with capacity for 12 passengers in business class and 112 in the main cabin.

Source: Mexico News Today


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Since 2013, Mexico has gone from the 15th to the 6th most visited country in the world in rankings calculated by the United Nations World Tourism Organization.

In 2017, Mexico surpassed Germany, the United Kingdom and Turkey to become the sixth-most visited destination in the world. International visitor spending during that same period reached $21.3 billion, also a record for the nation. “We are very proud of having reached, for the first time in our history, the sixth-most-visited country in the world,” said Mexico Tourism Secretary Enrique de la Madrid speaking to an audience of travel agents during a Mark Travel Corporation webinar.

The numbers are growing at a dizzying rate. From 2013 through 2017, the nation saw a 62 percent increase in visitor traffic, the fastest growth rate of any large global destination. Accordingly, infrastructure is also expanding, including welcoming 15,000 to 20,000 new hotel rooms every year. “Just last semester, 7,000 new rooms were inaugurated [in Mexico],” said de la Madrid. He also noted that the CEOs of Marriott and Hilton hotels have committed to adding 43 new properties in Mexico in the next two to three years. 

Connectivity to the nation is also increasing. In 2017, some 18.6 million international visitors arrived by air. For 2018 alone, the country has already welcomed 4,600 new flights, including new service from Chicago to Mazatlan, Denver to Cozumel, Los Angeles to Acapulco and Seattle to Mexico City. Mexico’s transformation into global tourism star has not come without its challenges, including an ongoing concern over visitor safety. 

Mexico’s tourism industry has vowed to take a harder line on people and organizations spreading mis-information about the country.

Source: Travel Pulse





The 1st Riviera Nayarit Rock Festival will be held on June 9, 2018, at the Hard Rock Hotel Nuevo Vallarta concert venue with the participation of Mexican band Panteón Rococó as the headliner, plus three local bands.

During the press conference held this past Monday at the host hotel, the event’s general manager, Israel Guerrero, said they’re expecting an adrenaline-charged evening in an extraordinary setting: the Riviera Nayarit. Although Panteón Rococó is the headliner, he added they had also invited local bands Sal de Mar, Renglón and The Black Hardies to the stage; these bands have done very well in the area and they will be opening the show.

He added they are expecting approximately 6 thousand visitors—about 2,000 from other areas and 4,000 locals from the Puerto Vallarta and Bahía de Banderas area, all fans of this iconic national ska and rock fusion band that recently celebrated its twentieth anniversary. “We have every intention of continuing to do this kind of event to benefit the destination but, more importantly, to benefit society, which has been looking for more entertainment and show space and, of course tourism,” he said.

Marc Murphy, director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB), calculated a revenue of between 6 and 8 million pesos, taking into consideration that each outside visitor spends approximately 2 thousand pesos.

Source: Riviera Nayarit Blog



As part of the centennial celebrations of Puerto Vallarta, the municipal government, through the Vallarta Cultural Institute (IVC), held the “Colloquium on the Archaeology and History of Puerto Vallarta”, with the objective of educating attendees about the history of the region.

Fernando Sánchez Aceves, director of the IVC, welcomed José Carlos Beltrán Medina, from the Center of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) Tepic, Nayarit; to the chroniclers José Manuel Gómez Encarnación and Eduardo Gómez Encarnación, from Puerto Vallarta and Bahía de Banderas, respectively, as well as Jesús Palacios Bernal, president of the Union of Urban Farms of the Center, and the attendees, who gathered for the lecture.

He pointed out that the government has been good at educating and recovering the history of Puerto Vallarta, and as part of the activities of the MayoFest, there is a cultural program focused on the chronicle and public exhibitions. He indicated that all the history in the region is known a thousand or two thousand years, besides that the history of archaeology allows us to look further than what is believed.

In this historical dialogue, there was an exhibition by the archaeologist José Carlos Beltrán Medina, who spoke about the main discoveries of regional archeology, the shell materials, as well as the mercantile exchanges that took place in pre-Hispanic times, basing his work from Punta de Mita to La Cruz de Huanacaxtle.

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Source: Vallarta Daily


Researchers from the University of Guadalajara's Coast Center, and from other national institutions, have discovered a new mud turtle species that inhabits the rivers on western Mexico, including Puerto Vallarta.

According to Jaime Torres, director of natural reserve Estero El Salado, this turtle had been noticed before, however, its defining characteristics hadn't been studied until recently. The species, 'clearly different' from the other twelve registered in the region, is in danger of extinction. 

Here's the abstract for the research paper presenting the new species:

The genus Kinosternon in Mexico is represented by 12 species of which only 2 inhabit the lowlands of the central Pacific region (Kinosternon chimalhuaca and Kinosternon integrum). Based on 15 standard morphological attributes and coloration patterns of 9 individuals, we describe a new microendemic mud turtle species from the central Pacific versant of Mexico. The suite of morphological traits exhibited by Kinosternon sp. nov. clearly differentiates it from other species within the genus Kinosternon by a combination of proportions of plastron and carapace scutes, body size, and a large yellow rostral shield in males. The new species inhabits small streams and ponds in and near the city of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. Unfortunately, natural populations are unknown so far. The habitat is damaged by urban growth, and only one female is known. The available information would suggest that Kinosternon vogti sp. nov., is one of the most threatened freshwater turtle species. An urgent conservation program is necessary as well as explorations in the area to find viable populations of the species.


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Source: Species New to Science blog & Vallarta Independiente (spanish)

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