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The 17th National Charro Campionship VALLARTA 2MIL19 will take place on February 7, 8, 9 and 10 at Lienzo Charro Miguel "Prieto" Ibarra.

Enjoy the courageousness, intrepidity and skills of the National Charro Championship expert riders in Puerto Vallarta, from March 7th to 10th, with the participation of teams from various states from all over Mexico.

Do not miss it! Enjoy this national mexican sport at the Lienzo Charro Miguel "Prieto" Ibarra. All family members are invited, there will be live music shows and a lot of fun. For more information visit:

Read more about charreria here.

Source: Visit Puerto Vallarta




Mexican low-cost airline company Volaris will begin operating a new route between the cities of Phoenix and Puerto Vallarta/Riviera Nayarit (PHX-PVR) starting on June 16, in order to expand its connectivity to the Mexican Pacific Coast area.

Last Friday, February 8th, the airline opened ticket sales for the new flight that will be permanent and will connect the the Southwest of the United States and Puerto Vallarta/Riviera Nayarit, operating two frequencies per week on Fridays and Sundays.

“The route between Phoenix and Puerto Vallarta allows Volaris to consolidate its presence in the international market, expanding its destination portfolio and positioning itself as the Mexican airline with the most flights from one of Mexico’s most important destinations,” said airline executives.

The airline expectations are high for the flight as this is a very important market not only of travelers of Mexican descent, but also of North Americans who reside in Phoenix and the surrounding areas and like to vacation in Mexico.

The flight to Phoenix is one of several recent new flight announcements to the US and Canada, including the Sun Country flight from Las Vegas and the Swoop flight that began two connections earlier this year from Hamilton and Abbotsford, Canada. For more information, visit

Source: Vallarta Lifestyles

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Puerto Vallarta was chosen as one of the best places to retire by Katie Brockman in an article she wrote named The 3 Best Places to Retire Abroad on Less Than $1,500 Per Month for investment website The Motley Fool.

Besides providing the chance to start anew and try something different, retiring abroad offers a host of other benefits including being exposed to a new culture, paying far less for healthcare, and even enjoying a lower cost of living. In fact, according to expatriate resource Expatistan, the U.S. ranks as the 17th most expensive country out of the 106 countries on the list -- and there are dozens of countries that offer a more affordable lifestyle without having to sacrifice quality of life.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

If you're looking to retire abroad while staying relatively close to home, Mexico is a fantastic option. You'll need to do some research to make sure you choose the right city as some towns have higher crime rates than others, but one promising choice is the tropical destination of Puerto Vallarta.

The city is a popular tourist destination, so it's also very retiree-friendly with plenty of restaurants, shops, theaters, and, of course, miles of sandy beaches. While housing can be more expensive than other Mexican cities, it's still more affordable compared to many U.S. cities -- the average furnished 900-square-foot apartment in an expensive area of the city costs just under $1,000 per month, according to Expatistan. However, there are less pricey options, and if you choose to move to a less expensive part of town, you could pay just $500 per month for a furnished apartment.

You'll also find quality healthcare in Puerto Vallarta at an affordable price. Once you become a resident of Mexico, you are eligible to participate in the country's public healthcare system. You can also buy private insurance, and while costs vary widely depending on the city and hospital, it's usually more affordable than U.S. plans.

Source: The Motley Fool


The 7th Annual Charity Chili Cook-Off is set for Saturday, February 23rd from 1-5 pm at El Rio BBQ Bar in Paso Ancho. Jim Sullivan will again chair this year's "All you can eat" chili feast, featuring recipes from some 18 popular PV area bar restaurants and sponsors - all competing for trophies and bragging rights. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

There will be two categories of chili judging - one by popular vote from attendees and one by professional judges. We still have space available for a couple more entries. Anyone interested in participating by making their own 5 gallons of chili, please contact Donna Wong at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tickets to the Chili Cook-Off cost just $250 pesos per person prior to the event and $300 pesos at the door. In addition to all the chili, an order of El Rio's famous smoked riblets and an agua fresca are also included. Regular El Rio menu items will also be available for purchase. Entertainment will be provided by several cookin' musical groups, including Dave Whitty, Da Crew, Mikki Prost and The Texas Embassy Blues Band.

Pearl Burrus and Vera Carp return to Emcee the event again this year. These two characters—two of the 22 zany characters from Greater Tuna, a satirical comedy about small towns, small minds, and big hearts—had the Cook-Off crowd in stitches with their off-the-cuff and sometimes off-color quips. They appear courtesy of Incanto, where their play returns soon.

All proceeds from the cook-off go to local charities and community projects, including:

  • Supporting DIF in their support to Senior Citizens, DIF - A Mexican public institution of social assistance that focuses on strengthening and developing the welfare of the Mexican families.
  • Jay Sadler Community Relations Projects A.C. – In 2018 38 projects were completed; in 2017 30 projects; during the past 5 years, 140 projects.

Tickets to the Chili Cook-off can be purchased at the door or in advance from many of the event's sponsors: All-Access, Café Roma, Captain Don's, DZ Route 66, Escondida Sports Bar, Gringo Loco, Kelly's Pour Favor, Los Muertos Brewery, Murphy’s Irish Pub, Nacho Daddy, Que Pasa, The Salty Caesar, Refugio Infantil Santa Esperenza A.C. RISE, Suriya Events and Winston’s Bar & Grill. Also Making chili Coco Tropical Restaurant, El Torito Sports Bar and Marriott Champions Sports Bar. Doors open at 12:00 pm. Chili will be served from 1:00 to 4:00 pm and voting will run from 1:00-3:00 pm. Confirmed Professional Chili Judges include Gary Beck (Puerto Vallarta Shows: More of Beck’s Best: Theater, Cabaret and More; Puerto Vallarta Restaurant Guide Beck’s Best; Gary’s Groupies), Paul Mayer (Vallarta Food Tours), Madeline Celeste (Vallarta Tribune Editor) and Jim Lee (Living Vallarta).


Riverfest 8, two days of music and great food benefiting Pasitos de Luz, will take place at El Rio BBQ Bar on March 2-3, 2019.

We absolutely love Riverfest! If you enjoy your live music and want to support our work here at Pasitos de Luz, then Riverfest is the perfect opportunity. Have a great time and continue to help our children reach their full potential.

Last year was our best Riverfest to date, raising over $300,000 pesos, which is a huge deal for us. Our events make up almost 20% of our total income. Let's make Riverfest 8 even more successful!

Entry is just a $100-peso donation at the gate on Saturday and Sunday

Enjoy a full afternoon of fantastic live music, great surroundings and delicious food options at Riverfest on each day. Both days you can enjoy our silent auction, 50/50 draws, great vendors and, on Saturday, hair cutting by Alexander A Salon. Our children will also be putting on a special performance on the Saturday, which you will absolutely love.

Become a Patron Ticket holder

We would like to invite you to become a Patron Ticket holder at Riverfest 8. The Patron Tickets are for guests who would like to give back that little bit extra to Pasitos. There are Saturday and Sunday Patron Tickets.

Saturday Patron Tickets: The Saturday Patron Ticket is $900 pesos per person or a table of 8 for $6,400 pesos (a saving of $800 pesos!). For this you get gate entry, early bird parking, a welcome drink (beer, margarita or lemonade), free snacks and appetizers, one free serving at the fabulous buffet provided by El Rio, Pasta Fresca and Barcelona Tapas from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., priority reserved seating for viewing the entertainment, plus unlimited non-alcoholic drinks throughout the day and great music!

Sunday Patron Tickets: This year we are also pleased to announce Sunday Patron Tickets, which offer gate entry, reserved seating, a welcome drink, plus delicious family-style service Riverfest Parrillada lunch. All of this for just $1,500 pesos per group of 4 people!

We would love to see you at Riverfest 8. Book your Saturday or Sunday Patron Tickets by contacting Barb Bremner by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Unfortunately, we only have limited numbers of patron tickets available and they typically go quickly.

And if we don't see you at Riverfest, we hope to see you soon. Best wishes to all our friends and supporters, wherever you are in the world...


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