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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

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The eleventh edition of the Vallarta · Nayarit Gastronómica will take place from September 29th to October 3rd of 2019 at the Sheraton Buganvilias Resort & Convention Center, this time under the motto “¡Una Historia que Contar!” (A Story to Tell).

During four days, the best international chefs, mixologist, sommeliers and different personalities from haute cuisine will offer showcookings, gourmet workshops, premium tastings, expositions and dinners with wine pairing.

Among the guest, Vallarta · Nayarit Gastrónomica will feature the presence of the Spanish chef Jesús Sánchez, who has two Michelin Stars and three Repsol Suns, the Mexican Lula Martín del Campo and Memo Wulff, representing our destination; as well as some other 30 chefs from different places of Mexico, Spain and other Latin American countries.

Carlos Elizondo and Consuelo Elipe, the event’s coordinators, proudly expressed satisfaction about this event, that started as a seminar, and now has become such an important gastronomic celebration, which takes place in one of the most beautiful bays of Mexico.

Source: Vallarta Lifestyles

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Puerto Vallarta is one of the safest cities to live in according to the National Urban Public Security Survey, their quarterly survey placed Vallarta the sixth safest city in the country.

According to the National Urban Public Security Survey (ENSU), conducted by the National Institute of Statistics, Geography, and Informatics (INEGI), in the second quarter of 2019, 73.9% of the population ages 18 years and over, coming from 70 cities in Mexico, consider that the place where they live is unsafe.

The results of the ENSU showed that the city of San Pedro Garza García, Nuevo León, is the safest place to live in Mexico since more than 80% of its inhabitants have a positive perception regarding safety.

The second and third places on the list are occupied by the cities of Mérida, Yucatán, and San Nicolás de los Garza, Nuevo León, with an approval regarding safety of 69.8% and 66.9%, respectively.

The list of the safest cities also includes Los Cabos , Baja California Sur; Durango , Durango; Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco; Saltillo, Coahuila; General Escobedo, Nuevo León; Campeche, Campeche, and Mazatlan, Sinaloa. In them, the percentages of people who feel safe range from 61.6% to 53 percent. Puerto Vallarta stands at 56%, sixth place in Mexico.

Source: Vallarta Daily