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Southwest, one of the largest domestic airlines in the United States, inaugurated its new San Diego-Puerto Vallarta routes, as well as San Jose and Sacramento, California, to Los Cabos, Baja California Sur.

Brad Hawkins, a spokesman for Southwest Airlines, said it is an honor to be able to offer travelers from both countries the option to fly conveniently, with low fares, two free checked bags and no charges for reservation changes. “These new non-stop flights translate into less travel time and more time to explore the incredible destinations we offer,” he said when opening the San Diego-Puerto Vallarta commercial flight that departed at 7:00 am local time and arrived two hours later.

In a festive atmosphere, American and Mexican tourists residing in the country were received by the airline’s staff at the San Diego International Airport, from where they departed to reach Puerto Vallarta. He pointed out that both Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos, since they started operations in 2014, are very important for Southwest, since they are highly sought-after destinations for US tourists looking to vacation on Mexican beaches.

Southwest Airlines announced last month its intention to begin transporting cargo to international destinations, starting in May 2018, including Mexico City, Cancun, Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta.

You can read more about traveling to Vallarta in our Travel Facts page.

Source: Vallarta Daily

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Lorena Herrera will be this year's Grand Marshal for Vallarta Pride 2018, which will be taking place between May 20th and May 27th and will celebrate the vibrant LGBTTIQ community in Puerto Vallarta.

One of the first celebrities to confirm their participation in Vallarta Pride 2018, is the famous Mexican actress and singer, Lorena Herrera, this year’s Grand Marshal, a place of honor within the festival, and who will also be the star of the free concert offered by Vallarta Pride on Friday, May 25th at Teatro Vallarta, starting at 9:30 p.m. Previous to the concert, special guests and other lucky guests will be able to accompany Lorena Herrera in a VIP Cocktail to be held at Mangos Beach Club, at 8:00 p.m.

Lorena Herrera began her career as a model participating in the contests of how “The Look Of The Year”, “Miss Bikini International” and “Miss Univision”. She has also participated in a total of 56 films, including ‘Cocaína’, ‘El Arrecife de los Alacranes’, ‘La Fichera más Rápida del Oeste’, and ‘Traición’; and telenovelas such as ‘Muchachitas’, ‘Dos mujeres, un camino’’ ‘El premio mayor’, ‘María Isabel’ and ‘Amy, La niña de la mochila azul’.

In 1996 Lorena debuted as a singer with her self-titled album of which the single “Soy” was highlighted. In 2015, she independently published the single “Masoquista”, in which she dabbled in dance-electronic music. That same year with Flash, Lorena was consecrated as one of the Mexican artists with the best visual productions. With this song, Herrera established herself as an icon for the LGBT community and began a series of presentations in the most important gay clubs in Mexico.

In 2016 she published the video for “Plastik”, the third single released from her new musical stage. That same year, the video “Karma” made its debut, where Lorena left aside the erotic style of his previous clips to focus on other audiovisual elements such as costumes, stages and camera movements. All the money raised through digital platforms with this song was donated to children living in extreme poverty in Mexico.

For more information and ticket sales of Vallarta Pride, visit the website http://www.vallartapride.com or the official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/orgullovallartapride.

Source: Gay PV Magazine

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Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta are coming together to raise awareness towards protecting the humpback whale and the natural riches of Bahía de Banderas in the third edition of the Ballenarte Conservation Festival, the event will run from March 20-23, 2018.

The event is led by the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP by its acronym in Spanish) via the Islas Marietas National Park administration, in coordination with Whale Ecology and Conservation (ECOBAC by its acronym in English), which receives support from the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB).

The Ballenarte Conservation Festival, the only one of its kind in the region, offers a series of ecological, cultural, and recreational activities to engage the local community, domestic and foreign tourists, and, of course, the children from both tourism destinations so as to inform them of the importance of learning more about these marine giants and their safeguarding.

According to biologist Astrid Frisch Jordán, Director at ECOBAC, every winter some 500 humpback whales arrive in Bahía de Banderas in order to mate, and about 40 calves are born in these waters every year. The cetaceans remain in the area for four months from December through March.

Read more about ecotourism in Vallarta.
 

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Puerto Vallarta's International Film Festival (FICPV) is turning 18 this year! The University of Guadalajara's Centro Universitario de la Costa will welcome actors, film directors and movie fanatics from all over the world to the biggest cinema related event in the area and they'll celebrate this milestone by going all out with the Catalonia region as the guest of honor. 

From March 12 to 23, moviegoers will enjoy twelve consecutive days of a selection of more than 40 films from Mexico and the world, with the region of Catalonia as guest of honor. Parks and public forums, educational and cultural institutions, shopping centers, restaurants and other entertainment centers have been added as screening venues for this year's featured films.

This year's program includes more than 40 film screenings that are free and open to the general public; divided into eleven sections: Official, Academic, Senior, Environmental, Cross-border Cinema, Short Films, Echoes of the Cork Film Festival, Gourmet, Children, Musical and Maguey Awards.

The International Film Festival in Puerto Vallarta (FICPV) also includes the delivery of the "Golden Iguana" award, to prominent figures from the world of cinema, and parallel activities such as the Huston Film and Literature Chair. In its 18th edition, the FICPV will recognize with the golden award: director, screenwriter and producer Erika Lust; director and television producer, Dan Attias; to the production of the documentary by Jean-Michel Cousteau and Jean-Jacques Mantello, The Wonders of the Sea; and Irish screenwriter Mark O'Halloran.

Read more about The Night of the Iguana, the film classic that inspired this festival's biggest award.

Source: Banderas News

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 This year the event will be called Voilá! and will combine circus, orchestra, and the presentation of more than 150 young artists. It will be held at Bodega Circo, located on one side of the Bodega 3 on Tercer Mundo Avenue. The show kicks off at 7:30 p.m.

From March 21-24, this school—located in the tourism destination of San Francisco, Nayarit, known as the Cultural Capital of the Riviera Nayarit—will be transformed into an elaborate, fabulous stage for the talented kids and teens in this unique production. On this occasion, the Puerto Vallarta Orchestra School will be joining them.

The Circo de los Niños was created in 2011 by Gilles Ste-Croix, co-founder of the Cirque du Soleil, and designed by Monique Voyer. What started as an introduction to the circus arts has become a one-of-a-kind school with a professional team of instructors and an ever-growing number of students looking to experiment with the magic of the circus and other performing arts.

The children chosen to participate in the show live in San Pancho and Sayulita, and many of them have been with the program since its inception. They work hard five days a week from one to five hours a day, depending on their age, interest, and level of instruction. All proceeds from the event will be funneled to the youth program for San Pancho’s Circo de los Niños. The seats are all general admission, with the exception of a special area designated for the donors to the Dreamcatchers fund.

Read more about San Pancho!

Source: Vallarta Daily