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The City of Puerto Vallarta, through the Municipal Woman's Institute, and the System for the Integral Development of the Family (DIF), with the cooperation of local institutions and social educational centers, were part of a silent march on the Malecon and also organized an information fair to educate, inform and expand the awareness towards the problem among the local citizens.

Puerto Vallarta advocates to erradicate the violence against women

The current President of DIF in this municipality, Jennifer Serur, stressed that it is important to set a greater emphasis on the value ??and rights of all women as a fundamental pillar of the family, "today it is very important to ponder a moment and  reflect on the value and dignity of every human being, no one deserves to be treated with contempt, no one deserves to be in a situation of abuse or repression, much less become a victim of violence of any kind. "

Carrying signs with slogans supporting equality, respect, the value of women and their right to a life free of violence, they began the march in which hundreds of people gathered, including students of all educational levels, representatives of several government agencies, officials, and many Vallartans, with white clothes and a purple ribbon symbolizing the struggle. The large number of participants proves that Puerto Vallarta is still working hard every day to eliminate this kind of violence.

Martha Patricia Rodriguez Montes, who currently heads the Women's Institute, stressed that "violence against women is more than a blow, a kick, it is a complex social pathology, that literally needs to be addressed in all its areas, from the physical, emotional, sexual, economic, and other areas; violence against women is a problem of epidemic proportions and is perhaps the most common human rights violation today. It's time for a final battle, a decisive effort, let our voices be heard and with the cause that unites us today, let's prove once and for all that in the realm of violence against women, there is no space for tolerance, no acceptable excuses and let's unite all our force, men and women alike, to fulfill this mission."

The true importance of this mission is that it's an issue not only in Puerto Vallarta, rather the whole world, and if you raise awareness among women and the rest of the population regarding respect of all human beings, many issues will be solved simultaneously, not only the specific issue of women.

These activities were led by the local government representatives Ana Carina Cibrian, Arelí Guerrero Flores, Gloria Palacios Ezequiel Ponce and Ricardo Uribe, Paula Celina Lomeli, the Head of the Municipal Women's Institute, Deputy Director of Culture, Monica Venegas Sánchez, the coordinator of the UAVI Elizabeth Ruelas Carrillo, the Director of the Center for Youth Integration in Puerto Vallarta, Beatriz Barron and the representative of the New Life Center, Lorena Tirado Fuentes.

Panoramic view of Downtown Puerto Vallarta

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Mexican Ocean Racing Circuit, Puerto Vallarta Mexico

OFFICIAL REGATTA PROGRAM 
 MARCH 2004:
 
Saturday 13 - Welcome cocktail

Sunday 14 - 1st Windward-Leeward Regatta
2nd Windward-Leeward Regatta

Monday 15 - 3rd modified America’s Cup Regatta
 
Tuesday 16 - 4th Marieta Island Regatta

Wednesday - 17 Rest day

Thursday 18 - 5th Panoramic Regatta
6th Windward-Leeward Regatta

Friday 19 - 7th Windward-Leeward
Regatta
Cocktail and Prize Dinner

CIRCUITO MEXICANO DE REGATAS OCEÁNICAS

Un evento de fama mundial en los años 60’s fueron las regatas San Diego-Acapulco en las que participaban veleristas de la Costa del Pacífico de Estados Unidos y México. Por diferentes circunstancias a principios de los 70’s empezaron a experimentar una baja considerable en el número de participantes. Cada vez venían menos barcos y cada vez era más difícil contar con un evento del nivel de las primeras 10 regatas que hubo. En paralelo, había circuitos en otras partes del mundo que captaban cada vez más adeptos, competidores y seguidores: La Admiral Cup en Inglaterra, el Southern Ocean Racing Circuit (SORC) en Miami, el Pacific Ocean Racing Circuit (PORC) en California y la Copa del Rey en el Mediterráneo.

A mediados de los 70’s se reúne un grupo de entusiastas veleristas para dar vida a un nuevo concepto: La Serie MEXORC (Mexican Ocean Racing Circuit) o sea Circuito Mexicana de Regatas Oceánicas. Y eso eran estos eventos, Circuitos Oceánicos de gran nivel. Nacía una nueva oportunidad para que los mexicanos pudieran medir fuerzas con embarcaciones de Estados Unidos en aguas de nuestro país.

La primera regata MEXORC coincide con la inauguración del Hotel Las Hadas, gran desarrollo turístico de Manzanillo ideado por Don Atenor Patiño y hecho realidad por arquitectos mexicanos. Para premiar al ganador de esta primer regata Atenor Patiño donó un trofeo de oro.

Las competencias dentro de este Circuito han sido modificadas más de una vez, primero se hacía bianual y posteriormente se cambió a efectuarlas cada año coincidiendo con la llegada de dos grandes competencias de Vela en los Estados Unidos, una organizada por el Club de Yates de San Diego y la otra por Marina del Rey en California los que bajaban un año a Manzanillo y otro año a Puerto Vallarta. Al contar con las espléndidas instalaciones de Marina Vallarta en los últimos años se ha elegido como sede este lugar.

Las competencias tienen una semana de duración, iniciando días después de la llegada de los barcos americanos para lo cual los barcos mexicanos zarpan del Club de Yates de Acapulco para arribar en estas mismas fechas.

Por la parte deportiva se organizan en las aguas de Bahía de Banderas 5 días de regatas con un día intermedio de descanso. Los recorridos son pistas de barlovento-sotavento, triángulos de la Copa América modificados y una regata larga de ida y vuelta a las Islas Marietas de 25 Millas de recorrido.

La parte social es muy importante y muy animada en este evento: Inicia con un cóctel de bienvenida en el Club de Yates de Bahía de Banderas lugar sede de la regata, luego todos los días al caer la tarde, después de la regata los participantes se reúnen en el Club de Yates, esperando los resultados, ventilando las protestas y charlando y brindando por las vicisitudes del día. Al inicio de la noche los veleristas se van a descansar y los más activos siguen la fiesta en los múltiples lugares que existen en la ciudad de Puerto Vallarta. El día libre intermedio se ocupa en un Torneo de Golf seguido de un convivio, y como fin de fiesta se organiza una elegante Cena de Premiación la última noche del evento.

Durante los 29 años que tiene el Circuito han participado en el barcos muy famosos como son el PYWACKET de Roy Disney, el TOMAHAWK de John Arens, el SORCERY de Jake Wods, tripulado por 25 marinos, el MONGOOSE, el TAXI DANCER y otros, en cuanto a los barcos mexicanos destacan el NITISSIMA de Jorge Ripstein, el QUINTESSENCE de Eduardo Sáenz, el SIDEWINDER de Ricardo Brockmann, el SAETA de Rogelio Partida, el OLE de Antonio Elías y otros, en las categorías MAXI, IOR y Cruceros/Regata.

El nivel de los competidores de estos Circuitos es cada vez mayor. Por ejemplo, en la Regata del 2000 uno de los capitanes que participó en la América’s Cup, terminó esa competencia para una semana después participar en la Regata Marina del Rey Puerto Vallarta de Febrero y después en el MEXORC. En este Circuito han competido ya veleristas no nada más de California sino de todo Estados Unidos, Canadienses y Europeos ya que se trata de una competencia con reconocimiento mundial.

Para Marzo del 2004 existe ya gran entusiasmo: A la fecha están confirmados más de 29 veleros entre participantes del Club de Yates de San Diego, Club de Yates de Long Beach, Club de Yates de Chapala, Banderas Bay Yacht Club, sede del evento y otros tantos del Club de Yates de Acapulco.

En la actualidad el patrocinio principal que da el nombre a la Regata es la Compañía Relojera ROLEX apoyando en copatrocinios la Cervecería Modelo, los fabricantes de Vela Uk Sails, la ropa deportiva Lola Bombón, los astilleros de Vallarta Opequimar, diferentes restaurantes y empresas locales de Vallarta y el apoyo por parte del Gobierno del Estado y del Fideicomiso de Turismo de Puerto Vallarta

ANTECEDENTES
 
El Circuito Mexicano de Regatas Oceánicas (MEXORC) nació hace 29 años por el interés de un grupo de veleristas mexicanos que quisieron continuar la tradición de la regata San Diego-Acapulco que se celebraba anualmente llegando a Puerto Vallarta y a Manzanillo. A través de los años esta competición se ha convertido en la serie de más prestigio y calidad dentro de la Vela Oceánica Mexicana.
 
PARTICIPACIÓN
 
En cada año se ha incrementado la participación de veleristas, el pasado año fueron 20 barcos con más de 200 competidores y este año se calcula la asistencia de 9 barcos más de la categoría Maxi que vendrán de Estados Unidos.
 
DIFUSIÓN
 
Históricamente la regata ha contado con una amplia difusión en medios y este año contaremos con la presencia de:
 Prensa Vallarta Opina
Vallarta Today
Tribuna dela Bahía
PV Tribune
Homes & Living
Vallarta Life Styles
VIP
Reforma
Novedades
El Financiero
Prensa especializada
Mural
Quien
8 Columnas
El Informador

If you travel south in the Banderas Bay (Bahía de Banderas), you’ll find a protected area, that through the years has become a regular attraction, not only for the different day cruise ships in Vallarta but also for those that enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling. We are, of course, talking about the now famous Puerto Vallarta islands of “Los Arcos”.

These small beautiful granite islands protruding from the sea surface, visible even from downtown, which since 1984 have been classified as a National Marine Park.

Marine beauty in Puerto Vallarta

This beautiful Los Arcos National Marine Park is located out at sea between two beaches, Mismaloya beach, and Las Gemelas. At the park, you’ll find caves, deep tunnels, arches and a striking reef. It is said that the waters around the park are the deepest in the bay, with a depth ranging from 9 to 480 meters (30 and 1,600 feet).

This wonderful place is also a protected area for various seabird species that breed there, some of these include penguins, various species of parrots, pelicans and other sea and land birds. In the same way, marine life biodiversity in the sea around the park is also considerable, you’ll really enjoy a snorkel or scuba dive in the area, the water is quite clear and you can see different species of fish and other marine life.

Los Arcos is a place that is visited by many boats every day, they stop by this national park and all visitors have the opportunity to enjoy and marvel at the stunning scenery while doing their favorite activities. After the tour in Los Arcos, ships continue their journey south so their clients can also enjoy the beautiful beaches that can only be accessed by sea, such as Quimixto, Majahuitas or Yelapa beach.

In the past, not so long ago these huge rock formations were called Las Peñas (The Rocks), in fact, all of Puerto Vallarta was called that way, Las Peñas or Peñitas precisely due to the large rock formations near the sea limits, and in years prior the name was “El Carrizal”. It was here where "The Night of the Iguana" movie was shot by director, screenwriter and actor John Houston.

The Los Arcos Marine Park is not the only one in the bay, there’s another one at the Marietas Islands, one of the world’s protected biosphere reserves established by the UNESCO. The Marietas are an archipelago consisting of four land masses: two islets and two islands. The first and largest is 130 feet high (43 meters) and 1500 feet (700 meters) wide. The second is 160 feet high (54 meters) and a mile wide, approximately.

You can enjoy a swim, scuba diving and snorkeling can also be practiced here, it is also very common to see people doing underwater photography and climbing up the cliffs.

So don’t miss out on this natural sanctuary that has virtually no contact with civilization and where you can find species such as humpback whales, dolphins, giant manta rays, seabirds, turtles, swallows and other birds that enjoy the protection of this archipelago.

If you are in your plans come to visit Puerto Vallarta or you're in this magical place, we recommend that you take the opportunity to get to know these wonderful and unique places where you can enjoy an unforgettable experience.

So, if you are planning to visit Puerto Vallarta, or you already are here in this tropical paradise, take the time to visit and enjoy these marvelous and unique protected ecosystems, where you will get to know firsthand and in a real natural setting, the local autochthonous nature and take home a memorable and enjoyable experience.

If you belong to the LGBT community and are look for the ideal place to enjoy a vacation at the beach, Puerto Vallarta is definitively the best option.

In addition to excellent weather, Puerto Vallarta offers outdoor activities, shopping and restaurants, sophisticated cafes, bars, discos, bars and strippers and transvestite shows and martini bars if you want to enjoy an intimate conversation.

That is why, among other reasons, in recent years Puerto Vallarta has been called friendliest gay tourist destination in the country.

International Expo & Business LGBT

Each year gay entrepreneurs arrive in Puerto Vallarta so they too can be part of the variety of businesses in Vallarta's LGBT community, these include art galleries, clothing and accessories stores, restaurants, houseware, crafts and more. With this range of options, it's not a surprise that Puerto Vallarta is the vacation destination that most people wish to return to on a second occasion.

The news on this occasion is the International Expo & Business LGBT to be held in Puerto Vallarta, and the main goal of this event is to showcase and establish business links between buyers and sellers that have products aimed for the national and international LGBT community.

Among the professionals that will participate from November 20th to the 23rd at the International Expo & Business LGBT in Puerto Vallarta are various service providers that include airlines, hotels, restaurants, cruise agencies, car rental, tour operators, travel agents, CVB's and leading companies that already offer their services to the LGBT community as well as companies interested in expanding their business opportunities into this market.

This great event offers business exchanges and the opportunity to establish up to twentyfour appointments between buyers and sellers, both domestic and foreign, over a period of two days. There will also be held a number of conferences during the event for those interested in learning about the tastes and habits of the LGBT community, as well as the new trends in this business niche.

It should be noted that during the Expo in Puerto Vallarta, Out Now will present the results of the "Out Now Global LGBT 2020 Study" a global study that reveals that Puerto Vallarta is located among the ftop three preferred sites for the LGBT community.

Mexico is home to 4.8 million gay adults that generate $ 67 billion annually (based on a study by Out Now). Brazil has 8.7 million, generating $ 95.8 billion annually, and Argentina has 1.8 million generating $ 27 billion annually.

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