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Puerto Vallarta has been included in the list of the safest cities in the world by CEO World magazine. The security index lists 334 cities in the world based on key metrics that value the crime level given to each city.

Mérida, Yucatan, Mexico was placed in the twenty-first position in the list of safest cities in the world, surpassing cities such as The Hague in the Netherlands, where the International Court of Justice is located, or Geneva in Switzerland, which houses the headquarters of the United Nations in Europe. Mérida is the safest city in Latin America and the second safest in all of the Americas, just behind Québec, Canada.

The Mexican cities that appeared on the list are, firstly, Mérida, followed by Puerto Vallarta (83rd place), Querétaro (number 115), Monterrey (position 230), Guadalajara (271), Tijuana (278) and the Mexico City position 309 out of 334.

As for the first places, for 3rd consecutive year, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, was located as the safest city on the planet, followed by the capital of Qatar, Doha, and in third-place Québec, Canada. Other cities that made up the top 10 are: Taipei, Munich, Dubai, Zurich, Bern (Switzerland), Eskisehir (Turkey) and Hong Kong.

The most dangerous cities in the world, according to the ranking, were Caracas (Venezuela), Pietermaritzburg (South Africa), Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea), Pretoria (South Africa) and San Pedro Sula (Honduras).

Source: Vallarta Daily

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Vallarta’s Instituto Vallartense de Cultura is holding the Mexican Film Festival from September 4th to October 16th of 2019, with seven of the best movies made in the 70’s and 80’s.

The film list includes “Mariana Mariana”, by Alberto Isaac; “Morir en el Golfo”, by Alejandro Pelayo; “Veneno para las Hadas”, by Carlos Enrique Taboada; “Lugar sin límites”, by Arturo Ripstein; “Retrato de una Mujer Casada”, by Alberto Bojórquez; “Naufragio”, by Jaime Alberto Hermosillo and “Cadena Perpetua” by Arturo Ripstein.

This event is part of diverse activities created by the Circuito Cineteca Nacional, whose main purpose is to take quality movies to different places of Mexico, through film exhibitions in different cultural centers such as cinema clubs, universities and museums. 

This film festival will take place each Wednesday at 7:00pm in the auditorium of Instituto Vallartense de Cultura (Aquiles Serdán 437, Emiliano Zapata) and the entrance will be free. 

  Source: Vallarta Lifestyles

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September is the month of Mexico and streets are decorated across the country with paper flags (or plastic) and colorful garlands, which is locally called "papel picado". On each corner there are vendors with a colorful assortment of flags, balloons, hats and pinwheels, in white, red and green, the National colors. There are flags on the houses and all government buildings and town squares.

The main squares themselves are impressively decorated with garlands, patriotic decorations, lights and flags, this is in preparation for the evening party and the grito.

It is celebrated every year at town squares (plaza or zócalo) of all major cities in the country and also in Puerto Vallarta. With two days of traditional Mexican fiesta y with fireworks, parades, games, speeches, all kinds of Mexican food and lots of fun for both locals and visitors.

It all starts on the afternoon of September 15th, when Vallartans, local visitors and foreign tourists start to gather on the square and surrounding streets, leaving almost no room to move, so they can witnesses and participate in the grito. The town mayor, whomever it is at the time, repeats, like a mantra, the same words that the priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla proclaimed over 200 years ago.

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Low cost Mexican airline VivaAerobus announced it’s 100th national route, it will connect Tijuana and Puerto Vallarta and will begin operating three times a week on December 13.

Raúl Revuelta, Pacific Airport Group’s (GAP in Spanish) general director and Juan Carlos Zuazua, Viva Aerobus’ general director, expressed their enthusiasm for the airline’s connection between two of the most affluent Mexican destinations; which benefits the development of both cities.

With this new flight, it is expected to increase the reach of visitors from Baja California and nearby cities who want to enjoy the Vallarta · Nayarit’s privileged weather and landscape.

This airline offers 18 international routes and 99 national (for our destination only it keeps connection with Guadalajara, Monterrey, Puebla and Mexico City).

Source: Vallarta Lifestyles

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Apple Vacations’ 2019 edition of the Crystal Apple Awards has nominated Puerto Vallarta as “Best Destination 2019”, the winners will be announced on September 9.

“It is our maximum sun and beach destination that we have in Jalisco and that positions us internationally thanks to its excellent quality of tourist infrastructure, its natural beauty, its gastronomy, its variety of contents and experiences, and of course, the great warmth of its people, that’s why we are proud that such an important platform for the sale of vacation packages in the United States recognizes it with the nomination for the Crystal Apple Awards in the category of ‘Best Destination 2019’ , said the secretary of Tourism , Germán Ralis Fulfilled.

The winners of the award will be announced on September 9 in the city of Chicago, where the Secretary and the General Director of Tourism Promotion, Rocío Lancaster Jones, will be representing the city.

The 2019 Best Destination award will be defined by the results of the holiday satisfaction surveys that Apple Vacations distributes to its customers upon return of their trips.

Source: Vallarta Daily