Registrations are now open for the workshops at the Cuale Cultural Center, offered by the municipal government through the Vallarta Institute of Culture (IVC).
The 13 workshops will be offered free of charge, with the exception of material costs, at the cultural center during the months of September to December.
The workshops offered by the Cuale Cultural Center are: photography, piano, guitar (beginners and advanced), painting (children and adults), drumming, engraving, terracotta, sculpture, singing, Latin American instruments, and theater. In all cases, places will be limited and hours staggered.
People interested in attending the workshops must observe and comply with the health protocols required by the “new normal”, such as: use of face masks, temperature registration prior to admission, use of antibacterial gel and healthy distance between students.
Registration is open from Monday, September 7 at the IVC offices on the island of the Cuale River, from Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. More information on schedules, instructors and requirements is available on the institutional social networks of the Municipal Government, the Instituto Vallarta de Cultura and Canal del Puerto.
Source: Vallarta Daily
The list of winners of the popular Traveler’s Choice Awards, granted every year by travel site TripAdvisor, included Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit for its hotels, restaurants, beaches and experiences.
These awards are given based on ratings, comments and reviews from TripAdvisor platform users around the world, making it a highly reliable award. This year Grand Velas Nayarit is the biggest winner, being included in Top Hotels (#7), Best All-Inclusive Resorts (#4), Top Luxury Hotels (#6) and Best Hotels for Service (#8).
Top 25 Hotels in Mexico also included Grand Luxxe at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta coming in at 19. While the 25 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Mexico included Marival Distinct Luxury Residences and Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel & Romantic Getaway at 13 and 23, respectively. In the Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Mexico we can find Hotel Mousai (14) Grand Luxxe (15) and Villa La Estancia Riviera Nayarit (24).
The region also placed in Top 25 Small Hotels in Mexico with Casa Cupula (11); Top 25 Bargain Hotels with Hotel Posada de Roger (16), Casa Anita y Corona del Mar (21) and Hotel Porto Alegre (22); Top 25 Hotels for Service with Hotel Playa Fiesta (11); Top 25 Hotels for Romance with Casa Velas (12), Hotel Mousai (16) and Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel & Romantic Getaway (25); Top 25 B&Bs and Inns with Garlands Del Rio Boutique Hotel (11), Hacienda Escondida Puerto Vallarta (15); Top 25 Hotels for Families with The Grand Bliss at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta (1), Mayan Palace at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta (4), Samba Vallarta All Inclusive (5) and Sea Garden at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta (13).
Among restaurants, two made the Top 10 Restaurants list with Tuna Blanca Punta de Mita coming in at 5 and Etonne Nuevo Vallarta at 6.
Vallarta-Nayarit is also preferred by national travelers, ranking Puerto Vallarta at 4 and Nuevo Vallarta placing at 9 among the “Most Popular Destinations in Mexico”, the latter also landed at 6 in “Top 10 Beaches” with Playa Nuevo Vallarta. Lastly, Puerto Vallarta ranked in the “Top 10 Experiences” with the Downtown Puerto Vallarta Food Tour at 5, Canopy River Zipline Tour and Mule Ride at 8 and Puerto Vallarta Outdoor Adventure Zip Line and Speedboat Ride at 9.
For the full list of winners, you can visit TripAdvisor.
Restaurant Week offers diners in Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta the chance to enjoy fixed-price, innovative three-course menus (with three options each) at some of the most prestigious restaurants in Banderas Bay. This event will take place from September 15th to October 10th, 2020.
Among the Puerto Vallarta participating restaurants are: Abbraccio, Archie’s Wok, Arrecifes Seafood & Steakhouse, Azafrán, Barcelona Tapas, Barrio Bistro, Basilio Comer & Beber, Blanca Blue, Bocados STK, Bravos, Café des Artistes, Di Vino Dante, El Dorado, Gaviotas, Gernika Pintxos Wine Bar, Hacienda San Ángel Gourmet, IK Mixology Bar & Cuisine, Joe Jack’s Fish Shack, Kaiser Maximilian Restaurant & Café, La Cappella, La Leche, La Palapa, La Tosca · Trattoria da Gaetano, Layla’s Restaurante, Le Kliff, Mikado, Pal’Mar Seafood & Grill Garage, Pezlimon, Poblanos Cocina Mexicana, River Café, Roberto’s, Serrano’s Meat House, Siam Cocina Thai, Sonora House, The Iguana Restaurant & Tequila Bar, The Rooftop, The Swedes, Trattoría Di Nuovo, Trio · Mediterranean Cuisine, Tuna Azul, UMAI and Vitea Oceanfront Bistro. On the other hand, the Riviera Nayarit restaurants that will participate in this culinary festival are: Culi’s Restaurant & Bar, La Peska, Loma 42 Bahía, Nicksan, Oso’s Fish Market Restaurant, Sabal Playa and Venazú.
This year’s event, whose extraordinary date was selected with the help of the participating restaurants, will be sponsored by Cristalería del Pacífico, a Vallarta’s company with more than 30 years of experience, which has been recognized as one of the best distributors of supplies for restaurants and hotel chains of international prestige; as well as by Vinoteca, a Mexican company with more than 20 branches in the country that, since 2015, was established in Puerto Vallarta to offer the highest quality wines and spirits from different parts of the world.
Organized by Vallarta Lifestyles Media Group, Restaurant Week has the support of the national and international promotion of the Riviera Nayarit Visitors and Conventions Bureau, as well as the different tourism authorities of Puerto Vallarta.
Source: Vallarta Lifestyles
Online travel & tourism agency Despegar recently published a study wherein 65% of Mexican travelers are said to be making their first post-pandemic travels to national destinations, and a majority of them are also planning on driving instead of flying.
Ezequiel Rubin, head of Despegar México, points out that the tourism industry is one of the most important economic sectors in Mexico and will undoubtedly play a key role in the country's economic reactivation after the pandemic. He says that it is clear, however, that people will not travel in the same ways as before due to Coronavirus, adding that many travelers have come to restructure their way of life, and that includes the way they will travel.
Rubin explained that although many will travel long distances for their vacation, the country will see a new trend, which is travel-by-road day trips. He noted that a lot of national travelers are interested in less than 3-hour-long road trips that take them to sites such as the Pyramids of Teotihuacán, cycling through Valle de Bravo, etc., which will encourage regional tourism and boost local economies.
He added that Mexico's Pueblos Mágicos will be some of the most popular places to visit due to their proximity to major cities and the many outdoor activities in these destinations that offer travelers the opportunity to enjoy a great vacation while avoiding crowds.
This fall, beach destinations will continue to be the most popular places to be visited by traveling Mexicans, due to their need to visit open spaces where they can relax. In fact, according to an analysis carried out by Despegar, Cancun, Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán, Acapulco and Ixtapa Zihuatanejo have been among the most sought-after destinations in recent weeks.
Source: Banderas News
Starting in June, eleven commercial airlines have gradually restarted operations, landing at the Lic. Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport and helping reconnect the Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit region with top cities in Mexico and the United States.
According to information issued by Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP), domestic airlines that began operations towards the end of the first semester of 2020 include Aeroméxico, Interjet, Volaris, Aeromar, Viva Aerobus, TAR, and Magnicharters; international carriers include American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines. Low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines will also begin to fly in October.
As a result, connectivity has been reestablished with the following cities in Mexico: Mexico City, Tijuana, León, Guadalajara, Monterrey, Aguascalientes, and San José del Cabo. US cities include Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Dallas, and Houston. A gradual increase in both routes and frequencies is expected.
It’s important to reiterate that the airport and the airlines are both following protocols and health measures endorsed by the state, national, and international authorities to avoid possible COVID-19 contagion. These actions—established by GAP for the airport, and by the National Chamber of Air Transport (Canaero) for airlines—are key to inspiring confidence in travelers and incentivizing the safe use of air transportation.
Source: Vallarta Daily