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Puerto Vallarta was the home of 2,700 turtle nests in 2018, giving birth to 130,000 turtles, so this year the city is preparing its 14 kilometers of coastline to receive and care for them during this breeding season.

Currently, Puerto Vallarta is the only city to have a sea turtle protection plan on the Mexican Pacific, which has led to making Puerto Vallarta the best place in the country to see them in their habitat, the result of years of effort in conservation. The city records an 85% hatching rate.

The effort has also involved some hotels in the area such as the Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa, Barceló Puerto Vallarta and Velas Vallarta, which as part of its attractions offer visitors to be part of the experience.

The task is not simple. The possibility of nesting occurs along the 14 kilometers of coastline, where Puerto Vallarta gathers thousands of tourists throughout the year to enjoy its beaches. However, there are some actions that tourists can carry out to contribute to the conservation of the species, such as avoiding throwing cigarette butts or leaving coal from the campfire on the beach, as they are substances that affect the degree of hatching of eggs.

In this part of the Mexican Pacific, four of the eight species of sea turtles are registered worldwide: black, hawksbill, lute and golf, the latter being the most popular.

Officially, the season is from August to December, however, several of them begin to arrive from mid-July.

Source: Vallarta Daily

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The Guía México Gastronómico 2019 (Mexico Gastronomic Guide) has revealed its exclusive list of the 120 best restaurants in the country, and Tintoque was included for its culinary concept and proposal.

Since its opening in 2016, Tintoque has stood out in the bay’s culinary scene for its signature cuisine, which was created by renowned chef Joel Ornelas, who after working for some of the most famous restaurants in England, Spain and Mexico, arrived to our destination to seduce the palate of residents and visitors who come to the restaurant and enjoy dishes that recreate local recipes.

For the fourth consecutive year, Culinaria Mexicana, an editorial and gastronomic publishing company, presents its Guía México Gastronómico, which selects the restaurants for complying with aspects such as quality in service and food preparation, continuity of the restaurant’s gastronomic project, impact of chefs or restaurant workers in the sustainable development of the regional cuisines, that they offer internships for students, that the restaurant encourages the development of gastronomic communities in their environment and that it is an experience worth living (value for money).

“We are very happy because in this short time we have distinguished ourselves nationwide and our culinary proposal has been well accepted by our guests. Tintoque is a sensory experience that includes quality ingredients and regional products, that deserve a leading place in Puerto Vallarta’s gastronomic scene,” said proudly Mateo Gómez, founding partner of Tintoque.

Source: Vallarta Lifestyles

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The Salty Paw Jazz Orchestra, the first and only youth-based jazz orchestra in Puerto Vallarta, will be performing a free concert from 6:00-7:00 pm on Sunday, August 18 at Galerías Vallarta.

In this all-new concert, "Swinging in the Rain," the Salty Paws will be playing some of your favorite modern tunes along with Big Band swing standards. Make plans now to come out and enjoy this free, family-friendly event!

Part of 'I AM PV,' the Instituto Artes Musicales de Puerto Vallarta, a Mexican nonprofit organization, The Salty Paw Jazz Orchestra, or Pata Salada Orquesta de Jazz, is characterized by instrumentation in the style of a Big Band orchestra. The members are mostly young musicians learning jazz improvisation - the definition of jazz encompassing 3 major categories - Swing, Rock and Latin.

Established in September 2016 with 18 musicians led by the young, impassioned Director Victor Kris, it quickly evolved into a full jazz ensemble - and expanded beyond the usual jazz instrumentation, and includes violins, flutes and clarinets, adding innovative dimensions to the ensemble. Today, The Salty Paw Jazz Orchestra has grown to 27 members and has thrilled audiences at several local venues, like Act II Stages and the Jazz Foundation in Puerto Vallarta and the Breakers Beach Club Restaurant and Bar in Bucerías.

Come out to Galerías Vallarta on Sunday, August 18 to enjoy this free concert and show your support of these aspiring local musicians. Galerías Vallarta is located in the Puerto Vallarta Hotel Zone, across from the API Maritime (cruise ship) Terminal.

Source: Banderas News

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The first units of the Puerto Vallarta Turibus will begin operating on August 16, 2019, in the tourist strip, taking tourists to different points of interest and attractions in the city particularly to the historical center.

With an investment of approximately 20 million pesos, on Friday, August 16, the first four units of the so-called turibus will begin operations in Puerto Vallarta, as announced by the president of Canaco Servytur in Puerto Vallarta, Carlos Gerard Guzmán. “As a representative of the Chamber of Commerce, I can say that we are very happy to see that investors have confidence in Puerto Vallarta, especially in the tourism sector, particularly in the transport sector such as the Turibus.”

Guzmán mentioned that according to the information he has, they will start operations with four units and then another two will be added, which will operate the service with a total of six buses. He pointed out, it generates confidence in the business sector and certainty among other investors and possible people who could seek to invest in this city, and although it is a new service for Puerto Vallarta, it is a well-known tourist attraction in multiple destinations in Mexico and internationally.

In this regard, he indicated that this service will be provided in the tourist strip, in the spirit of taking tourists from hotels, especially those included, and take them to different points of interest and attractions in the city and in particular to the historical center that is where it is necessary to generate more influx of visitors.

Gerard Guzmán said that with this action the product is being renewed, which in the end is what Puerto Vallarta requires, to be at the forefront of the other tourist destinations, not to be left behind but instead, to be repeating what works and well in other tourist areas that are always at the forefront and that Vallarta is no exception.

Source: Vallarta Daily

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The Encuentro Nacional del Mariachi Tradicional (National Encounter of Traditional Mariachi, or ENMT) is celebrating its 18th anniversary from August 11-17, 2019.

The spirit of Mexico's rich culture runs hot in the veins of its Mariachi, the musical icons who serenade the nation's boulevards, public squares, and sidewalks with a brand and style of music that is both unique and legendary. Like the Charros (Mexican Cowboys), the Mariachi is a symbol of nationalism and culture, tracing its origins to the State of Jalisco.

So it's only logical that the Encuentro Nacional del Mariachi Tradicional (The National Encounter of Traditional Mariachi, or ENMT) will celebrate its 18th anniversary from August 11-17, 2019 with a program that will run for eight days in nine public venues in the Guadalajara region of the state.

The neighborhoods of Analco and Las Nueve Esquinas, in Guadalajara; El Malecón de Coexcomatitlán, in Tlajomulco; and El Barrio Pedro Moreno, in Tonalá, are just some of the places that will host this celebration that will feature 35 Mariachi groups, 35 activities, 18 Fandangos, and three galas at the historic Degollado Theater in Guadalajara.

The Traditional Mariachi ensemble is smaller than the modern group, consisting of as few as four musicians who play only string instruments. The vihuela, a small, high-pitched five string guitar with a rounded back, and the guitarron, a stout guitar-shaped bass, are two of the distinctive instruments essential to a Mariachi troupe.

Music and dance coexist in Traditional Mariachi. Small ensembles perform traditional repertoires in musical genres such as Jarabe, Minuete, Polka, Valona, Choti, Vals and Corrido, and are accompanied by dancers wearing heels that tap to the music on a wooden stage. Sometimes the musicians themselves act as the zapateadores.

Source: Banderas News