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In early December, Puerto Vallarta welcomed the cruise ship Carnival Panorama, one of the biggest in Carnival Cruises International.

For the first time the maritimal terminal of Puerto Vallarta welcomed the Carnival Panorama, one of the biggest cruises of Carnival Cruises International, that started its inaugural journey throughout the Mexican Pacific.

This cruise ship stopped over a night in the city, it has a length of 1056.43 ft and capacity to host 4,980 passengers. Besides, it has more than 1,400 staff on board. Among the destinations that it will visit are Los Cabos, Mazatlán, and Puerto Vallarta, places where it will return continuously before the end of the year.

Its arrival was last Wednesday December 4th 2019 and with it, the Admnistración Portuaria Integral (API) has held a total of 168 touristic international ships during the year. This magnificent frequency has positioned Puerto Vallarta in the first place of the Mexican Pacific with the highest cruise ship arrivals and in the second place of the whole West Coast, just behind Cabo San Lucas.

Source: Vallarta Lifestyles


Puerto Vallarta will host its first Bahía World Music Festival on December 7 and 8 at Oscar's Restaurant on La Isla Rio Cuale.

The two-day event will feature performances by bands of international renown bringing to our city the sounds of South America, Europe, the Middle East and other regions of the world, along with a talent competition focusing on local underage musicians.

The Bahía World Music Festival is the brainchild of Jair Cabrera, who along with brother Caleb and cousin Gibran, conform the group Media Luna. Formerly based in San Miguel de Allende, and recently moved to Puerto Vallarta, Media Luna combines gypsy rumba, flamenco, rock and huapango to create their own unique sound. They are highly regarded throughout the country and have even opened for the acclaimed Lila Downs. "It was just a dream, more than anything else," explains Jair, who conceived of the festival as a way to perform the music they so much love, exposing it to a broader audience.

Media Luna is one of several local bands presently being promoted by Christie Seeley, a local anglophone music lover and protégé who started attending performances by groups such as Tatehuari, Media Luna and Moruno, and eventually created Vallarta Sounds, a website dedicated to promoting their music to new audiences.

In terms of the actual bands that will perform during the first Bahía World Music Festival, visit their website, where you'll find detailed information about each one of the guest performers, along with ticket information.

Source: Banderas News


The 4th Commercial and Cultural Wixarika Expo will take place in San Francisco, Riviera Nayarit from November 28 through December 1st.

The event is backed by the National Institute of Indigenous People (INPI, for its initials in Spanish), represented in Nayarit by Maximino González Salvador, who noted the expo will have four pavilions:  Indigenous Paradises, Gastronomy, Traditional Medicine and Agro-industry, with 45 booths showing the diversity of Wixarika art, plus music, dance, conferences and, of course, shamans.

The four groups native to Nayarit are expected to be present; Huicholes, Coras, Tepehuanos and Mexicaneros. They’ll be showing their chaquira art, kitting and products made in the communities Las Pilas and Cora de Abajo, Tepic.

Likewise, during the Expo, there’s an extensive cultural program, with traditional music, theater, and a parade showing traditional clothing.

The 4th Commercial and Cultural Wixarika Expo 2019 is backed by the Banderas bay Hotel and Motel Association, the Riviera Nayarit Office for Visitors and Conventions, the Nayarit State Government, and the Municipality of Banderas Bay.

Source: NotiVallarta (Spanish)


The American School of Puerto Vallarta inaugurated the first phase of the Centro STEM+ Bahía de Banderas (STEM+ Center of Banderas Bay.)

The Centro STEM+ (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is a program based on the idea of educating students in these four disciplines to spark their motivation to build, invent, solve, experiment and undertake, all in a conducive, interactive, participatory and interdisciplinary environment.

The first phase of this center features a wet laboratory (suitable for working with heat, chemicals and dissections) and dry one (ideal for collaborative work), as well as a preparation area.

In addition to contemplating more classrooms with modern facilities and the use of high-tech materials, the Centro STEM+ Bahía de Banderas will gradually welcome public schools and community service groups to be able to academically impact more than 1,000 students of the region per year.

During the opening ceremony, in addition to the parents who made this project possible thanks to their generous donations, Lisa Langley, general director of the American School; Rebecca Scotti, member of the Board of Directors of American School and Carlos De la Rosa, representative of Península Residence (a renowned real estate group with national presence), were present.

Source: Vallarta Lifestyles


From December 1-12, processions take place to the Guadalupe Parish, these pilgrimages resemble a small parade, with folkloric dancers, floats, singing and even fireworks following their brief mass.

During every December the pilgrimages to honor the Virgin of Guadalupe take place in Mexico, and in Puerto Vallarta this religious and popular event takes place from December 1st till 12th.

This traditional route, which is considered as sacred for many believers, takes place from Puerto Vallarta Downtown to the Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, filling the streets with colors, music, flavors, and, of course, a sense of peace and joy that makes this event a unique one.

Enjoy our traditions, live this spiritual experience in Puerto Vallarta , and fill yourself with joy at this beautiful destination.

Read more about Virgin of Guadalupe.

Source: Visit Puerto Vallarta