The Riviera Nayarit, one of the top bird watching regions in Mexico, has joined the Global Bird Weekend 2020, a virtual event to be held on October 17-18 and an initiative of Global Birding with BirdLife International, eBird, and Swarovski Optik.
The event encompasses eBird's October Big Day, with the goal of establishing a world record for the most birds sighted by the greatest number of people on this weekend of maximum bird migration.
Global Bird Weekend emerged as an alternative to the in-person sighting events that had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although international travel was cancelled and people had to stay home, on the positive side, more people than ever have become more aware of their local natural environment.
They added that all species count, from the most common to the rarest, and each bird is as important as the next. "So, wherever you are in the world - in your garden, your local park, a nature reserve, a wetland or the ocean, deep in a forest or high in the most remote mountains - every bird sighting counts," they reiterated.
The Riviera Nayarit is home to some of the best birding hot spots in Mexico, especially between the months of October and March. Observation opportunities abound from Sayulita to the San Blas mangroves, including the San Pancho and El Pozo estuaries, and the La Tovara natural reserve. This makes it a very attractive destination for the world's extensive bird-watching tourist market.
Source: Banderas News
According to research firm STR, Puerto Vallarta shows the highest recovery of hotel occupancy among tourist destinations in Mexico.
During the month of August 2020, our destination registered a hotel occupancy greater than 30 percent, which represents a better record compared to cities in the center and southwest of the country. The firm states that current data points to a rebound in leisure tourism.
All this information was released during the Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference, where it was also mentioned, among other issues, that Peru is the country with the best occupancy records and with the best distribution between cities and regional destinations.
Since its creation in 1985, the international firm STR has provided competitiveness indicators, analysis and market information services to international sectors of the hotel industry.
Source: Vallarta Lifestyles
Starting next month, November 2020, international cruise ships will begin docking in Puerto Vallarta after lines begin gradually touring again.
According to the president of the Mexican Cruise Association, Arturo Musi Ganem, Norwegian Cruise Line and Carnival Cruise Lines have confirmed their return to the Mexican Riviera, with calls in Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán and Cabo San Lucas, in the second half of November.
The first shipping line that announced its return to the Mexican Riviera was Norwegian Cruise Line, whose Norwegian Bliss, the winner of Condé Nast Traveler's 2019 Hot List Award, is scheduled to arrive at Puerto Vallarta's new Puerto Mágico on Wednesday, November 24, 2020.
Carnival Cruise Line also reported that the new Carnival Panorama - which made its inaugural cruise shortly before the pandemic - would be returning to the Mexican Riviera in mid- to late- November. Musi Ganem said the rest of the cruise lines that regularly sail the Mexican Riviera are expected to return to their pre-pandemic schedules in January and February of 2021.
He added that all international cruise ships on this route will have all health security protocols in place, including medical-grade air-filters, continuous disinfection of public areas, passenger and crew health screenings and lower passenger capacity, to reduce the risk of contagion from the coronavirus.
Source: Banderas News
Five Canadian airlines will resume their operations to Vallarta-Nayarit beginning this October.
Companies that will restart their activities during the next season are Swoop, Westjet, Sunwing, Air Canada and Air Transat. These Airlines connect our destination with cities like Winnipeg, Toronto, Vancouver and Quebec, among others.
Currently, Canada represents the second most important foreign market for Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, after the United States. Every year, thousands of Canadians travel to this Pacific region to enjoy a more pleasant climate, as well as the beautiful beaches and all the attributes that characterizes the lush Banderas Bay.
It should be noted that Puerto Vallarta International Airport was recently certified with the Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) given by the Airports Council International (ACI), so the passengers’ and collaborators’ health and safety is a priority.
Source: Vallarta Lifestyles
With most of the traditional Independence Day celebrations around the country cancelled due to the global pandemic, let’s take this time to remember the event that changed our history forever.
The Grito de Dolores (better known as El Grito, the Cry for independence) celebrated every year on the night between September 15th and 16th is a Mexican holiday par excellence, it is the night when all citizens of Mexico celebrate their independence from the Spanish conquerers.
Since the arrival of Hernán Cortés in 1521 and the conquest of the area, what is now Mexico was called New Spain.
Influenced by the concepts established by French philosophers like Rousseau, Voltaire and Montesquieu and USA's War of Independence, the Criollos (Spanish descendants born in America) who were treated as second-class subjects, decided to start an uprising.
At 5:00 am on September 16, 1810, the Priest Miguel Hidalgo, accompanied by several other co-conspirators, Ignacio Allende, Doña Josefina Ortiz de Domínguez, rang the bells of his small church in the town now called Dolores Hidalgo, calling everyone to fight for freedom, which is known as "El Grito de Dolores" (the announcement, or cry, of Dolores). One of the crucial moments in Mexican history.
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