Every year during the first two weeks of August, the annual Sweet Corn Festival in Jala, Nayarit, a region where the largest corncobs in the world are grown, gives everyone a chance to experience a very Mexican tradition.
This year, Jala's traditional Corn Festival is taking place from August 6th–15th. Organized to honor the first harvest, corn is the star of this festival, but the local cuisine, culture and traditions play honorary roles.
Historically pagans began celebrating earlier, but since the event is also a religious occasion that celebrates the Virgin of the Assumption on August 15, nowadays the event lasts two weeks and features regional expos, sports competitions, jaripeos (bull riding), dancing and performances in public places, fireworks, and many other family-friendly activities.
The food booths, offering different varieties of corn as well as processed products based on this grain, are set on the streets and offer a real experience to the palate.
Source: Banderas News
Puerto Vallarta is distinguished and privileged by its biodiversity. As one of the most naturally beautiful places on earth, this destination is a natural sanctuary, where rivers, tropical jungles, mountains and sea come together to provide a wide variety of eco-tourism options and an endless array of outdoor adventures.
One example is the Estero El Salado, an urban eco-reserve in the heart of the city's hotel zone comprising 169 hectares, of which approximately 135 correspond to mangrove vegetation and wetlands; the rest is made up by two medium forest remnants bordered by water and underwater vegetation, thorn forest and secondary vegetation.
Its connection to the ocean is permanent through a channel that is nearly 20 meters wide, 3 meters deep, and 2 kilometers long that leads to the port's bay. Its landscape and habitat characteristics are favorable to tropical birds, clusters of colorful crabs, amphibians and reptiles, as well as other wildlife.
The estuary is home to over 100 species of birds in both aquatic and terrestrial habitats. Over 29 amphibians and reptiles have been identified, along with 10 mammal species and a variety of invertebrates and fish characteristic to mangrove areas.
Source: Banderas News
The mystery of witnessing an adult sea turtle can be a life changing experience, and during the summers in Puerto Vallarta, you can watch 6 out of the 8 sea turtles in the world.
Summer in PVR is a very special time of the year. Besides being the perfect season for vacations, it is possible to witness an amazing natural event: the spawning of 6 of the 8 species of sea turtles in the world.
The cycle begins when females retrun to the beach to spawn near 100 eggs in approximately 3 hours. After 45 days approximately the eggs hatch, and the offspring heads to the sea. Someday, as an adult, these same females will return to the exact same beach where they were born to begin a new cycle.
PVR has several programs created to sustain the sea turtle's environment and ecology. They highlight the importance of preserving these species besides inviting locals and tourists to witness their path to the sea. The experience of observing how the offspring has its first contact with the ocean is the most magical, moving and unmissable spectacle.
Read more about Puerto Vallarta's Sea Turtle Protection.
Source: Visit Puerto Vallarta
The sixth edition of the Punta Mita Beach Festival is back, Kupuri Beach Club will host the event with water sports and other activities on August 4th and 5th.
The highlight of the summer season is back! Dates for the Punta Mita Beach Festival have just been announced, so mark August 4th and 5th on your calendar and get ready for some family-friendly fun in the sun. Kupuri Beach Club will host the event with water sports and activities including snorkeling, scuba diving, stand up paddle, yoga, windsurfing, kayaks, outrigger canoes and kite-surfing, for all levels and abilities.
And, of course, no beach party is complete without a BBQ, so Chef Pato Persico, joined by special guest chefs will be creating a fabulous beach feast full of summer favorites like juicy burgers, hot dogs, fresh fish, chicken satay, steaks and ribs from the wood-burning grill, accompanied by a salad and ceviche bar and other sides. Food and beverage service also includes soft drinks, beer and beach cocktails, each day from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The exclusive guest lineup will include DJ, top mixologists and chefs, professional athletes and more. In 2017, the Punta Mita Beach festival was the event of the season, so make sure you are part of the 2018 edition!