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The Festival will mark its fifth edition on Sunday, January 28 from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., it will  take place at park Lázaro Cárdenas, a few meters from Playa Los Muertos and home to the popular "Ándale Bernardo" statue. This edition will host five additional restaurants for a total of 10 local restaurants, two craft breweries, and artisanal ice cream with Bargelatto.

The most basic ingredients of land and sea are combined, fishermen learned that after cleaning the fish they had several options to cook it; however, at some point they tried to put it in lemon juice with the surprise of finding the cooked and marinated meat. Thus came the encounter between fish and lemon, which over time would give rise to two of the best known dishes of the cuisine of the Pacific Ocean: ceviche and a Mexican variant with chili and onion: aguachile.

The organizer of the event, Edgar Cisneros, explained that ceviche is a dish consisting of fish or seafood marinated in citrus dressings, mainly lemon, lime or sour orange, is one of the delights most sought by tourists who visit the beach. He stressed that the aguachile followed a similar procedure but in this, as the name implies, generous portions of chopped chile are added, mainly serrano and abundant onion slices, as well as grain salt and some pepper, which produce an explosion of flavor.

He commented that ceviche and aguachile are very traditional dishes in the region, prepared homemade by families from all walks of life and by chefs in restaurants of all kinds, in a sample of the versatility of these products.

Read more about Puerto Vallarta's local dishes and its restaurants.

Source: Vallarta Daily

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Banderas Bay is located on the west-central coast of the Mexican Pacific, between the southwest part of the state of Nayarit and western part of Jalisco. It is one of the largest bays in Mexico, after Sebastian Vizcaino Bay and the Bay of Campeche. The bay area is a very important for the local and Mexican tourism industry, with millions of visitors a year.

Due to its nature and the provision of infrastructure in services, this bay has everything necessary to meet the most demanding tourism, not for nothing, is part of the "Club of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World", based in France.

Puerto Vallarta is subject to protection measures, has a fauna and flora of interest, and remarkable and attractive natural spaces, as well as being known and appreciated locally and nationally. It is also emblematic for its population and has the economic potential which is why Bahía de Banderas forms part of this exclusive Club and you can enjoy it when you visit us.

Read more about Banderas Bay

Source: Puerto Vallarta Tourism Guide

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South America, United States and Europe are the main markets where airlines are looking to add direct flights to Guadalajara International Airport and the Lic. Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport in Puerto Vallarta

Enrique Ramos Flores, Jalisco's Secretary of Tourism said, 'We're trying to add a direct flight from Panama to Puerto Vallarta; with Panama being a business distribution center in South America, we've already created a direct flight to Guadalajara, but we're expecting direct flights to PV soon.'

Another south american destination the Secretary of Tourism is aiming for is Bogota, Colombia, with 80-90% of colombian tourists going to Cancun or Riviera Maya, they're looking to create flights that will take them directly to Riviera-Nayarit. 'Jalisco provides an immense portfolio of opportunities for international tourists looking for cultural, culinary and natural attractions.' said Maritza Zúñiga, tourism researcher and specialist.

According to Ramos Flores, 'The north american market is incredibly important to us, so we want to keep increasing our influence on it. We're attempting to increase flight frequency from the states that bring the most business to PV, such as California, Texas and Atlanta.'

Among other locations in the works are Madrid, Toronto, Vancouver, Detroit, La Habana and Santiago de Chile.

Source: Hoy Los Angeles (Spanish)

 

 

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According to a press release issued on Thursday, January 11, by the Secretary of Tourism (Sectur),  the U.S. State Department confirmed today that the main tourist destinations in Mexico will not have any travel restrictions.

Cancún, Riviera Maya, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit and Mexico City, destinations representing 80% of the tourism in the country, were exempted from the new system implemented by the US government.

The new tiered travel advisory system was rolled out yesterday, replacing the old one of alerts, warnings, and security messages. It's divided into 4 levels: Level 1 (blue): Exercise normal travel, Level 2 (yellow): Exercise increased caution, Level 3 (orange): Reconsider travel, Level 4(red) Do not travel. 

SECTUR also published a list of all the locations in Mexico exempted from the restrictions:

  • Baja California Sur: Cabo San Lucas, San José del Cabo y La Paz
  • Quintana Roo: Cancún, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Riviera Maya, Isla Mujeres e Isla Holbox
  • Ciudad de México
  • Jalisco: Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, Chapala y Ajijic
  • Nayarit: Riviera Nayarit, Punta Mita, Nuevo Vallarta, Santa Maria del Oro y Xalisco
  • Guanajuato: Guanajuato y San Miguel de Allende
  • Yucatán: Chichen Itzá, Mérida, Uxmal y Valladolid
  • Puebla: Ciudad de Puebla
  • Chiapas: Palenque, San Cristóbal de las Casas y Tuxtla Gutiérrez
  • Baja California: Ensenada, Rosarito y Tijuana
  • Oaxaca: Ciudad de Oaxaca y Huatulco
  • Campeche: Ciudad de Campeche
  • Querétaro: Santiago de Querétaro
  • Coahuila: Piedras Negras y Ciudad Acuna
  • Sinaloa: Mazatlán (Zona Dorada, Centro Histórico), Los Mochis, Port Topolobampo
  • Michoacán: Morelia y Lázaro Cárdenas (llegando vía aérea o carretera federal 15D)

Read more about Safety and Crime in Puerto Vallarta.

Sources: Secretary of Tourism (Spanish)

 

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Claire Guarniere reports to Banderas News that Galleria Dante (Basilio Badillo St.) will open a new art exhibit this Friday, January 12, as part of the South Side Shuffle, an evening street party that takes place two Fridays each month. You can stop by the art gallery to meet the artist and enjoy complimentary cocktails from 6-10 pm.

Miguel Angel was born in 1971 in Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco. He studied Fine Arts at the Cabañas Cultural Instituto from 1992 to 1995, and specialized in wood and stone carving courses in 1996. This period marks the beginning of his fascination with color in sculpture.

In 1997, Miguel Angel traveled to the city of Florence, Italy, where he lived until 2007. For four years, he directed the design area of a ceramic factory (cotto) in the town of Strada in Chianti. For three years, he was a professor of sculpture at the ADA art academy, also in Florence. Between 2006 and 2011 he developed his work and participated in events in Mexico, Italy, Colombia and USA. Miguel Angel is a great admirer and lover of art nouveau, geometry, insects, animals and plants in general.

Source: Banderas News

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