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The Vallarta Botanical Gardens were chosen as one of the 10 Best Botanical gardens in North America, according to the newspaper USA Today's in their 10best.com website, which focuses on travel & lifestyle.

There are natural beauties in the world that are worthy of being recognized, and one of them is what Puerto Vallarta has: the Botanical Garden, which won a place as one of the 10 best in North America according to a contest held by the newspaper Usa Today, in which the voters were only the readers of the medium, travelers, bloggers and nature lovers.

To choose the 20 gardens that would participate in a first stage, a group of newspaper editors and expert panelists met, among them Cindy Brockway (The Trustees), Mommy Nearest, Kyle McCarthy (Family Travel Forum), Eileen Ogintz (Taking the Kids), Abby Meyer (Botanic Gardens Conservation International-US), and Katy Moss Warner (American Horticultural Society), who stand out for their experience in botany.

After the vote made online and in which only the public had the last word, it was announced that the Botanical Garden of Puerto Vallarta won place 4 of the nomination thanks to the wide variety of flora and fauna that inhabit a space of 46 hectares, in which orchids and birds are the main attraction of world tourists. Some of the finalists were Longwood Gardens - Kennett Square, Penn Minnesota Landscape Arboretum - Chaska, Minn, Missouri Botanical Garden - St. Louis, Denver Botanic Gardens - Denver and the Atlanta Botanical Garden - Atlanta, to name a few.

You can read more about PV Botanical gardens right here!

Source: Visit Puerto Vallarta

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Travel website Expedia has named Puerto Vallarta as one of the 18 most inclusive destinations in the world. According to the site "Puerto Vallarta has a lively LGBTQ scene, and an inclusive nightlife atmosphere that make it one of the top destinations for gay travelers."

Expedia, the US travel platform, unveiled a list of cities that stand out for their activism record, protection laws, establishments, districts and community-friendly business practices, as well as their ability to offer festive environments for all lifestyles. While the main destinations and glittering jewelry for LGBTQ travelers (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) had been San Francisco, New York, Paris and London, more and more cities are joining the category to offer more options to this sector of tourists.

Puerto Vallarta was recognized as a dynamic city ideal for gay travelers, with an inclusive nightlife in bars such as Apaches where the famous “happy hour” is offered, or the Bar Frida, known as the friendliest bar in the city. 

In May, the city offers eight days of celebration to celebrate the community, this is Vallarta Pride, LGBT Pride Gay celebration of Puerto Vallarta, which this year will be held from May 20 to 27 with concerts, cultural events, tours, cruises, among other activities. This event was launched in 2013 to celebrate the LGBTQ community that lives or visits the destination and with the passage of time, this has positively influenced to become part of their culture, heritage and history. It broke the record in its latest edition with the participation of seven thousand attendees and the presence of the mayor of the city.

Source: Vallarta Daily & Expedia

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Vallarta Pride's website is reporting you can now register to be a part of the parade on May 24th at 7:00 pm, the parade will start at the Sheraton Hotel going all the way through the Malecón and will end at Olas Altas and Rodolfo Gómez intersection.

On May 24, starting at 7pm, thousands will celebrate and support the colorful LGBT rainbow to celebrate gay pride. This year the Pride Parade will feature the actress and television presenter, Alejandra Bogue; our Grand Marshal 2018, Lorena Herrera and our local ambassador, Hector Betancourt, who will give life to our theme “100 reasons to celebrate”. Come celebrate the diversity in our city, regardless of the language you speak, who you love or what you believe.

The appointment for participants of the parade will be at 5:00 pm at the Sheraton Buganvilias. The judges station will be in front of La Piazetta restaurant and a cash prize will be awarded at the most creative entrance. The cost of registration is only $250 pesos for business and free for non-profit organizations and schools. After the parade, join the great Block Party in Lázaro Cárdenas Street!

Take a minute now and register your group at http://bit.ly/2pq9De8!

Source: Vallarta Pride

 

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The "Lo de Perla" jungle garden, a natural reserve, is a must-see if you're close to San Francisco, Nayarit (only 1hr away from PV). It's the creation of Alejandro de Perla, a visionary and nature lover who has already earned the title of “Lord of the Orchids.”

In this place, the orchids and other exotic flowers grow at their own pace, misted by the sea breeze and tucked away in the tropical jungle. The Lo de Perla Jardín de la Selva (Lo de Perla Jungle Garden) is the creation of Alejandro de Perla, a visionary and nature lover who has already earned the title of “Lord of the Orchids.”

The Lo de Perla Jungle Garden is located at Las Lomas ranch, near the coastal town of San Pancho, the Cultural Capital of the Riviera Nayarit, which can be reached via Federal Highway 200. Here visitors will admire more than 800 native orchids hanging from the trees, as well as 120 different fruit trees, bromeliads, ferns, lianas, and fabulous mushrooms. This is also home to about 25 mammals, 30 reptiles, 120 birds, 300 multicolored butterflies, and thousands of insects.

The tour through this amazing jungle paradise takes about three hours. Though it might seem a bit daunting at first, it’s actually quite easy as the trails are well-kept and there are several resting places.Currently the orchids reproduce naturally, as they do not manage hybrids. There is a total of 60 flowering species: half open in the spring and half during the fall. There are no winter flowers, because according to Alejandro de Perla there are no flowering species during that time of year.

Source: Vallarta Daily

 

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Starting on May 10th and through May 20th, Puerto Vallarta will host the 12th Festival Vallarta Azteca del Folclor Internacional, an event celebrating folkloric dance expressions from all over Mexico and Latin America. This year the festival is framed in the city's centennial celebrations.

 

The director of Municipal Tourism, Ramón González Lomelí, said that this is an event that has positioned Puerto Vallarta nationally and internationally, becoming an important vehicle for tourism promotion. The IPEJAL will serve as the main venue of the event, AV. Francisco Medina Ascencio in front of the municipal stadium, showing the natural scenarios of the destination and welcoming up to 3,000 people each day for the festival and shows.

 

International folklore groups from the United States, Ecuador, Slovakia, Colombia, Bolivia and Peru, and nationals from Guanajuato, Aguascalientes, Tabasco, Nayarit, Sinaloa, Coahuila, Querétaro and Zacatecas, will participate. As members of the International Council of Organizers of Folkloric Festivals and Arts Traditional (CIOFF), are cataloged as the best of their entities and is a guarantee of professionalism and quality.

The program will start on May 10 with a monumental parade in which 25 groups will be present.

Click here to read more about Culture & Arts in Vallarta.

Source: Vallarta Daily