Puerto Vallarta is ranked second as one of the best tourist destinations and the first among the best beaches in Mexico as stated and ranked in the travel.usnews.com website. The ratings were obtained based on reviews by users and experts on this site and represent the consensus on what are the best vacation places in Mexico.
Puerto Vallarta has become a major tourist destination due to a large amount of reasons. Among them are its cobble-stone streets, beautiful beaches, abundant marine life, stunning scenery, excellent golf courses, exceptional dining, eclectic nightlife, a vibrant culture and the friendly people of Puerto Vallarta. All this and a few more reasons make it a paradise for travelers and tourists.
Some experts state among their reasons for choosing Puerto Vallarta as a tourist destination that it is a destination with something for every
member of a normal family.
No doubt another reason why people choose Vallarta is its famous seaside walkway, the Malecon. Here, free of charge, obviously, you'll enjoy statues, the view of the beach and sea, art, a touch of the local lifestyle, delicious drinks, informal street food and if you so desire a lunch or dinner in one of the numerous restaurants that flank it.
In addition to its beautiful beaches there are many other activities you can enjoy, including: cruises around the bay, horseback riding, scuba diving and snorkeling excursions and day tours where you'll return in time for dinner and if your are up to it, venture into one of several clubs where you can dance the night away.
There are also a variety of ecotourism and water sports options that can be enjoyed in and around the town, these include canopy tours, whale watching, kayaking, diving with giant manta rays and much more. Among the water sports you can count surfing, snorkeling, diving, sportfishing and swimming with dolphins too.
One of its most striking activities is the wide range of golf courses that you can find here. With six world-class golf facilities in the area of the Bay of Banderas and three exclusive golf resorts a few hours drive south, Puerto Vallarta is quickly becoming one of the leading golf destinations in Mexico.
Speaking of nightlife, Puerto Vallarta is not only full of nightclubs and bars. In fact, most authors consider Puerto Vallarta one of the main destinations for nightlife in Mexico, it bolsters dozens of lively discos in the Hotel Zone and downtown Puerto Vallarta and is one of the liveliest gay areas in Mexico.
Whatever people like, Puerto Vallarta is the ideal place to find and enjoy a variety of options in many of the numerous activities that you may enjoy experiencing from dawn to sunset and beyond.
Mexico is a very fortunate in many respects, on this occasion we’ll mention its biodiversity, because it is one of the top 5 countries in the world when you take into account the number of species that it has. It is surprising to find out that in Mexico has between 10 and 15% of all described land species in the world and specifically in the case of reptiles, is the country with most known species.
Among these innumerable reptile representatives, Mexico has the honor of being visited by six of the few varieties of known sea turtles species.
These animals are rather solitary, rarely coexisting with other members of their same species and they spend most of their time at sea, almost 90% of their life, actually. Due to these habits, it’s been very difficult to study their life cycles and activities, and very little is known about them. Depending on the species, sea turtles can live up to 150 to 200 years. They can reach up to 22 mph while swimming in the sea.
Some of the lucky states that are visited by these prehistoric creatures are: Baja California, Campeche, Chiapas, Colima, Michoacan, Oaxaca, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Yucatan and Jalisco and Nayarit course. They also live in all oceans except the Arctic Ocean.
Some known species of sea turtle are:
Common name (Scientific name: genus / species)
Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta)
Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)
Olive Ridley or Pacific Squamous (Lepidochelys olivacea)
Flatback (Natator depressus)
Leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)
Squamous Atlantic or Tortuga Lora (Lepidochelys kempii)
Atlantic Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas)
Pacific Green Turtle or Prieta (Chelonia agassizi)
Sea turtles, like all reptiles, are unable to breathe under water, they have to surface to breathe and then they can stay underwater without breathing for long periods of time. They have evolved an anaerobic respiration system and if required, for example in times of danger, they can revert to anaerobic respiration that allows them to stay underwater for long periods of time. Once on the surface they can quickly fill their lungs with a single explosive exhalation and rapid inhalation.
As with most reptiles, they lay eggs, and these are not placed at sea, so sea turtles migrate to various parts of the world, where they come ashore to lay their eggs. It takes decades for a sea turtle to reach sexual maturity, after mating at sea females return to land to dig a nest for their eggs at night. There are different levels philopatry in species, in some of them, females return to the exact beach where they were born, which happens every two to four years in the period of maturity and they can create between one and eight nests per season.
It is during this unusual period in the life of the sea turtle, in which they lumber out of the sea, when we can enjoy and get up close to these peaceful reptiles and also take the opportunity to protect them from predators that often eat their eggs before the baby tortoises are born and return to the sea, among the most fearsome of predators are humans.
Due to depredation and other factors such as pollution, habitat change, accidental deaths in nets, among others, today all species of sea turtles are endangered.
Of the 6 species of sea turtles that come to Mexico, two of these species are endemic, the first can be found in the Gulf of Mexico which is known as Tortuga Lora (“Parrot turtle” in English known as Hawksbill turtle), and the second local turtle is the Pacific Green Turtle that nests in Michoacan.
The olive ridley turtle, for example, only nests on a few beaches in Mexico, there is another species called Kikilas that always nest in the north coast of Australia. Some even migrate thousands of miles to nest.
If you are someone who would enjoy helping to preserve these species, you can visit one of the many marine turtle camps in Puerto Vallarta, as it is the second most important beach where turtles come to nest or you can also visit any other marine turtle camp that exist in all the states that are visited by the turtles, these include managed programs for marine turtle conservation. In the end the most important part is to appreciate the opportunity and learn more about these creatures and that we give nature back a bit of all it gives us, helping to care and educate so more and more sea turtles can manage to survive and not become a memory of the Earth’s previous natural bounty.
Tired of seeing the same animal and plant species in your town? Do you suffer when you visit the local zoo and see the sad animals and get depressed when you see their sad faces? Then no doubt you are a nature lover. You constantly go astray in the gardens and parks of your town and enjoy any contact with life and nature, whether an insect, animal or a colorful or unusual plant.
Jalisco is lucky to include the Sierra Madre Occidental, a chain of majestic mountains and hills, a beautiful green line that protects natural treasures unknown to man, mainly because there are so few human settlements in it. It’s also a refuge for a wide variety of tropical flora and fauna.
The area around Puerto Vallarta, in the Sierra Madre, is the richest plant and animal region in North America. Imagine having the joy of being able to admire vegetation that is so abundant and diverse at the same time, something not many people can enjoy within the whole continent. To admire crystal clear rivers and waterfalls that adorn the landscape and invite animals to quench their thirst, refresh or feed on them.
In this jungle and forest area, you can find more than 300 species of colorful orchids of many shapes and sizes. Brazilwood or Pau-Brasil (Palo de Brasil) in size you'll never see in a city, chiltle trees, and bougainvillea, tampicirán, wood trees such as the cedar and walnut, huge Amapa, Primavera and Parotas trees. The latter is used by the inhabitants of Quimixto, Mismaloya, Yelapa and some other areas to make furniture and fishing boats out of one piece of wood. Scattered through the jungle are fruit trees from which you can obtain coconuts, mangoes, guavas and avocados.
As mentioned, not only is there a rich vegetation, the same geographical area is home to over 400 species of migratory land and seabirds such as the yellow wing chief, black face magpie, White-fronted Amazon and Lilac-crowned Amazon, tropical kingbird, Great Kiskadee, Blue-footed Booby, among others, all with beautiful bright colored feather costumes that will draw your attention.
Among these colorful creatures, you will also find an incredible number of butterflies that contrast beautifully with the green backdrop of the jungle foliage.
Among the local mammals, besides the majestic and mysterious jaguar, you can also find pumas, white-tailed deer, armadillos, badgers, raccoons, coatis, jaguarundi (Herpailurus yaguarondi), ocelots, Margay (Long Tailed Spotted Cat), skunks, coyotes, and rabbits. If the day is right, you’ll find monkeys fooling around in the high branches.
Reptiles are very characteristic of Puerto Vallarta, the best known is the green iguana, an icon in this tourist destination, which you can find prancing around golf courses or over the tree branches, but you can also find spiny-tailed iguanas, turtles, Mexican Beaded Lizards, that are in danger of extinction.
Do not forget the area’s marine diversity, where you can admire sailfish, dolphins and humpback whales, something you quite unusual all in one place. Giant manta rays, turtles and many species of colorful fish enrich the marine fauna.
Of course, the climate of the region plays an essential role in this biodiverse, during the summer months, rains wash and feed every one of the creatures that inhabit it.
Puerto Vallarta is much more than beach sand and sun, don’t miss the opportunity to discover the adventure the local jungle has in store for you.
The City of Puerto Vallarta, through the Municipal Woman's Institute, and the System for the Integral Development of the Family (DIF), with the cooperation of local institutions and social educational centers, were part of a silent march on the Malecon and also organized an information fair to educate, inform and expand the awareness towards the problem among the local citizens.
The current President of DIF in this municipality, Jennifer Serur, stressed that it is important to set a greater emphasis on the value ??and rights of all women as a fundamental pillar of the family, "today it is very important to ponder a moment and reflect on the value and dignity of every human being, no one deserves to be treated with contempt, no one deserves to be in a situation of abuse or repression, much less become a victim of violence of any kind. "
Carrying signs with slogans supporting equality, respect, the value of women and their right to a life free of violence, they began the march in which hundreds of people gathered, including students of all educational levels, representatives of several government agencies, officials, and many Vallartans, with white clothes and a purple ribbon symbolizing the struggle. The large number of participants proves that Puerto Vallarta is still working hard every day to eliminate this kind of violence.
Martha Patricia Rodriguez Montes, who currently heads the Women's Institute, stressed that "violence against women is more than a blow, a kick, it is a complex social pathology, that literally needs to be addressed in all its areas, from the physical, emotional, sexual, economic, and other areas; violence against women is a problem of epidemic proportions and is perhaps the most common human rights violation today. It's time for a final battle, a decisive effort, let our voices be heard and with the cause that unites us today, let's prove once and for all that in the realm of violence against women, there is no space for tolerance, no acceptable excuses and let's unite all our force, men and women alike, to fulfill this mission."
The true importance of this mission is that it's an issue not only in Puerto Vallarta, rather the whole world, and if you raise awareness among women and the rest of the population regarding respect of all human beings, many issues will be solved simultaneously, not only the specific issue of women.
These activities were led by the local government representatives Ana Carina Cibrian, Arelí Guerrero Flores, Gloria Palacios Ezequiel Ponce and Ricardo Uribe, Paula Celina Lomeli, the Head of the Municipal Women's Institute, Deputy Director of Culture, Monica Venegas Sánchez, the coordinator of the UAVI Elizabeth Ruelas Carrillo, the Director of the Center for Youth Integration in Puerto Vallarta, Beatriz Barron and the representative of the New Life Center, Lorena Tirado Fuentes.
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