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The 1st Riviera Nayarit Rock Festival will be held on June 9, 2018, at the Hard Rock Hotel Nuevo Vallarta concert venue with the participation of Mexican band Panteón Rococó as the headliner, plus three local bands.

During the press conference held this past Monday at the host hotel, the event’s general manager, Israel Guerrero, said they’re expecting an adrenaline-charged evening in an extraordinary setting: the Riviera Nayarit. Although Panteón Rococó is the headliner, he added they had also invited local bands Sal de Mar, Renglón and The Black Hardies to the stage; these bands have done very well in the area and they will be opening the show.

He added they are expecting approximately 6 thousand visitors—about 2,000 from other areas and 4,000 locals from the Puerto Vallarta and Bahía de Banderas area, all fans of this iconic national ska and rock fusion band that recently celebrated its twentieth anniversary. “We have every intention of continuing to do this kind of event to benefit the destination but, more importantly, to benefit society, which has been looking for more entertainment and show space and, of course tourism,” he said.

Marc Murphy, director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB), calculated a revenue of between 6 and 8 million pesos, taking into consideration that each outside visitor spends approximately 2 thousand pesos.

Source: Riviera Nayarit Blog

 

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As part of the centennial celebrations of Puerto Vallarta, the municipal government, through the Vallarta Cultural Institute (IVC), held the “Colloquium on the Archaeology and History of Puerto Vallarta”, with the objective of educating attendees about the history of the region.

Fernando Sánchez Aceves, director of the IVC, welcomed José Carlos Beltrán Medina, from the Center of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) Tepic, Nayarit; to the chroniclers José Manuel Gómez Encarnación and Eduardo Gómez Encarnación, from Puerto Vallarta and Bahía de Banderas, respectively, as well as Jesús Palacios Bernal, president of the Union of Urban Farms of the Center, and the attendees, who gathered for the lecture.

He pointed out that the government has been good at educating and recovering the history of Puerto Vallarta, and as part of the activities of the MayoFest, there is a cultural program focused on the chronicle and public exhibitions. He indicated that all the history in the region is known a thousand or two thousand years, besides that the history of archaeology allows us to look further than what is believed.

In this historical dialogue, there was an exhibition by the archaeologist José Carlos Beltrán Medina, who spoke about the main discoveries of regional archeology, the shell materials, as well as the mercantile exchanges that took place in pre-Hispanic times, basing his work from Punta de Mita to La Cruz de Huanacaxtle.

Read more about PV's history.

Source: Vallarta Daily

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Researchers from the University of Guadalajara's Coast Center, and from other national institutions, have discovered a new mud turtle species that inhabits the rivers on western Mexico, including Puerto Vallarta.

According to Jaime Torres, director of natural reserve Estero El Salado, this turtle had been noticed before, however, its defining characteristics hadn't been studied until recently. The species, 'clearly different' from the other twelve registered in the region, is in danger of extinction. 

Here's the abstract for the research paper presenting the new species:

The genus Kinosternon in Mexico is represented by 12 species of which only 2 inhabit the lowlands of the central Pacific region (Kinosternon chimalhuaca and Kinosternon integrum). Based on 15 standard morphological attributes and coloration patterns of 9 individuals, we describe a new microendemic mud turtle species from the central Pacific versant of Mexico. The suite of morphological traits exhibited by Kinosternon sp. nov. clearly differentiates it from other species within the genus Kinosternon by a combination of proportions of plastron and carapace scutes, body size, and a large yellow rostral shield in males. The new species inhabits small streams and ponds in and near the city of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. Unfortunately, natural populations are unknown so far. The habitat is damaged by urban growth, and only one female is known. The available information would suggest that Kinosternon vogti sp. nov., is one of the most threatened freshwater turtle species. An urgent conservation program is necessary as well as explorations in the area to find viable populations of the species.

 

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Source: Species New to Science blog & Vallarta Independiente (spanish)

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On May 31, 2018, Puerto Vallarta will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its induction as a municipality and 50th of its elevation to the category of city - and it promises to be a gala affair!

But first, a little history...

The village which was to become Puerto Vallarta was founded in 1851 by Guadalupe Sanchez, an enterprising boatman from Cihuatlán, who established a trading post on the banks of the Cuale River to supply salt to the mountain gold and silver mines, whose minerals were transported to this coast for shipping.

Sanchez originally called Puerto Vallarta "Las Peñas de Santa María de Guadalupe" to commemorate his arrival on December 12, the day of the Virgin of Guadalupe. In 1911, the people of Las Peñas asked the government of the state for the status of municipality, and finally on the 31 of May, 1918, the State Congress decreed to the formation of the municipality, changing the name to Puerto Vallarta to honor an important governor of the State of Jalisco, Don Ignacio Luis Vallarta.

Since then, every year in May, the people of Puerto Vallarta have gathered together in El Centro to celebrate the municipality's anniversary. But this year's celebration promises to be bigger and better than ever as Puerto Vallarta celebrates 100 years!

To commemorate this historical milestone, the municipal government and members of the private sector have organized a week-long celebration that includes: commemorative and cultural events, artistic and culinary exhibitions, concerts and dance performances, sporting events, parades, fireworks, and more from May 25-31, 2018, most all of which are free and open to the public. Click HERE to download the schedule of events in .pdf format.

Read more about Puerto Vallarta's history.

Source: Banderas News

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The 2018 Mexican Beach Volleyball Open is set to take place at Playa Camarones in downtown Puerto Vallarta from May 25 to 27. Some of Mexico's best volleyball players from 18 states will be competing in the tournament's three categories.

José Ángel Cárdenas, Aldo Miramontes, Paulette Cruz and Vanessa Virgen will be the main players of the Mexican Open Beach Volleyball Open, scheduled from May 25th to the 27th in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. Juan Carlos Razo, director of the tournament, said that Cárdenas was a youth champion last year and from there he excelled to win the gold medal of the Central American and Caribbean Championship, for which he said that this Open has become a hotbed for the development in the sport throughout Mexico.

For this occasion there will be 104 couples representing 18 states of the Mexican Republic, which will compete in free category, youth 14-15 and 16-17 years, who will seek the honors and the best prizes of a prize of $100,000 pesos to distribute.The Mexican Open Beach Volleyball Open will serve as preparation for many who will participate the following week in the tournament at the National Olympiad based in Chihuahua.

This tournament is part of the festivities for the 100 years of Puerto Vallarta as a municipality, and beach volleyball, Razo said, is linked to the history of the city, because the first tournament held in Mexico was in Puerto Vallarta in 1989.

Source: Vallarta Daily