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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.

Puerto Vallarta and its natural wonders

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.

Puerto Vallarta advocates to erradicate the violence against women

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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Mexican Ocean Racing Circuit, Puerto Vallarta Mexico

OFFICIAL REGATTA PROGRAM 
 MARCH 2004:
 
Saturday 13 - Welcome cocktail

Sunday 14 - 1st Windward-Leeward Regatta
2nd Windward-Leeward Regatta

Monday 15 - 3rd modified America’s Cup Regatta
 
Tuesday 16 - 4th Marieta Island Regatta

Wednesday - 17 Rest day

Thursday 18 - 5th Panoramic Regatta
6th Windward-Leeward Regatta

Friday 19 - 7th Windward-Leeward
Regatta
Cocktail and Prize Dinner

CIRCUITO MEXICANO DE REGATAS OCEÁNICAS

Un evento de fama mundial en los años 60’s fueron las regatas San Diego-Acapulco en las que participaban veleristas de la Costa del Pacífico de Estados Unidos y México. Por diferentes circunstancias a principios de los 70’s empezaron a experimentar una baja considerable en el número de participantes. Cada vez venían menos barcos y cada vez era más difícil contar con un evento del nivel de las primeras 10 regatas que hubo. En paralelo, había circuitos en otras partes del mundo que captaban cada vez más adeptos, competidores y seguidores: La Admiral Cup en Inglaterra, el Southern Ocean Racing Circuit (SORC) en Miami, el Pacific Ocean Racing Circuit (PORC) en California y la Copa del Rey en el Mediterráneo.

A mediados de los 70’s se reúne un grupo de entusiastas veleristas para dar vida a un nuevo concepto: La Serie MEXORC (Mexican Ocean Racing Circuit) o sea Circuito Mexicana de Regatas Oceánicas. Y eso eran estos eventos, Circuitos Oceánicos de gran nivel. Nacía una nueva oportunidad para que los mexicanos pudieran medir fuerzas con embarcaciones de Estados Unidos en aguas de nuestro país.

La primera regata MEXORC coincide con la inauguración del Hotel Las Hadas, gran desarrollo turístico de Manzanillo ideado por Don Atenor Patiño y hecho realidad por arquitectos mexicanos. Para premiar al ganador de esta primer regata Atenor Patiño donó un trofeo de oro.

Las competencias dentro de este Circuito han sido modificadas más de una vez, primero se hacía bianual y posteriormente se cambió a efectuarlas cada año coincidiendo con la llegada de dos grandes competencias de Vela en los Estados Unidos, una organizada por el Club de Yates de San Diego y la otra por Marina del Rey en California los que bajaban un año a Manzanillo y otro año a Puerto Vallarta. Al contar con las espléndidas instalaciones de Marina Vallarta en los últimos años se ha elegido como sede este lugar.

Las competencias tienen una semana de duración, iniciando días después de la llegada de los barcos americanos para lo cual los barcos mexicanos zarpan del Club de Yates de Acapulco para arribar en estas mismas fechas.

Por la parte deportiva se organizan en las aguas de Bahía de Banderas 5 días de regatas con un día intermedio de descanso. Los recorridos son pistas de barlovento-sotavento, triángulos de la Copa América modificados y una regata larga de ida y vuelta a las Islas Marietas de 25 Millas de recorrido.

La parte social es muy importante y muy animada en este evento: Inicia con un cóctel de bienvenida en el Club de Yates de Bahía de Banderas lugar sede de la regata, luego todos los días al caer la tarde, después de la regata los participantes se reúnen en el Club de Yates, esperando los resultados, ventilando las protestas y charlando y brindando por las vicisitudes del día. Al inicio de la noche los veleristas se van a descansar y los más activos siguen la fiesta en los múltiples lugares que existen en la ciudad de Puerto Vallarta. El día libre intermedio se ocupa en un Torneo de Golf seguido de un convivio, y como fin de fiesta se organiza una elegante Cena de Premiación la última noche del evento.

Durante los 29 años que tiene el Circuito han participado en el barcos muy famosos como son el PYWACKET de Roy Disney, el TOMAHAWK de John Arens, el SORCERY de Jake Wods, tripulado por 25 marinos, el MONGOOSE, el TAXI DANCER y otros, en cuanto a los barcos mexicanos destacan el NITISSIMA de Jorge Ripstein, el QUINTESSENCE de Eduardo Sáenz, el SIDEWINDER de Ricardo Brockmann, el SAETA de Rogelio Partida, el OLE de Antonio Elías y otros, en las categorías MAXI, IOR y Cruceros/Regata.

El nivel de los competidores de estos Circuitos es cada vez mayor. Por ejemplo, en la Regata del 2000 uno de los capitanes que participó en la América’s Cup, terminó esa competencia para una semana después participar en la Regata Marina del Rey Puerto Vallarta de Febrero y después en el MEXORC. En este Circuito han competido ya veleristas no nada más de California sino de todo Estados Unidos, Canadienses y Europeos ya que se trata de una competencia con reconocimiento mundial.

Para Marzo del 2004 existe ya gran entusiasmo: A la fecha están confirmados más de 29 veleros entre participantes del Club de Yates de San Diego, Club de Yates de Long Beach, Club de Yates de Chapala, Banderas Bay Yacht Club, sede del evento y otros tantos del Club de Yates de Acapulco.

En la actualidad el patrocinio principal que da el nombre a la Regata es la Compañía Relojera ROLEX apoyando en copatrocinios la Cervecería Modelo, los fabricantes de Vela Uk Sails, la ropa deportiva Lola Bombón, los astilleros de Vallarta Opequimar, diferentes restaurantes y empresas locales de Vallarta y el apoyo por parte del Gobierno del Estado y del Fideicomiso de Turismo de Puerto Vallarta

ANTECEDENTES
 
El Circuito Mexicano de Regatas Oceánicas (MEXORC) nació hace 29 años por el interés de un grupo de veleristas mexicanos que quisieron continuar la tradición de la regata San Diego-Acapulco que se celebraba anualmente llegando a Puerto Vallarta y a Manzanillo. A través de los años esta competición se ha convertido en la serie de más prestigio y calidad dentro de la Vela Oceánica Mexicana.
 
PARTICIPACIÓN
 
En cada año se ha incrementado la participación de veleristas, el pasado año fueron 20 barcos con más de 200 competidores y este año se calcula la asistencia de 9 barcos más de la categoría Maxi que vendrán de Estados Unidos.
 
DIFUSIÓN
 
Históricamente la regata ha contado con una amplia difusión en medios y este año contaremos con la presencia de:
 Prensa Vallarta Opina
Vallarta Today
Tribuna dela Bahía
PV Tribune
Homes & Living
Vallarta Life Styles
VIP
Reforma
Novedades
El Financiero
Prensa especializada
Mural
Quien
8 Columnas
El Informador

If you travel south in the Banderas Bay (Bahía de Banderas), you’ll find a protected area, that through the years has become a regular attraction, not only for the different day cruise ships in Vallarta but also for those that enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling. We are, of course, talking about the now famous Puerto Vallarta islands of “Los Arcos”.

These small beautiful granite islands protruding from the sea surface, visible even from downtown, which since 1984 have been classified as a National Marine Park.

Marine beauty in Puerto Vallarta

This beautiful Los Arcos National Marine Park is located out at sea between two beaches, Mismaloya beach, and Las Gemelas. At the park, you’ll find caves, deep tunnels, arches and a striking reef. It is said that the waters around the park are the deepest in the bay, with a depth ranging from 9 to 480 meters (30 and 1,600 feet).

This wonderful place is also a protected area for various seabird species that breed there, some of these include penguins, various species of parrots, pelicans and other sea and land birds. In the same way, marine life biodiversity in the sea around the park is also considerable, you’ll really enjoy a snorkel or scuba dive in the area, the water is quite clear and you can see different species of fish and other marine life.

Los Arcos is a place that is visited by many boats every day, they stop by this national park and all visitors have the opportunity to enjoy and marvel at the stunning scenery while doing their favorite activities. After the tour in Los Arcos, ships continue their journey south so their clients can also enjoy the beautiful beaches that can only be accessed by sea, such as Quimixto, Majahuitas or Yelapa beach.

In the past, not so long ago these huge rock formations were called Las Peñas (The Rocks), in fact, all of Puerto Vallarta was called that way, Las Peñas or Peñitas precisely due to the large rock formations near the sea limits, and in years prior the name was “El Carrizal”. It was here where "The Night of the Iguana" movie was shot by director, screenwriter and actor John Houston.

The Los Arcos Marine Park is not the only one in the bay, there’s another one at the Marietas Islands, one of the world’s protected biosphere reserves established by the UNESCO. The Marietas are an archipelago consisting of four land masses: two islets and two islands. The first and largest is 130 feet high (43 meters) and 1500 feet (700 meters) wide. The second is 160 feet high (54 meters) and a mile wide, approximately.

You can enjoy a swim, scuba diving and snorkeling can also be practiced here, it is also very common to see people doing underwater photography and climbing up the cliffs.

So don’t miss out on this natural sanctuary that has virtually no contact with civilization and where you can find species such as humpback whales, dolphins, giant manta rays, seabirds, turtles, swallows and other birds that enjoy the protection of this archipelago.

If you are in your plans come to visit Puerto Vallarta or you're in this magical place, we recommend that you take the opportunity to get to know these wonderful and unique places where you can enjoy an unforgettable experience.

So, if you are planning to visit Puerto Vallarta, or you already are here in this tropical paradise, take the time to visit and enjoy these marvelous and unique protected ecosystems, where you will get to know firsthand and in a real natural setting, the local autochthonous nature and take home a memorable and enjoyable experience.

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