The Vallarta Botanical Garden was recognized once again, this time the Canadian Garden Council listed it as one of the 'Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Travelling For.'

On November 5, 2019, at the North American Garden Tourism Conference, in the spirit of the conference theme: "Taking Garden Tourism to the Next Level," the recipients of the 2019 Garden Tourism Awards were announced.

The Garden Tourism Awards are presented to organizations and individuals who have distinguished themselves in the development and promotion of garden experiences as tourism attractions and motivators. The awards are proudly supported by the Canadian Garden Council, American Public Gardens Association and Mexican Association of Botanical Gardens and sponsored by the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association.

"In the spirit of highlighting North America's most dynamic garden experiences, we are honoured to announce the 2019 recipients of the 'Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Travelling For' Garden Tourism Awards," said Michel Gauthier, Executive Director of the Canadian Garden Council.

Vallarta Botanical Garden (Jardín Botánico de Vallarta), Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: Visit the internationally famous Vallarta Botanical Garden located just 30 minutes south of Old Town at Km. 24 on Highway 200 and easily accessible by public transportation and taxi. This 64 acre wildlife preserve and botanical garden have something fun for everyone. Over 200 species of birds have been observed on the Garden's grounds. Don't forget to bring your swimsuit for a refreshing dip in the jungle river. See plantings of vanilla, chocolate, and hundreds of other botanical delights! Authentic Mexican Cuisine is served in the Hacienda de Oro Restaurant from 10 am to 5 pm. The Garden is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm (closed Mondays from April 1 to December 1). Garden admission is just $200 pesos. For more information, call (322) 223-6182 or visit

Source: Banderas News


Mexican startup Pronto has formally begun operations in Puerto Vallarta and Bahía de Banderas. To start using this service, you can download the app for iOS and Android.

During a presentation held at the Nuevo Vallarta Business Center, Rodrigo Pérez, Pronto’s head of government relations, announced that this mobility platform or taxi app has operations in 14 Mexican cities and is expected that by the end of this year they will be active in more than 30 locations in the country.

Pronto’s main differentiator is to offer fair prices to users looking to move safely and efficiently, integrating drivers (both independent, from other platforms and taxi service) with a monthly membership (as a subscription) and always respecting all of their income.

At a national level, Pronto’s community has more than 150,000 users and more than 1.5 million trips in the different locations where they have presence, such as Puebla, Tepatitlán, Zapotlanejo and Tlaxcala, where this app that offers ride-sharing was born.

“We are very happy to start operations in Vallarta · Nayarit, an open destination to use technology platforms. Pronto is a company valued in millions of dollars and we should be proud to be able to enjoy a service that can move us us safely, at a very low cost and to all places in the bay,” concluded Rodrigo Pérez.

Source: Vallarta Lifestyles

The Iguana Restaurant

The Iguana Restaurant & Tequila Bar has announced the return of Mariachi Nights and its classic Sunday Brunch, as part of the winter season.

Starting this November 1st 2019, enjoy a dinner with the most representative music of Mexico: Mariachi, with a live musical show that will be available six days a week (Sunday to Friday) and will feature two performances per night (6:30pm and 8:30pm).

The Sunday Brunch will start on November 3rd 2019, where you may savor the different culinary creations prepared by chef Jeús Suastegui, whose cuisine stands out for reinventing the traditional Mexican food with modern gastronomic influences and techniques.

The Iguana Restaurant & Tequila Bar is part of the accommodations of Casa Kimberly (Zaragoza 445, El Centro), a luxury boutique hotel that in the 60’s was the home of the Hollywood stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

Source: Vallarta Lifestyles


The Festival Gourmet International will celebrate its 25th edition from November 19-24, 2019, with over 30 international chefs participating.

A Puerto Vallarta tradition, the Festival features renowned international chefs who come to share their culinary secrets with local chefs, treating diners to unique menus created especially for the occasion; Theme Nights, made memorable by magnificent gourmet menus paired with excellent wines; Cooking Demonstrations by some of Vallarta's most recognized chefs; Gourmet Safaris - culinary expeditions to four different restaurants; and many other "tasty" events.

"The International Gourmet Festival makes Puerto Vallarta a benchmark in world cuisine," said Javier Aranda Pedrero, director of the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board. "It brings attention to our excellent restaurants, many of them offering spectacular views of the Bay of Banderas and its beautiful beaches - an ideal setting for patrons to enjoy delicious gastronomic offerings while enjoying the most spectacular sunsets on the Mexican Pacific."

A lot has changed since the event's inception in 1995. Over the past few years, the Puerto Vallarta Gourmet Festival has expanded to include fine dining restaurants in the Riviera Nayarit and Tepic. In fact, 30 restaurants and hotels in the greater Banderas Bay area are participating in this 25th edition.

Source: Banderas News


The third edition of the Puerto Vallarta Marathon has been announced for April 2020, and is expected to gather three thousand athletes, according to Humberto Muñoz, the marathon’s General Director.

“This 2020 edition, our third, will take place on April 26, and will offer three distances; Marathon with 42km and 195m, Half Marathon with 21km and 97m, and a recreational race with 5km.”

The director noted they have high expectations for the marathon, with over three thousand athletes expected to race through the streets of Puerto Vallarta.

He also noted that the announcement is being made this far in advance because the participants of the marathon require time to schedule and train, which means around four months to get ready for the event.