Puerto Vallarta

What is Puerto Vallarta known for?


wrestling event

, Puerto Vallarta, Poás Volcano National Park, Punta Cana, Viña del Mar, Mexico City, Quito, Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Lima, Maceió, Florianópolis, Cuzco and Patagonia are popular among international visitors in the region. WikiPedia:Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco Dmoz:Regional North America Mexico States Jalisco Localities Puerto Vallarta commons:Puerto Vallarta


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in occidental Mexican archeology have limited the current knowledge about pre-historic life in the area. An example of this neglect is the City of Puerto Vallarta's destruction of the active excavation in the area of Calle Costa Rica and the Libramiento in 1995 to create a soccer field. See the website of the archeologist who led the dig for details. Spanish missionary and conquistador documents chronicle skirmishes between the Spanish colonizers and the local peoples. In 1524, for example, a large battle between Hernán Cortés and an army of 10,000 to 20,000 Indians resulted in Cortés taking control of much of the Ameca valley. The valley was then named Banderas (flags) after the colorful standards carried by the natives. Also the area appears on maps and in sailing logs as a bay of refuge for the Manila Galleon trade as well as for other coastal seafarers. As such it figures in some accounts of pirate operations and smuggling and pirate contravention efforts by the viceregal government. During the 17th and 18th centuries the Banderas Valley and its beaches along the Bay of Banderas served as supply points for ships seeking refuge in the bay. The area also served as a point where smuggled goods could be sent on to the Sierra towns near Mascota, evading the customs operations at San Blas, Nayarit. El Carrizal and Las Peñas - 19th century During the 19th century the history of Puerto Vallarta, then called El Carrizal or Las Peñas, was linked to the history of the Sierra towns of San Sebastian del Oeste, Talpa de Allende and Mascota. While today these towns are considered quaint tourist destinations, during much of the 18th century, Mascota was Jalisco's second largest town, after Guadalajara. Mascota and its neighboring towns located in the high plateaus of the Sierra, developed as agricultural towns to support the growing mining operations in the Sierra. During the 18th century, as Mascota grew, Puerto Vallarta grew with it, transforming itself from a small fishing and pearl-diving village into a small beach-landing port serving the Sierra towns. At the time the main port serving Jalisco was located at San Blas (San Blas, Nayarit), but the inconvenient overland route from San Blas to the Sierra towns made Puerto Vallarta a more convenient alternative for smaller shipments, not to mention smuggling operations which evaded the tax collectors at San Blas. Puerto Vallarta also became a vacation destination for residents of the Sierra Towns, and by the mid 19th century, the town already had its regularly returning population of vacationers. Most of the early settlers in Puerto Vallarta were families who had left the Sierra towns for one reason or another. 1859 saw an important turning point for the small village, then known as Las Peñas. That year the Union en Cuale mining company took possession of land extending from Los Arcos to the Pitillal river and extending back up into the Sierra for miles. The Union en Cuale company was owned in part by the Camarena brothers of Guadalajara who had developed a small trade in oil palm in Las Peñas. The purpose of the government's sale of the land to the company was to provide for shipping, fishing and agricultural support for the mining operations which were growing quite quickly in the Sierra. The official founding story of Las Peñas and thus of Puerto Vallarta is that it was founded by Guadalupe Sánchez Torres, on December 12, 1851, as Las Peñas de Santa María de Guadalupe. Unfortunately the record of Sr. Sanchez's purchase of property in Las Peñas dates the sale to 1859. Munguia Fregoso - ''Panorámica'' p. 66 Also even as early as 1850 the area was already peopled by fisherman, pearl divers, smugglers and foragers, all of whom had something of a permanent existence in the area. Given the existing historical documents it is simply impossible to date the first permanent settlement in the area, There is however no doubt the development of Las Peñas into a self-sustaining village of any significant size happened in the 1860s as the mouth of the Cuale area was exploited to support the operations of the newly enfranchised Union en Cuale company. As such 1859 marks the beginning of Puerto Vallarta as a village. Twenty years later, by 1885, the village comprised about 250 homes and about 800 residents. Munguia Fregoso - ''Panorámica'' p. 68 The early municipality - early 20th century thumb Sunset on Los Muertos beach in Olas Altas, Col Zapata. (File:pvlosmuertossunset.jpg) In 1918, the village was elevated to municipality status and renamed after former state governor (Governor of Jalisco) Ignacio Vallarta. During the early years of the 20th century, most of Puerto Vallarta was owned by the Union en Cuale company controlled by the American Alfred Geist. Geist sold land only in large plots at prices that were quite high for the time and otherwise leased the land on short term leases. To remedy this situation and to enable the new municipality to develop, the citizens petitioned the government for a land grant based on the new constitution's provisions. In 1921, the Local Agrarian Commission approved a grant of some WikiPedia:Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco Dmoz:Regional North America Mexico States Jalisco Localities Puerto Vallarta commons:Puerto Vallarta


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, they have free Internet both WiFi and a public computer and a massive TV with cable. right in the heart of the city and they have a Beautiful terrace where you can have a beer and watch the sun set. the staff its very friendly and the food its good & clean they always have an option for vegetarians. If you want a more community experience, choose Oasis. The security lockers here are very small. * WikiPedia:Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco Dmoz:Regional North America Mexico States Jalisco Localities Puerto Vallarta commons:Puerto Vallarta


top heavy

variety of entrées, like the cream-based salmon with caviar and lemon. For appetizers try the top-heavy (con molto tomate) bruschetta or steamed mussels with lemon, parsley, and butter. Most folks choose to sit on the open patio, but La Piazzeta also has an intimate dining room. The personal attention of the owner, Mimmo, guarantees repeat business. It's open 4 to midnight. *


significant collection

was also famous for its cat population. The Island was a lower class suburb until flooding during Hurricane Lily (1971) forced residents to be relocated. They were moved to Palo Seco (which means "dry stick") and the Island was converted into a site for restaurants, shops and a cultural center. *Cuale Archaeological Museum - on the West side of the ''Isla Cuale'', the museum presents a significant collection of local and regional pre-Hispanic art in a number of informative displays


good variety

directions phone tollfree fax hours price content Cheapest place to buy most groceries. Huge produce dept. Good variety of Mexican & some US products. Good place to buy smokes or liquor before flying home. Can be inconvenient to bring back groceries via local bus. *

of the ocean, and the garden. The garden is the most beautiful of the three, with an artificial creek running through it. The food here is very tasty *

variety of entrées, like the cream-based salmon with caviar and lemon. For appetizers try the top-heavy (con molto tomate) bruschetta or steamed mussels with lemon, parsley, and butter. Most folks choose to sit on the open patio, but La Piazzeta also has an intimate dining room. The personal attention of the owner, Mimmo, guarantees repeat business. It's open 4 to midnight. *


popular national

in width, capable of handling all current traffic without restrictions. The airfield is capable of handling 40 takeoffs or landings per hour. The airport terminal has 16 active gates, with an additional six under construction in a terminal extension project as of August 2011. As of 2011, the active airlines utilizing the commercial section were: Aeromexico, Air Canada, Air Transat, Alaska Airlines, American (American Airlines), Delta (Delta Air Lines), Interjet, Magnicharters, US Airways, United Airlines, VivaAerobus, Volaris, and WestJet. class "wikitable" border "1" + Puerto Vallarta Airport Annual Passenger Volume (in Thousands) - ! ! scope "col" style "width: 70px;" 2007 ! scope "col" style "width: 70px;" 2008 ! scope "col" style "width: 70px;" 2009 ! scope "col" style "width: 70px;" 2010 - ! scope "row" align "left" Domestic Passengers align "center" 844 align "center" 909 align "center" 739 align "center" 731 - ! scope "row" align "left" International Passengers align "center" 2,295 align "center" 2,372 align "center" 1,907 align "center" 2,004 - ! scope "row" align "left" Total Passengers align "center" 3,139 align "center" 3,281 align "center" 2,645 align "center" 2,735 - ! scope "row" align "left" International % align "center" 73% align "center" 72% align "center" 72% align "center" 73% There are two distinct air traffic patterns in Puerto Vallarta; international and domestic. The international passenger traffic accounts for 73% of Puerto Vallarta's air passengers peaking January through March at around 570,000 passengers per month. The domestic passenger traffic accounts for 27% of all passengers with a high season during the summer months of July and August peaking at around 222,000 passengers per month. Puerto Vallarta Seasonal Passenger Traffic Patterns (Domestic vs. International These diverse traffic patterns are similar to other vacation destinations in Mexico. Annual passenger volume in Puerto Vallarta dropped 20% after the 2009 H1N1 scare from a peak of 3.281 million passengers in 2008 to 2.645 million passengers in 2009. The general aviation section handles small planes leaving for San Sebastian del Oeste , Mascota, and other towns in the Sierra and along the Coast. It has 18 loading positions and shares the commercial airfield. Cruise ships The port of Puerto Vallarta receives cruise ships on a regular basis during the tourist season. They dock at facilities specifically designed for them. Trips to the El Centro old town and its beach front and tourist markets, including some art stores, are available. The beach front has been recently undergoing additional improvements to the Malecon, a long promenade along the beach with numerous sculptures, restaurants, night clubs, access to boat pulled paragliding over the bay, and various other tourist specific activities and markets. Bus station and regional buses National bus lines connect Puerto Vallarta (via the Central Camionera near the Modelo building north of town near the airport) with Guadalajara, Mazatlán, Manzanillo and points beyond. Bus lines include ETN and Primera Plus. Smaller bus lines connect Puerto Vallarta to small coastal and sierra towns. Rail Puerto Vallarta currently has no passenger rail service. Historically, buses connected with nearby Tepic, where there was a passenger rail service on the main north-south trunk of Ferromex. Heading north, trains continued to Nogales (Nogales, Sonora), opposite its namesake in Arizona. A spur headed northwest to Mexicali, opposite Calexico (Calexico, California), California. Service to the east went to Guadalajara and then to Mexico City. Thomas Cook Publishing, UK, "Overseas Timetable," May–June 2005, service was indicated on the map, p 123 and absent from the timetable, p. 125. Local transportation thumb right Taxi in downtown. (File:Puerto Vallarta downtown street.jpg) Puerto Vallarta is serviced by three municipal bus unions that provide coverage for most of the greater Puerto Vallarta area (e.g. Ixtapa, Mismaloya, Pitillal). Most of the population of the Municipality of Puerto Vallarta travels by municipal bus. Automobile ownership


selling+time

as ''La ciudad más amigable del mundo'' (The Friendliest City in the World), as the sign reads when entering from Nayarit. Today, the presence of numerous sidewalk touts selling time-shares and tequila render the city's atmosphere more akin to tourist-heavy resorts like Cancun and Acapulco, but overall the city's reputation remains relatively undiminished. Tourism in Puerto Vallarta has increased steadily over the years and makes up for 50% of the city's economic activity. The high season for international tourism in Puerto Vallarta extends from late November through March (or later depending on the timing of the college Spring Break period in the USA.) The city is especially popular with US residents from the West Coast because of the sheer number of direct flights between Puerto Vallarta and Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Phoenix (Phoenix, Arizona). Lic. Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport The city is also popular with tourists from western Canada with a number of direct scheduled and charter flights from western Canadian cities. Puerto Vallarta is also a highly popular vacation spot for domestic tourists. It is a popular weekend destination for residents of Guadalajara (Guadalajara, Jalisco) (''tapatíos''), and a popular national destination for vacations such as ''Semana Santa'' (the week preceding Easter) and Christmas. Also in recent years Acapulco has experienced a rise in drug related violence Since January 2006 Acapulco has seen a dramatic rise in drug related gun battles. See e.g. ''The San Diego Union-Tribune'' February 15, 2006 ''Acapulco's Loss of Innocence'' and consequently Puerto Vallarta has absorbed a lot of the Mexico City resort vacation business (Acapulco has long been a common destination for tourists from Mexico City). Puerto Vallarta has become a popular retirement destination for US and Canadian retirees. This trend has spawned a condominium development boom in the city. Rapid growth in tourist volume in Puerto Vallarta has given rise to rapid growth in hotel and rental apartment construction. This growth has spilled over from the city limits into Nuevo Vallarta in the neighboring state of Nayarit. The area is one of the fastest growing regions in the Americas. LGBT Tourism WikiPedia:Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco Dmoz:Regional North America Mexico States Jalisco Localities Puerto Vallarta commons:Puerto Vallarta


fishing sports

government's decision to develop the nearby resort in the 1970s has had major implications for both the city and municipality of Zihuatanejo. The area is now the third most visited area in Mexico after Cancún and Puerto Vallarta and the most popular for sports fishermen (recreational fishing).


collection bringing

, these botanical collections features thousands of different species of plants. The gardens are in a unique tropical dry forest ecosystem at 1,300 feet above sea level. Against the breathtaking backdrop of soaring mountain peaks, there is much to experience: Palm Gardens, Rose Garden, Tree Fern Grotto, Orchid House, Jungle Trails, Tropical Bird Watching, Agave Gardens, displays of Mexican Wildflowers and the Carnivorous Plant Collection. Bringing your swimsuit and enjoy a refreshing dip

Puerto Vallarta

'''Puerto Vallarta''' ( ) is a Mexican (Mexico) beach resort city situated on the Pacific Ocean's Bahía de Banderas. The 2010 census reported Puerto Vallarta's population as 255,725 Census data is available from the website of the Mexican National Statistical Institute making it the second largest city in the state (States of Mexico) of Jalisco. The City of Puerto Vallarta is the government seat of the Municipality of Puerto Vallarta which comprises the city as well as population centers outside of the city extending from Boca de Tomatlán to the Nayarit border (the Ameca River).

The city is located at . To the north it borders the southwest part of the state of Nayarit. To the east it borders the municipality of Mascota and San Sebastián del Oeste, and to the south it borders the municipalities of Talpa de Allende and Cabo Corriente. Guia Roji - ''Ciudad de Puerto Vallarta'' (map)

Puerto Vallarta is named after Ignacio Vallarta, a former governor of Jalisco. In Spanish (spanish language), ''Puerto Vallarta'' is frequently shortened to "Vallarta", while English speakers call the city '''P.V.''' for short. In internet shorthand the city is often referred to as PVR, after the International Air Transport Association airport code for its Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (Lic. Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport).

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