The most incredible reasons to love Puerto Vallarta


• Puerto Vallarta was not originally designed for modern day tourism.

• It turns out that the original population were several tribes of Aztec Indians.

• They were dedicated to cultural and commercial relationships along the Pacific coast.

• The Bahía de Banderas (Bahía de Banderas) and the Valle de Banderas (Valle de Banderas) were named by the Spaniards when Hernán Cortés’ nephew was traveling in this area.

• The present-day city of Puerto Vallarta was created when the businesswoman Guadalupe Sánchez set up a trading post on the banks of the Cuale River to supply the gold and silver mines in the mountains towards Guadalajara with salt.

• Puerto Vallarta was named in honor of Don Ignacio Luis Vallarta, a well-known governor of the state of Jalisco.


• Puerto Vallarta first attracted international attention after US director John Huston decided to shoot “Night of the Iguana” in Mismaloya.

• The film starred Richard Burton, Ava Gardner and Deborah Kerr.

• Based on a drama by Tennessee Williams, the adaptation of this film was the initial impetus that Vallarta in the eyes of the world as the fashionable place of this time and more than because of its history, for its protagonists and for the presence of Liz Taylor in Vallarta.

• The great romance between Liz and Richard that began in “Cleopatra” was now known to everyone, “and he brought the actress to Vallarta to be close to him.

• He bought and moved into the Kimberly House in Gringo Gulch. Burton later bought the property across the street and later connected it to the famous bridge over Zaragoza Street. ‘

• Why Puerto Vallarta? John Huston wrote in his book ‘An Open Book’ that while looking for locations for the film in Los Angeles, California, he met engineer Guillermo Wulff, who suggested filming in Mismaloya; The director had already been to Puerto Vallarta twice so he decided to shoot after visiting the site.

• The film was shot almost entirely in Mismaloya, with the exception of a few scenes that were shot in the Paraíso Hotel and on a street in Puerto Vallarta.

• The director had rented luxury residences in the harbor and every morning they met in Playa Los Muertos to take a boat to the set because the road was not yet built.


• After the film was over, John Huston decided to settle in primitive Las Caletas, in an ejido of the Chacala Indians, about 15 minutes by sea from Boca de Tomatlán.

• He leased the land for ten years, with an option for an additional ten years, after which time both the land and everything he had built would pass to the indigenous community.

• Huston enjoyed the many years of his life in Puerto Vallarta

• Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton also stayed in town, made friends, enjoyed the party and loved the privacy of the place.

• They had a little more freedom than in other parts of the world, they could walk in the city, go shopping, bathe on the beach without so much harassment from fans and journalists.

• In fact, they became part of the local community and participated in community work, donations and also in actions as volunteer sponsors of the city.


The beaches:

• There are more than 26 beaches in Banderas Bay.

• One of the most famous is Los Muertos Beach

• If you are looking for a beach with more privacy, there is Garza Blanca

• For water sports fans there is Playa de Oro

• For diving, you can visit Los Arcos National Marine Park.

The Malecon (promenade):

• It has a beautiful array of sculptures made from bronze, iron, or resin.

• Has many pieces of art that various artists have worked to decorate the landscape.

• There are many stores for shopping

• And the boardwalk is home to some of the best restaurants in Puerto Vallarta

The food:

• It is a mixture of international haute cuisine with the typical delicacies of the region.

• Among the dishes to try, the pescado embarazado (pregnant fish) stands out, which is nothing more than a play on words to refer to fried fish on a stick.

• There is a wide variety of seafood dishes such as ceviche, the local attraction is mojarra, pescados zarandeados and fish meatballs.

• In Jalisco you will also find the typical tortas ahogadas.

• In addition, the International Gourmet Festival attracts chefs from all over the world who work with local food gurus to create great culinary works of art.

Sport and Adventure:

• From kayaking, jungle trekking, snorkeling, water skiing, horseback riding, skydiving, abseiling, zip lines, safaris and much more.

Among crocodiles and sea turtles:

• The Puerto Vallarta Botanical Garden has 3,000 different plant species that are home to an incredible variety of birds and butterflies.

• On the other hand, crocodiles, turtles and many sea birds in the labyrinth of canals in La Tobara are indispensable for nature lovers.

• The boats travel slowly along the canals and mangroves of Puente El Conchal, on the outskirts of San Blas, about three hours from Marina Vallarta.

• Finally, the Puerto Vallarta Zoo in Mismaloya is home to more than 100 animal species on its five hectares: the coyote, the jaguar and the puma and others from the rest of the world such as lions, leopards, camels, zebras and Bengal tigers.

Downtown Puerto Vallarta:

• It is one of the most beautiful as it is very picturesque due to its colonial architecture. There are bars, restaurants or antique shops.

The friendliest city:

• One of the great reasons people keep coming back and falling in love with Vallarta is because of the people.

• Vallartans are super friendly, cool, respectful, warm-hearted.

• Puerto Vallarta is also a gay-friendly city and one of the best LGBT destinations in the world.

Above all reliable:

• Due to its strict adherence to preventive protocols, Puerto Vallarta has been awarded the Safe Destination seal of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).

• The safety of visitors is a priority, which is why all measures and necessary filters specified by the health authorities are observed so that travelers return home healthy and safe.

Published by Martha Debayle ›

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