Beautiful Mexican dresses and blouses are not only for women. In Puerto Vallarta, you’ll find these garments for men, too. Hand embroidered with flowers, birds, iguanas, creatures of nature and mysticism, this is traditional clothing worn by indigenous people throughout Mexico, Central and South America. Regionally this art is referred to as huipil (pronounced wee-pill). Some blouses […]
The French Quarter of Puerto Vallarta – Lo de Marcos: Lo de Marcos reminds us a lot of Puerto Vallarta back in the early 1980’s when we first discovered the area. It’s not really as large but then, Puerto Vallarta has spread her borders from what we originally observed. Not saying that will happen in
Gringos Newcomers to Puerto Vallarta are often surprised by how freely the label gringo is tossed around. They liken it to other labels that are seen to be derogatory and in some cases, racist. The word gringo long ago lost its power to insult, and is now how many foreigners have come to describe themselves.
Copper Canyon: If you’re looking for getaway that will take you on a short extended trip from Puerto Vallarta, we recommend Copper Canyon, an amazing tourist activity. It’s not only breathtakingly stunning, but also rich in history with many guide companies to help you travel in style, even on a budget. There are trains rides
Mosquitoes Puerto Vallarta is not free of mosquitoes. What are they good for? Absolutely nothing, we’ve been told. Eliminating them, however, is not simply a major challenge, it is a task associated with harm to the environment and we have enough of that already. There is ongoing research into how to find a balance in
How ironic that our world is forced into sacrifice at this time. Even more ironic is that the Italian word quarantina means “40 days” and is the term for Lent in Italy. Lent lasts 40 days, stemming from the amount of time Christ spent in the desert, fasting and being tempted by the devil. The word “quarantine” came into use as a term for “isolation” in Venice during the Black Plague. Ships arriving from afflicted countries would have to wait 40 days confined to quarters in order to prevent the
spread of the disease.
Cruising the Water in Puerto Vallarta There are many options for sailing and boating in Puerto Vallarta with a lot to see and do. You might choose a small panga (open skiff) or a large luxury motor or sailboat, decide to go fishing or snorkeling, see a sunset, visit the Marieta Islands, go on an
San Blas: North of Puerto Vallarta, about a three hour drive, is the municipality of San Blas. We recommend finding accommodations for at least one overnight to explore the area. San Blas is rich in history, the original embarkation point for Spanish explorers traveling north and establishing ports in places as far as Nootka Sound
Amazon: We’d love to write about the river in South America but today we’re telling you about the company that sells everything! They recently opened a facility in Mexico and so far, reports from customers in Puerto Vallarta are very positive. Amazon offers an amazing array of products and delivery doesn’t seem to be a
Roma We don’t often write movie reviews for this blog but are so inspired by the recent Mexican film Roma, for many reasons. We were far into the film, a scene at the ocean in Veracruz, before we astonishingly realized this movie was shot in black and white. There is so much color in the
Benito Juárez Benito Juárez is a significant figure in Mexican history and we see his name in many places in Puerto Vallarta. There are streets named for him, an entire colonia (neighborhood), schools, businesses. Born on March 21, 1806, the birthday of Benito Juárez is celebrated every year in Mexico on the third Monday
Kings and Hidden Babies: Christmas isn’t over in Mexico until January 6th; Epiphany in Christian/Catholic circles, and another day to celebrate, eat, and drink. In Puerto Vallarta, you will find specials in restaurants, mounds of circular breads for sale in grocery stores and bakeries, and traditions observed in private homes. Rosca de Reyes is bread baked in