And the captain was not wrong; nowadays this unknown land initially baptized as Bay of Flags, congregates hundreds of thousands of tourists attracted by the crystalline waters of the ocean, summoned by the warm sands of its 96 kilometres of beaches; or willing to dive, fish or just have fun before the enormity of the Pacific.
The bay is not an Eden for people only; it is also paradise for the humpback whales that come to give birth in this marvellous corner of the Pacific; or for playing dolphins, sea turtles, gigantic skates and octopuses prowling around the nearby islands, and for the agitated birds seeking refuge in the coast and the estuaries.
Besides the ocean, the geography of Puerto Vallarta
is adorned with upright mountains which are absorbed by the dense
jungle of the Sierra Madre Occidental, where the diaphanous waters
run hastily through sinuous rivers or fall vertiginously through
steep and noisy cascades. Here the trails lead to the heart of the
forest, and then the traveller becomes an explorer, a pioneer.
The joy does not end at the beach, nor at the Sierra Madre Occidental, it continues and is prolonged towards the old city, with the beautiful temple of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, or the coastal promenade flanked by bronze statues. Galleries, marketplaces, excellent restaurants, among other details, like the traditional and festive Mexican Nights, complete the urban panorama.
is located at 989 kilometres from
the City of Mexico and at 340 kilometres from Guadalajara, the capital
of the state of Jalisco and the second biggest city in the country,
which is famous for its conservative look and for being the land
of the mariachis and the tequila, authentic symbols of Mexican culture.
Sun and ocean. Rest and adventure at Puerto Vallarta
a destination having too much to offer: beaches, water sports, mountains,
nature to the limit and a gentle colonial feature. A blessed bay
of the Mexican Central Pacific.