Which are the working hours at offices and shopping malls?
Shopping malls work Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 hours to 20:00 hours, with a break between 14:00 and 16:00 hours. On Saturday and Sundays the working hours vary depending on each commercial establishment.
Public offices work between 9:00 hours up to 17:00 hours without taking a break, whilst banks open their doors Mondays through Saturdays from 9:00 till 19:00 hours.
Will I have any problem in communicating with my country?
In no way, there are numerous public phone booths in Puerto
from where you can call abroad using coins, prepaid
cards (they can be acquired in shops and businesses), or making
a collect call, which is always a good alternative.
Another option is to communicate from your hotel room; in this manner you will have more privacy though the cost will be higher.
On the other hand, there are several cybercafés in Puerto
with direct access to the Internet. They are an
economic option to communicate abroad and to navigate through the
worldwide web of information. Likewise, most of the hotels offer
this service to their guests. Ask for it at the reception desk.
Is it easy to drive in the City?
Yes because unlike large cities, traffic in Puerto Vallarta
is calm and pleasant, strange to traffic jams and noisy horn blows.
Driving in this coastal paradise is an agreeable activity that is
centred on the 5 kilometres of its main road.
What must I present in order to rent a car?
You need to be over 21 years of age, produce a valid driver license
and an international credit card. Besides, you need to present your
passport. These are the only requisites to rent a car in Puerto
, a destination where the main and most prestigious
car-rental chains operate.
When renting a car, it is advisable to purchase an insurance policy for the time you are renting the vehicle. Remember that it is always better to prevent than to lament.
Where can I purchase handicrafts?
There are many places where you can buy handicrafts in Puerto
. There are establishments specialised on this
kind of products in the shopping malls at the marina and at shops
downtown offering silverworks and jewels, ceramics, typical customs
and wooden works, amongst other beauties coming from all over the
country, a true delight for the traveller's eye.
Prices are fixed in most of these shops, although you can bargain and ask for a discount if you are buying several products. On the other hand, bargaining is an accepted practice at handicraft markets.
Within the variety of crafted products, pay especial attention to those made by the Huicholes, an indigenous group living on the Western Sierra Madre, close to the border between the States of Jalisco and Nayarit. They stand out for their fine wooden carvings covered with bee wax and decorated with glasses.
What voltage is the power output in Puerto Vallarta?
As in the rest of the country, alternate current in Puerto
is of 110 volts and 60 cycles. Generally the outlets
have flat slots. If you have appliances working with 220 volts,
ask for adaptors at the reception desk of your hotel.