PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico -- As Puerto Vallarta gears up for the fall
and winter season, it has scheduled a variety of special events
that offer clients a chance to enjoy value-added activities at
little or no extra cost.
November is a busy month in Puerto Vallarta, beginning with All
Soul's Day and the Day of the Dead, on Nov. 1 and 2. This is the
time when Mexicans pay their respects to their departed family
Puerto Vallarta's City Hall and the Cultural Center on Rio Cuale
island host special exhibitions about the importance of this
Other events through the end of the year include the
• From Nov. 7 to 23, the seventh annual Puerto Vallarta Art
Festival will bring art gallery shows and outdoor theater to the
streets and beaches of the city. All events are free to the
• Clients interested in fine dining should head down between
Nov. 13 and 23, when the ninth annual Puerto Vallarta Gourmet
Festival takes place.
The festival features a variety of events and activities,
including cooking classes, wine and cheese tasting and special
menus prepared by more than 20 local and foreign chefs. The grand
finale weekend will include a cocktail party and a farewell
• From Nov. 20 to 22, anglers will make an appearance in Puerto
Vallarta for the International Sailfish Tournament; prizes are
awarded for the largest catches.
• An offbeat race takes place from Nov. 29 to Dec. 6, when the
International and National Pigeon Racing Tournament takes to the
The Hotel Molino de Agua, which hosts the event, offers packages
for people interested in attending or participating. Call (011)
52-322 222-1957 or visit www.molinodeagua.com.
• Religious events take place between Dec. 1 and 12, when the
Guadalupe Processions, which commemorate the Virgin of Guadalupe,
are held at the cathedral downtown.
• Guadalupe Day is celebrated on Dec. 12, and the processions
include folkloric dancers, floats, singing and fireworks.
This date is also considered the anniversary of the founding of
Puerto Vallarta and is marked by a ceremony at City Hall and a
• Whale-watching season in Puerto Vallarta begins in December,
when migrating humpback whales and their calves arrive in Banderas
Bay. The season lasts until April.
Clients can book excursions ahead of time (or once they have
arrived) with local tour operators, which are licensed by the
National Environmental Agency.
For more information about Puerto Vallarta, call (888) 384-6822,
or direct at (011) 52-322 224-1175; fax: (011) 52-322 224-0915;
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