Hola Vacaciones: Puerto Vallarta
After a long brutal winter that led to pale skins and low morals, we finally made the decision to escape south.
We had our eye on Puerto Vallarta for a while: a charming Mexican beach town, situated west of Mexico City. The city is known for its narrow cobblestone streets, its romantic flair, and being the culinary city of Mexico. In contrast to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta has a touch of sophistication, serenity and an incomparable charm.
The trip was everything we asked for: a quick, memorable escape. We arrived in the city during low season. We were rewarded with private dining experiences, calm abandoned beaches, and the opportunities to interact with the locals. Forget the hassle and the touristy crowd, in Puerto Vallarta we allowed our minds to drift away and to find peace within.
Puerto Vallarta is nested within valleys with an access to the clear, sandy beach of the Pacific Ocean. It consists of three main zones: Zona Hotelera, El Centro, and Zona Romantica. Zona Hotelera is the newest part of town where most of the upscale resorts lie. The zone also includes the beautiful marina and a lot of upscale restaurants and modern furniture shops around it. This zone is chic but mostly inhibited by tourists.
Twenty minutes from Zona Hotelera is Centro, the oldest part of the city; narrow cobble stone streets filled with small shops and food trucks- a walking distance from the famous Malecon (Spanish for Esplanade along a waterfront). El Malecon was one of our favorite spots. Every night, we strolled down the boardwalk and experienced the true Mexican nightlife: art exhibitions, mariachi music, and performances of different rituals.
Finally, Zona Romantica is the furthest zone of the city; an undetached, unpretentious part of the town. It is the least touristy and the most charming part of the town. The area comprises of the best restaurants, the pier, and the most popular beach: Playa Los Muertos. It is beautiful to wander there at night; so serene that you can only hear the sound of the waves crashing on the shore. It’s not called the romantic zone for no apparent reason.
In a nutshell, Puerto Vallarta offers it all: a charming yet affordable escape with a lot of cultural and culinary experiences. We hope you enjoy the pictures below as they highlight the best memories of our trip.
We experienced this magical moment while walking down El Malecon Boardwalk. A group of indigenous men performed the famous Danza de los Voladores (the dance of the Flyers). The ritual consists of climbing a 30 meter pole from which four of the five participants then launch themselves tied with ropes to descend to the ground. The four voladores represent the four cardinal directions as well as the four elements: earth, air, fire and water. The fifth member represents the sun and remains on top of the pole, dancing and playing a flute and drum. As the ropes unwind, the voladores spin, creating a moving pyramid shape.
Words cannot explain the beauty of this moment but I hope a video can help!
Let us know if you have any recommendations for cities to visit in Mexico. We will be heading to Mexico City in December for a wedding and we are definitely open for suggestions!