Nature, Traditions, Culture and Folklore in the First Month of the Year

In January the 9th International Charro Championship will be held, while humpback whales are still here and seasonal markets are maintained.

Whales in the Bay

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Puerto Vallarta, Tourism Trust.- The Puerto Vallarta activities calendar offers different entertainment options for its visitors since the beginning of the year. Some of them are wonders of nature, and others, events organized by associations that over time have created authentic traditions supported by Mexican folklore.

In this beginning of the year with the winter underway, Puerto Vallarta, in Banderas Bay, continues to be a natural refuge for humpback whales, which migrate from the northern coast of the continent on time every year in search of warmer waters.

In this high season, national tourists and especially foreigners – many of them temporary residents – enjoy the tianguis of art, crafts and local products that are installed on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Film fans will be able to enjoy, from January 9 to 20, twelve films that make up the poster of the 67th International Film Exhibition organized by the National Cineteca of Mexico City, and that for the first time arrives at the Vallartense Institute of Culture. Here are the details of these activities:

Humpback whales in the bay

The imposing humpback whales, also known as Yubartas, are one of the largest animal species in the world. An adult humpback whale comes to measure between 15 and 19 meters long with an estimated weight of 36 thousand kilograms.

These beautiful sea creatures, travel across the oceans and seas of the world, approximately migrate around 25 thousand kilometers a year. They feed only during the summer in polar regions, then, during the months of December and until March, they migrate to the tropical waters of the Jalisco coast, where they can be observed in Puerto Vallarta.

Whales in the bay

Throughout their stay in Banderas Bay, these cetaceans are observed making their great jumps in the water, without a doubt a majestic experience for those who want to have witnessed this event.

A variety of tours are offered in Puerto Vallarta from December 15 until the end of March. You can not lose this!

Art & Market in Marina and Old Town Farmers Market in Downtown

From December until March 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 10 p.m., on Thursday afternoons, the traditional Art & Market is installed on the Malecon de la Marina, which offers gastronomy, Huichol art, sculptures, hand-woven clothing and jewelry, in addition to painting exhibitions by local artists, all with live background music while visiting each of the stands. If you want more information you can check here:

Handicrafts made by locals

Another option is Old Town Farmers Market, which is installed on Saturdays in Lázaro Cárdenas Square from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., where it is possible to taste organic food from the region, Mexico and the world, as well as acquire a wide range of regional products

67 International Film Show

As great news for fans of art cinema came the announcement of the Vallartense Institute of Culture that from this Thursday, January 9 to Monday, January 20 will be screening twelve films that are part of the 67 International Film Show that annually organizes the National Cineteca of Mexico City.

The films will be screened during the week at 7:00 p.m. and on weekends with two functions at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at the Institute’s headquarters, at the Cuale Cultural Center with free admission.

9th International Charro Championship

As every year, the best squadrons and riders from Mexico and the United States will face each other to get first place in the arena of the Vallarta Arena. The ninth edition of the tournament will feature live music to liven up the event, plus a new car will be raffled on the day of the awards.

Charro Championship
Charro Championship

This sport has gained followers of all ages while crossing borders to the extent of being considered intangible cultural heritage of mankind. Puerto Vallarta the most beautiful tourist destination is consolidated as the perfect place to enjoy this sport and Mexican tradition. From January 28 to February 2, the charreadas will be held. If you want more information visit: