Spread Your Wings: Mariposa’s Butterfly Experience Takes Flight

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Photos by Oscar Almeida

Puerto Vallarta’s abuzz after the dazzling “Spread Your Wings” gala celebrating the opening of Mariposa’s Butterfly Experience at Puerto Magico.

VIPs partied into the night on April 13, 2024 at the stunning new sanctuary, which is a massive space that includes the butterfly sanctuary; botanical garden, show stage, and mezzanine level with a chic bar and lounge overlooking the entire tropical paradise below.

Guests were greeted by a symphony of hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, setting the scene for an evening of wonder.

Mama Tits wowed the crowd with her powerful voice. Photo by Oscar Almeida.
Mama Tits wowed the crowd with her powerful voice. Photo by Oscar Almeida.

The “Mariposa-themed dinner” was a delightful prelude to the dazzling entertainment lineup. DJ Sago kept the energy kinetic with a powerful mix, while Ms. Butterfly’s performance was a whirlwind of color and movement. The night took a fiery turn with the Men of Fire, their flaming spectacle leaving the audience breathless. Mama Tits entertained with thunderous vocals stole the show after midnight.

Several Puerto Vallarta notables were in attendance, including; Chef Charlie Huynh, owner of Let’s Pho, Mikel Alvarez, owner of ThrIVe IV & Med Spa, Chef Wayne Elias, chef and owner of Daiquiri Dick’s on the beach, and I had the pleasure of chatting with Paul Crist, owner of Hotel Mercurio, home to the Sunday tradition of Beer, Boys and Burgers. 

Beyond the glitz and glamour, the evening held a deeper significance. It was a chance encounter with Founder and CEO Wes Haws that truly captured the magic of Mariposa.

“A year ago, this was just a dream on paper,” Haws confided, his voice filled with emotion. Witnessing the transformed space, surrounded by well-wishers, was a humbling experience for him.

Referencing Willy Wonka, Haws smiled and said, “It’s not about the butterflies, it’s about who you share them with.”

This sentiment resonated throughout the evening – Mariposa is not just a sanctuary for butterflies, but a space for shared experiences and community.

The “Spread Your Wings” gala is the first flutter of a new chapter. With a special event for local officials on April 20th and the grand public opening set for April 22nd, Mariposa’s Butterfly Experience is poised to take flight.

Puerto Magico, Blvd Francisco Medina Ascencio, Hotel Zone North, 48333
Hours 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Tickets are now available for purchase on the website at www.maripozas.com

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