6 Historical Curiosities about Puerto Vallarta

1. Puerto Vallarta was initially known as Las Peñas de Santa María de Guadalupe, named by Guadalupe Sánchez when he founded this place on December 12, 1851. 2. Discovered in 1525 by Francisco Cortés de San Buenaventura, Banderas Bay is the deepest (900 meters) and longest (42 km) in Mexico....

The Impact of the Night of the Iguana in Puerto Vallarta

The "Night of the Iguana" is a movie produced and directed by John Huston in 1963, starring Richard Burton, Ava Gardner and Deborah Kerr. The plot of the story is about a retired priest who takes refuge in Puerto Vallarta, where he becomes a tourist guide, mainly for American teachers...

The Bridge of Lovers

During the 60's, Puerto Vallarta experienced its first great tourist boom due to John Huston's successful film, The Night of the Iguana. This movie starred actors Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, who were so in love with the place that they went so far to buy two vacation homes in...

The Little Sea Horse

The sculpture "The Boy on the Seahorse", commonly known as "El Caballito", is one of the icons of Puerto Vallarta. Although most of the residents and visitors of our destination know this figure located on the Malecon, just a few know that the original sculpture made by the artist Rafael...

Coat of Arms – Puerto Vallarta

The coat of arms was designed by the Jalisco painter José Manuel Martínez Peña. It was requested by the Puerto Vallarta City Council in 1968, on the occasion of the town's elevation to the category of city. It was officially adopted on May 31, 1968, within the framework of the...

Puerto Vallarta in the Viceroyalty Era

The oldest archaeological remains that have been found in Puerto Vallarta, to date, come from the site called La Pedrera on Costa Rica Street, in the Lázaro Cárdenas neighborhood. It is probable that the first settlements were established around the year 300 B.C. in the Middle Preclassic. A thousand years...

Filmography in Puerto Vallarta

Since the 1960's Puerto Vallarta proved to be a magnificent set for the filming of successful movies. Over the years the urban development was increasing, an event that attracted and continues to attract the attention of more national and international production houses in the seventh art industry. Foreign films and...

Parish of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

In 1902, the Diocese of Tepic authorized the construction of the church in the town. The foundations of the church were begun in 1903, although at that time there was already a small chapel dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe, it must be remembered that the town was founded on...

Archaeological Heritage of the Municipality of Puerto Vallarta

The archaeological investigation of the site of Ixtapa and the municipality formally began in 1961 with the expedition of Project A, initiated by the Department of Anthropology of UCLA. Archaeologists and students from this university traveled along the coast recording sites from the mouth of the Santiago River in Nayarit...

History of Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta enjoys a definite history of its own. The original population, as recent discoveries and archeological studies show, was made up of several Aztec Indian tribes. They developed cultural and commercial relations along the Pacific coast. Puerto Vallarta was part of the pre-Columbian Indian kingdom of Xalisco. The ancients...