Will Puerto Vallarta be a Good Host for Tianguis 2012?

by Craig Zabransky on August 2, 2011

Did you hear? Yes, pop the champagne or pour the tequila more likely, Puerto Vallarta (and Riviera Nayarit) won the 2012 bid and will host Tianguis. Viva Vallarta!

Tianguis, the largest and most important Mexico Toursim trade show was always held in Acapulco. Now after 36 years, the expo will be awarded to different destinations annually. First up is Vallarta (followed by Puebla 2013 than Cancun 2014). But, will the seaside town make a good host?

Absolutely, and here are some reasons why.

Some Similarities, Some Differences to Acapulco.

I believe this important in its first year away from the original host city. It’s geographically close to Acapulco and offers many similarities. It’s a pacific coastal town with a large bay, beautiful beaches, a famous tourism history, and a great nightlife. Yet it’s different. The  smaller intimate charm found in its artists, the malecon, and in the cobblestone streets of the zona romantica will provide the warm, welcoming feeling that is Mexico.

Puerto Vallarta at night.

Gastronomy. Yes, the Food.

Arguably with the best destination for cuisine outside of Mexico City in the country, visitors not be disappointed with its dinning. The destination holds an International Gourmet Food Festival and is loaded with fine dining options, but the town is also no stranger to street cart. Tacos and Esquites are must eats here too.  From the fresh local catch, the local favorites, or the global cuisine you find a great balance and great eats in Vallarta.

By Sea and by Land.

The seaside town is hardly just beaches, even with over 40 to chose from. The town provides the traveler with adventure options too. Visitors can tackle the jungle on an ATV or zip line through it via a canopy tour. Or visitors can head to sea and the Bay of Bandera for whale watching, fishing or sailing. In Vallarta, all the visitors are sure to enjoy a taste of the growing “adventure” type excursions available across all of Mexico.

I hope Tianguis is during Whale Season...

With the slogan of “Two Destinations, One Paradise” for the Tianguis 2012 bid, it was designed to represent both Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta (Jalisco), but I believe it offers more than just two destinations. Its like Acapulco, but different, it offers international fine dinning and also cheap good local fare, it has adventures at sea, on land and also offers the chance to just relax poolside with an umbrella in your cocktail. Yes, its definitely multiple “destinations” and certainly a paradise.

Well, what do you think? I believe Puerto Vallarta will make a good host for Tianguis 2012, do you? Why or why not?

Photos: champagne glasses and  dining table are from Craig Zabransky, Whale watching – Whit Welles via Wikipedia, Nighttime Vallarta – by Cool Casear.

Craig travels around the world to write tales of travel aimed to encourage and inspire others to take and make adventure in their life. And after calling Mexico home for over a year, it secured a special place in his heart. He continues to return often and often considers it his second home. You can find more of his travels on his Stay Adventurous site and follow him on his Twitter: @stayadventurous..
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