Grotesque Stranglers Living in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Invariably, when tourists visit the Puerto Vallarta, Mexico area, they inquire with questions such as “What kind of colorful bird is that?”, “What kind of amazing animal is that?”, “What are those beautiful flowers?”, or “What’s the name of that unusual looking tree?” After 12 years of replying with “We don’t have a clue, but they’re all over the area; pretty neat, huh?”, we decided to do a little research so as not to seem so oblivious to the natural

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Have You Seen the Burseraceae Family in Puerto Vallarta?

Most all of the 430,000 residents of Vallarta are familiar with the Burseraceae family, however the majority of visitors to the area are oblivious to their existence. The oldest lineage of the Burseraceae family has resided in the tropical dry forests of Western Mexico for over 30 million years and can been traced back to the Oligocene and Miocene eras during which time the Sierra Madre Occidental and Neovolcanic ranges were being formed. Over millions of years, this majestic family

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History of Sport Resulting in Sudden Death Near Puerto Vallarta

Synthetic rubber, plastics, rayon, nylon and other synthetic materials were first developed from hydrocarbons such as oil, natural gas, and coal in the late 19th century but not really commercialized until during the 1900‘s. It’s hard to imagine, but most all of today’s “modern” materials have only gained popularity during the past 100 years. In fact, most of us retired geezers can clearly remember the days (before computers and televisions!) when very few items were made of plastic, synthetic fibers,

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Just Hangin´ Around Puerto Vallarta

With the hustle and bustle of today’s life, many of us never have the time or take the time to stop and smell the flowers, let alone closely observe the wildlife around us. However, for those of us retired geezers fortunate enough to be living in Paradise, where the tropical flora and fauna abound, the beautiful flowers and birds are literally everywhere; so conspicuous that you’d have to be blind to miss them! During the eleven years that we’ve lived

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Puerto Vallarta’s Tecomeae Tribe Takes Center Stage in the Springtime

During the months of March and April, a couple species of the Tecomeae tribe come out in their full regalia in Puerto Vallarta. The Tecomeae tribe, included in the Bignoniaceae family, has numerous genuses including the Tabebuia genus. The Tabebuia genus has more than 100 species of which the Vallarta area is proud to host the Tabebuia Impetiginosa and the Tabebuia Donnell-Smithii species. Now that you’re totally confused and bored, let’s learn more about these two species and what bearing

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The Influence of Mariachi on Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico

Mariachi music, quite obviously the heart and soul of Mexico to anyone that has traveled south of the border, frequently permeates the Puerto Vallarta evening air. Mariachis can be heard serenading women at weddings, special occasions such as quinceaneras (girls’ fifteenth birthday celebrations) and baptisms, Mother’s Day fiestas, and at private parties. The mariachis are also often seen and heard in many of the restaurants and cantinas and can be found roving along the beachfront malecon and throughout public parks.

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The Intelligent Sea Turtles of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Sea turtles are very intelligent creatures of nature; they continue coming to Puerto Vallarta regardless of the swine flu scare, the border town drug wars, or the global recession! They don’t visit Vallarta for its perfect climate, its eight beautiful golf courses, its world class deep sea fishing, its hundreds of fine restaurants, nightclubs and discotheques, its magnificent sunsets, or the colorful tropical flora and fauna in the surrounding Sierra Madre hillsides; they visit Vallarta strictly for its 35 miles

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The Last of the Obsidian Artifacts in Puerto Vallarta

More than 40 years ago during one of our first visits to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, while browsing through a small souvenir shop, we noticed a handful of small black objects high on a back corner shelf. They were covered with dust and obviously hadn’t been touched for years. We asked the owner of the tienda what they were and he indicated that they were obsidian artifacts; insinuating that they were very old and that obsidian was quite rare and virtually

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The Magnificent Sand Sculptures of Puerto Vallarta

Do you remember your first few vacations to the beach as a child with your parents when you had your little shovel and bucket and could let your imagination run wild as you built sand castles with moats around them? Obviously, we were not the first to mold sand. Sand sculpting as an art form has been around for thousands of years; it is conjectured that the ancient Egyptians made sand models of the pyramids. During the past century, the

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The Three Eyed Iguanas of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

The word “iguana“ is the Spanish derivation of the Carib (Amerindian) word, “iwana“; a name given to a family of lizards that are found throughout the Americas. Iguanas are one of the five generally recognized infraorders of the lacertilian suborder of reptiles which includes all lizards. The Iguanidae family is only one of about 17 families of the lacertilian suborder; it includes the subfamilies of iguana iguanas (green) and spiny-tailed (black) iguanas which are abundant in the Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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