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Directions: Make a right turn at Banorte on Franciso Medina Ascensio to Canto del Sol. Make 1st left towards Coppel. It is immediatley passing the Coppel parking lot before condos la Joya across the street from Secrets Resort.

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Instrucciones: Gire a la derecha en Banorte en Franciso Medina Ascensio a Canto del Sol. Gire a la izquierda hacia Coppel. Es inmediato pasar el estacionamiento de Coppel antes de que los condominios de Joya se crucen la calle desde Secrets Resort.

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It’s a hard hike to Jalisco’s most beautiful cave, but worth the price

Inside La Cueva de los Monos after a tough hike.Inside La Cueva de los Monos after a tough hike.

It’s a hard hike to Jalisco’s most beautiful cave, but worth the price

A ‘killer climb’ through prickly burrs, nasty thorns and treacherous footing in the Sierra de Manantlán Biosphere Reserve

The Sierra de Manantlán Biosphere Reserve, established by UNESCO in 1988, lies along the border of the Mexican states of Jalisco and Colima and includes cloud forests and deciduous, mesophytic and tropical forests within its boundaries.

It also includes hundreds of caves, almost all of them vertical pits.

Ninety-four of these caves are described in the book Las Cavernas de Cerro Grande by Carlos Lazcano, but only one of them was found to contain a notable number of formations such as stalactites and stalagmites. That cave, La Cueva de los Monos, is considered by some to be Jalisco’s most beautiful cave, but hard to reach.

This is the cave we had come to visit and below are a few notes on our expedition:

It’s 7:00am at Rancho El Zapote. The air is full of early-morning sounds. Loudest of all are the roosters that live only meters from my tent and have been trying to wake me up since 4:00am. Then come the chickens, a very large pig and dozens of loudly mooing cows, one of which wears a clanking bell, indicating that she is the leader of the herd. I guess it’s time to get out of my sleeping bag and into my caving pants.

On the trail to the cave.

On the trail to the cave.

Today we are going to visit La Cueva de los Monos (Cave of the Figurines), which can only be reached after a long, hard climb up a steep mountainside above the little town of Toxin, which is located 37 kilometers northwest of Colima city. The cave is so named, I understand, because local people claim they found artifacts inside.

Our group obviously considered a good breakfast the key to good caving, so it wasn’t until 10:20 that we finally headed up a north-trending trail which at first struck me as very friendly, after all the horror stories I had been told about the previous visit to this cave: “That climb was a killer,” said Mario Guerrero, leader of both our present trip and the preceding one, “because it was the hottest week of May, which is the hottest month of the year, and we hadn’t brought along nearly enough water.”

Now we were enjoying the relatively cool weather of November and we gained several hundred meters of altitude in a matter of minutes. The higher we rose, the more big, white, rocky outcrops we found along the way. “This is karst,” said a member of our expedition, Spanish geologist Isidoro Ortiz, pointing out the prickly surface, weathered by the rain, indicating that we were inside a calcite zone where beautiful caves were likely to be found.

“At this rate we’ll reach the cave in nothing flat,” I thought, but at that very moment our friendly trail came to an end at the edge of a cornfield. “¡Chin!” said Mario. “No sign of the trail anymore, but all we have to do is keep going north and we’re bound to find the cave.”

Well, the cornfield into which we plunged also happened to be home to billions of well-developed, ripe-for-traveling huizapoles (very prickly burrs) with which we were soon covered head to foot.

At last we got through the cursed cornfield and stopped under a huge ficus tree to pick the burrs off one another. After removing a million or so huizapoles from our clothing, we pushed our way into thick maleza(bush) higher than our heads. “¡Ay ay ay, uña de gato!” I heard someone yell up ahead. This is cat’s claw, just about the nastiest form of thorn you can find anywhere, as it is designed to grab you as you pass by and then tear your skin to shreds. We now had to proceed with great caution.

Lluvia Ramírez admires cave draperies.

Lluvia Ramírez admires cave draperies.

It was about this point that our guide, Noé, son of our host at Rancho el Zapote, was forced to start swinging a machete in order to advance, further reducing our forward speed to that of a procession of turtles.

At last, dripping with sweat, well scratched by cat’s claw and covered with a new set of burrs, we arrived at the cave entrance. A crawl of four meters took us into a room so thickly decorated with stalactites, stalagmites and draperies that several hours of photography went by in what seemed like minutes. By the time the last of us crawled out into the sunlight, everyone else in the party was either sleeping or eating.

Well, the route that we had followed to get to the cave had been so unpleasant that we all breathed a sigh of relief when our guide Noé suggested we take a more direct and hopefully easier route back down the mountain.

And easier it was, at the beginning, with very little vegetation between well-separated outcrops of limestone. However, as the hillside grew steeper and the bush grew thicker, our old friends the burrs and cat’s claw reappeared and once again the machete was absolutely necessary for making the slightest progress.

Following this route, however, we had a whole new problem to deal with: the limestone had turned into heaps of sharply pointed rocky rubble which, like chunks of lava, were delicately piled one atop the other, offering the most treacherous footing imaginable.

We soon reached the point where we had only two hours left to get back to our truck before nightfall and at least a kilometer of nearly impenetrable bush to hack our way through. To make things worse, one member of our group, Ivan the biologist, was under attack from some sort of bug and suffering from all those unspeakable intestinal terrors usually reserved only for foreigners in Mexico.

The Sierra de Manantlán Biosphere Reserve.

The Sierra de Manantlán Biosphere Reserve. ELIZABETH A. OLSON

At last we tore ourselves away from that enticing hole and once again resumed our grim assault on the unforgiving mountainside. Dripping with sweat, disentangling ourselves from thorn bushes and dreaded cat’s claw, scratching some new, mysterious red welts which had suddenly appeared on our skin, and teetering on unstable chunks of prickly rock, we inched our way downward.

Several times we were on the brink of mutiny: “It will take us a year to get down this way; we have to go back up to the cave and return the way we came,” cried some voices.

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Noé, however, kept chopping away calmly and, lo and behold, one hour before sunset, we spotted the infamous huizapol cornfield! But now, oh how friendly and inviting it looked!

To make a long story short, we were soon back on our beloved trail and reached our truck with several minutes of daylight to spare. Was it worth it? Yes, indeed! In all my 33 years of exploring Jalisco’s caves, I haven’t seen another with so many beautiful decorations. So, wearing proper burr-and-thorn-proof clothes, I’d be ready to go back anytime!

The writer has lived near Guadalajara, Jalisco, for more than 30 years and is the author of A Guide to West Mexico’s Guachimontones and Surrounding Area and co-author of Outdoors in Western Mexico. More of his writing can be found on his website.

CHRISTMAS DINNER AT PUERTO VALLARTA RESTAURANTS

CHRISTMAS DINNER AT PUERTO VALLARTA RESTAURANTS

Alexis Velasco

Dec. 20, 2018
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We are less than one week away from Christmas Eve, the reason why the Vallarta Lifestyles editorial staff undertook the task of gathering some of the most outstanding options to dine out. Enjoy the flavors of the local restaurants and make this an unforgettable experience. Merry Christmas!

Azafrán

Olas Altas 507, Emiliano Zapata.

 

Azafran navidad

Café des Artistes

Guadalupe Sánchez 740,

El Centro.

AMUSE
Foie gras montadito, fresh fig and Grana Padano cheese

CURED DUCK HAM AND CHRISTMAS SALAD
Apples, beets, nuts, orange, baby leaves mix
or
SALMON AND AVOCADO TARTAR OVER CELERIAC SALAD
Beet vinaigrette
or
ORGANIC TOMATOES AND BURRATA CHEESE SALAD
Fresh, marinated and dehydrated tomatoes, wild sorrel, brioche bruschetta, white mushrooms, pistachio vinaigrette

CLASSIC CREAM OF PRAWN AND PUMPKIN SOUP
Butter pumpkin foam
or
TOMATO RISOTTO WITH FRESH BLACK TRUFFLE
Roasted corn foam

ROASTED SEA BASS WITH POTATOES
Lemon sauce, artichoke foam, confit leek, tapenade
or
SHRIMP AU CHAMPAGNE
WITH MUSHROOMS PERFUMED WITH MEZCAL
Butter tamal, Brussels cabbage leaves
or
BEEF DUO AND MOREL SAUCE
Short rib lacquered with plum, grilled beef fillet, potato terrine, confit shallot

ÉCLAIRE LE ROUGE
Dark chocolate mousse, strawberry compote, hazelnut praline cream

MACARON$1,475.00 MXP
PER PERSON Tax included, gratuities not included.

6:00 – 11:00 pm

 

Da Simone

Basilio Badillo 180, Emiliano Zapata.

 

De Cántaro

Basilio Badillo #219 Emiliano Zapata.

 

El Dorado

Pulpito 102, Amapas.

Gaby’s Restaurant

Mina 252, El Centro.

 

Kaiser Maximilian

Olas Altas #380B, Emiliano Zapata.

La Palapa

Pulpito 105-3, Amapas.

 

No Way José

5 de Febrero 260, Emiliano Zapata.

 

The Blue Shrimp

Olas  Altas 336, Emiliano Zapata.

 

River Café

Isla Río Cuale, El Centro.

 

TRIO Restaurant Bar

Guerrero 264, El Centro.

 

Tuna Blanca

Avenida Anclote Lote 5, Punta de Mita.

 

AMUSE
Foie gras mousse, spices bread, tomatillo and jalapeño jelly

FRESH TUNA TARTARE WITH BASIL MAYONNAISE
Cucumber and marinated seaweed in chilies paste salad, capers, radish, coriander foam

ORGANIC TOMATOES AND BURRATA CHEESE MOUSSE
Grapes and pistachio vinaigrette, epazote pesto, mini brioche
or
SHRIMP, AVOCADO, HIBISCUS AND PEANUTS SALAD
Mixed lettuces, mango and fresh herbs vinaigrette, chili’s oil

TRADITIONAL CREAM OF PRAWN AND PUMPKIN SOUP
Prawn mousse, pumpkin pureé, roasted leek
or
WILD MUSHROOMS RISOTTO
Confit tomatoes foam, roasted vegetables, Cambray potatoes, perfumed with white truffle

BAKED SEA BASS TO THE SPICES SAUCE
Zucchini and roasted fennel stew, smoked tomato sauce, cauliflower cream, leek flan
or
MARINATED SHRIMP IN PLUM AND HABANERO MOLE
Crunchy cottage cheese, mushroom and confit tomatoes cream, orange sauce au chile guajillo
or
SHORT RIB LACQUERED IN PLUM
Wood-fired beef tenderloin medallion, green peas mousseline, mille-feuilles of vegetables, roasted baby onions, morel sauce

LEMON MOUSSE
White chocolate biscuit, light lemon mousse, vanilla whipped cream

MACARON$1,475.00 MXP
PER PERSON Tax included, gratuities not included. 6:00 – 11:00 pm

 

Vitea

Malecón y Libertad 2, El Centro.

THE MUCH-ANTICIPATED VISIT OF THE HUMPBACK WHALES TO THE BAY OF BANDERAS

THE MUCH-ANTICIPATED VISIT OF THE HUMPBACK WHALES TO THE BAY OF BANDERAS

Nature offers up some surprising events much to the delight of us humans; among them is the humpback whale sightings, an experience every traveler should enjoy at least once in their life.

We’re very fortunate in the Riviera Nayarit. Every year like clockwork these magnificent creatures make their way from the frigid waters of the north for their rendezvous with Banderas Bay—one of their favorite haunts to spend the winter mating and calving—, though their presence has extended all along the coast of Nayarit.

Whale watching season generally begins in December, but this year the whales have come early, and they’ve been sighted frolicking in the waves since mid-November. They will remain here until March of the upcoming year when their calves are strong enough to make the trip back north.

Of note is the fact this isn’t the only species to visit the coast of Nayarit. At times there have been gray whale sightings and, more frequently, glimpses of the top predator of the humpbacks: the orca.

The presence of the humpbacks in the region has been recorded since the Colonization of the 16th and 17th centuries when Banderas Bay was known as the Humpback Bay thanks to the vast number of whales that visited during the wintertime.

According to Ecology and Conservation of Whales (ECOBAC), the population of humpbacks in the Northern Pacific includes approximately 20 thousand individuals. During an average year, anywhere between 300 and 500 of these mammals make their way to the Bay.

Whale watching tours in the region begin the first week of December when the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) presents permits to the service providers both in Nayarit and Jalisco. This accreditation is vital for operating these tours, as the whales are a protected species and operators must comply with Official Mexican Regulation NOM-131-SEMARNAT-2010. This regulation establishes the distances that must be maintained concerning the whales as well as other protective measures.

There are a large number of operators in the Riviera Nayarit that are certified to offer whale watching tours in Nuevo Vallarta, Bucerías, Punta de Mita, Sayulita, and Rincón de Guayabitos, and all along the coast to Santiago Ixcuintla via San Blas. The usual tour takes anywhere from two to four hours and is very popular with both locals and visitors.

The commitment of the service providers includes their yearly attendance at a training workshop offered by Semarnat; once completed they receive a permit and a flag that identifies them as trained in safety measures for both tourists and the whales.

These same tour operators recommend a lot of patience and vigilance on these tours, as well as, of course, the need for following all rules and regulations.

BAMBINOS TRATTORIA STARTS NEW SEASON

BAMBINOS TRATTORIA STARTS NEW SEASON

Vallarta Lifestyles

Nov. 27, 2018
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Live performances by the renowned, local music group Los Bambinos are back for this autumn-winter season at Bambinos Trattoria, an original concept with traditional Italian cuisine and music, featuring a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

This is the second season of the establishment that offers dishes such as pizzas and pasta. For those who have already visited, it should be noted that during the next months there will be new weekly specials that can not be missed.

Bambinos Trattoria is open Monday through Saturday from 3:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Los Bambinos offer a different show depending on the day:
Monday and Tuesday · The Beatles music
Tuesday · Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons music
Thursday · Elvis Presley songs (featuring the talented local musician Jorge Acosta)
Friday and Saturday · Latin Party

Los Bambinos: Musical Tradition
The ensemble holds a 12-year career in Puerto Vallarta, during which they have released several albums. This season, at least two of their productions will be available for purchase. The music group is formed by the Morales brothers: Giorgio (bass), Immer (rhythm guitar), Lázzaro (lead guitar) and Carlos (percussion).

“At the beginning of our career, we performed at several venues. People always would follow us wherever we went each season. We saw the potential and envisioned this restaurant, which has the facilities we wanted for our followers. We planned it and made a reality,” Lázzaro says.

Bambinos Trattoria has specials such as the Happy Hour and discounts from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Reservations are highly suggested, especially if you want to see the live show. Call (322) 222-4357.

For more information about Los Bambinos, follow their social media or visit their websites losbambinosmusic.com and bambinostrattoria.com.

HOW TO SPEND NEW YEAR’S EVE IN PUERTO VALLARTA

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HOW TO SPEND NEW YEAR’S EVE IN PUERTO VALLARTA

Puerto Vallarta is an exciting place to be for New Year’s Eve with endless opportunities to fit anyone’s lifestyle and level of adventure. There is certainly too much to wrap up with 3 paragraphs and 4 restaurant recommendations.

Of course, New Year’s Eve dinner is a huge event and just as important to the evening as to where you will be at the stroke of midnight when you give that New Year’s Eve kiss to someone special, or not.

Some people choose a small gathering of friends and family and a home cooked meal with a special bottle of wine as their last dinner of the year, while others plan elaborate dinners at local restaurants in the tourist zone at an average cost of $130 USD per person. Then there is the almighty traditional taco or tamal for only $1 dollar while kicking it into high-gear Mexican style with a street party on the Malecón.

For those looking for an all-inclusive night of food and drinks and staying in one place for the evening, your options will include just about every “high profile” restaurant in Old Town offering packages between $100 – $200 USD per person, and some even more. Included in your all-inclusive night is a meal that ranges between three and five courses, a Champagne toast, and typically live music. These are certainly great options for people who just don’t feel comfortable in large crowded sidewalks and streets.

For those who want to experience everything that Puerto Vallarta offers for the New Year, you probably won’t be interested in choosing a package that confines you to only one experience. If you are a tourist in our area you won’t want to miss a traditional street party Mexican style, you can sit in a restaurant for New Year’s Day or anywhere in your hometown. You can only experience a real Mexican New Year’s Eve street party in Mexico and on the street.

Certainly start your evening around 9 PM on Olas Altas no matter where you choose to dine beforehand. Start with a cocktail or two in the Romantic Zone’s Olas Altas neighborhood-street, while it’s a tourist area on most nights, on New Year’s Eve the street closes and does well at giving visitors the traditional street party experience that can only be done in Mexican style.

Not to worry, you don’t need to be at a restaurant for an all-inclusive night to receive your musical entertainment; it’s free all along the streets during a Mexican street party. Dropping some money into someone’s hat is a nice gestor.

After you have had dinner you might want to consider beginning your night at a local hotspot bar. Try Garbo Piano Bar in the evening. Always a festive atmosphere and a mixed crowd popular with the locals and tourists alike. Or any lively bar in the Romantic Zone will be hopping on this night.

Continue up Olas Altas heading north but don’t push yourself or clock watch, stop for a dance in the middle of the street whenever you feel that urge, it’s a Mexican street party and that’s what we do. You will be able to catch the fireworks from anywhere so don’t try to run to a spot on the map at midnight; you will miss out on the enjoyment of a street party.

Continue north over the river’s bridge, take the time for a photo op with your New Year’s date. The small pier along the bridge is a great place to grab a romantic kiss, preferably with your date, but that’s your choice.

Coming off the bridge heading toward the Malecón the crowd of people will begin to increase and lines of food carts from tacos, tamales, frutas, elote, crepes, hot dogs, and more will be found, along with street vendors selling you all the New Year’s Eve paraphernalia you will need. Things that glow, things that make noise, and oversized glasses welcoming the new year, and fun hats will be your street wears. Stock up here.

Now just on the other side of the river from Old Town, you have a choice to make. This area will be crowded, but not nearly as crowded as the Malecón and Los Arcos areas. Here is a great place to see the fireworks and be in the middle of the street party energy. If you are feeling the crowd energy and want to really be in the midst of everything, continue your walk north towards the Los Arcos de Malecón. There is always something happening in the Los Arcos Theater and in the town square at Our Lady of Guadalupe.

You can continue even more north on the Malecón and ring in the New Year watching the fireworks from a high-energy nightclub.

The street party atmosphere of New Year’s Eve in Puerto Vallarta stretches from the most southern point of Old Town and northward to the Hotel Zone.

Anywhere along these zones will offer the most spectacular view of the fireworks at midnight over the Bay of Banderas. If you are anywhere along the bay on the Malecón, or anywhere else where the bay is visible, you will be able to enjoy the fireworks from Puerto Vallarta and experience the fireworks from other municipalities around the bay in the backdrop. But certainly, you will be able to catch the Puerto Vallarta fireworks from any location around the city.

Are kids part of your New Year’s Eve crew? Not a problem. Cut out the bar stops and start on the street party and work your way up to the Malecón all the same. These streets will be full of kid’s activities, including previous years of bouncy castles. Puerto Vallarta is a very family-friendly place for New Year’s.

Puerto Vallarta offers something for everyone, no matter what you choose you are sure to have a fun and safe time in our city while ringing in the New Year.

New Year’s Eve Traditions in Mexico

One thing you cannot forget is the Mexican traditions that you can take part in, like what color is your underwear?

You might notice a lot of yellow and red underwear displays popping up in some retail clothing stores around town as the new year approaches. Don’t worry, it’s not just a Puerto Vallarta underwear fetish, it’s actually a New Year’s Eve tradition in Mexico.

Those who choose to wear red underwear on New Year’s Eve are believed to have luck in love in the coming year, while those who wear yellow are believed to have luck with money in the coming year. But don’t pick out a yellow or red pair of underwear from the drawers; tradition is they must be worn for the first time on New Year’s Eve.

Make sure those underwear are not too tight, because at midnight you are expected to eat 12-grapes, each one for good luck during the next 12-months.

If you still don’t feel like underwear and grapes are going to be enough to bring you a good year, there are still plenty of other traditions.

Throwing a glass of water out towards the street represents the expelling of tears and worries for the next year. While you are throwing your water towards the road, grab a broom on the way out and sweep from your door to the street to drive negative energy away from your house in the new year.

There are always the traditional religious approaches to start off the New Year on the right foot, like attending a New Year’s Eve mass, praying the rosary, and lightening candles.

GET YOUR HOLIDAY PET PHOTOS AND HELP FUND TREATMENT FOR SICK PUPPIES IN PUERTO VALLARTA

On Saturday, December 22, #FotoTourPerruno returns to the Malecón of Puerto Vallarta, through which, in addition to having a professional photo taken with your pet for the holidays, you can help fund medical treatment of sick animals at CCAAAM.

In its third edition, in addition to creating animal awareness, they will seek to raise funds for the treatment of chemotherapy for dogs with transmissible Tumor of the Venereal (TBT).

The #FotoTourPerruno event will have a fee of $250 pesos for your professional holiday photo with your pet, so get in the holiday spirit and dress yourself and your dog in something festive and head to the Malecón for a good cause and photo memory of you and your pets.

The event is from 4:00 pm until 9:00 pm.

The images will be taken by the renowned photographer Daniel Álvarez, who said he would like to contribute financially to the chemotherapies, as well as to the possible construction of a rehabilitation pool in the Control Center Animal Assistance and Municipal Shelter (CCAAAM) of Puerto Vallarta.

On the other hand, Silvia Alvarez, coordinator of Animal Welfare of the City Council, announced that events like this one have as a mission to help finance and promote the sterilization, adoption, and care of animals in Puerto Vallarta.

CHRISTMAS POSADAS AND MEXICAN “ANTOJITOS”

CHRISTMAS POSADAS AND MEXICAN “ANTOJITOS”

By  Vallarta Lifestyles

Dec. 11, 2018
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The holiday season is one of the most anticipated of the year. The city boasts a special atmosphere with Christmas decorations and traditional festivities begin to take place, where the most important thing is gathering with family and friends.
One of such celebrations is the posadas, celebrated all over Mexico and also in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama. The Catholic tradition recounts Mary and Joseph’s pilgrimage from Nazareth to Bethlehem, as they were looking for a lodging to give birth to Jesus.

Although posadas are officially celebrated December 16 – 24, many begin organizing them earlier in December and sometimes into January, given the sometimes hectic pace of the season in general—the latter are sometimes referred to as “post-posadas.”

Nobody wants to feel out of place during an important celebration, particularly our foreign visitors that choose to spend the Winter holiday season in Puerto Vallarta or Riviera Nayarit. To that effect, we are happy to share a brief overview of this time-honored tradition, so you can join your local friends in celebration.

 

Origin

Posadas in Mexico can be traced back to the arrival of Spanish conquistadors in the late 1400s. Previous to their arrival, the Aztecs held the belief that Quetzalcóatl, one of their deities, came to visit them during the winter solstice. As such, the season was full of joyful sacred celebrations. With time, as both cultures began merging, native cultures began assimilating Christmas as a celebration of their own.

Tradition

Each one of the nine days preceding Christmas Day has a unique significance: happiness, charity, confidence, detachment, strength, generosity, humility, justice and purity. At first, posadas were organized at church atriums and, through time, were extended to the streets, where people gathered joyfully to be part of the processions. People sang and dance, increasingly cheering as the event began. In this fashion, the religious aspect of the celebration fused with the mundane, resulting in a unique mixture of fun and devotion that, in time, transformed the Mexican posadas into one of the most beautiful and unique celebrations in the world.

 

Elements

Not all modern families observe the traditions mentioned previously, a trend that seems to be on the rise in recent years. Some posadas have become elegant parties in which the original meaning behind the celebration is long forgotten. Nevertheless, maintaining this tradition alive is quite important to many, particularly in remote neighborhoods and villages, where the entire community pitches in to organize a big celebration, delegating all the necessary elements among them to make sure it is a complete success. Here are some of the elements you should take into account, should you wish to organize a traditional posada for your family and friends:

  • Pilgrims (guests that perform this role, that is)
  • Posada lyrics (which can be found online)
  • Paper lamps and/or paper cutouts (found at office supply shops)
  • Candles
  • Seasonal candies
  • Whistles
  • Wicker baskets
  • Piñata (plus a stick to break it and a bandana to cover one’s eyes while doing so)
  • String to tie the piñata
  • Shelled peanuts and fruit (tangerines, limes, tejocotes and sugar cane)
  • Sparklers
  • Christmas music
  • One gift bag per person
  • Food and beverages (keep reading to a closer look at traditional, seasonal options)

Keep in mind: If you wish to purchase all of the above on your own, a visit to El Pitillal is a must. This Puerto Vallarta neighborhood is well known as the best source of everything you will need to organize your traditional Mexican festivity.

Procedure

Although the celebration can variate from region to region within Mexico, the following steps are basic to celebrate an authentic Mexican posada:

  1. Your home must be adorned with paper pampa and/or paper cutouts. Holiday music should be playing as you welcome your guests.
  1. To begin the procession, the guests performing the role of pilgrims must stand outside the residence door, chanting the traditional verses (asking for lodging). The hosts remain inside to answer the request, eventually welcoming the travelers.
  2. When the procession is over and once inside, candy and whistles are distributed among all present.
  3. The breaking of the piñata is the most anticipated moment. The order, time and number of attempts to break it is usually determined by the hosts.
  4. Once the piñata is broken, sparklers are distributed and lit.
  5. The gift bags and a fruit portion are distributed among all present.
  6. To wrap up the celebration, traditional food (such as tamales, buñuelos and a glass of atole) is distributed for all to enjoy.

 

The Piñata and its Significance
Traditional piñatas used in posadas are made with a clay cooking pot at their core, along with old newspapers and tissue papers in different colors. The entire pot is covered and decorated using homemade glue (made by combining water and flour). Its inside contains fruits, candy and other treats.

Although piñatas are known to have originated in China, Mexico had a similar tradition among the Aztec, who used them to celebrate Huitzilopochtli, another deity. The tradition called for priests to hang clay pots with corn on the cob and precious stones, decorated with colorful feathers. Upon breaking them, the treasures within them became offerings for their god.

On the other hand, religion tradition calls for a piñata to be made in the shape of a seven-point star, each point representing a cardinal sin: pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth. Lively colors seduce innocent souls encouraging them to sin. When it is time to break the piñata, the eyes are blinded to be solely guided by faith. The person hitting the piñata represents a believer who triumphs over sin and obtains salvation or assorted blessings (the fruits and candy falling from the piñata).

 

Traditional “Antojitos” for Posadas and Christmas

Buñuelos
There is no better pairing for warming up the winter than hot chocolate and a delicious buñuelo. It is a circle-shaped, fried dough dessert coated in piloncillo honey (an artisanal sugar) and cinnamon, resulting in a sweet, crispy treat that is a favorite among children.

 

Christmas Salad
This very traditional holiday salad is a good choice to serve. Its recipe is quick and easy: cut several apples in small slices and add them to a bowl with cream and condensed milk. Then add raisins, chopped pineapple canned in syrup, celery and chopped nuts. You will notice the colors of these ingredients are representative of Christmas, which is probably the reason why this particular salad is so popular this time of year. If you add a touch of sugar, the salad can be enjoyed as dessert, paired with a good wine.

 

Tamales
One of the most renowned Mexican dishes is also important during Christmas celebrations throughout the country. Its special flavor and time-honored tradition have made this dish a staple at almost every national holiday or commemoration. They are made from corn masa and feature tasty fillings, such as mole, rajas (Poblano pepper with cheese), cheese and shredded chicken prepared in green or red salsa. There are also sweet tamales featuring flavors such as strawberry, corn, pineapple, raisins and chocolate, so you can choose to serve and enjoy them as main course or dessert.

 

Atole
This is the perfect beverage to pair with tamales, so if you are considering the aforementioned dish, we recommend to add atole to your menu list. This hot drink is made from corn dough, water, milk, sugar and vanilla. Among the most common atole flavors are coconut, chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and guava. An interesting atole variant, called champurrado, consist of a chocolate beverage sweetened with piloncillo and cinnamon.

Ponche
This sweet fruit infusion is for many the most delicious beverage of the season. Unlike atole, a thick beverage, it is as light as tea. Its primary ingredient is tejocote—a small, bittersweet fruit that is very difficult to find outside of Mexico—and it also features orange, raisins, guava and cinnamon. It is served hot and its sweet flavor makes it one of the most popular beverages to pair with any Christmas dish.

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Finding Your Happy: Five Steps to a Balanced Life

Finding Your Happy: Five Steps to a Balanced Life

Who knew a balanced life is a sole secret to happiness?  Let me share some of my insights into this secret that I have recently discovered.  I was anticipating my 50 birthday with such excitement, convincing myself that life was perfect, the party was being planned, the summer vacation floating around in my head. That was about to shift unexpectedly and what I did not know was that life had decided to give me a few unexpected gifts. These gifts made me stop in my tracks, go deeper and look within. Only when I began to look inward, I began to walk down the path of self-discovery, an unexpected journey for me. I hope my sharing with you will enhance the happiness within your life.

Numero Uno: Your health. When you are moving and shaking all the time, something has to give, that is a guarantee. You must shift the gears of your life down to enjoy the journey. I likened my life to a car that was placed in park with the accelerator pressed to the mat, revved and ready to go, at all times. This is exhausting, it is essential that we slow it down, put it into park, get out of the car, go sit your butt in the sand, breathe, get present and rest.

Numero Dos: Are your ducks in order? Do you know your own affairs, are you in the driver’s seat of your own life? Can someone or something pull the rug out from under you? Could that cause a tsunami in your life? If so change things up pronto! You MUST be plugged into your own life, relying solely on someone else is a sure disaster for an unexpected moment. Knowledge is power. Get hold of the day to day operations of your life. It is a big fat deal!

Numero Tres: Do you know who you are? Do you really get what makes you tick, are you being your authentic self, walking your own journey? Are you a chronic people pleaser?   What is not nice is when you are not kind to yourself and putting yourself on the back burner. Get quiet, listen deeply, some of your beautiful truths will just start flowing out of you. Being authentic is the new sexy and you wear it well.

Numero Quatro: Do you like where you live? Have you made your home your sanctuary? Have you discovered enough of the world to really get that you are in your right and perfect place?  Find your sweet spot where you park your life, it makes everything fall into place.

Numero Cinco: Your tribe. This is a biggie, I think and talk about this a lot. It’s when the rubber hits the road that you really get this one. Your tribe is the ones who circle around you when things go South. They are your lifeline when you can’t quite breathe on your own. This is huge,  dig deep and look at this one.

Grab onto your life, hold on tight, make sure the ride is worth taking and get real, be present and enjoy your glorious journey, you deserve this and so much more.

Homework: Do you know where all your vital documents are that have a direct impact in your life? Do you have a will? Get this done this week.