Local People, Puerto Vallarta
many mexicans are descended from the spanish who landed in mexico several hundred years ago. however, when the spanish landed, the people they found were indigenous tribes that had been living in mexico for a long time; some of those indigenous tribes still exist, some living in the mountains close to puerto vallarta.
it is considered a slur to call these tribes "indians" ("indios"), so you should use the term "indigenous peoples" instead ("los indigenas," lohs in-DEE-hen-ahss, or lohs IN-dee-hen-ahss; i have heard it both ways!).
the huichol people ("los huicholes," lohs hoo-ee-CHO-lehs) are one of the tribes whose handicrafts and folk art are sold thruout puerto vallarta, so it will be useful for you to know the pronunciation.
the mexican government discourages begging, but when i was in puerto vallarta in 2006, i saw quite a few sad-looking indigenous (indian) women on the sidewalks with their babies. i really struggled with whether i should donate something -- sometimes i did, sometimes i didn't. since then, i have read that commercial enterprises pick up these women on a bus every morning, take them into puerto vallarta, and profit from their collections, so i have stopped giving money to the women. and i NEVER give money to children.
when i went in 2014, i saw very few people begging on the sidewalk. i'm not sure if this is due to a crackdown by the city authorities or to an improvement in the local economy, or perhaps both. the few beggars i did see were usually in wheelchairs or holding signs saying that they were sick and needed help. whether or not to respond to these people is something you will have to work out for yourself, but you do need to think about it beforehand.
Puerto Vallarta, just as it is now, meets all the expectations that visitors may have; however, it isn’t resting on its laurels. Projects are being planned for the development of the area to make it even more attractive. Former Mexican President, Gustavo Díaz Ordaz once commented, "The more I see this land the more I love Jalisco. This is a mirror in which you can see all of Mexico." How true, How True!!! Hasta Luego Puerto Vallarta (Until next time!).
This wouldn't be a local custom for the locals really but there are a lot of Canadians and German people during our visit that enjoyed shedding their clothes.
It wasn't everywhere but there would always be a number of them.
This was interesting as a northerner where we are used to four layers of clothing most of the year :-)
Tequilla is the most popular local drink for sure in Mexico. Some people who know I don't like shooters period thought it was funny to get this picture right after a shot of Tequilla mixed with Grenadine I beleive if I remember correctly :-(.
I think sticking to the lemon and salt is best and is my recommendation :-)
Throughout my visit to Mexico I often said how good natured the local people seemed to be.
I used to engage them in conversation sincerely as often as I could just to have a chat, ask them how there day was going and that sort of stuff. They were all friendly and you could get some great information.
Follow this link below. I dedicated 5 travelogues here on a seperate Mexico page just to the different people I met there with their pictures. It's cool you will probably enjoy it :-)
This was on my mind every day. I completely symphatize with these people, however they didn't symphatize with me and my desire to relax and sometimes sleep on the beach. They come and go every 2-3 minutes on the average day and regardless whether your eyes are closed or not, they stop and talk to you - most of them wait until you say "No gracias".
I guess the easiest way out was to leave downtown beach and go to a private one of some hotel.
Always give little tips if you can afford to...whether it be for the taxi or at a restaurant...people appreciate it.
When being introduced to someone, they often shake your hand, and give you a half hug...."mucho gusto" means pleased to meet you...
Girls....especially if you are a blond, you'll get a lot of attention from the Mexican guys....if you don't want it, ignore them and keep walking, don't encourage them. I've never felt unsafe though on the streets in Puerto Vallarta, even at night. Good to walk in groups though, just to be sure.
As seen from our hotel window, this fellow drove down the street every day, sometimes numerous times, ringing his bell. It turns out, he was selling water.
Get to know the local sounds, so you can take pictures, rather than be annoyed.
After sundown on Sunday families, groups of boys and separate groups of girls, dressed in their best, will promenade up and down the Malecon (sea front walk), the groups of young people will be making eyes at each other as they pass. This is also a time for families to get dressed up and go meet their friends, sit , chat and watch others walk by. There will be vendors selling anything from roasted corn on the cob to brightly coloured windmills and balloons. There is also, on weekend nights, usually some event going on at the small amphitheater at the end of the Malecon by the three arches, Teatro de Los Arcos.
On the weekends, the beach got really crowded with locals, there were more Mexicans than tourists, it seemed.
Learning all aspects of new cultures goes beyond amazing and educational,....it's simply what Larry and I live for.