Vallarta Real Estate: Voladores

Dance of the Flyers

We can’t recall just when we first spotted the Voladores on the Malecón in Puerto Vallarta but it was at least fifteen years in the past, if not more. We caught them about halfway through their performance and we stood stock still, leaning back with stretched neck, and stared at the sky as they spun around a huge pole in their colorful costumes. We had no idea what we were witnessing.

Everyone in Puerto Vallarta loves rain. When the heat cranks up and the humidity builds to a point the cicadas are screaming, we pray for rain. However the Voladores de Papantla pray for us, when we are too busy trying to keep cool! (It doesn’t hurt to do our own, if we are so inclined. When it’s time for rain in Puerto Vallarta, we need all the help we can get.)

The Voladores de Papantla perform in Puerto Vallarta, while many voladores groups entertain throughout the country. Papantla is the town in Veracruz where dancing flyers hail from; a World Heritage Site of the Totonacs who still maintain their own language and culture. As legend has it, there was a terrible drought and the people were dying of starvation. It was concluded that the gods were withholding rain because they had been neglected by the human population. This resulted in five old men of the village choosing five chaste young men and creating a ceremony to placate the gods. A very tall tree, the tallest that could be found was cut and stripped cleaned. With gratefulness to the mountain gods, this tree was erected in the center of Papantla. There are many versions of this story, of course common with myths, but this is a compilation of a wonderful fable. One dancer balances on the top of a very high pole, singing and playing a flute, which imitates happy birds. Four others, attached to the top with secure cables jump and spin, which is a thrill to witness. They circle the pole thirteen times in accordance to the years of the Aztec calendar, totaling 52 rounds. The flyers, before they jump, stand in the four directions of the planet and their spinning is to symbolize the creation of the earth and regeneration of life. Apparently the gods were so pleased by this ritual, they granted the village rain, which saved the land and the people.

The tradition continues in many locations in Mexico and we are very fortunate that Puerto Vallarta has been blesses with these remarkable “birdmen”.

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AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy and efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4000 associates and affiliates. Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices. AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980. AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.

Vallarta Real Estate: Taller OPC

The Office of Cultural Projects – OPC

We are very lucky to have the Ofincia de Proyectos Culturales here in Puerto Vallarta. This organization is only three years old and yet has made a considerable impact in the community. Located at 598 Juarez Street, two short blocks in El Centro off the Malecón, OPC embraces all types of art and expression. Puerto Vallarta has welcomed the discourse brought about by OPC with hearty approval. Contributors include architects, educators, curators, writers and artists of all mediums, the focus being local and global.

In the past three years the OPC has graced Puerto Vallarta with an impressive number of events. Their exhibitions have been extremely successful and well attended; they have presented instructive and enlightening workshops for local children and hosted informative music and literary affairs. This year, they opened their garden to the public for music and literary evens; it is truly a delightful spot to spend an afternoon or evening learning about the culture of Puerto Vallarta. Since their opening in 2014, OPC has presented twelve successful exhibitions, presented numerous lectures, educational experiences and participated in many events in Puerto Vallarta. Several local groups have united in the effort to lead Puerto Vallarta in keeping this enrichment going, including but not limited to Taller Pulpo Rojo, Colectivo Guerrero, Bodega Tres San Pancho and the Asociación Civil Pro-Museo. We encourage our readers to participate and learn more about these civically responsible groups. They all welcome inquisitive faces.

Crowdfunding is a great source for non-profit independent organizations such as OPC to raise the money for improvements and further developments. Private contributions have also made it possible for expansions and construction, which we are anxious to observe the commencement of, hopefully this year. They are currently in need of about $2000 USD and appreciate any small effort.

We highly recommend a visit to the Juarez location; stop in and say hello, see the unique ideas at work, enjoy the latest exhibition and lend a helping hand if you are able.

The Taller OPC, which will be a multifunctional space promises to be a community effort that Puerto Vallarta can be incredibly proud.

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AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy and efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4000 associates and affiliates. Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices. AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980. AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.

Vallarta Real Estate: Fundación Corazon de Niña

Corazon de Niña

Orphanages are common in Mexico and Puerto Vallarta is no exception. “Changing the course of history – One child at a time” is the philosophy of Fundación Corazon de Niña, which translates as Heart of the Child. Corazon de Niña has two homes in Puerto Vallarta. They stand adjacent to each other; one sheltering girls, the other housing the male population. These are at-risk children and two-thirds are female. On average there are around forty children living in this nurturing, loving environment, mas o menos. Puerto Vallarta takes a pride in supporting this non-profit institute. Ages run from newborn to twenty-three years. Without the aid of local businesses, keeping things going would be a lot tougher.

The goals of Corazon de Niña are simple. Security, love, values and knowledge. These are the foundations of a well balanced person who can grow up to be a responsible adult. Attention is focused on the comforts of a normal home: clean clothes after a shower; hair that is stylishly brushed and combed, with ribbons and braids for girls; toothpaste, soap and shampoo, things most of us don’t think about on a daily basis. A safe place to sleep with clean sheets and blankets; nourishing food served at a table where one can share thoughts and ideas, like a family does; friendship. An uncomplicated pedestal of unconditional love is the strength of this loving home in Puerto Vallarta. Days at Corazon de Niña function without punishment; no voices raised in anger; without accusations or judgment. Counselors work to teach by their personal example and children are encouraged to seek spirituality. Gentleness and understanding with communication are the cornerstones of lessons. Children are taught with powerful values that aim to guide them to be confident, generous and supportive as they mature and grow. With education, it’s their belief that children can break the bonds of poverty that have affected generations. The encouragement to further learning by enrolling in post-secondary education is a prime objective. Most of these children go on to lead successful adult lives.

Children often arrive at Corazon de Niña in deplorable condition. It is not unusual for them to be ill, stricken with parasites, lice and scabies. Many are victims of horrible abuse and in need of therapy, dental and medical attention, and a safe place where they can live without dread waking up in the morning. It’s a joy to see the growth and development of these children, learn some of their stories and how they’ve progressed.

To learn more about Fundación Corazon de Niña and see how you can help, visit their website http://fundacioncorazon.mx.

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AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy and efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4000 associates and affiliates. Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices. AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980. AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.

Vallarta Real Estate: Learn to relax. Be patient.

So You Want To Be an Expat

We are often asked for our advice from people who want to move to Puerto Vallarta. They have myriad questions and are terrified of doing the wrong thing. Frankly, there is no wrong thing. Unless you break the law or do serious damage to someone’s reputation, including but not limited to your own. Reparations can almost always be made. Here are a few things about making it easier, at least for the mind, if not the soul.

You are planning to move to a Latin country. Learn to relax. Be patient. Forget about wanting and getting everything right now. Sometimes you’ll be lucky and that will occur but don’t ever, ever expect it to turn out that way. If you train yourself to slow down, you will live longer and be much happier. You will also live like an expat, a person who has chosen to take on the culture and habits of another country. In Puerto Vallarta, we are not in a hurry.

Be nice. One thing we love about Puerto Vallarta is we never walk down the street without being greeted, regardless of the time of day. When we walk the pup, everyone is friendly; one of the first things we added to our daily repertoire. The idea of saying hello and good-day to strangers is not just appealing, it makes one feel good! Smile. You can change a person’s entire day just by smiling; the bank teller, grocery clerk, water delivery man, taxi driver… they will appreciate it. Smiling doesn’t only make you look better; it also changes your attitude.

Prepare all your documents so they won’t need renewing for a long time; your driver’s license and passport, for example. Switch your credit cards to online so you can pay bills online. Alert your bank and other institutions of your move. We have Amazon in Mexico now and you will be able to order locally. Change your delivery address with them and make sure you have address changes updated prior to your move.

Don’t bring everything you own. Whether you are moving to Puerto Vallarta and pulling a trailer or driving down in your Mini Cooper, bring only what you absolutely think you can’t live without. If you have to store the rest of your belongings and bring them at a later time, you will know at some point you have made the correct decision.

In the process of doing your diligent research before making the big move to Puerto Vallarta, don’t believe everything you read or hear. Be prepared to make a lot of your own choices.

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AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy and efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4000 associates and affiliates. Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices. AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980. AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.

Vallarta Real Estate: Learn as much Spanish as you can

Be a Happy Expat

We know far too many expats in Puerto Vallarta who complain about bus noise, unfair taxi fares, potholes, barking dogs, crowing roosters and Banda music. You came here to live, you should adapt to all these things and more.

When we first moved to Puerto Vallarta, there were no Costco or Sam’s Club; not one restaurant accepted credit cards; our gay friends would not have dared walk down the street holding hands; waiters did not speak English, and the airport had a dirt floor. We didn’t have AC, ATM’s and certainly no Amazon.com. We were happy as a bear in the woods. Though we have seen a many changes, we’ve found that being upset about new things makes no one enjoy life.

Here are a few things we can suggest to our friends in Puerto Vallarta to make life perhaps not perfect, but definitely divine.

Get outside your comfort zone. If you haven’t done so yet, we recommend the hike on the trail to Las Animas. If you can’t hike, take a boat taxi, and visit all the villages on the south shore. Be daring and explore! Take the bus to El Tuito, Tepic or Guadalajara. Eat ceviche, the Mexican version of sushi; fish cooked in lime. Join a group of majority Mexican members and work on your Spanish. There are numerous clubs in Puerto Vallarta; Rotary; Lions; the Navy League greets ships, has a Toys for Tots program and a host of other events, of which the public is welcome. Play dominoes, bridge, learn to surf, ride a horse. There are so many adventurous things you can do and they don’t all require an athlete’s build. You’ve made the decision to live in a foreign country; don’t act like a foreigner. Live outside your own personal box.

Don’t bring your problems with you. You have a child or sibling who no longer talks to you? your ex-wife’s new husband wants to sabotage your relationship with your kids? your bankruptcy? you’re living on a pittance of Social Security? Don’t share these things with everyone you meet, especially in the bar! Talk about the good things in your life and consider the fact you made a decision to pull up your roots and transform your life. Dwell on that.

Learn as much Spanish as you can. Locals in Puerto Vallarta love to hear you at least try. My very own mother, at the age of 80, began taking Spanish so she could order her own food when she came to visit. I have always loved her for that and you should, too.

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AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy and efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4000 associates and affiliates. Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices. AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980. AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.

Vallarta Real Estate: Mangoes and More Mangoes

Mangoes!

We were very surprised to make the discovery that mangoes are not an indigenous crop! They arrived in Mexico in the late 18th Century on ships that also bore items of luxury and refinement from China. Along the trade route, a lot of stuff was picked up and delivered to destinations on the west coast of Mexico. In the Chinese quest for Mexican silver, they traded such sought after treasures as fine silk; precious ivory (which we are happy to say has now been banned from all import/export traffic); porcelain, (which Mexicans have perfected in their own style); and the introduction of spices that would blend with native flavors and meld into the food culture.

The mango we are most familiar with here in Puerto Vallarta is the Manila, which was the result of vessels making stops in the Philippines. There are others, such as the Criollo, Haden, Francine, Kent and Keitt. They are all delicious and their uses are boundless, though none of them originated in Mexico.

We now have a chance to learn all the various applications of cooking with the mango at the First Annual Puerto Vallarta Mango Festival. You may be as excited as we are to attend this event on July 1 from 4 pm – 9 pm in Parque Lazaro Cardenas, the same place in Puerto Vallarta where the market is held in high season. There will be many local vendors and establishments presenting a huge variety of dishes, toppings and sauces.

You have seen fish-on-a-stick in Puerto Vallarta but have you seen the way they can peel and offer a mango-on-a-stick? With a sprinkle of chili powder, this is one of our favorite midday treats while walking the Malecón, and we are about to discover what all can be done to enhance and enjoy the essence of our much loved mango. This summertime festival is sponsored by the Jay Sadler Project, which is a group effort to make improvements in the surrounding community. Their focus is the protection, advancement of safety and health of the children of Puerto Vallarta. We hope to see you at the First Annual Puerto Vallarta Mango Festival to support this fabulous effort.

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AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy and efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4000 associates and affiliates. Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices. AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980. AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.

Vallarta Real Estate: More Limones

Lemons and Limes

It’s very surprising to find that not all Latin American counties agree on how we say and actually use limes and lemons in Puerto Vallarta. It seems that every country south of Mexico has a different way to say and even apply the use of these wonderful fruits. They can’t even agree on exactly what they are!

Recently PRI (Public Radio International) aired a piece regarding this silly frustration. For example, Chileans and Argentines apparently consider limes unripe lemons and don’t go near them. Most can’t even agree on how the words of these fruits, very predominant in Puerto Vallarta, are even pronounced. Venture very far south and you will have a problem asking for a lime; they simply aren’t a piece of the culinary culture. The word lime doesn’t exist in places like Chile.

The word for lemon in the Southern climes is limon; there is no word for lime. Limones verdes is a possibility but they don’t eat them. What most Latin countries consider a lime as we in Puerto Vallarta know it, is sour, green and smaller then a lemon; the lemon is larger, sweet in their estimation and yellow.

This all might make more sense when one realizes that neither lemons nor limes are indigenous to Mexico. They are actually hybrids that originated in Southeast Asia. The variety we are most familiar with here in Puerto Vallarta is similar to a fruit that was brought to Mexico from Spain by the conquistadores and those were brought to Spain from Asia during the Crusades.

The problem with what to call them didn’t exist before there were trade routes. There was a word for lemons and limes in the language of the cultures where these small citrus fruits existed.

Funny enough, the word lima has taken on a life of its own as a way to describe the small sweet limes we use in our Coronas and on tacos. Oddly, Lima, the capital of Peru, has nothing to do with limes or lemons; it comes from Limaq, the famous oracle of the Rímac Valley.

Songs written about limes, limones and lemons force us to use our own interpretation and imagination in deciding the color of the fruit being sung about, considering that in many places, the perplexity lies in the fact that classification of limes and lemons are completely reversed!

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AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy and efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4000 associates and affiliates. Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices. AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980. AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.

Vallarta Real Estate: The Economy

Puerto Vallarta and the Economy

We do keep an eye on the economy here in Puerto Vallarta. Mexican companies, the national debt and market have all suffered, more than any other country, since the November 2016 election in the United States.

Trade between Mexico and the USA totaled $480 billion in 2016 but took a harsh blow in the past few months. Funds that have been transferred from all the Mexican workers north of the border has dwindled. It has been a long time that Mexico has felt such animosity from the north, not since then President James Polk declared war on Mexico, knowing how week the country was following a long and financially grueling conflict with Spain for independence. Polk won that war and a huge chunk of Mexico became US territory, including what are today California, Texas, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona and parts of Wyoming and Colorado. In the current political climate, the latest US government wants to build a wall across that border, shutting the two countries off from one another even more. Mexicans have been incensed by this hostility and are not unaware of how it has affected their financial systems. In 2015, nearly one third of money sent to Mexico by Mexicans working in the US was from the state of California; over 14% came from Texas. To begin to argue land rights and immigration law is futile, but it is an observation that points to a major contribution of Mexican economy and how this is compounding the problem.

We in Puerto Vallarta have not allowed this downturn to have much of an impact and Mexicans are pulling themselves up by their bootstraps. Before the new administration in Washington DC began its hysterics, threats and “alternative facts,” Mexican businesses had advanced at a more rapid pace than any rising market since 1995.

There is a bright light on the horizon for Mexico, despite recent bad news. Markets are expecting a reversal, which it bases on the measure of future price swings. There is reason to be optimistic, very optimistic. In what traders refer to as a “golden cross,” in economic recovery; there is every indication of the peso beginning to rise. Much of

these expectations have to do with the 45th president of the United States inability to find agreement in regards to delivering on his intimidating threats. Without Congressional support, these ideas of a raving maniac fall flat and so far, Nafta stays in place and no bricks have been delivered to build his so-called wall.

Bloomberg predicts Mexico will be a leader in 2019 and here in Puerto Vallarta, we are more inclined to listen to wisdom with facts and logic.

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AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy and efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4000 associates and affiliates. Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices. AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980. AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.

Vallarta Real Estate: Safest City in Mexico!

Puerto Vallarta Safest City in Mexico!

There are always concerns when one travels, regardless of the destination. We take into consideration many factors about where we want to live, vacation and travel. Safety is the most glaring issue with tourists and homebodies alike. Puerto Vallarta has felt safe to us, since we first began to come here over three decades ago. As the city has grown, we’ve watched many changes but some things have remained the same such as our ability to move around without fear; feel safe walking the streets of Puerto Vallarta after sunset; sleeping well at night, knowing we are secure in our home.

Recently in the annual report published by the National Public Urban Security, Puerto Vallarta was named the safest city in Mexico. As recently as January Merida in the Yucatan was considered the safest place in all of Mexico but Puerto Vallarta has nudged her eastern sister out of first place. In surveys conducted throughout the country with citizens age 18 and above, reports about security at ATMs (including those located on public highways as well as secure bank lobbies) were very favorable for Puerto Vallarta. People also feel safe while visiting their bank, which can’t be said for some global locations. Municipal Tourism Directorate concurs with these findings, which simply confirms what most of us have long felt about Puerto Vallarta.

This isn’t to say that nothing ever happens here. However, you are more likely to witness an argument over a parking spot than an act of violence. Urban security addresses many issues and Puerto Vallarta has long had her finger on the pulse of where the dangers are. Police presence on many levels keep the city safe, from the Federal, all the way down the ladder to the local tourist police, who focus on visitors and keeping the city streets secure. Locals are quick to help another in need and will gladly apprehend, using their civil authority, any potential criminal activity. Police and fire departments are very well trained and ready for emergencies. Hotel, restaurant staff and merchant employees are prepared for natural disasters. Homeowners know what to do, and what/when to gather; communication among extended family is strong in this culture. Safety comes at many levels; we have felt security in Puerto Vallarta for many years and have no expectations of this changing. We are so proud to live in a city that has been declared as the safest city by a very reputable publication.

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AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy and efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4000 associates and affiliates. Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices. AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980. AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.

Vallarta Real Estate: Stanger Things

Animals You May See in Puerto Vallarta

We’ve been repeatedly asked by prospective visitors just what kinds of animals they are likely to see in Puerto Vallarta. It’s a jungle, of course, with mountains as backdrop, so the variety is quite amazing. Creatures in the midst of all the action of the city are slightly different from what shows up on the outskirts. With construction going on in the downtown/Romantic Zone, some small animals can be rousted out of their homes but normally scurry away as quickly as possible.

Ants are ubiquitous in any home in Puerto Vallarta, no matter the height, but they are nothing more than annoying. Cockroaches may show up occasionally and can be swept out the door. Spiders and scorpions might scare the jeepers out of someone but they, too can be dealt with using a broom or the old glass jar/cardboard trick and deposited in the great outdoors. Don’t step on them, especially in flip-flops; it’s risky and unnecessary. Geckos are your friends and they are in every home. Birds serenade us from sunrise with distinctive songs and chatter. Bats swoop around at night and take care of unwanted mosquitoes and other flying insects. Snakes are here but rarely sighted. Iguanas can be seen in trees and sunbathing on rocks and we have had them lounging around the pool. They scuttle off with sight of humans. Crocodiles in the Marina are not unheard of and we highly recommend keeping pets on leash, in general. We don’t know of any human encounters but are aware of two sad incidents involving dogs.

Speaking of dogs, there are many, and efforts on the part of those who have made Puerto Vallarta their home, along with the help of locals and some very compassionate veterinarians to limit reproduction, has lowered the population somehwat. Same with cats.

The coatimundi, known locally as a tejon, is a very common site in outlying neighborhoods, as well as the opossum (tlacuaches) and over the years we have seen a couple armadillos. You don’t have to go to the farm to see farm animals such as cows, horses, mules, chickens. It’s not unusual to find them in small pockets all over the city. Jaguar and ocelot are native to Puerto Vallarta but they won’t venture into town.

What we have learned about most of these indigenous creatures is that they live among us and we are not commonly aware of them until we move into their territory.

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AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy and efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4000 associates and affiliates. Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices. AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980. AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.