We’ve been in Mexico for four months so we are celebrating with four facts about our current home, Puerto Vallarta in the state of Jalisco (pronounced ha·lis·ko), Mexico.

1) Tequila and Tacos are Life

Most know Tequila as something you shot before a wedge of lemon and salt but few realise that it’s also a scenic town in the Sierra Madre Mountains in western Mexico – 277kms out of Puerto Vallarta.  

There are some very strict regulations on what makes Tequila (the drink), Tequila – like where it’s made. There are only a few states in Mexico that can make and legally call it Tequila and Jalisco is one of them so in Puerto Vallarta you’ll find plenty of Tequila shops where you can try different tequilas (free) and learn about the process and regulations.

We love tacos but never knew just how much there is to the humble taco until coming to Puerto Vallarta. From tortilla type to meats suited for different times of the day, and so much more.

We’ll be sharing a full taco guide soon.

2) Big, Beauty – Banderas Bay 🏝

Puerto Vallarta sits on Banderas Bay(Bahía de Banderas) – discovered in 1525 by Francisco Cortés de San Buenaventura, Banderas Bay at 42 kilometers wide from point to point and spanning two states. Jalisco and Nayarit, Bahía de Banderas ranks in the top 10 largest bays in the world and easily the largest bay in Mexico. It is also over 900 meters deep, making it one of the deepest bays in the world too. 

3) Sunsets Small Talk

Watching the sunset is a legitimate hobby. We’ve been told about numerous sunset-watching points and it’s regular small talk around here, instead of ‘how’s the weather’ people usually ask ‘did you see last nights sunset’.  This is definitely a hobby we can get behind, check out our Instagram stories for sunset photos, videos, and time-lapses galore!

4) Stones and Statues 🎨

On the Malecon, you’ll find 12 beautiful, cryptic statues. One at every cross-section.

All of the sculptures have been created by famous local and international artists and have their own unique story. 

Like “The Subtle Stone-Eater” by Jonás Gutiérrez (2006). The author says to us that he feels negative emotions are like stones that we swallow through life. So this figure is certainly very artistically going through life digesting negativity at a rapid pace. 

It’s also said that the Stone-Eater eats all the stones along the shoreline that disappear with the tides.

Puerto Vallarta Malecon


Zahn is a travel junkie born and raised on the North Shore of Auckland, New Zealand. Zahn spent two years in South Korea where she met Addison in 2018. She has visited 17 countries and is on a mission to literally work her way around the rest.

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