PUERTO VALLARTA & PAID JOB MEXICO

– ABOUT MEXICO –

Mexico is one of the largest economies in the world. With jungles, deserts, bustling cities, fiesta’s and world class cuisine, this country is diverse in landscape and culture. As the Tropic of Cancer effectively divides this country into temperate and tropical zones, this creates a mega-diverse country which holds over 200,000 different species. Mexico is home to 10-12% of the worlds biodiversity.

Mexico is a an endless adventure for the senses, almost everywhere makes for a life spent in the open air and for you to discover Mexico. It is country of contrasts, friendly people and endless travel options. The ‘real’ Mexico is not defined – the further you explore the more you will define for yourself. Mexico is jam packed with culture and history, it’s pre-Hispanic civilisation built some of the world’s great archaeological monuments, the capital city Mexico City is built directly over an entire ancient city. Aztec and Mayan ruins and artefacts are still being discovered to this day and are wide spread.

The 32 states of this country are truly diverse, their culture is rich and varied with a warm heart and friendly smile. Viva Mexico!

Puerto Vallarta is surrounded by the radiant blue Bahia de Banderas (Bay of flags) and backed by the evergreen covered jungle mountains, this city is enveloped by stunning natural scenery. This historic city has vast amounts to keep you entertained in the evenings and weekends. The cobblestoned centre is home to the ornate church Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe along with a wide range of restaurants and bars to satisfy all of your culinary needs. In addition to the bustling city centre, there is the renowned beach-side promenade dotted with contemporary sculptures, nightclubs, lounges and bars which comes alive in the evenings.

THE WEATHER

Mexico is a vast country, people normally assume the weather is always very hot. This is not the case, the weather differs from tropical to dry desert to snow in the high mountains. The terrain of Mexico is extremely varied and diverse, so is the weather. There are two main seasons in Mexico, rainy and dry seasons. The rainy season is through May to September/ October. During the remainder of the year there is little to no rain. The Tropic of Cancer effectively splits the country into temperate and tropical zones. North of the parallel you will find cooler temperatures during the winter months. South of the parallel, you will find that the temperature is fairly constant all year around.

Puerto Vallarta has a typical Tropical wet and dry climate, the average temperature is 30°C. The beautiful temperate is due to the location, as sits on the Costa Dorada of Mexico, where the Pacific Ocean meets the border between Jalisco and Nayarit. Located on the same latitude as the Hawaiian Islands, the city’s weather and climate are actually similar to Hawaii.

THE CULTURE  

Mexican culture varies widely throughout the country, especially comparing small rural communities to cities. However they all play a pivotal role in creating the vibrancy that is Mexican culture. The Mexican people place a large influence on the hierarchy and structure in both business and family life. Mexicans typically have large families and are very conscious of their responsibilities to their immediate family members, extended family and even close friends.

SOME MEXICAN ETIQUETTE

 If invited to a Mexican’s house, bring a gift such as flowers or sweets.

 Arriving on time or early for a meal is considered inappropriate.

 The family is at the centre of the social structure.

Do not begin eating until the host says, “Buen provecho!”

 Wait until invited before using a Mexican’s first name.

 When greeting in social situations, women pat each other on the right forearm or shoulder, rather than shake hands.

THINGS TO DO IN PUERTO VALLARTA

If you fancy something a bit more authentic, then every Friday there is lucha libre which is the traditional Mexican wrestling. If adventure is more your thing then do not fret, you can take cruises out to the picturesque crystal waters and swim with whale sharks and even scuba dive. There are numerous ranches too for those who prefer to stay on land, you can ride healthy horses for a scenic 3-8 hour trots in Sierra Madre. Puerto Vallarta has something for everyone, and is one of the most sophisticated and liveliest resort destinations.

DID YOU KNOW? 

  • Mexico introduced chocolate, chillies and corn to the world. Ixcacao is the Mayan Goddess of chocolate. So you have Mexico to thank for all your chocolate treats.
  • Mexico has the oldest university in North America. The National University, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) was founded in 1551 by Charles V, a holy roman emperor.
  • Mexican children do not receive their gifts on Christmas day, as Mexico is largely a Catholic country. They will receive their gifts on January 6th.
  • Mexico is located in the ‘ring of fire’. This is one of the world’s most violent earthquake and volcano zones. This ring of fire consists of 450 volcanoes, constituting 75% of the world’s active volcanoes.
  • The smallest breed of dog in the world, the Chihuahua is named after a Mexican state.