Puerto Vallarta is a Mexican resort city situated on the Pacific Ocean's Bahía de Banderas. The 2005 census reported Puerto Vallarta's population as 177,830 making it the fifth-largest city in the state of Jalisco. The City of Puerto Vallarta is the government seat of the Municipality of Puerto Vallarta which comprises the city as well as population centers outside of the city extending from Boca de Tomatlán to the Nayarit border (the Ameca River). The municipality's population in the 2005 census was 220,368.
We took the tour of the town, of course. The large church is the central feature of the town and can be seen from virtually every point. It's the Parish Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Cathedral of Our Lady of GuadalupeCalle Hidalgo, (One block east of Zocalo), Puerto Vallarta, La Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe is the heart of Puerto Vallarta religious life, and is the focal point of an elaborate 12-day festival each December. The structure itself was built during a 12-year period beginning in 1929. The interior is filled with hand-carved columns, decorative moldings and other rich detailing. An earthquake damaged the ornate crown that originally adorned the church. It was replaced, but the repair still creates controversy. The original crown is said to have been modeled after a tiara worn by the mistress of the Emperor Maximilian. [http://www.mytravelguide.com/attractions/profile-79720805-Mexico_Puerto_Vallarta_Cathedral_of_Our_Lady_of_Guadalupe.html]
Parish Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Here is the town square - pigeons and street performers.
The promenade along the water features a series of sculptures.
He played a boozy defrocked minister trying to hang on to a shred of self-respect. It was here that he and Elizabeth Taylor's love affair first came to light. After the pair married, they bought houses in Gringo Gulch and stayed for several years.
Elizabeth Taylor is possibly the most famous of all celebrities to live in Puerto Vallarta. Vallarta was put on the world scene when she accompanied her lover Richard Burton, while still married to Eddie Fisher, to a small fishing village on the coast of Mexico where he was filming "Night of the Iguana."
Their subsequent decades long torrid romance still echoes through the narrow alleys of Gringo Gulch where they bought houses across the street from one another and linked them with a pink bridge. Casa Kimberly still exists and is now open to tours. [http://www.virtualvallarta.com/vallarta/information/definitions/burtontaylor.html]
We were told the last time either of them set foot in PV was in 1963 - even I was a very young child at that time!