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We decided to go into the main city of Puerto Vallarta...      There were two things we wanted to see.   The boardwalk or Malecon by the ocean and the sculptures on it.   We had not seen them before and we were very interested.   We got off the bus at the Hildago stop next to the new church and the information center.  The young ladies at the information center spoke perfect english and were happy to show us the different maps and walks in the Puerto Vallarta area.  We got a map of the downtown area and directions to the Malecon.  

We went down the torn up street next to the Hotel Rosita.

  It connected us directly with the boardwalk and the first sculpture was on the corner.  the sculpture is by Mathis Lidice and called "Los Milenios"  It was a strange twisted tree like thing.  The beginning of it was sea life and shells then a spainish explorer sort of stretched out and swimming along the tree....reaching out and up.... past him was an Aztec looking guy and beyond him .... at then end of the tree.... was a woman holding onto a bird in flight.....  ....  what did it mean.......  We had no idea but we did think it was interesting....  

The boardwalk had quite a few different sculputes... some were stranger than weird......  We loved the bunch that looked like the people and customers in first Star Wars Movie bar scene where Luke and Obi Wan first met Han Solo.

Mother's Day ..... sand sculpture
  Very amusing but we were pretty sure someone had copied someone....  It is called Rotundra of the Sea and is by Alejandro Colunqa.   All of them were created so you could sit on their laps.  We enjoyed the art for sale (although I am not one for modern art.)  I bought a spray paint picture for our daughter.... how do they do those spray pictures?  We got one of jelly fish and the ocean floor.  Amazing.  It was a kid about 17 who was the artist .... nice young man.  

There were four really good sand sculptures.   I really liked the gecko....   We spoke to the man who was spraying water on the sculptures.   He said each one takes about four days.-    first they build the foundation layer by layer and tamp down the sand.
Huichol indian art.... The orange flower is the peyote and the six petals:each petal represents one of the six communities:
..  then... starting at the top they wet the sand and sculpt their subject.   He said once the top is done there is no going back.   ..  It is what it is....  and they work down like a cake.....     They build four per month with a theme.   This month they did a baby and mother that looked like biblical Mary.   The baby was nursing.....  quite complicated and wonderful to see....     The sculptures are sprayed often .... as long as the sand is wet it will remain.   as soon as it dries it crumples.     Last month theysaid they did a really long sculpture for Easter that was the last supper..... It took 16 days to build.....   only a mushy pile was left.
masks and other Huichol creations
....   I wish I could have seen it....

We went to the church ... the famous old one.  We were interested in photographing the top of it and after taking photos of the top from the front we walked up the side area to see if we could photograph the top from a different angle and closer.   We not only could NOT get closer we could not find a place to take a photo that didn´t have twenty thick telephone-electric wires.   We gave up and walked towards the old town area.  We couldn´t find the flea market but we did find a large covered shop area.  I found several things I liked but was unable to negotiate the price down more than a dollar (10 pesos) or so... A twenty dollar item would go down to about 19 or 18 but it stuck there.
Mountain lion is the messenger of the god of fire....
   It was disappointing but we thought maybe they had a lot of tourists that day due to the cruise ship in town so it wasn´t as necessary to make sales.... there were always more....   

We did find a nice store called Artesanias Watakame.   The owner said her husband had been working with the Huichol tribe 28 years ago.    ...  The tribe is deep in the Sierra Madres and they were so remote that Christianity from the spainish did not touch them.     The communities are made up of isolated families that are 1-5 hours of rugged walking from each other.  They are mainly farmers growing corn, beans, squash and other vegi's.  They raise cows and sheep.  They are largely the same as they were 3000 years ago.

cool plants in the driveway of Hola Puerto Vallarta Hotel
   The tribe does not have one god but instead has three dominate ones: corn, peyote and deer.   Their art consist of forms (gords, wooden boxes)  that are covered with softened wax and beads are pressed into the forms one by one with a needle....  They make wonderful patterns of the revered gods of their tribe: scorpions, deer, peote, corn, snakes, ......    The second way they do art is to have a framed square (picture)  covered with beeswax.....  colorful string is pressed into the wax and beautiful, amazing pictures are made.   It was really interesting and we wondered when we saw store after store that featured their work....  is it authentic?... How do they have the man power to make so many items?......  and why in the world would they do an elephant???......  these questions  need to be researched....

sylviandavid says:
Hi Patrick .... Thanks so much for the nice compliment. So glad you enjoyed it. Hoping you might complete your profile. Not even sure of your name .... sylvia
Posted on: Nov 11, 2015
patirkc_AAA says:
Aweseom post and photos from Puerto Vallarta!
Posted on: Nov 10, 2015
Koralifix says:
Seems to be a pretty nice place! Lovely writing and your photos are great, too!!
Posted on: Jan 31, 2009
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Mothers Day .....  sand sculpture
Mother's Day ..... sand sculpture
Huichol indian art.... The orange …
Huichol indian art.... The orange…
masks and other Huichol creations
masks and other Huichol creations
Mountain lion is the messenger of …
Mountain lion is the messenger of…
cool plants in the driveway of Hol…
cool plants in the driveway of Ho…
close up of driveway plants
close up of driveway plants
orange and red varigated
orange and red varigated
so pretty
so pretty
pink and red varigated
pink and red varigated
These plants have stickers....
These plants have stickers....
neat weeds across the street
neat weeds across the street
some kind of tree.... please dont…
some kind of tree.... please don'…
seeds on the tree
seeds on the tree
matured seeds on the weird tree
matured seeds on the weird tree
mangos
mangos
mangos
mangos
Welcome to Puerto Vallarta area …
"Welcome to Puerto Vallarta" area…
Bird of Paradise plant....
Bird of Paradise plant....
Visitor center and church
Visitor center and church
church located at Argentina & Hida…
church located at Argentina & Hid…
stained glass in the Protestant ch…
stained glass in the Protestant c…
Stained glass
Stained glass
Stained glass at the side of the c…
Stained glass at the side of the …
front of church
front of church
This is crazy... see the Happy sta…
This is crazy... see the Happy st…
A better view of the happy star
A better view of the happy star
Hibiscus
Hibiscus
really red hibiscus
really red hibiscus
Hibiscus
Hibiscus
hedge clump of flowers
hedge clump of flowers
looking down the beach from the en…
looking down the beach from the e…
looking up at the Los Milenios
looking up at the Los Milenios
Los Milenios
Los Milenios
Los Milenios
Los Milenios
Los ilenios
Los ilenios
Another view of the Happy star.. j…
Another view of the Happy star.. …
A pretty area next to senior frogs.
A pretty area next to senior frogs.
Nostalgia: union, break up and re-…
Nostalgia: union, break up and re…
Nostalgia: by Ramiz Barquet
Nostalgia: by Ramiz Barquet
Gecko
Gecko
Mother
Mother
Mother
Mother
Mothers Day
Mother's Day
Cool sand man
Cool sand man
Mother as nature
Mother as nature
Mother as nature
Mother as nature
Mother as nature
Mother as nature
Sylvia
Sylvia
The Rock Eater
The Rock Eater
The Rock Eater
The Rock Eater
The rock Eater
The rock Eater
La Rotonda del Mar
La Rotonda del Mar
La Rotanda
La Rotanda
La rotanda
La rotanda
Sand sculpture
Sand sculpture
Sand Sculpture
Sand Sculpture
Sand sculpture
Sand sculpture
Sand sculpture
Sand sculpture
sculpture dedicated to Mothers Day
sculpture dedicated to Mother's Day
Mothers day sculpture
Mother's day sculpture
Mothers Day
Mother's Day
Busqueda de la Razon
Busqueda de la Razon
Busqueda de la Razon
Busqueda de la Razon
Busqueda de la Razon
Busqueda de la Razon
El Caballito by Rafael Zirthalripa
El Caballito by Rafael Zirthalripa
El Caballito
El Caballito
El Caballito
El Caballito
Light house near the Malecon
Light house near the Malecon
stacked rocks... I thought they we…
stacked rocks... I thought they w…
Neptune
Neptune
Nereida by Carlos Espino
Nereida by Carlos Espino
Nereida and Neptune
Nereida and Neptune
Nereida and Neptune
Nereida and Neptune
Nereida and Neptune
Nereida and Neptune
Balancing rocks
Balancing rocks
balanced rocks with the young man …
balanced rocks with the young man…
balanced rocks.   We liked this un…
balanced rocks. We liked this u…
sculpture
sculpture
sculpture
sculpture
Fuente de la Amistad.  This is a d…
Fuente de la Amistad. This is a …
3 dolphin fountain
3 dolphin fountain
Church
Church
church
church
church
church
Church
Church
Church
Church
Churcch
Churcch
Hibiscus
Hibiscus
Church... (the blue plastic stuck …
Church... (the blue plastic stuck…
Hibiscua
Hibiscua
Hibiscus
Hibiscus
Double chinese red hibiscus
Double chinese red hibiscus
orange hibiscus with pink edges
orange hibiscus with pink edges
double pink and red hibiscus
double pink and red hibiscus
Church Steeple
Church Steeple
An information booth
An information booth
church
church
restaurant or motel at the level o…
restaurant or motel at the level …
behind the church.... trying to fi…
behind the church.... trying to f…
sidewalk with my Keen Shoe
sidewalk with my Keen Shoe
Behind the steeple / I climbed up …
Behind the steeple / I climbed up…
David leaving me behind
David leaving me behind
David on the neat sidewalk
David on the neat sidewalk
Side view of the church and the st…
Side view of the church and the s…
Memorial to Don Agustin Flores Con…
Memorial to Don Agustin Flores Co…
looking down the street
looking down the street
Plaque for Don Agustin Flores Cont…
Plaque for Don Agustin Flores Con…
Bust of Don Contreras with fresh r…
Bust of Don Contreras with fresh …
Streets were marked with these del…
Streets were marked with these de…
the opening to Candela Restaurant
the opening to Candela Restaurant
The cook at Candela Restaurant
The cook at Candela Restaurant
The fire powered brick oven
The fire powered brick oven
pizza dough waiting to be rolled o…
pizza dough waiting to be rolled …
rolling the dough
rolling the dough
crimping the edges
crimping the edges
putting the pizza into the oven
putting the pizza into the oven
closing the oven door
closing the oven door
A chair entirely covered with Coro…
A chair entirely covered with Cor…
A new reason to drink beer!
A new reason to drink beer!
view from the restaurant patio
view from the restaurant patio
view from the restaurant patio
view from the restaurant patio
Our Mediteranian pizza
Our Mediteranian pizza
Pizza with meno to Candela
Pizza with meno to Candela
The patio
The patio
flowers
flowers
The really old flooring at the res…
The really old flooring at the re…
Menu.... pretty extensive
Menu.... pretty extensive
different Pizzas
different Pizzas
pink hibiscus
pink hibiscus
Neat sign.... we didnt go in..
Neat sign.... we didn't go in..
sculpture.... it looks like an und…
sculpture.... it looks like an un…
orange hibiscus
orange hibiscus
A tequilla bottle with boobs.... n…
A tequilla bottle with boobs.... …
colorful plates
colorful plates
plates at an outdoor shop
plates at an outdoor shop
plate of a farm scene
plate of a farm scene
bowls
bowls
smaller bowls
smaller bowls
Woggle head animals
Woggle head animals
jugs
jugs
small bowls
small bowls
large platters
large platters
Street light
Street light
plate decorated like pointalism
plate decorated like pointalism
a beautiful house
a beautiful house
taking coconut meat out
taking coconut meat out
we bought a coconut and drank the …
we bought a coconut and drank the…
coconut meat
coconut meat
fruit
fruit
cactus fruit
cactus fruit
kids watching jump rope
kids watching jump rope
donkey down town
donkey down town