“A farewell is necessary before you can meet again.” – Richard Bach, American novelist
While a visit to Puerto Vallarta is synonymous with sunny beach days and breezy nights, it helps to have some activity, perhaps even physical motivation, from the normal seaside vacation. Discovering Star-Mex Fitness and Aerial Silks was the perfect distraction from sunscreen and sand. From the first inversion in the silks with acrobatic and trainer Dahn Vallarta Centeno to the twists and swings of momentum that followed, it became obvious this is not a practice for the faint at heart.
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Dahn, who previously performed (and also trained dolphins) with Vallarta Adventures, offers several classes a day as well as private lessons, making this is a great alternative for any tourist or traveler who misses their workout but doesn’t want to feel like a gym rat on vacation. Celebrities like Pink, who first performed in silks during the 2010 Grammys, know the core-strengthening benefits of this sport; after a day session, its easy to understand why she’s a fan.
If gliding in fabric over a small studio space isn’t your forté, you could try an eco-adventure for a vacation change. My opportunity, while not part of an actual tour, happened by chance with two friends who have started a debris-collecting and recycling company that peruses business piles after hours, resourcefully and responsibly turning trash into income.
With some clever names in the works for licensing, the partnership traverses the streets of downtown Puerto Vallarta, as well as nearby Pitillal, aggregating cardboard, aluminum and plastic, then sorting the goods for cash.
While not a new concept to the modern world, recycling remains a non-competitive venture in many parts of Puerto Vallarta, despite some volunteer efforts to clean up the historic town. With some businesses in Vallarta are still perfecting earth-friendly practices, there is chance for a burgeoning and profitable business in the future if these two stick to their “green” plan.
For the final day in Puerto Vallarta, aside from wrapping up details and securing bus travel to Guadalajara, meeting with friends once again at La Mesa del Coco was a low-key, local way to pass the afternoon, playing dominoes and enjoying delicious offerings from the bar.
A final walk along the Malecon to enjoy a cloudy sunset, snack on a creamy cup of elote with cheese and salsa, and make a few purchases, including a colorful blanket and a woven basket from Alfareria Tlaquepaque, a huge treasure trove /store of gifts and classic Mexican households.
Walking through the 5 de diciembre neighborhood early in the morning, with a heavy suitcase and an equally heavy heart, I said goodbye once again, knowing Puerto Vallarta will probably always be here, ready to rejuvenate or relax the spirit, and remembering that “Adios” means both hello and goodbye.