With the motive of the beginning of the whale season, the ecological group “Ecología y Conservación de Ballenas A.C. (ECOBAC) announces the celebration of the first Whale Festival “Ballenarte” from January 8th to 11th of 2014, event which will take place in Puerto Vallarta in our beautiful Banderas Bay, which each year is visited by the Hunchback Whale and other marine mammals.
The objective of this event is to contribute to the protection and conservation of the natural resources of Mexico, especially of the Hunchback Whale in Banderas Bay. Also to promote the interchange of knowledge and information in benefit of the conservation and protection of the species among the general population. In this 1st. Festival for the Conservation Ballenarte, the assistants will be able to enjoy a Carnival of vessels, a photography exhibit, conferences, documentaries, a bicycle rally, a dinner for collecting funds and many other surprises.
PROGRAM OF ACTIVITIES:
DAY 1) WEDNESDAY JANUARY 8th of 2014
5:30 pm Carnival of authorized vessels for the observation of whales (Jalisco and Nayarit) and inauguration of the Dock of the Dead.
6:30 pm Prizes for the tour operators of whale observation with the best behavior and navigation practices, who are involved in the conservation and protection of the hunchback whale. Display of the canvas of the human blue whale (32x12mts) of the world renowned photographer Patricio Robles Gil, in the Juárez parking lot which is overlooking the sea.
Dinner with cause in NU Restaurant and Café Des Artistes.
DAY 2) THURSDAY JANUARY 9th 2014
20% Ballenarte Discount in whale sightseeing tours in the morning.
6:30pm Conference The Hunchback Whale and the Projects of Banderas Bay delivered by the biologist Astrid Frisch Jordán, in the Hotel Secrets Resorts & Spas.
6:30 pm Showing of the documentary Marine Oasis over the sea of Cortes in the Jardín del Pulpo, Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Nay.
7:30pm Photographic and artistic exhibition of Whales, introduced by the Dr. Juan Luis Cifuentes Lemus.
Diner with cause in NU Global Tapas Bar and Café Des Artistes
DAY 3) FRIDAY JANUARY 10th 2014
6:30pm Showing of the documentary Marine Oasis over the sea of Cortes in MANTAMAR BEACH CLUB BAR & GRILL. Introduction by the Dr. Luis Medrano, Director of the Program Marine Mammals UNAM.Malecón 169 Col. Emiliano Zapata, Zona Romántica.
20% Ballenarte Discount in whale observation tours by the morning.
6:30pm Conference The Hunchback Whale in Los Arroyos Verdes, Bucerías, Nay. Delivered by the biologist Roberto Moncada, ITBB, Marine Mammal Investigation Group.
Dinner with cause in NU Global Tapas Bar and Café Des Artistes.
DAY 4) SATURDAY JANUARY 11th 2014
8:00am Bicycle rally in Marina Vallarta, starting signal in the sculpture of the whale.
11:00am When finalizing the race, the children will form with their bodies a real sized hunchback whale and a picture will be taken of the human whale (of children) from the lighthouse of Marina Vallarta.
7:00pm to 11:00pm Dinner Benefit Fiesta Mexicana in the Lázaro Cárdenas Park. $200 per person, event Sponsored by Vallarta Centro Association.
8:30pm Raffle. Great prizes, don't miss it.
Closure of the Festival with important characters in the area of conservation.
This event is organized by Ecología y Conservación de Ballenas, A.C. in collaboration with the Vallarta Centro Association.
[readon1 url="http://www.visitapuertovallarta.com.mx/evento/1er-festival-de-la-conservacion-ballenarte-en-puerto-vallarta"]Source: Visit Puerto Vallarta Translated by Rene Tripp[/readon1]