UNETE and Rotary Clubs Remodel High School in Las Varas

Over 100 volunteers from the Rotary Clubs from Jaltemba La Peñita, Mexico and Berkeley, California, USA along with 25 participating North American Rotary Clubs have arrived in Nayarit to begin a month-long project to remodel La Preparatoria 20 de Noviembre in Las Varas, Mexico. Upgrades will include three new laboratories: chemistry,…

Nurse Vicky Delivers Donated Items to Schools in Las Lomas, Nayarit

Nurse Vicky Flores Ramirez, her assistant Erica Santiago Joachin and I drove to the small town of Las Lomas, near San Pancho, to deliver donated items to the poor children there. Our first stop was the preschool, Prescolar Comunitario Niños Heroes. There were 15 students and their maestro (teacher), Anselma Judith…

Guayafest 2015 Photo Update

The 16th Annual Reunion de Amigos del Volkswagen, fondly known as Guayafest 2015, rolled into town for this weekend's event. Earlier today, the plaza in Rincón de Guayabitos was bumper-to-bumper with VW Beetles, Things, buses, pickups, sedans, fastbacks and other models. The northbound lane of Avenida del Sol Nuevo was closed so participants…

Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) – March 2015 News

What's next, Doggie Day Care? Just kidding, but our dog and cat rescue operation has greatly expanded, so we are looking for visiting vets to volunteer their time to help spay and neuter our rescues (learn more below). Hilltop Refugio Updates Refugio Horse Rescue and Education One of our founding members, Donna Brownfield,…

Motofiesta Guayabitos 2015 Dates Announced

Event organizers just announced that the 10th Annual Motofiesta Guayabitos 2015 is scheduled for June 12-14, 2015. Each year, hundreds of motorcyclists and thousands of visitors ride in from around the country. Motofiesta was born from the desire to give motorcycle enthusiasts a place to show off their spectacular machines to the…

Punting on the Estuary in La Peñita

I captured this brother/sister duo on their Sunday afternoon outing. The little girl looked like a princess, minus the royal wave. Taken near the “Bridge of Life” from our rooftop casita in La Peñita. by Bea Rauch Click here to view more Photos of the Week Now it’s your turn! Email us your photos (at least 500 pixels…

Las Varas-Puerto Vallarta Highway to be Built by Carlos Slim Partnership

A dream long cherished by thousands of residents and visitors to the region started becoming a reality back on January 29th, when the Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT) gave its approval for the construction of the Las Varas-Puerto Vallarta Highway. This past Thursday, the Reforma website announced that this project…

"Operación Salvavidas (Operation Lifesaver) Semana Santa 2015" in Action in Rincón de Guayabitos

The Secretaría de Marina (SEMAR) has initiated "Operación Salvavidas Semana Santa 2015" (Operation Lifesaver) on beaches and in tourist destinations along the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean. Naval officers will be posted to provide first aid and medical attention during Semana Santa (Easter break), from March 28 through…

In Season: Cuastecomate (Calabash Tree) / Fruit Used to Make Huichol Maracas

I have always been enamored by the native Huichol Indian artwork sold here in Nayarit, Mexico – from the intricately beaded jewelry and masks, to the colorful yawn paintings. I have purchased several pieces over the years and display them throughout our home. Many years ago, I met a lovely old Huichol woman who was selling handmade…

KinderAide Gets Government Support and Recognition

On February 18th, Jane Fellows (Miller) had the pleasure of meeting with the government official from Compostela, the mayor of La Peñita and the head of the local school district. These three gentlemen were invited and attended the inauguration of KinderAide’s first school to be built from the ground up. It is located on Calle…

Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) – February 2015 News

We never know who's going to come visit the Hilltop Refugio in La Peñita these days. Recently, a boy brought a rooster to us after hearing that we accepted rescues. Even though Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) is not a “refuge for roosters,” we were able to find the rooster a new home and he is doing well! Hilltop…

A World of Difference

Las Tres Amigas would like to say a special THANK YOU to all who supported us this season at our events which toured five exotic destinations around the globe. You have made A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE to local organizations and programs through your contributions. Special mention goes to our very necessary Ticket Sellers: Chasite Coffee…

The Legacy of the Huichol Culture

Mexico is rich with indigenous cultures – over 60, in fact. Among them are the Huichol, which live in our state of Nayarit as well as Jalisco, Zacatecas and Durango, the latter two with minority populations. The Huichol are also known as the Wixaritari and they live in the Nayar and Yesca regions of our State. They are characterized…

The Times They are a Chain-ging

We took this photo of a cowboy with his burro and wood (love the chainsaw), on the way back from a quadding trip to San Sebastian.watch full Transformers: The Last Knight 2017 movie by Donna Steensma Click here to view more Photos of the Week Now it’s your turn! Email us your photos (at least 500 pixels wide) to Allyson@JaltembaBayLife.com…