Next Stop: Puerto Vallarta

El Malecon, San Sebastian Historical Mining Town, Las Palmas Mexican Fiesta, Zip Lining, Cafe’ Des Artistes, Rythms of the Night Cruise, Cester at Senor Frogs























Next Stop: Puerto Vallarta (TRANSCRIPTION)

00:00-00:05 JON: Hola! Me llamo Jon Olson, bien venidos a to Next Stop from the most authentic Mexican beach destination.
00:06-00:12 Intro rolls
00:13-00:40 JON: Welcome to Puerto Vallarta, or as the locals say, Puerto  Vallarta. Sure they’ve got world class beaches here, but on this episode we will bring you authentic mexican culture. We’ll attend a fiesta, we will bring you local music, and we will take you high above the city to San Sebastian, and old mining town that hasn’t changed in about 200 years. Puerto Vallarta exudes a warmth, it’s all about it’s people, the locals are wonderful. We’ll introduce you to some of those people and bring you their great stories. This a wonderful show, you are gonna love it. Gracias for tuning in, the fun starts now!
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00:50-00:58 JON: Lot’s of cool activities to do in and outside of Puerto Vallarta. Today we are going to do one of my personal favorites, we’re going ziplining, whoooo!
1:02-01:35 RICARDO: Ok guys, good morning everybody, welcome, welcome, to Canopy Tours in this paradise, the best canopy in Puerto Vallarta, ok? This name is pulley, but my partner and me we changed the name. We call you Harley Davidson Mexicana because he is very fast out there. To set the strap goes on the cable behind the pulley and you other one goes on the line. When you see this signal from my partner, that signal it means break. It is very easy, when you harley is low and hard, exactly like this, side to side, back and forth.
01:42-01:59 RICARDO: When you come into Mexico, you say hasta la vista baby, you know? And this canopy we change it a little bit. We say hasta la vista maybe!
JON: Just maybe
RICARDO: See you guys, bye bye. Whooo hoo!
02:08-02:15 RICARDO: Who’s the man?
JON: Awesome
RICARDO: Everyone. Knuckle.
JON: Fist pump baby! That will get your blood pumping.
RICARDO: Oh yeah.
02:23-02:42 RICARDO: This game we call El Mirador. Mirador it means the view. Amigo, this line is the last one. It’s kind of 15 minutes long, it’s a long one.
JON: Wow.
RICARDO: Yeah, so amigo’s please, I recommend you don’t take a siesta on this one, ok? Open your eyes and look in front.
JON: Ah! Oh ho ho, woooo hooo!
03:08-03:19 JON: We have done a lot of ziplines, we’ve done several in Hawaii, this was absolutely of of our favorites though, and you know why? The ziplines were amazing but you were an awesome guide.
RICARDO: Oh yeah.
JON: And you’re fun!
RICARDO: Yeah, I’m fine.
JON: Muchas Gracias.
RICARDO: Nice to meet you.
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03:36-03:42 JON: Let’s experience authentic Mexican culture with Vallarta Adventures ‘Rhythyms of the Night’.
04:12-05:38 JON: ‘Rhythyms of the Night’  is another amazing celebration of authentic Mexican culture. Oscar, what a beautiful performance!
OSCAR: As you can see this is some magic island.
JON: This this is a magic island, this is what you call the mexican fantasy island, right?
OSCAR: The mexican fantasy island.
JON: From the minute you get of the boat, it’s a nice hour and a half boat ride, some margaritas, the crew is dancing for you , having a good time. But the minute you get off the boat it all these torches and candles everywhere.
OSCAR: Magic.
JON: It is magic!
OSCAR: Yes, it is magic.
JON: And let’s talk about your food too, because your food is incredible. From Venezuelan chef’s right?
OSCAR: yeah, yeah, yeah.
JON: You don’t expect that from the buffets, but the food, beautiful.
OSCAR: It’s like, yeah, I think one of the most important things on this tour and also for Vallarta Adventures is the quality of the service and the food. Like, all the beverage as you saw, we have our own water, we bottle our own water, so we take care of the environment so it’s like a complete experience to come to ‘Rhythyms of the Night’ and all of our tour also for Vallarta Adventures.
JON: Tell us about the story in the the performance, it’s a love story.
OSCAR: Yeah, it’s a love story. It’s a union between two ethnics and sisters dreams, and when they get together it’s uh, from two different towns of our ancestors get together, all what is involved in the celebration that we saw.
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05:45-05:49 JON: When Next Stop returns, one of our crew members goes to jail.
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06:01-06:37 JON: We have a special treat, we are taking a step back in time to an old silver mining village called San Sebastian, 1,400 meters above sea level. It is a gorgeous day. Gabriel is the man who knows all about this town.
GABRIEL: This is a town, a colonial town found in 1605. It is a mining town, mostly it was silver, silver mine, and a little gold. They were mining if I can just point you there, it was on a very high point there, the high of the peak.
JON: That’s very high.
GABRIEL: It is very high, it is 4,000 feet more than here.
06:40-07:43 GABRIEL: We still make the silver here in San Sebastian so now he is melting silver, then he is going to have a mold, reproduce or make like the little pieces to work with.
JON: So this is the loneliest place in town, this is the jail.
GABRIEL: Yes, this is the jail.
JON: There is nobody there?
GABRIEL: We don’t have any crime, it’s just using for when there is parties, for a, you know, a guy who has to much to drink.
JON: Too much to drink? They stick them in here?
GABRIEL: Yes, stick in here to calm down and not to give some troubles.
JON: Well last night my crew had too many cervesa’s, and one or two shot’s, maybe too much tequila. Can we put one of my crew members in jail?
GABRIEL: Sure, yes.
JON: I think we should. Which one? You pick.
GABRIEL: This guy, this guy.
JON: Ben?
JON: OK. Ben, hand your camera off, your going to jail buddy. Too many tequila’s last night. Ben had too many tequilas!
BEN: Oh Mio Dios!
JON: Ok, we’ll see you next year. Come back and get him in a year maybe?
07:44-08:04 JON: This place screams history.
JON: This is the church.
GABRIEL: It was a start building in the 17th century as a little chapel when some persons came going forth they have just been doing additions and tower, and doing some bells.
08:05-08:28 JON: So what’s next?
GABRIEL: We are going to visit Hotel del Puente, used to be one of the oldest houses in town also.
JON: This might be one of the most romantic hotel we have ever had on the show. Look at this place.
GABRIEL: It is yes. It is a house, it is about 400 years old this house. That is the original key for the doors.
JON: Let’s go check this room out.
08:31-09:04 JON: Nice! You’ve been here now for a few years, you’re not originally from here. What’s it like to move from the big city and live here in San Sebastian?
GABRIEL: It was an incredible experience. And I quit doing a lot of things in the city, people they just thought that I was pretty mad about it. They are saying ‘You used to quit all this?’ I used to have a nice life you know, but a stressed life.
JON: Quality of life is definitely good here. You’ve been an excellent tour guide.
GABRIEL: Oh thank you very much.
JON: Thank you for showing us your wonderful town.
GABRIEL: It was my pleasure.
09:10-10:21 JON: Located just a short jaunt from San Sebastian town is Hacienda San Sebastian, we’re going to learn abut tequila. Tequila is a family business for Antonio. Antonio, thanks for having us here to your hacienda, this is a cool place. But we’re going to learn about tequila. How do you make it?
ANTONIO: Oh very easy!
JON: Oh come on, it can’t be that easy!
ANTONIO: We just wait for the plants be ready 8 years. And then we’re going to cut it, we’re going to cook it, we cook it for 3 days in the oven. Then we are going to distill, when we distill we distill twice and basically of the distillation we are going to get those aromas and taste from the plant, and the alcohol. We’re going to put the tequila we want in our mouth, but as soon as we put it we’re going to close our lips, with the lips closed we are going to swallow.
JON: Ok, I’m going to watch you.
ANTONIO: Alright, good. Very good. I’m getting better.
JON: I’ve never had tequila like that.
ANTONIO: Oh, really?
JON: Usually I just shoot it back.
ANTONIO: Really fast? Oh no.
JON: But this is too good.
ANTONIO: Well the other one is to kill you, this one is tequila!
JON: I like it.
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11:20-11:59 JON: We are in the heart of Puerto Vallarta, El Malecon. This is where everything really happens. I’m with Alfonzo, let’s talk about this area right here because this is where it all happens, for 40, 50 years the fisherman bring the local fish in, and they’ve been coming here for 40, 50 years, and they are still coming here. This place looks like it hasn’t changed in 40 or 50 years.
ALFONZO: And that is very interesting because they blend or they mix with tourists, local people, so still we have these places in Vallarta you know like…
JON: And not just the tourists, the pelicans! The pelican’s also hang out here.
ALFONZO: Um hmm, that’s right.
JON: And they like, they are very patient and they are good with people. I’ve never been so close to a pelican in my life.
12:04-12:20 JON: Up and down El Malecon there’s sculptures, there is art. This is the social place for the city, right?
ALFONZO: Right, and as you said El Malecon, it’s like the most, one of the nicest places, the public places where everyone comes to, El Malecon.
12:25-13:10 JON: And this sculpture happens to be one of the more famous ones.
GARY: This one is called ‘Nostagia’ by Ramiz Barquet, an artist who died in July at 90 and it relates to his romance with his wife Nelly. They tried to get married when they were teenagers, the parents separated them. 27 years later after having married other people, raising children and divorcing their spouses, they bumped into each other in a flower market in Mexico City on the day before mothers day, and rekindled the romance. Eventually it led to them sitting on a bench talking about what would have happened if they had  gotten married when they were teenagers, and that inspired him to both propose and make this sculpture.
JON: Oh my God, that;s deep!
13:17-14:02 JON I talked to Gary earlier and he told us this…
NELLY: Is the story of our life. This ‘Nostalgia’ it reminds me much, much of what is part of my life.
JON: And you sat on a bench and you talked about what it might have been had you been together, and then you ended up together.
JON: Very few people get to live a love story like that and have a legacy to leave behind, this is beautiful. Thanks for having us at your restaurants, which is one of the most tradidtional restaurants in Puerto Vallarta, right?
NELLY: Right. We have kept it for 32 years.
JON: You’ve been in Sports Illustrated, you’ve been in Esquire magazine, you and your ex husband. I can’t imagine…you are so beautiful today, what you must have looked like back in those days, I probably would have fallen in love with you.
NELLY: Maybe.
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14:23-16:09 JON: The Puerto Vallarta art scene is incredibly alive and well here and unfortunately a few years ago Puerto Vallarta lost one of their favorite sons, but he wasn’t from here, right Cathy?
CATHY: No, he was from France. He starts to paint when he was 7 years old, you know, and he loved to paint and even his family was always behind him, and when he arrived I think the first really professional thing he did was in St. Tropez when he first moved there. And then after, he just wanted to see the world. I think now you can see it in his paintings, you know he went to Africa, he went to Asia. When he landed in Puerto he said that’s where he wants to live. The peace here in this house he found the peace he needed to paint and even the people, living with Mexicans is very special. And I mean it was very special to live here in Puerto Vallarta, that’s how his art grown. He could paint everything mexican, market scenes, the children’s,  animals.
JON: What was the one I I like the most? What’s the title?
CATHY: The Good Life!
JON: The Good Life.
CATHY:The good life, that’s a special one.
JON: He liked the good life, I would have gotten along with him.
CATHY: Yeah, I’m sure, I’m sure you would.
JON: This is a lovely tribute.
CATHY: Yes, yes.
JON: I wanted something special for the kids, especially for the kids you know, to always try not to be, I’m going to get emotional.

JON: That’s ok.
CATHY: Yes, I don’t want them to forget their father, you know, so it was one of the way and uh, for them to always think about him.
JON: Well we are very honored that you shared this with us. I wish we could have met him but his artwork lives on and it will forever.
CATHY: Yes, he was very, very well, very loved here in Vallarta. Everybody misses him.
JON: He always will be.
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16:23-17:11 JON: We are at one of the best restaurants in all of Mexico, and this man right here is the main man, Mr. Thierry, Chef Thierry. Thank you so much for having us, I feel like I am in a like a rainforest
THIERRY:  Haha, and that’s a real one. Here I start 20 years ago at a very small restaurant, I came to Puerto Vallarta just one night 22 years ago and then I fall in love with Puerto Vallarta and said ‘Wow, I want to work here, and I want to live here’. And all this part we are now, was really like part of the forest, and all the city is built, I work around.
17:15-17:39 THIERRY: I like the artistic way of seeing life, so the food, the art, the gardens, the design, and then the people, everybody who works here and lives here.
JON: Well I would like to say on behalf of my crew, muchas gracias for sharing this wonderful art with us, and I think we should try that last tequila.
THIERRY: Oh we should, definitely.
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17:45-17:51 JON: We are in Las Palmas for an authentic Mexican fiesta.
DANCERS: Ola amigo, have fun.
JON: Gracias.
18:10-18:58 PERFORMER: Every time Tony hits the shot glass right there you gotta count one-uno-dor-trese-andele!
TONY: Waa haa haa!
MAN 2: Salud!
PERFORMER: Mexican guako, come on.
JON: Salud! Ay yi yi yi!
PERFORMER: We have a winner tonight, it’s Jon! Thank you very much amigo.
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19:18-19:21 JON: Local band Chest at Senor Frogs, coming up next.
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20:13-20:44 JON: Tell me about your band.
ALEXIS: Our name is Chester and we are from the North of Mexico.
JON: Tell me about your music, and tell me abut the music in Puerto Vallarta, because the music scene here…I was here 18 years ago and I don’t remember this town going off like this.
ALEXIS: We play for American people, Canadian people and Mexican people, so we play for everybody.
JON: He said to me earlier, he said ‘I don’t speak very much english’ you speak good english brother! You speak much better english than I speak spanish!
ALEXIS: Oh come on, I try, I try.
JON: Now listen, already!
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21:23-21:51 JON: Muchas Gracias for tuning in to Next Stop from Puerto Vallarta, a beautiful city with a wonderfully rich culture, and fantastic people who are always willing to share their warm stories with you. Now it’s your turn to board an Alaska Airlines plane, come down and experience this culture for yourselves. I also want to say a huge thank you, mucho gracias to Paco and the staff at MH tours for putting together a fantastic itinerary for our crew. Also thanks to Alaska Airlines, and the Alaska Airlines VISA signature card for your partnership. We will see you next time on Next Stop, where will we take you next? Make good memories everybody.
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