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 August 10, 2012



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The Howl-o-ween Pet Parade was a success. Orie Icaza and his dog Blankita won first place, what a princess! Second place went to Bill Kirkwood with his dog Rufas as a hot dog and third place went to Manny Hadlocks little dog Rosie, a most beautiful butterfly.
All proceeds to benefit the spay and neuter clinic coming in April.

I look forward to bringing you all the happenings in our community, and share with you, the joy of living in San Pancho.

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I look forward to talking to you about San Pancho and encourage you to come by the office, at #50 Tercer Mundo. 






Kimberly King is a community website for the village of SanPancho, Nayarit, Mexico 

Gastronomic Street Celebration November 2
Dia de Los Muertos
"Day of the Dead - is primarily viewed as a Mexican holiday, this holiday is celebrated joyfully, and though it occurs at the same time as Halloween, the mood of The Day of the Dead is much lighter, with the emphasis on celebrating and honoring the lives of the deceased, rather than fearing evil or malevolent spirits. The origins of the celebration of The Day of the Dead in Mexico can be traced back to the indigenous peoples of Latin America, such as the Aztecs & Mayans.
When the Spanish Conquistadors arrived in Central America in the 15th century they were appalled at the indigenous pagan practices, and in an attempt to convert the locals to Catholicism moved the popular festival to the beginning of November to coincide with the Catholic All Saints and All Souls days. The Spanish combined their custom of Halloween with the similar Mesoamerican festival, creating The Day of the Dead.
Plans for the festival are made throughout the year, including gathering the goods that will be offered to the dead. During the period of October 31 and November 2 families usually clean and decorate the graves. Some wealthier families build altars in their homes, but most simply visit the cemeteries where their loved ones are buried and decorate their graves with offerings. These include wreaths of marigold, which are thought to attract the souls of the dead toward the offerings, and toys brought for dead children (los angelitos, or little angels) and bottles of tequila, mezcal, pulque or atole for adults.
A common symbol of the holiday is the skull, which celebrants represent in masks called calacas. Sugar skulls, inscribed with the names of the deceased on the forehead, are often eaten by a relative or friend. Other special foods for El Día de los Muertos includes Pan de Muertos (bread of the dead), a sweet egg bread made in many shapes, from plain rounds to skulls and rabbits. 
XVIII Festival Gourmet International

Again, from November 8-18, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit will become the Mecca of international dining scene. 
It initiates the XVIII International Gourmet Festival. On our website you will find information about events taking place with the occasion of the Festival. 
Una vez más, del 8 al 18 de noviembre del presente año, Puerto Vallarta y Riviera Nayarit se convertirán en la meca de la escena gastronómica internacional.
Da inicio el XVIII Festival Gourmet Internacional en nuestra pagina podrás encontrar información sobre los eventos que tendrán lugar con el motivo del Festival.  
Los Santos Restaurant and Bar
With the new season approaching quickly we are happy to see our local businesses up and running again and we are also excited to welcome the new. Los Santos Restaurant and Bar is a new edition to the family and we welcome them with open arms. Allison Pastor or as some may know her "La Chaparra" and her boyfriend Gabriel Macias AKA " El Monchis" have designed an exciting and fun new restaurant with a full bar and an array of food with hints of flavor from around the world for tourists and locals to enjoy. 

Allison lived in San Pancho in the late 90's and then traveled between here and her hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana until later deciding in 2010 she would move permanently to San Pancho, Nayarit. Throughout her many years traveling through Mexico and the state of Nayarit she learned a lot of the local culture and culinary secrets of the area that she looks forward to sharing with the people through their restaurant. Gabriel on the other hand is from Mexico but traveled throughout Europe and north America picking up new strengths in his cooking by learning from and working with chefs from around the world. Gabriel comes from a culinary family who have always inspired him to stay true to his Mexican roots and cook with local ingredients and local dishes but from his experience of cooking he finds a way to make each dish unique and his own. Together the two make an excellent team combining the flavors of Allison's New Orleans background and Gabriel's individual way of cooking  and they have created an eclectic menu of food and drinks that is sure enough to get anyone's taste buds popping! 
Los Santos has an ambiance not quite like any other. As you walk in you feel immediatly welcomed with the friendly staff and warm atmosphere. The name Los Santos came from an idea the couple had by recognizing St. Francis of Assisi ( San Francisco ) and making him a place to be joined by all other saints. St. Francis is commemorated in the restaurant standing in front of a surfboard and standing upon the shell of an Olive Ridly turtle shell. This represents St. Francis combined with two strong staples of San Pancho surfing and the turtle rescue. Los Santos has incorporated all the offerings that our town has to give in one place for all of us to enjoy. They will also be providing cooking classes and turtle talks on Thursdays followed by walks down the beach to help save our Olive Ridlys! 


Los Santos opened yesterday on All Saints Day and was blessed by Father Ignacio , representing the good fortune this restaurant has to come. It is now open to the public from Wednesday-Monday from 12-closing. Come and enjoy one of Gabriel's specialty margaritas, delicious fare, a game of billiards and your favorite sports game on the large flat screen TV. Don't forget to bring your favorite saint to add to their " Wall of Saints" and receive a free cocktail. See you there!

article by Jordan Mautner

Con la temporada nueva llegando rápido estamos felices de ver los negocios abiertos otra vez y estamos emocionados de dar la bienvenida a los nuevos también. "Los Santos" Restaurant y Bar es una nueva adición a la familia de San Pancho y estamos listos para probarlo! Allison Pastor o a quienes algunos conocen como "La Chaparra" y su novio Gabriel Macías "El Monchis" han diseñado un restaurant divertido y excepcional con un bar completo y muchos tipos de comida con sabores de alrededor del mundo para turistas y locales... A disfrutar!

Allison ha vivido en San Pancho en los noventas y después viajó entre aquí y su pueblo natal New Orleans, Luisiana hasta que decidió en 2010 que quería mudarse permanente en San Pancho. Durante los muchos años que ella estuvo viajando por México y el Estado de Nayarit, aprendió mucho sobre la cultura local y sus secretos culinarios que espera compartir con quienes visiten su restaurant "Los Santos". Gabriel, por otro lado, es mexicano y ha viajado por toda Europa y América del Norte aprendiendo las artes de la cocina trabajando y comunicando con chefs del todo mundo.
Gabriel viene de una familia culinaria que siempre lo ha inspirado en mantener sus raíces mexicanas y cocinar con ingredientes locales y platos de la región y siempre logra que cada platillo sea único. Juntos, esta pareja hace un equipo excelente, mezclando sabores de New Orleans y el estilo único de Gabriel, han creado un menú exótico de comida y bebidas que haran feliz el paladar de todos!

"Los Santos" tiene un ambiente totalmente diferente. Al entrar se tiene el sentimiento de ser bienvenidos por el staff amitoso y un ambiente cálido. El nombre "Los Santos" viene de una idea que los dos tenían cuando estaban hablando sobre San Francisco de Assis y que podrían crear un lugar para que él pudiera estar con todos los demas santos. San Francisco esta presentado en una pintura en la pared con una tabla de surf atrás y sobre una tortuga "Olive Ridly". Esto combina a San Francisco con dos emblemas de San Pancho, el surf y el rescate de tortugas.
"Los Santos" incorpora varias ofertas a nuestro pueblo en un lugar que todos pueden disfrutar. Ofrecen clases de cocina y una plática sobre las tortugas todos los jueves para después ir a la playa a ayudar con el rescate de las Olive Ridlys!

El restaurant abrió ayer en Día de Los Muertos y ha sido bendecido por Padre Ignacio, representando la suerte que este restaurant tiene por venir. El restaurant esta abierto de miércoles a lunes a partir de las 12. Ven y disfruta una de las margaritas especiales de Gabriel, buena comida, un juego de billar o ven a ver los partidos y eventos deportivos más importantes en pantalla plana! No olviden traer sus santos favoritos para poner en "La Pared de Los Santos" y recibir un coctel gratis. Nos vemos allí!   
El Estar Yoga Center

Monday/Lunes- hatha flow with Mary 8:30-10am
Tuesday/Martes- yoga integrade with Gabriela 8:30-10am
Wednesday/Miercoles- yoga restautative with Mary 5-6:30pm
Thursday/ Jueves- hatha yoga with Mary 7:30-8:30am 8:30am-10am Capoeira ninos furao 1:30-2pm
Friday/Viernes- yoga integrade with Gabriela 8:30-10am
Pilates with Roxanna 10:30-11:30am
Saturday/Sabado-yoga diferentes maestros 10-12pm

Card Coop: 400 pesos yearly class with card,
50 pesos class without card 100 pesos
Membresa 400 pesos anuales.clase con tarjeta,
 50 pesos clase sin tarjeta 100 pesos

El Estar 311 258 4256
La Patrona Polo Club
Chef Jose Manuel Baños, Born in Oaxaca, a disciple  
of Ferran Adriá at El Bulli, offers innovative  cuisine from  
Mexican ingredients, 90% are from Oaxaca with gently  
combined techniques of  avant-garde cuisine  with flavors  
and ingredients of the region. 
Polo Match Saturday, November 3rd 6:00pm
La Patrona Polo Club. Come and enjoy our fine Mexican Cuisine, 
Polo Matches, Equestrian Shows, Spanish Dressage and Live Music!
Opens November 1st!
Call for reservations 311-258-4378


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The first block of Spanish classes at entreamigos begins Monday, November 5th!  

Get a jump on the language this year and drastically improve your Spanish! Classes are available in different levels from beginning to advanced. Classes are taught by July Aquino, Certified Spanish Teacher, University of Cambridge.

Sign-ups are happening now at entreamigos!  


The best price anywhere...  $1900p (Materials included) 
18 hours class instruction
18 hours optional grammar and conversation classes
36 total hours of instruction... (Only 53p per hour!)

 Every class is focused to teach you the skills you need in everyday life in San Pancho. You will feel more comfortable speaking and understanding each and every day. Below you will find detailed information about each level. Click to take the placement test or stop by entreamigos.


Remember, when you take spanish classes at entreamigos you are not only improving your communication skills but you are also contributing to further the work of entreamigos in the community!



November 5th to December 14th

January 7th to February 15th

February 18th to March 28th

April 8th to May 17th



This sweet new space plays an important role in the development of our community, providing a proper space and materials for the tiniest ones, allowing children ages 0 to 5 to learn, play and share through different games and activities.

Thanks so much to Punta de Mita Foundation for making this possible!



There are so many activities already going on at entreamigos! Please check our website  to find out more about upcoming events & activities as well as workshops and sports classes.

November 7th, 4PM
Orchid tour
We will meet at entreamigos and visit the amazing orchid farm, a hidden gem in the jungle.  This guided tour takes you on a walking trip through one of the most complete collections of orchids in Mexico and one of the only places where you will see orchids in a completely natural environment.   Please bring comfortable clothes, good walking shoes and water.
$200p. Reservations are required.
November 10th, 7AM
Community Bird Watching Tour.
Join professional birding guide Luis Morales for an amazing tour of local birds. Bring comfortable clothes and walking shoes and prepare yourself to see multitudes of bird species that inhabit the estuary and jungle surrounding San Pancho. reservations required
$250p. Reservations are required.

November 17th, 10AM
This Saturday November 17th an amazing group of volunteers from World Ventures will help us set up this wonderful playground right in our yard where we all can enjoy it! Come and share the fun.
November 23th
Black Friday Sale
Do some holiday shopping & support our ongoing programs. Imaginarte store & gallery will have incredible deals and offers for this special day.
November 26th, 6PM
Stories of Mexican Revolution
The 2nd cultural event organized by our Spanish Language School. Don´t miss an interesting conference on Mexican Revolution by teacher July Aquino.  

Friendly Reminder: When you prepare your bags for this new season, please remember to pack one extra suitcase full of great stuff you no longer use for our recicla shop. Kitchenware, bath & bed items, clothing, jewelry, shoes, toys, etc...if it works we can use it! Your donated goods will help us collect money to fund our current programs.



Este dulce espacio desarrolla una importante labor educativa en la comunidad. Ofrece un espacio y material adecuados para los mas pequeños, en donde los pequeños de 0 a 5 años pueden aprender, divertirse y compartir a través de distintos juegos y actividades.

Agradecemos especialmente a La Fundación Punta de Mita por hacer posible este proyecto!


Este sábado 17 de Noviembre el increíble grupo de voluntarios de World Ventures nos ayudará a instalar estos increíbles juegos justo en nuestro jardín donde todos podremos disfrutarlos! Ven y únete a la diversión!


Este 7 de Noviembre comienzan las clases de español para todos los niveles. Inscribete ya en entreamigos.

Back From The Brink
It's Hatching Season!!!  The beautiful time of year when all of our hard work is finally paying off.   The time of year when thousands of newborn Olive Ridleys will be released on the beach at night to start their amazing journeys.   Not many sights are as incredible and touching as seeing these tiny creatures making their way to the sea, following some ancient internal compass that guides them fearlessly into the vast dark ocean.  Weighing just 28 grams, it seems impossible that they can even make it past the surf, much less all the way out to the middle of the Pacific Ocean.  And yet, despite their size, they are amazingly strong swimmers, traveling about 15 miles a day without resting until they reach the Pacific Current.  For the turtle volunteers, it is always such a bittersweet sight to watch the tiny hatchlings disappear into the sea.... Bitter knowing that only 1 in 600 will survive to adulthood but also sweet knowing that this cycle of life has been repeated for millions of years and that we get to be a small part of that miracle. God speed little ones, we will see you again in 2027!!!
Hatchling releases are performed every night just north of the alley between 6:45 and 7pm. Always free and always amazing.  Join us!
For more information about the turtle program, visit our website: 

Or you can see our day to day work on Facebook at: San Pancho Turtles

Temporada t de Eclosión! La bella época del año en que todo nuestro duro trabajo finalmente está dando sus frutos. La época del año en que miles de recién nacidos Golfinas se dará a conocer en la playa por la noche para iniciar su viaje increíble. No muchos lugares de interés son tan increíble y emocionante como ver a estas pequeñas criaturas que hacen su camino hacia el mar, siguiendo algunos brújula antiguo interno que los guía sin miedo en el vasto océano oscuro. Un peso de sólo 28 gramos, parece imposible que incluso pueden hacerlo más allá de las olas, y mucho menos todo el camino hasta el centro del Océano Pacífico. Y, sin embargo, a pesar de su tamaño, son nadadores sorprendentemente fuertes, viajando a unos 15 kilómetros al día sin descanso hasta llegar a la actual Pacífico. Para los voluntarios de tortuga, siempre es un espectáculo tan agridulce para ver las crías pequeñas desaparecen en el mar .... Bitter sabiendo que sólo 1 de cada 600 sobreviven hasta la edad adulta, pero también dulce sabiendo que este ciclo de vida se ha repetido durante millones de años y que lleguemos a ser una pequeña parte de ese milagro. Dios las velocidades pequeñas, nos veremos de nuevo en 2027!
Comunicados Hatchling se realizan cada noche, justo al norte del callejón 6:45-19:00. Siempre libre y siempre sorprendente. Únete a nosotros!
Para obtener más información sobre el programa de tortuga, visite nuestro sitio web:  


O usted puede ver nuestro trabajo del día a día en Facebook en: San Pancho Tortugas 
Downward Dog Yoga Philosophy 
from a Yellow Lab  
Downward dog anyone? The benefits of yoga are significant, both for your mind and body.  Physically, yoga can help you improve flexibility, release stress and tension, strengthen your muscles and bones and even help you lose weight.   Psychologically and spiritually, yoga offers endless opportunity.

In fact, yoga is such a fundamental part of a healthy lifestyle that even our fury four legged friends seem to practice yoga regularly. In fact, I would say that my dog is a perfect illustration of some basic yogic philosophy.  Here are three yoga essentials that my "oh so wise" yellow lab would like to share.

Breathe. There's nothing more satisfying then a breath that is so deep it shakes the jowls. Don't be afraid to really let it out and make some noise. Who cares if it makes you slobber? Deep breathing is one of the great pleasures of life.

Stretch.  Wherever, whenever, there's always time for a good stretch.  Downward dog, upward dog, child's pose and dead bug (or happy baby) are some favorites.  Don't be afraid to spread your legs or stick your butt up in the air, it's natural and it's good for you!

Be here now.  As soon as dawn breaks, the tail is wagging and the day is off to be a great start.  Every day is an exciting new day! It is doesn't matter what happened yesterday, or what's going to happen tomorrow. Let's enjoy today! Which toy should I bring to the beach? Which squirrel should I chase? Life is so much fun, right now!  

Whether you're a hardcore yogi or are simply toying with the idea of giving yoga a try, San Pancho is a great spot to find your yoga groove. Had a bad yoga experience? Don't give up! There are range of unique styles that offer something for everyone.

Many San Pancho locals frequent our wonderful local yoga studio,  El Estar, which offers a collection of fantastic teachers and classes of levels.

At the Tailwind Jungle Lodge we also host a variety of yoga retreats and classes. We're loving our new yoga platform! Please come and help us break it in this winter.  Local teacher Mary Bolton and I will be hosting a Natural Nourishment Yoga, Holistic Nutrition and Adventure Retreat, Feb. 16 - 22nd, 2013. Locals are invited to join and yes, my dog will be there too.
Ready to get your health back on track? Check out my

free guide to start listening to your body.   

Tamara Jacobi
Jungle Lodge Manager & Holistic Health Coach
San Pancho, Nayarit, Mexico
                            Birding With Luis
5 rock-star birds of San Pancho!
These are birds that are not only amazingly beautiful to look at, some of them are also difficult to find and something they all have in common is that all of them are species of conservation concern internationally:
Painted Bunting: with their vivid fusion of blue, green, yellow, and red, male Painted Buntings seem to have flown straight out of a child's coloring book. They are seed feeders and can be found amongst other Bunting species in agricultural feeds with sorghum.

Varied Bunting: males are also amazingly colorful with blues, purples and red. This species inhabits mostly in Mexico and Arizona. Like our rockstar above is found in agricultural fields and grassy areas.

Yellow-breasted Chat: this is a more elusive species that is found amongst brushy areas. Although not as colorful as the buntings its contrast of yellow, grey and white makes hard-to-find species quite a treat.

Elegant Trogan
Elegant Trogon: as its name says, this elegant bird displays the colors of the Mexican flag; these birds are found in dense, humid and shady forests where they can sit still and watch the world go by.

Reddish Egret: is a rare visitor to our area; however this egret often perches amongst other herons by the palm-trees at the beach and can be recognized for its reddish neck and bill pinkish at the base with black tip.

These are some of the bird species that make our town a potential site for bird conservation. All of them belong to a list of protected species called the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act

5 aves estrellas de rock  de San Pancho!

Son aves que no sólo son increíblemente hermosas a la vista, algunas de ellos también son difíciles de encontrar y algo que todos tienen en común es que todas ellas son especies de interés para la conservación a nivel internacional:

Colorín Sietecolores: con su fusión viva de azul, verde, amarillo y rojo, el macho de Colorín Sietecolores parece haber volado directamente de libro para colorear de un niño. Se alimentan de semillas y pueden ser encontrados entre otras especies de Clrines en camps agrícolas con sorgo.

Colorin Morado: los machos también son increíblemente colorido cn azules, púrpuras y rojos. Esta especie habita principalmente en México y Arizona. Como nuestro rockstar anterior se encuentra en los campos de cultivo y pastizales.

Buscabreña: se trata de una especie más difícil de encntrar ya que habita entre matorrales. Aunque no es tan colorido como los Colrines su contraste de color amarillo, gris y negro hace esta especie difícil de ver un verdadero deleite.

Trogon Elegante: como su nombre lo dice, este elegante pájaro muestra los colores de la bandera mexicana, estas aves se encuentran en los bosques densos, húmedos y sombríos, donde pueden sentarse quietos y ver el mundo pasar.

Reddish Egret: es un visitante poco común en nuestra zona, sin embargo a menudo esta garceta percha entre otras garzas de las palmeras en la playa y se pueden reconocer por su cuello rojizo y pic rosado en la base con la punta de color negro.

Estas son algunas de las especies de aves que hacen de nuestro pueblo un sitio potencial para la conservación de aves. Todas ellas pertenecen a una lista de especies protegidas llamada Acta Neotropical de Conservación de Aves Migratorias



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Hotel Cielo Rojo
Hotel Cielo Rojo opens it's lovely patio restaurant with this season's Bistro menu always fresh, delicious and healthy. Swing by this Saturday evening and enjoy one of our unique cocktails, or our house tequila, or stay the evening for an intimate and delicious dinner.  
Bistro Organico at Hotel Cielo Rojo will be open to the public
Tuesdays through Sundays (Breakfast and Dinner).
Reservations recommended for groups of 4 or more.  311 258 4441 

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Spotlight On Rentals

Casa de Suenos Magicos

Reserve this Rental in San Pancho 
for your Next Vacation!
Casa de Suenos Magicos ( House of Magical Dreams )  is a newly constructed two or three bedroom home with majestic views from every room. Just 50 steps from the 1 mile sand beach where you can walk or swim in peace without disturbance.The home has a large 40 feet x 18 feet, heated swimming pool complete with an orchid mural at the bottom and underwater benches for reading or sunny, it also has a volleyball net and ball for fun and games. The pool is salt water filtered, so there is no harmful chemicals to damage your eyes, skin, hair or swimming suit. The poolside palapa wet bar provides shade and a place to sip those cold drinks. There is a barbeque by the palapa as well as an outdoor poolside shower and a full bathroom on the pool level.

The two completely separate master suites each have their own full bathroom, remote controlled air conditioning and personal safes. The first suite has a king bed, the second suite has a king bed or two twins.
The third bedroom is located just below the pool level in the casita. The casita has its own convenience kitchen, full bathroom and a king bed or two twins beds.

The gourmet kitchen is fully equipped with granite counter tops, stainless appliances and all the amenities you will need to prepare your meals. Water is purified throughout the property and the hot water is always available. There is an indoor dining room and outdoor dining area. The large living room has satellite television, DVD and CD players, and High 
Speed Internet. 
For more information click here: 

Contact us to advertise your home and start receiving more reservations than ever before.  


Kimberly King

Executive Director   


Contacte con nosotros para anunciar su casa y empezar a recibirmás reservas que nunca antes.  

Kimberly King
director Ejecutivo
Casa Valhalla 


3,700 square feet (approx.) 

Located in the exclusive community of Costa Azul, in the north end of San Pancho. This beautiful home, nestled into the hillside, across the street from the ocean, features a long view of 
the beach and lush landscaping throughout. This is a fantastic opportunity to own a truly magnificent house in San Pancho.
( First time on the market.)    

 For additional details 

contact  Chris King at 
Rancho Riviera Realty
cel 322 175 3670 
or call toll free (888) 835-3815  

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Kimberly King

Executive Director  

San Pancho Life
Calle Tercer Mundo #50
San Pancho, 63732