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Before the filming of "The Night of the Iguana" in 1963, Puerto Vallarta was a small fishing village on the Bay of Banderas. Today it has become a city of about 300,000 people that provides the infrastructure and amenities of modern living while, at the same time, maintaining its Old Mexico charm. It is one of the most popular destinations for national as well as international visitors. 

The horseshoe shaped Bay of Banderas is large and very deep (as much as 3000 feet), has a shoreline of over 50 miles and stretches 25 miles from its northern point at Punta de Mita to the Cabo Corrientes lighthouse, located at its southernmost point. Dolphins patrol this very large bay and, according to the locals, keep it safe from sharks.


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Construction of Puerto Vallarta's Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe began as a small church on this location in 1903. It was later determined that a larger structure would be needed. The fortification of the foundation and main pillars and walls of this building were completed in 1917. The main tower was completed in 1952, the crown was added in 1963, and the facade and lateral towers were completed in 1987. Photos


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