Celebrating the Day of Los Arcos de Mismaloya: A Natural Treasure of Puerto Vallarta
Today, on July 28th, 2023, the exciting celebration of the Day of Los Arcos de Mismaloya is taking place for the second time. This valuable initiative aims to highlight the significance of this area, which is part of Puerto Vallarta’s natural heritage, and encourage its prompt declaration as a Marine National Park, ensuring its preservation for future generations.
For decades, tireless environmentalists and visionary entrepreneurs of our destination have ardently fought for the conservation and protection of this marvelous natural attraction located in the Banderas Bay.
What are Los Arcos de Mismaloya?
Los Arcos de Mismaloya are a set of five beautiful rocky islets of granite that majestically emerge from the surface of the sea. This area is known to be one of the deepest zones in the Banderas Bay, and its astonishing marine biodiversity thrives due to long-standing protection, with fishing and hunting strictly prohibited in its surroundings.
Among the five islets, three bear distinctive names that evoke mystery and fascination: Roca de Los Arcos, Roca de La Tortuga, and Roca del Diablo, the latter being distinguished by a dark shadow on one of its cliffs, lending it that intriguing appearance.
It is fascinating to learn that Los Arcos de Mismaloya did not exist thousands of years ago; instead, they were hills in the coastal mountainous area that we know today. However, over time, the powerful sea eroded these hills and mountains, revealing solid blocks of granite inside. This resulted in the impressive granite promontories that now emerge from the ocean, providing us with the natural spectacle we can admire today.
Located to the south of Puerto Vallarta, precisely between Mismaloya and Las Gemelas beaches, Los Arcos de Mismaloya are a natural treasure deserving of our protection and admiration.
The Path to Declaration as a Marine National Park
The process of achieving the status of a Marine National Park is not simple and requires joint efforts from the community, authorities, and environmental organizations. However, with the growing awareness of the importance of preserving our natural resources and the support of nature enthusiasts and sustainable tourism, the dream of declaring Los Arcos de Mismaloya as a Marine National Park is becoming closer to reality.
The Day of Los Arcos de Mismaloya is an opportunity for all of us to come together around this cause, learning about the ecological significance of this area and reflecting on how we can contribute to its protection and care.
When visiting Los Arcos de Mismaloya, always remember to follow the established guidelines to protect its rich marine and terrestrial biodiversity. Together, we can ensure that this natural sanctuary endures forever!