Rock and Roll in Puerto Vallarta with La Trez Cuartoz

Puerto Vallarta has some great bands, and La Trez Cuartoz is one of them. Mario Hernandez Torres, Fernando Aguilera, and Luis Chabeloko are talented musicians who know how to Rock and Roll.



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Hello fellow travelers, welcome this episode of the Puerto Vallarta Travel show. I am your host Barry Kessler and I am just so happy to be introducing you to my favorite vacation destination, and maybe even yours, Puerto Vallarta Mexico.

That music you were just listing to is performed by Alberto Perez, the owner of the La Palapa Group of Restaurants. Those are La Palapa, The

La Palapa, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

El Dorado Restaurant, and at night for dinner The El Dorado transforms into the ever so romantic Vista Grill with those dramatic views of the Los Muertos Pier all lit up at night in beautiful colors. Of course, at La Palapa you can enjoy that same view of the Los Muertos Pier all day long for breakfast, lunch or dinner, seated with your toes in the sand right at the water’s edge. It’s so romantic, it’s so Puerto Vallarta my friends!

This week I have three talented musicians I want to introduce to you, , La Trez Cuartoz. But first, what’s happening in Puerto Vallarta Mexico, this week the 31st of January, 2018.

La Trez Cuartoz, Puerto Vallarta

Arena Vallarta to Host 7th International Charro Championships

Make plans now to attend the 7th International Charro Championships Puerto Vallarta Centennial Edition. With daily competitions and traditional events, this is the perfect way to enjoy the “real” Mexico and its traditions.

Arena Vallarta Map

Entrance fees are just $100 pesos a day on Thursday & Friday. On Saturday and Sunday the $150 ticket price includes musical performances. Children under the age of 10 accompanied by paying adults get in free. As a thank you to attendees, your ticket to Sunday’s double final automatically enters you into a raffle for a late model car to be given away during the awards ceremony.

7th International Charro Festival

Tickets are on sale now at, or can be purchased at the Arena Vallarta box office on the day(s) of the event.

Located in El Colorado, just 20 minutes from the Puerto Vallarta International Airport, Arena Vallarta is handicap accessible ultra-modern facility that boasts seating for 8 thousand spectators, public rest rooms, a 600 car parking lot, a commercial area, and stables for the horses.

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I have a link to their Facebook page in the show notes as well as a link to the article in the Banderas news that has all the times and events planned for the next 4 days in Puerto Vallarta. Also a map to Arena Vallarta, and look, if you go, be prepared to be immersed in the Mexican Horse riding culture. You may be the only gringo or gringa there. Who knows?

7th International Charro Festival

New Buses are coming to Puerto Vallarta

They are going to be changing out the fleet of buses in Puerto Vallarta replacing the tired busses with new, natural gas or propane gas powered air-conditioned busses beginning next month, and they say, the entire fleet of 327 new busses, will be online by August, this year.

Puerto Vallarta finally presents new bus fleet

Word has it that bus fares will be going up from the 7.5 pesos to 10 pesos, so like approximately 55 cents US, to take a bus. Not bad at all. We’ll see. They have been waiting a long time for this to happen in Vallarta. It will be nice to get those stinky, loud busses off the roads. Now don’t get all nostalgic on me you guys. You know you are going, there aren’t you? Going to miss those rattletraps, aren’t you? No? Well me neither. Let’s see what happens. I have a link to the article and pictures of the buses in the show notes,

Southside Shuffle

Businesses on the popular Basilio Badillo Street have joined forces and put together the South Side Shuffle, an evening street party that takes place two Fridays each month, from 6 to 10 pm, between early November and early April. So, this month of February we have Friday February 9th, 16th & 23rd. According to their Facebook page, they say that …”As far as street parties go, the South Side Shuffle is as good as it gets. The participating businesses go all out to ensure that you enjoy your evening, providing complimentary beverages and even the occasional appetizer. There is also live music, with from two to four groups circulating nonstop on the sidewalk. All in all, the South Side Shuffle offers one of Puerto Vallarta´s best shopping experiences, on two short easy-to-walk blocks. The neighborhood´s recently expanded sidewalks, with their colorful bougainvillea planters, are an added bonus as you saunter from shop to shop. And for tourists and visitors wondering what living in Mexico is all about, The South Side Shuffle provides a unique opportunity to meet local business owners, many of whom have relocated from the USA and Canada.”

So check out their Facebook page. I have the link in the show notes or go to their Facebook Link.

Funny Quirks in Puerto Vallarta

Taxi Drivers Cross Themselves When They Pass a Church

The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe

My return to Vallarta this month brought back some quirks I thought I would share with you. For those of you who haven’t been to Vallarta,

this might be an eye opener, for you regulars, probably an eye roller. I’m always amused when driving past a church with a taxi driver, he always takes the time to cross himself. Even if he is being cut off by another driver, he always takes the time to genuflect, then he will turn his attention to the offending driver and use a totally different and contradicting gesture.

They Pile Trash Bags on Street Corners

Puerto Vallarta Trash Pick U

Then there is the trash collecting system they have in Vallarta where the trash is piled up high in plastic bags on street corners. It looks awful but don’t be discouraged, the collectors come every day to pick up the mess. Then most difficult thing is when scavengers rip open the bags and leave a mess. Also, when it rains, it can be pretty bad. Anyway, my hats off to the trashman, The garbage truck patrol rules here in Vallarta.

Mexicans Use Fabuloso For Everything


Absolutely (NOT) Fabulous

Then there is the smell of Fabuloso in the air. Ah yes, Fabuloso.  Obviously, this translates into “Fabulous” in English. Right. Clearly, Colgate – Palmolive, the manufacturer of this fabulous product has a rather warped view of what fabulous means.

Fabuloso, is the 2nd most popular cleaning Brand in the United States, after Pine Sol. The product is also a Brand leader globally.

The locals get their Fabuloso not from a bottle, but they go to the local cleaning supply store and buy it by the liter. They haul their plastic galafon containers down to Chewy’s Fabuloso distributorship, and make a purchase of the liquid that Mexicans use to clean everything. The floors, the countertops, the sidewalks, Cars, everything. You can smell is everywhere. So, what makes this stuff so fabulous? Well, it really cuts grease, and more let’s see what’s in this stuff from an article I found on the interwebs called Absolutely (NOT) Fabulous by Clair Douglass, she says…

  1. Sulfuric Acid: Irritates basically everything. Don’t touch it, or breathe it in.
  2. 2 Phenoxyethanol: Hold your breath. Oh, and for the love of all that is Holy – don’t light up.
  3. Sodium Hydroxide: Again. Don’t breathe. Or, open your eyes. Because it may be considered public enemy number one for causing chemical burns of the eye, sodium hydroxide has been the chemical caustic most extensively studied in animal and clinical investigations.
  4. Propylene Glycol Propyl Ether: As long as you don’t touch or breathe it in, you’ll be fine.
  5. Alkylbenzene sulfonic Acid: Direct quote with emphasis from the CDC: “Do NOT let this chemical enter the environment.”   Fabulous!

So next time you are in town, breath deep. Smell the clean scent of Fabuloso. Enjoy my friends! Enjoy.

You can read the entire article about Fabuloso. I have a link to it in the show notes of this podcast.


I promised the story about the TJ airport this week, but I got my wife sick and she said she would come on the show with me. So, I’m going to wait till next week when Debbie can come on the show with me and relive the harrowing bone chilling story which was our flight to PV from TJ just to save a couple of bucks. This of course was some time ago. Like decades ago, but let’s not let a little water under the bridge get in the way of a good story, and a good excuse to get Debbie on the podcast. At least for more than at the very beginning of every show, but I digress. Anyway, Sean, I will have that next week. Promise.

La Trez Cuartoz

I was first alerted to this band by the Mortimers from Monzon Brewing Company. They were giving props to these guys who came in to help raise funds for Mexican Earthquake relief, and she told us how they played for like 3 hours straight for free and donated all their tips to the effort as well. When I came to town last May, I got a chance to listen to these talented musicians play and I thought, these guys would be a great interview. So, I set up the interview on the beach in front of one of my favorite restaurants in Puerto Vallarta, La Palapa, and before breakfast, we had a conversation. Let’s go right now to Puerto Vallarta, toes in the sand right at the waters edge, and listen to these young musicians, La Trez Cuartoz.

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La Trez Cuartoz in Canada

Can you believe that? Luis was found on a bus! On a BUS!

That is such a cool story.

Things They Like to Do

Sing Karaoke at La Regadera Puerto Vallarta

La Regadera


La Trez Cuartoz in Canada


I have all their information in the shownotes and links to their Facebook page and pictures in the Show notes. Also I have pictures of the family taco stand and instructions on how to find it too.

Really cool.

Well, that should do it for this episode of the Puerto Vallarta Travel Show.

Mario Hernandez Torres, La Trez Cuartoz

Next week, stay tuned for more on the ground reports from Puerto Vallarta Mexico, with travel tips, great restaurant and excursion ideas and more.  Until then, remember, this is an interactive show where I depend on your questions and suggestions about all things Puerto Vallarta. If you think of something I should be talking about, please reach out to me by clicking on the Contact us tab and sending us your message.

And remember, if you are considering booking any type of tour while you are in Puerto Vallarta, you must go to, JR’s website and reserve your tour through him, right from his website. Remember the value for value proposition. His experience and on the ground knowledge of everything Puerto Vallarta in exchange for your making a purchase of a tour that you would do anyway, you’re just doing it through him as a way of saying thank you. It costs no more than if you were to use someone else so do it. Really. And when you do take one of these tours, email me about your experiences. Maybe you can come on-board and share with others what you liked or didn’t like about the tour. Again, contact me by clicking on the Contact us tab and sending off a message. Don’t forget his maps, his DIY tours and his revitalized Happy Hour Board. I have links to all of those in the show notes.

Fernando Aguilera, La Trez Cuartoz
Luis Chabeloko, La Trez Cuartoz






Wario’s Mom’s Taco Stand

 Tacos Y Arrieros Tan’ Tan

Tacos Y Arrieros Tan’ Tan
Mario’s Mom at the Stand

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Taco Stand
Taco Stand

So, thanks again to Wario, Luis and Fernando, La Trez Cuartoz. Check out their contact info in the show notes of this episode of the show at Make sure you make time to see them play when you are in Vallarta. And thanks to all of you for listening all the way through this episode of the Puerto Vallarta Travel Show. This is Barry Kessler signing off with a wish for you all to slow down, be kind and live the Vallarta lifestyle. Nos Vemos amigos!




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