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“Apparently CLOSED” 1 of 5 stars
Review of La Paloma Plaza de Toros

La Paloma Plaza de Toros
At the marina, Puerto Vallarta 48310 , Mexico
+52 (322) 221 0414
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Ranked #164 of 184 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
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“Apparently CLOSED”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014 via mobile

Just got back from a week in PV. Drove past the arena where there was a sign for bull fights on Wednesday evenings. However more than one taxi driver told me they stopped the bull fights a couple of years ago. If anyone else has an update, please post it.

Visited November 2014
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“Bullfighting will luckily end in Puerto Vallarta someday”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

La Paloma was a popular place for locals and tourists to see this Mexican tradition inherited by the Spaniards known as "Fiesta Brava." But to be honest, bullfighters are everything but brave. Using the support of other people who previously weaken the bull with drugs, spears and knives and then make fun of the animal that is confused, lost, fearful and angry is not something worth of brave people but of cowards.
Luckily less and less tourists are asking for this kind of entertainment. The trend worldwide is to be against this kind of animal torture, and I honestly hope someday in Mexico we completely ban this wrongly called "art."

La Paloma could then be rebuilded as a cultural forum for music concerts, dance performances or circus shows.

Visited May 2014
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“Save your time and money!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Free tickets from friends, and it was still a colossal waste of time....such disgusting "entertainment" seeing animals suffering... pretty much everything in Puerto Vallarta is amazing but this is a black eye in paradise! Save your money and go see anything else....

Visited February 2014
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“warning, too close for comfort”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2010

Many years ago, I had been to professional bullfights in Spain (Pamplona, during Running of the Bulls festival) and in Saltillo, Mexico. I had enjoyed the pageantry and music at these events, but was seated so far up in the huge stadiums that I couldn't really see the "action" -- the suffering of the bulls and the blood. Although I had some trepidation, we tried the bullfight in Puerto Vallarta because my husband had not seen one. The bullring is small, and much too close for comfort. I was nauseated by the obvious suffering of the bull and frankly, felt ashamed that I had been a part of this cruelty. Bullfighting is a cultural tradition and can be respected for that, but I question the authenticity of the bullfights in Puerto Vallarta which seem to be presented primarily for tourists. Absolutely avoid this if you care at all about animals.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2008

Bullfights, called "Corrida de Toros" in Mexico, can be seen each Wednesday at 5 pm during high season, November through May, at the Paloma Bullring across from the Maritime Terminal.
We paid $35 a ticket, and took a taxi to the bullring, we got there a bit early, had a few beers (Corona's are $2 each and the beer vendors are hilarious), and we picked our seat (it's general seating, sit anywhere u want) right beside the band. Yes the band plays music before and after the fights, even during sometimes. Warning, if you sit near the band, its LOUD! Trumpets blaring in your ears, lol. Now, onto the fights.... I honestly didnt think they killed the bulls there, I thought it would be like Portugal's Bullfights but boy was I wrong! My girlfriend wanted to leave after the first match along with the other hundreds that headed for the exits.... it was quite violent! I'm glad I experienced it though, would probably not go again, but was worth checking out. I would say 3/4 of the stadium were tourists, while during the final match there were just a handful of people remaining in the stands...
To describe it, first of all there is 4 bullfights, each lasting maybe 20 min or so? Each fight has three stages: After the opening parade, the bull is rushed into the arena where two picadors thrust lances into its shoulders to weaken it. During the second stage, the bandelleras stick long streamered darts into the shoulders to further debilitate the animal. The third part is announced with trumpets that usher in the matador to finish off the bull. The matador dodges and taunts the now-weakened, angry and dying bull with his cape. He does this to bring the bull to a strategic spot in the arena, in front of judges, pretty señoritas or government officials, where he will hopefully deliver the "estocada" (killing sword thrust) into the neck of the bull.
The bull will just collapse after a few minutes if that and the match is over... this is not for everyone! There is lots of blood, the bull is in severe pain and you can hear it... like I said, alot of people end up leaving shortly after it starts.....

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