Puerto Vallarta has officially completed construction of its new cruise passenger welcome center, “Los Alambiques,” and themed shopping center, “Hacienda Tequilera.” The milestone marks the second phase of work completed by the port authority of Puerto Vallarta at the Puerto Mágico terminal, following the installation of local tourist boats and motor lobby in 2018. The new construction represents a $16 million investment, and it will be fully accessible in May.
The "Los Alambiques" welcome center consists of three buildings — built to resemble the historic tequila haciendas and sugar mills of the state of Jalisco — which will house a duty-free shop, offices for local authorities and for Customs and Border Control.
“Hacienda Tequilera,” meanwhile, will have a variety of shops offering regional products, such as tequila. The location will also host cultural productions and other entertainment for cruise passengers, crew members and the general public. The Hacienda will also be accessible to the local community, which officials say is a first for a port in Mexico.
Puerto Mágico is a commercial, cultural and entertainment development that will house 76 stores, including a tequila museum, a chocolate museum, Diamonds International Jeweler, local artisan jewelry stores, restaurants, clothing boutiques, accessories shops and traditional Mexican and Jalisco cultural offerings such as dance, mariachi and other performances for cruise passengers and the local population.
Puerto Vallarta’s port infrastructure is being modernized as part of Mexico’s National Development Plan 2019-2024 and the objectives of the National Plan of Ports and Merchant Marine 2019-2024, with the aims of upgrading facilities, developing new commercial port and tourist businesses and growing the economy.