The Stars Come Out in the Riviera Nayarit

  • Carlos Santana and a slew of major international music stars played for the camera on location in different spots of the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta for Santana’s new record, “Corazón – Live from Mexico – Live it to believe it.”

The Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta were chosen as the recording location for Carlos Santana’s newest record, “Corazón – Live from Mexico  – Live it to believe it,” as part of the promotional campaign by the same name championed by the Mexico Tourism Board (MTB).

The album will include a live concert as well as a series of video interviews recorded in different spots around the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta, thus keeping the destinations in their starring role within the MTB’s national campaign.

Folk singer Lila Downs was recorded singing in the inimitable San Pancho, both at the beach and in town. As always, Lila showed her great love for Mother Nature, asking her fans to do what they can to help preserve the natural bounties of the Riviera Nayarit.

“I think there are no coincidences in my life,” said Downs. “Every step I’ve taken has been guided by a sense of trying to understand the human spirit a little more, to have more patience, more love and more corazón, as the title of Carlos Santana’s album says. I’m very grateful to be in the land of the huicholes and the cora.”

The Colombian star Juanes was hosted at the Imanta Hotel, which offered a variety of spectacular backgrounds for his recordings. He said the first thing he did when he arrived at the Riviera Nayarit was to call his wife and tell her they needed to come together to enjoy the destination.

“I’ve had the opportunity to visit Nayarit twice; this time I was at Imanta and it was truly spectacular,” he enthused. “Their nature reserve is incredible and being here at the Four Seasons has been very special. The beaches, the people, the food, it’s all very positive. I love Mexico very much and every visit just proves me right.”

Thanks to its fresh fusion music scene and hippie chic vibe, Sayulita was the ideal stage for Choc Quib Town, the young Latin Grammy winners from Colombia. One of its members, Slow, reassured everyone that if he were invited back he’d be there in a heartbeat.

“I’m very happy to be here in Nayarit, it reminds me of our hometown,” he said. “The greenery, the scenery, it all feels so familiar and we feel at home. What I enjoy the most is the quality of the people: they may not know you but you can feel their good vibes and that’s the ultimate.”

Nina Pastori, Samuel Rosa (Shank), Soledad Pastorutti and Fer Olvera from the superstar band Maná took over several locations in Puerto Vallarta for their video recordings.

The sessions ended with Santana and company attending a celebration at La Manzanilla beach at the Four Seasons Punta Mita Resort, where they enjoyed their event by the water’s edge in exclusive Punta Mita.
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