Monday, February 28, 2011
The safety of living and vacationing in Mexico as of late has been under attack by a media sensation that is largely successful by playing on people’s fears rather than examining the actual facts of the matter concerning crime-rates and the recent waves of violence in Mexico. The truth of the matter is, media companies make money by creating a hype storm and one of the best ways to do that is through through scaring people with unnecessary concerns so they are enthralled by the danger, completely ignoring the fact that most of Mexico is very safe with crime-rates comparable, and often lower, than our own.
What is a little amusing however is how many of the 1 million US citizens now living or retired on Mexico’s paradisaical coasts won’t protest the media’s over-sensationalistic portrait of their new-found home, claiming in jest they want to keep their little piece of heaven all to themselves
So then, let’s put the hype and the scare-tactics to rest, lets understand it is the media’s job not only to report the news but also to raise revenue, something that they have had much success by using peoples fear as a generator, for example; the Y2K scare...if anyone even remembers that anymore.
Friday, February 25, 2011
Normally, I lean toward flour tortillas with my tacos, (that's gringo style) but the corn tortillas here are like none I have ever had. They are obviously home made and served just slightly fried, crunchy and yet soft at the same time! The tostada shells are good but fairly pedestrian, so make sure you order at least one thing from the Taco menu. I highly recommend you try them. Los Aguachiles has a liquor license so feel free to wash down your tacos with an ice cold cerveza.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
- The arrival of Canadian tourists to Mexico increased by 19.4 percent in 2010
- Canada remains the second largest source of tourists to our country
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
This is the vacation I wanted to stay home. This is the thing I said wasn't for me. This is the girl I was not supposed to meet. This is the life I would be missing.
Once an important site of worship for the Mayas, Tulum still keeps some of its splendor, and the beauty of its temples by the blue sea will dazzle you. All along the wonderful coastline of the Mayan Riviera, places like Milamores Beach will make you feel as if there is no other place to go —white sand and an unbeatable landscape where you can either ski on water or just relax until sunset comes and wait for an excelent dinner under the stars. Then take the road to the Cenote Dos Ojos and plunge into its magical waters guided by a professional diver. You may want to stay there forever.
Tulum, Quintana Roo
One of the main archeological sites of the country, this Mayan walled city is a must when you visit the Riviera. Walking through its streets it is possible to imagine ancient times in this part of the globe when the Mayan culture reached its peak. This is one of the best examples of the praised Mayan architecture.
Milamores Beach, Quintana Roo
The Mayan Riviera is all spectacular beaches and amazing views of the Caribbean Sea. In Milamores you can find all kinds of activities, from water–skiing, snorkeling or skydiving to yoga or massages if you are feeling more like relaxing. The food is also excellent and a nice cocktail to accompany good reading is always available.
Cenote Dos Ojos, Quintana Roo
Cenotes are transparent pools connected to subterranean water bodies. The Cenote Dos Ojos in the Riviera Maya is part of a cave system of at least 60 km and has surprisingly warm waters, which makes it perfect for snorkeling and diving. Customized tours are easy to find in Playa del Carmen or Tulum.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Mexico Welcomes New Flights
Virgin America, United Airlines and Volaris among carriers enhancing airlift from the U.S. to Mexico
United Airlines has announced daily nonstop service between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Guadalajara, Mexico (GDL), beginning May 3, subject to Mexican government approval. This service will be operated by Continental Airlines. Flight CO672 will depart Los Angeles at 8:20 a.m. daily, arriving in Guadalajara at 1:15 p.m. The return flight (CO673) departs Guadalajara at 2:10 p.m. daily, arriving in Los Angeles at 3:30 p.m. The Los Angeles-Guadalajara service will be operated with a Boeing 737-800 aircraft, with seating for 160 customers (16 in first class and 144 in economy). Continental currently serves Guadalajara 38 times weekly from its hub in Houston.
The San Francisco Examiner reports that the San Francisco Airport Commission approved a measure to cut operating fees for carriers flying back and forth among the U.S. and Canada and Mexico. With cheaper operating fees, the airport commission hopes to attract more competition by offering cheaper operating fees, thus lowering airline fees for passengers traveling to cities in Mexico and Canada.
Back in August, Nuevo Grupo Aeronautico, S.A. de C.V. (Grupo Mexicana) filed for bankruptcy, forcing its three airlines, Mexicana Airlines, MexicanaClick and MexicanaLink to suspend operation until further notice. It appears that Mexicana Airlines is prepared to fly once again. In a report from International Living, Mexicana hopes to gradually ramp up service, with a goal of sending 28 planes skyward by April. Mexicana will start by flying six planes that will cover eight routes: Cancun, Chicago, Guadalajara, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Antonio, Texas.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
- Consumptions and Services ( Hotel, Restaurants, Taxis, Airplane tickets, etc)
- Opened Liquor bottles.
- Immigration Form (FMM)
- Boarding Pass
- Invoices (Facturas)
- Credit card vouchers.
Friday, February 11, 2011
The first findings or writings about the Mayan number system date back to the fourth century A.D. Evidence shows that the Mayan culture of Yucatan and Central America were extremely advanced not only in mathematics, but were believed to be geniuses when it came to time and calendars, astronomy, architecture, and commerce. It is believed that the Mayan culture was obsessed by time and numbers which studies have concluded based on drawings found on historical monuments. The Mayans were a thousand years in advance to Europe when it came to mathematics.
The Mayans used a vigesimal (base twenty) system of numeration with positional notation instead of the base ten decimal system used in today's standards. The Mayans used a system of dots and bars for counting. A dot (pebble) stood for one and a bar (stick or rod) stood for five. Depending on what level in the column the dots and lines were in would determine how many times it would need to be multiplied by twenty to give the right number. The Mayans wrote their numbers vertically instead of horizontally with the lowest denominations at the bottom, increasing as we move to the top.
The Mayans were the first to conceive a systematic use of a symbol for zero in the place-value system. They used this symbol long before others in different latitudes and more than a millennium before the concept ever arrived in Europe. The Mayan zero symbol was used to indicate the absence of any units of the various orders of the modified base-twenty system. This avoids confusing one place with another. Today we take for granted the existence of a symbol for zero but at the time this was certainly ingenious for the concept of zero to be understood. This concept happened only two or three times in the entire history of humanity!
The great advantage of the positional system is that you need only a limited number of symbols (the Mayans only had two, plus their symbol for zero) and you can represent any whole number, however big.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
More than 80 wine labels, expert presentations, tastings and pairings will be presented at exclusive hotels and restaurants in Can Cun-Tulum corridor.Expected to be an event of great impact in the country since the presentation was attended by over 1000 people and different wine house St. Thomas, Monte Xanic, Casa Pedro Domecq and Casa Madero who offered a tasting of more than 20 labels of their best wines accompanied by an excellent combination of sandwiches offered by La Cava de Xcaret, were the delight of those present.
During the festival, homes wine available to the audience about 80 different labels of their wines with a series of conferences, lectures, tastings and pairings designed and conducted by the winemakers and wine houses and Hugo Acosta Laura Zamora to name a few.The restaurants "ambassadors" who are members of the festival, will house the home of wine and food pairing with chefs made exclusive but open to all at affordable prices for the entire community, "said Menu exclusively for Mr. Francis Brown CEO Xcaret Park.
Martin Ruiz Cuevas vice president of the Hotel Association of the Riviera Maya said "it is important that the Mexican wine staying in our hotels and restaurants to be part of the culture and thus support the home production of wine in Mexico. This will be done in parallel in the 163 hotels that are grouped together in our partnership and integrate this effort with training, with knowledge and commercial link with the houses that we visit today, wine is a new culture and have to support it. "
This type of event is important for Mexico after oil since the second income is tourism and this is part of the cuisine.
On the other hand, he representatives of the various wine houses commented that a festival like this can help raise different problems: "One of the things we face is malinchismo unfortunately when we do promotion, in restaurants, Mexican wine, prefer in his letters Chilean wines, French, Argentine and not looking for a domestic wine. What we're trying to do is to have a menu of Mexican wine in restaurants in this country, "said marketing director Claudia Bernal St. Thomas home. The idea of such events is to bring the wine to people and try to demystify it as issues related to prices, because even though prices are low or high, there is a very good relationship between price and quality.
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Cenotes and more Cenotes The limestone “sinkholes” (isn’t “cenote” a much nicer word?) of the Riviera Maya call to me almost every weekend. When I ask my son what he would like to do, “Cenote!!!!” is generally his first answer (followed closely by “Beach!” or “Zip lines!”). Set in the jungle, cenotes can be dry but are usually filled with crystal clear waters, perfect for a refreshing swim on a hot day. Some are “open” cenotes while others are only found by entering a small hole in the earth, descending to the underground world and discovering stalactites and stalagmites that are millions of years old. I’ve lost track of how many cenotes we visited this year, we loved Gran Cenote, Cenote Cristallino, and Cenote Azul among others, I absolutely recommend a cenote experience to visitors.
Friday, February 4, 2011
While Taxco alone has some 200 shops selling silver, the shiny metal is ubiquitous throughout the country. Quality-conscious buyers look for the .925 stamp indicating that an item is sterling. Lower-priced articles are made from plated or alpaca alloy silver.
Traditional embroidered garments include sashes, shawls, blouses, and dresses. Complete an outfit with a leather bag, belt, and huarache sandals. To decorate a home, consider shopping for brightly colored hand-woven rugs and blankets.
- Stores are open 9:30 am to 8 pm, Monday through Saturday. But go early to street markets, which close around 2 or 3 pm. Sunday shopping is generally limited to tourist areas and malls.
- Independent sellers deal in cash; large ones take well-known credit cards. Some may charge a percentage for the convenience of using plastic, so use cash to save on purchases. Also, ask if VAT tax has been added to your bill. If so, save receipts to get money back when you leave.
Whether you plan ahead and bring an extra piece of luggage or pick up one south of the border, you’re likely to come home from Mexico with an armful of souvenirs — as well as a heart full of memories.