San Miguel de Allende rises as a new art district in Mexico

San Miguel de Allende rises as a new art district in Mexico

Jul 20, 2017

Muros en Blanco is an initiative that since 2013 has painted a total of 70 murals through San Miguel de Allende as part of these innovative art festivals featuring 3 to 5 artists per edition. In this sense, San Miguel has effectively been turned into an art district, transforming life and the environment of all residents, thanks to murals of countless themes and genres. Walking through the streets of the Colonia Guadalupe in the “dark side” of San Miguel, you feel as if you have broken through a youthful, indomitable, free art center that explodes and overflows with motivation and all thanks to an initiative taken up by Graffiti World. Graffiti World is an organization that has worked very hard not only to transform the aesthetic environment of what previously was considered a dangerous neighborhood, but to ultimately change the social fabric, and the geogaphic location into a “safe place to take a walk”. As you stroll down the streets of Colonia Guadalupe, you can see a collection of the most impressive murals made up to date; check out an interview with Roberto Gutiérrez, curator and organizer of the Muros en Blanco festival, about the consequences, goals and achievements of this social phenomenon in San Miguel. Click here for full article...

Are you planning a diving trip to La Paz, Baja California Sur?

Are you planning a diving trip to La Paz, Baja California Sur?

Jul 20, 2017

Located about an hour and a half drive from Cabo San Lucas and serviced by the same airport is the resort destination of La Paz. La Paz faces the Sea of Cortez/ Gulf of California. It has an outstanding reputation as a resort destination and one of the best diving destinations in the Baja Peninsula. Marisla Seamount, or El Bajo is one of the dive sites that is accessed from La Paz. This site has three peaks that reach up to just 60 feet below the surface. It is considered one of the best sites in the world for hammerhead sharks. Hammerheads are frequently seen on this site and have only been sited swimming clockwise around the seamounts. Amber jacks and tuna are some of the large marine life found here. Los Islotes is also close to La Paz. The waters around these islands are teeming with sardines. Over 200 California sea lions make the islands their home attracted by that delicious food the sardines are to them. Sea lions are very playful and will frequently check out the divers to see what’s up. The waters of La Paz is also a seasonal destination for whale sharks and some whales. Whale shark snorkeling trips are available as are whale sighting cruises. Divers often come across them while diving at the peak season. Socorro IslandsBy Hobe / Holger Behr (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia ...

Ibogaine Institute and addiction center in Rosarito, Baja California

Ibogaine Institute and addiction center in Rosarito, Baja California

Jul 19, 2017

When I woke up yesterday morning, I opened the door of my bedroom and walked out to a balcony overlooking the Pacific. I waited to catch a glimpse of the dolphins I had seen the day before and moved on to my meditation ritual. That was the closest I’d get to a mystical experience at the Ibogaine Institute on the coast of Rosarito, Mexico. Upstairs, on the third floor of the house, a man and a woman I had met the day before were laying in a blacked-out room, entering their seventh hour of soul-searching hallucinations. In the house next door, six people had just emerged, changed they said, from a different journey, under the influence of yet another hallucinogen. Kim, who’d been upstairs, is a 29-year-old with the face of a teenager who has been addicted to heroin for seven years. Just like Colin, also undergoing the Ibogaine treatment in the same room, Kim suffered an accident and became dependent on prescription painkillers. When doctors wouldn’t prescribe them anymore, she turned to black market pills. She received a settlement from the accident and said she spent the $90,000 on pills. Finally, she turned to the cheaper alternative, heroin. Just like Colin, Kim said other programs would detox her on Suboxone, a drug used to treat opioid addiction, which also has a high risk for addiction and dependence. She said those programs crowd people into bunk beds and although they teach the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, she never “even got past the first step.” As other addicts I interviewed told me, you become dependent on the Suboxone and the Methadone and “you can’t really function.” Kim says the Ibogaine Institute “doesn’t seem like any other 30-day program because they actually work on what’s wrong, on the problem of why you use in the first place.” She hopes after her treatment, she can return to Connecticut to be a mother to her 6-year old son, now in custody of Kim’s mom. The institute offers 7 and 30-day programs to chronic relapsers of drug addiction, PTSD patients, and other disorders. Treatments for addiction begin with Ibogaine, a natural African psychoactive drug, and end with Ayahuasca,...

Rural Tourism with the Kumaiai: a one-of-a-kind travel experience in Baja California

Rural Tourism with the Kumaiai: a one-of-a-kind travel experience in Baja California

Jul 18, 2017

Siunaw Kuatay Ecotourism Center Rural Tourism Ethnic Group: Kumaiai This center is located only one hour away from Ensenada and 20 minutes from the Valle de Guadalupe, in the Cañada de los Encinos. Here you can take walks along the paths of the community and taste typical dishes at their restaurant.  Foto: Cortesía CDI An important attraction is the museum, where you will learn about historical and cultural aspects of this ethnic group and you will be able to witness traditional dances and songs. The most typical crafts of the Kumi are pots and pans made of reed fiber. You can find these beautiful handmade items for sale in the small shop of the ecotourism center. But if you prefer, you can weave your own in the workshop they have prepared for visitors who want to know more about the Kumiai’s culture and traditions.   MAKE THIS EXPERIENCE YOUR OWN! Siunaw Kuatay Ecotourism Center San Antonio Necua, Ensenada. C. 045646 126 1399 Sinawkuatay.com Sinawkuatay@gmail.com Source: Mexico...

San Miguel de Allende is “Best City in the World”: Travel + Leisure

San Miguel de Allende is “Best City in the World”: Travel + Leisure

Jul 17, 2017

When Travel + Leisure magazine asked its readers to rate which city they believed was the best in the world, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, won first place. After T + L announced the poll results this week, our sister website San Miguel de Allende Times (SMT) gained further wide exposure for the award. Below, we are republishing the original article from SMT. In an article published today Tuesday July 11 on Travel + Leisure´s website, San Miguel de Allende has just been designated “Best City in the World”. Every year, Travel + Leisure asks its readers to rate the best cities in the world, and the results continue to surprise the whole world. Not only do newcomers sometimes float to the top, but longtime favorites also continue to reappear — a testament to a destination’s enduring popularity. This year’s group of winners span the globe, from market-filled Hoi An in Vietnam to Florence, a European culture capital. Of note, however, is what ties these contenders together: Almost all are pedestrian-friendly, possess ample green space, and have a rich history that’s being thoughtfully preserved as the city grows.  Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated cities on their sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping, and overall value. This year’s No. 1 winner — for the first time ever in the World’s Best Awards’ 22-year history — is Mexico’s San Miguel de Allende. “San Miguel is one of the most authentic, creative and cost-effective destinations we’ve visited,” says a T+L reader of the colonial city, a part of which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. “Over the years we’ve discovered more great restaurants and activities, but the town still maintains its Mexican heritage, culture and charm.” There’s a lot to love about San Miguel, a colonial treasure anchored by El Jardín, a leafy plaza marked by open-air cafés and the pink Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel church. Art and textiles are big here: Mexicans and expats alike pop into independent boutiques selling artisan-made goods, and no trip is...

“Dracula Gay” tour kicks off in Mexicali on July 21

“Dracula Gay” tour kicks off in Mexicali on July 21

Jul 16, 2017

The Zona Escénica Sonora theatrical company arrives in Baja California to present the play “Dracula Gay“, a northern cabaret and “bloody” theatrical work, aimed at adolescents and adults, with feature presentations on Friday, July 21 and Saturday 28 at the State Center of Arts Mexicali (CEART) . The play will be on tour in Mexicali, Ensenada and Tijuana, with a final presentation in the neighboring city of San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora. In this comedy, written by the playwright Tomás Urtusástegui, we will see how the legendary Count Dracula is more thirsty than ever, but a problem in his famous fangs, prevents him from feeding properly. “Tonight may be the last Full Moon that Count Dracula enjoys on Earth … if he does not succeed in consummating his revenge to those who have done so much evil. That is why he is determined to tell his story, his issues, traumas and hysteria, ” declared actor and director Armando Garval. The feature presentations of “Dracula Gay” throughout Baja California begin in the state capital, on July 21 and 28, 2017 at 8:00 pm at the Experimental Forum of CEART Mexicali. General admission $ 150 pesos. The show will also be presented at La Puerta, Galería y Artes Escénicas (Thursday 20). On Wednesday, July 26, he will perform at CEART Ensenada and on Saturday, 29 at CEART Tijuana. All shows start at 20:00 hours. This is a formal invitation from the Government of the State through the Institute of Culture of Baja California....