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 ...

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...

Three Playmates arrested while partying in Cancun

Three Playmates arrested while partying in Cancun

Jul 16, 2017

Three Playboy bunnies ARRESTED while partying in Cancun – and slam Mexican cops for ‘abuse of power’. The models claim they were ‘mingling’ at a party in Cancun when cops sensationally arrested them MEXICAN cops have been slammed after a trio of Playboy bunnies were arrested for allegedly working in the country with tourist visas. The models were detained on June 2, by immigration officers while they were partying at an exclusive event in Cancun leading the legendary magazine to accuse authorities of an “abuse” of power. Turkish model Elif Celik was one of those arrested in Mexico for allegedly working on a tourist visa French beauty Marie Brethenoux was another detained by immigration cops in Mexico US model Lauryn Elaine was also arrested by Mexican police while partying at an event in Cancun The girls made light of their situation on social media The young models reportedly said they were “mingling” when they were pounced on by officers. The cops are also said to have arrested other “foreign” women at the party who were “special guests” from Paraguay and Peru. However, Playboy workers Lauryn Elaine from the US, Marie Brethenoux from France and Elif Celik from Turkey, are the only three to have been named and were detained because they were allegedly working while only on a tourist visa. Playboy Mexico has since described the operation as an “abuse of authority” following the “misunderstanding”....

France will be the guest of honor at 2017 Festival Cervantino in Guanajuato

France will be the guest of honor at 2017 Festival Cervantino in Guanajuato

Jul 15, 2017

2.500 artists from 35 countries will perform in the city of Guanajuato According to “El Universal”, the 45th edition of the Festival Internacional Cervantino or International Cervantes Festival (FIC) will take place from October 11 to 29 in the state of Guanajuato featuring France and the State of Mexico as guest country and state, respectively. This festival will have two thematic axes: the centenary of the Russian Revolution and the 100 years of the Mexican Constitution. It will be carried out with an investment of $88 million pesos (5.1 million USD) and a reduction of the federal budget of 2.2%. During an official ceremony, which took place in the Main Hall of the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City, it was announced that 2.500 artists from 35 countries will perform, offering 180 shows in Guanajuato and 20 states more. Germany, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Denmark, Finland, France, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Hungary, India, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Mozambique, United Kingdom, Estonia, Tyva Republic, China, Russia and Venezuela are some of the participating countries. “The festival is a team effort and is done well in anticipation because there are companies that must be invited in advance,” said Marcela Diez, head of the festival. She also informed that 682 international artists will attend and among them stand out the French. “The international program is really numerous,” commented Diez. The inauguration will be in charge of the French group Dionysos and the closing ceremony will be carried out by Eugenia León and the Symphony Orchestra Mexiquense. The French delegation will present 300 artists with about 30 shows, featuring artisitc companies such as Ballet Marseille, Les Siécles, Les Cris de Paris, among others. For its part, the State of Mexico will carry 10 shows among which the presence of the Symphony Orchestra of the State of Mexico stands out....

Extra charge for ‘selfies’ at archaeological sites in Mexico

Extra charge for ‘selfies’ at archaeological sites in Mexico

Jul 12, 2017

To carry with you a mobile phone or tablet is just the most common thing to do these days, especially if you’re on vacation. “Selfies” with the Caribbean sea or Maya archaeological monuments in the background are taken by the millions. But starting this year, snapping photos will have a cost. “The charge for the use of cell phones, tablets, GoPros and still cameras or amateur video, within the premises of archeological sites, has generated controversy and anger among tourists, especially domestic”, said Julio Villagomez Villalobos, tourist guides’ representative at the archaeological site of Tulum, Quintana Roo. This cost was supposed to be included in the new approved 2016 rates, but according to Villagomez, to condition or restrict the use of cameras is not the best decision, since these technological devices are the best tool for free advertising there is. “The rate is 45 pesos per device, additional to the 65 pesos ticket, which hits directly on the national traveler’s pocket”,  he said. This new “tax” has been published in the Official Gazette (Diario Oficial) and approved by the Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP). The tourist guides’ representative mentioned that this measure might result in a decrease in the number of domestic tourists. In regard to the number of visits to the archelogical site of Tulum during the first days of January, there has been a big drop. As opposed to the 10,000 or 15,000 people in late December, only around 3000 visit the site these days; and only a small percentage requires the service of a tourist guide, he said. Source:...