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...

Huey Tzompantli: a tower of human skulls unearthed in Mexico City

Huey Tzompantli: a tower of human skulls unearthed in Mexico City

Jul 19, 2017

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A tower of human skulls unearthed beneath the heart of Mexico City has raised new questions about the culture of sacrifice in the Aztec Empire after crania of women and children surfaced among the hundreds embedded in the forbidding structure. Archaeologists have found more than 650 skulls caked in lime and thousands of fragments in the cylindrical edifice near the site of the Templo Mayor, one of the main temples in the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan, which later became Mexico City. The tower is believed to form part of the Huey Tzompantli, a massive array of skulls that struck fear into the Spanish conquistadores when they captured the city under Hernan Cortes, and mentioned the structure in contemporary accounts. Historians relate how the severed heads of captured warriors adorned tzompantli, or skull racks, found in a number of Mesoamerican cultures before the Spanish conquest. But the archaeological dig in the bowels of old Mexico City that began in 2015 suggests that picture was not complete. “We were expecting just men, obviously young men, as warriors would be, and the thing about the women and children is that you’d think they wouldn’t be going to war,” said Rodrigo Bolanos, a biological anthropologist investigating the find. “Something is happening that we have no record of, and this is really new, a first in the Huey Tzompantli,” he added. Raul Barrera, one of the archaeologists working at the site alongside the huge Metropolitan Cathedral built over the Templo Mayor, said the skulls would have been set in the tower after they had stood on public display on the tzompantli. Roughly six meters in diameter, the tower stood on the corner of the chapel of Huitzilopochtli, Aztec god of the sun, war and human sacrifice. Its base has yet to be unearthed. There was no doubt that the tower was one of the skull edifices mentioned by Andres de Tapia, a Spanish soldier who accompanied Cortes in the 1521 conquest of Mexico, Barrera said. In his account of the campaign, de Tapia said he counted tens of thousands of skulls at what became known as the Huey Tzompantli. Barrera said 676 skulls had so far...

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...

Former Governor Duarte and his circus have arrived to Northern Penitentiary

Former Governor Duarte and his circus have arrived to Northern Penitentiary

Jul 17, 2017

ALFREDO AZCARATE VARELA EDITOR/THE BAJA POST Bread and circus, that is what Romans gave to the people but PRI and PAN (duopolic partisan partenrship in Mexico) and other Government entities give us too much circus ande very little bread, as the case of Javier Duarte, former Veracruz Governor whose arrest was announced in a very soectacular manner by Ptresdident Peña, who didn’t think that Duarte, had been a PRI “disntingushed” member and to talk about his corrupt ways is to talk about the corruption and rotten core of the PRI, Duarte is the alleged intelectual murderer of several journalists and many other Veracruz citizens, milliuons of pesos public funds embezzlement, summarizing, his Administration as Veracruz Governor was depredation and robbery, fear and death, a living hell for the Veracruz people. Duarte arrived to North Pentitentiary in Mexico City, and he we will be arraigned befiore the Tenth District Judge of the Penal Accusatory System, he had landed around noon in Terminal Two of Mexico City International Airport and taken to the General Republic Attorney (PGR in Spanish). Duarte was extradited from Guatemala where he was located by Interpol and put to jail two months ago, he will appear before a Mexican Judge for the first time in a couple of days, he was taken from the hangar to the North Penitentiary by PGR personnel and under severe security measures escorted by a ten car convoy....

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”....

New billion-barrel oil find is first by private company in Mexican Gulf in 80 years

New billion-barrel oil find is first by private company in Mexican Gulf in 80 years

Jul 15, 2017

DOS BOCAS, Tabasco — Mexico’s decision to allow private companies to explore for oil and gas started to pay off after the discovery of at least a billion barrels in a new offshore field, Bloomberg News reported. A consortium of Premier Oil Plc, Sierra Oil & Gas S de RL de CV and Talos Energy LLC made the discovery in the shallow waters of the southern Gulf of Mexico just two years after winning the exploration license. It’s the first new find by a private company in the country in almost 80 years, according to consultant Wood Mackenzie Ltd., possible only after the government ended the monopoly of state-run Petroleos Mexicanos. The Zama discovery, 60 km off the Tabasco coast, “is the most important achievement so far of Mexico’s energy reform,” Pablo Medina, the senior upstream analyst for Latin America at Wood Mackenzie, said by email. “It is one of the 15 largest shallow-water fields discovered globally in the past 20 years.” Chart: Bloomberg Mexico opened up to exploration by private companies in an effort to slow and eventually reverse the decline in its oil production. Its output fell by about a third over the past decade, according to data from BP Plc. The nation pumped 2.5 million barrels a day on average last year, the lowest level in more than 30 years. After the country initially struggled to lure interest in its fields, companies including Italian giant Eni SpA have been bidding for licenses and making discoveries. Eni’s earlier oil find came from extended drilling on an existing well. Tony Durrant, Premier Oil cheif executive. (handout photo) When Premier Oil and its partners spudded the Zama-1 exploration well in May, the estimates were for as much as 500 million barrels of oil in place. In an interview on Wednesday July 12, Tony Durrant, the chief executive officer of Premier Oil said that figure is now 1 billion to 1.5 billion barrels. Sierra said the primary target reservoir contains 1.4 billion to 2 billion barrels and could extend into a neighboring block. Premier is taking a “reasonable guess” but said its partners may deem it’s being “too cautious,” Durrant said. Full drilling results due next month are more likely to confirm or upgrade current estimates,...