Mexico Travel Guide
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When Hurricane Odile hit Mexico's Baja Peninsula on Monday, the resort destination of Cabo San Lucas quickly became hell instead of a holiday for travelers. Storm damage was so great that parts of the region lacked electricity, running water, cell phone service, and even transportation. Major roads, neighborhoods and tourists sites were all hugely hurt; in fact, hotels may not reopen for another month. The situation wouldn't be so bad, however, if Los Cabos International Airport weren't also so horribly battered.
The FAA announced that both Los Cabos and General Manuel Marquez De Leon International in La Paz will be closed for at least a week, which leaves the earliest resumption of flights at next Tuesday, September 23.
Airlines have canceled flights accordingly and issued travel waivers for free flight changes or refunds. Virgin America's alert notes they have canceled through September 22 and travelers booked to Los Cabos from now through September 30 are eligible for a flight change to another date, or to another Virgin America destination (may we suggest Palm Springs?).
We can’t guarantee that this will be the biggest and baddest airport in all of the Americas, but at a minimum it’s certainly shaping up to be the most expensive.
Details were announced last week, as Mexico City is looking to bump up their operational capacity when it comes to all things airport. More planes and people comes at a cost, and that price tag will be around $9.2 billion when all said and done. Once up and running you can expect six runways to ease takeoff and landings, and around 120 million passengers could pass through the terminals each and every year.
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In 2009 we told you about a neat little conservation scheme that Mexico had brainstormed to preserve the country's coral reefs. The reefs around Cancun were getting overrun by tourists, and so the government wanted to give those tourists something different but still shiny to play with instead. In this case the folks in charge of Mexico travel decided to build the world's largest underwater museum, and to fill it with precious sculptures. It would give divers a brand new thing to explore. Clever clever.
Fast forward half a decade, and CNN just did a full-blown photo spread on the now-completed Museo Subacuático de Arte. The museum's collection is filled with among other things sculptures by British artist Jason deCaires Taylor. The article explains that the cement was covered with a particular kind of material that boosts coral growth, with the aim being that the art of providing a skeleton for a brand new coral reef.
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AeroMexico has had some 787s hanging out in their hangar for a little bit of time, and now they’re using them for some new options. The carrier sees the need for a little more demand on one route across the pond, so a Boeing 787-8 is coming to the rescue.
The planes are on their way to three weekly round-trip flights between Mexico City’s Aeropuerto Benito Juárez Internacional and London Heathrow Airport beginning this month, and it will remain that way throughout the summer. This will boost back and forth capacity by like 70 seats per flight, as the 787s replace some 767s on the Atlantic crossing.
The Occidental Grand Xcaret, located next to the eco-archeological Xcaret Park in Riviera Maya, Mexico, is giving guests two unique ways to get a hands-on conservation experience.
Option 1: an opportunity to get up and close and personal with the hotel's Flamingo Flock as a trainer. Every day hotel guests can help park trainers carry the flamingos one-by-one into a public area during their "walk around times" in the morning and afternoon. Talk about getting "hands on" with the local wildlife!
To celebrate the release of Rio 2, Liberty Travel is giving away a 5-night Mexican getaway for a family of five.
The lucky winners will receive airfare and 5 nights at the Paradisus Playa Del Carmen La Esmeralda in Riviera Maya, Mexico.
To enter, just "like" Liberty Travel's Facebook Page and fill out the form with your contact information. The contest is open through April 26, 2014 at 4:00 P.M. EST at which time a winner be selected by random drawing.
Rio 2 opens nationwide today.
Street Food Friday / Food Travel / Mexico Travel / Baja California Travel / Puerto Nuevo Travel / → All Tags
In a new weekly Friday column, we'll explore street food and other culinary specialties from around the world. Last week, it was Laksa, Kolok Mee, and Satay in Kuching. This week, we head south of the border to Puerto Nuevo in Baja California to see what's cooking.
Tacos and tamales are clearly the first thing that comes to mind concerning street food in Mexico, which is why it is somewhat refreshing to see a town doing something different. The self-described “Lobster Capital of Baja,” Puerto Nuevo sits been Ensenada and Rosarito, about 90 minutes from San Diego in Baja California. You can definitely get a taco in town, but what the tourists come for is the fried lobster.
Yes, fried lobster. Just when you think something can’t get any better, someone throws it in a vat of fat to find out. The shell is kept on and the entire lobster is pan-fried in lard to keep the meat moist, which is the key aspect and major difference between good and bad restaurants serving the dish. Rice and beans come on the side.
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Coming back from a weekend of adventures in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and feeling a little, well, under the weather? Just pop into the new terminal at the Cabo San Lucas International Airport (SJD) and pick up whatever you need from Zithromax to Ibuprofen and even Cialis and Valtrex. And no, you do not need to show a prescription for most of the products.
While we scanned the shelves for some Xanax or Valium (see below, we were hesitant to pick up the 800mg Ibuprofen. It just didn't seem right.
If you're just about anywhere in the U.S. today we bet you're fantasizing about be somewhere warmer. So, how does a long weekend in Mexico sound?
Rooms are still available for One Big Holiday, a live music festival taking place at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya Mexico from January 26 through January 30.
When we mentioned the Marieta Islands in our basic overview of Puerto Vallarta and the Bay of Banderas last week, a reader chimed in to say that its "Hidden Beach" -- aka the incredible scene you see in the photos in this post -- formed when the Mexican government used the island as a bombing range in the first half of the 20th century. Well, we did some research and guess what? It could be true!
The Marieta Islands were formed by volcanic activity and were never inhabited, prompting the Mexican military to use it as a place to test bombs. The explosions are rumored to have created the islands' caverns and rock formations, the most dramatic in the form of Hidden Beach. But, because the islands were never inhabited, there's really no documentation or official eyewitness account that confirms what was already there and what was a result of the bombings and explosions (if anyone knows otherwise, please let us know!).
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Yesterday, we told you why you should be making plans to visit Puerto Vallarta this time next year. Now, you need to understand the layout of the region to fully appreciate the amount of opportunities you will have within a short distance.
For the sake of this discussion, we'll consider the city itself, including the Zona Hotelera (north side), El Centro (center city), and the Zona Romantica (south side), as one point on the map (although we may break it down further in a later post). You can see that Puerto Vallarta is located pretty much in the center of the Banderas Bay, which, by the way, is huge - 62 miles of coastline in total that stretches from Punta Mita in the north down to Yelapa in the south. Using the city as a center point, let's split the region in two and take a closer look.
So much of what you are able to experience of a destination comes down to the timing of your visit, and we picked the perfect week to be in Mexico as cities across the country celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The festival is in remembrance of when the Virgin Mary left her image imprinted upon a cloth as a way of revealing herself and her identity to a Mexican peasant back in 1531 (the cloth in question is currently housed at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in México City, where one of the larger fiestas takes place).
Across the country, Mexican Catholics participate in parades that symbolize pilgrimages, making the journey from their homes to the church on foot as an offering to the Virgin Mary. Although religious tourism isn't exactly our thing, we are very pleased to be in town during this time because of all the other things that come along with it.