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Medical and Health Care Services for Tourists in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

By:  Patricia Ann Talley, MBA and Editor.

doctorTourists don’t necessarily think about obtaining medical services in Mexico, but Ixtapa Zihuatanejo offers wonderful health care services. Mexico provides universal health care for all of its residents and easily-accessible medical services for its tourists and visitors. Also, it is important to know that, in case of an accident or emergency, specialists and hospitals are available for your care.

Doctors

Tourists often indulge in different foods, sea foods, extra beers and too much sun. This change of diet and climate may cause stomach problems. On occasion, people with serious aliments have some type of health problem and need medical attention.

If you need to see a doctor, most of the big hotels and resorts in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo have an “in-house” physician who will come and treat you for any ailment. You will be charged for their services; the cost generally runs about $50 USD for a visit. Most hotel doctors are bilingual (Spanish-English).

There are many Private Clinics in the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo area for general medicine, gastroenterology, traumatology, gynecology, cardiology, pediatrics, dermatology, ophthalmology, etc. The average cost to see a specialist is about $500 Pesos or about $25.00 USD.

Many tourists, however, have discovered that you can obtain low-cost medical treatment at the medical clinic at “Farmacias Similares,” which is a national chain of medical centers, pharmacies and laboratories. Branches are located throughout the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo area. It is easy to spot the pharmacy’s red, white and blue sign (see the photo). Doctors are available from 8 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Most doctors speak enough English to communicate with you about your aliment. The cost  is just $30 Pesos! That’s right – only about $1.50 USD! Amazing!

Farmacias Similares Building

You can also take advantage of the laboratory at “Farmacia Similaris” that offers complete packages for check-up testing and analysis. Your results are usually available the next day and you can take your analysis, x-ray or ultrasound results with you.

Medicines and Health Care Products

Health care products like vitamins, aspirin, dietary supplements, shampoo, toothpaste, etc. are also available at pharmacies throughout Ixtapa Zihuatanejo. If you need a prescription drug, you must see a doctor. Again, doctors are available in the hotels, in Private Clinics and at “Farmacias Similares” in downtown Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo.

Dental and Optical Care

Cost-savvy tourists and visitors take advantage of the low cost of high-quality dental and optical care in Mexico. There are several dentists and opticians in the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo area.

I can speak from experience. I went to the USA to have my dental work done under my Medicare and supplemental insurance plan. The estimate was $9,000 with my co-payment of $4,500. Ha! Got on a plane back to Mexico and received the exact same dental services for a TOTAL COST of $575 USD!

Emergency Care

When traveling, it is comforting to know that in case you have a more serious illness or accident, Ixtapa Zihuatanejo has three hospitals: Hospital IMSS, operated by the Social Security Institute; Hospital General, operated by the State Government Health Department; and Hospital Naval, operated by the Mexican Navy. All of them will treat tourists. “Hospital General” in Zihuatanejo has dialysis equipment and “Hospital Naval” in Ixtapa has a Hyperbaric Chamber for emergencies. Zihuatanejo also has Cruz Roja Mexicana, the Mexican Red Cross for emergencies and general practice.

Hospital Locations and Phone Numbers in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo:

  • HOSPITAL I.M.S.S. – Paseo de Zihuatanejo Ote #S/N, Zihuatanejo.  554-4822
  • HOSPITAL GENERAL – H. Colegio Militar Esq. Mar Muerto, Zihuatanejo.  554-3650 and 554-3848
  • HOSPITAL NAVAL – Paseo del Palmar #S/N, Ixtapa.  553-0553
  • CRUZ ROJA MEXICANA (Mexican Red Cross) – Av. Las Huertas #S/N, Zihuatanejo.  554-2009. Emergency clinic only; not for hospitalization

Emergencies – Dial 911

Don’t over-indulge and always take safety precautions with beach activities! But, should you need to see a doctor or have some type of medical emergency while on vacation, rest assured that you can obtain low-cost medical, dental or optical services here in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo.

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Educational Innovation and Vocational Training at the “Universidad Tecnológica de La Costa Grande” in Nearby Petatlán

By: Patricia Ann Talley, Editor.

American neighbors in the USA and Canada may not necessarily think of Mexico as a leader in high-quality vocational development and training, but we have some top-class facilities right here in the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo area, such as the “Universidad Tecnológica de La Costa Grande de Guerrero” (The Technological University of Grand Coast of the State of Guerrero). Referred to as “UTCGG,” the university is located just one 45 minutes south of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo on Interstate Highway 200 in the small village of Petatlán.

A high-technology, full-equipped, technical training institution, UTCGG offers 2-year technical degrees in Marketing, Tourism, Food Preparation, Human Resource Administration, Automobile Mechanics and Industrial Maintenance. Students may continue to achieve 4-year professional degrees in Business Development and Innovation, Industrial Maintenance, Metal Mechanics, Food Processes, Information and Communication Technology, Renewable Energies or Tourism Development.  Students also study English and French. The university also offers cultural activities, medial services, tutors, a library and transportation.

Supported by the State of Guerrero with goals of educating the community at large, the UTCGG’s tuition is approximately $320 USD per year. Academic performance is rewarded; tuition is reduced by 50% for those with grade averages of 8.5-9.0 (on a 10 point scale) and waived completely for students who achieve a grade average of 9.1 or higher.

While the United States is known world-wide for the high quality of its university facilities and professional training, many new jobs that will emerge in the world over the next few years will be more “vocational or technical” in nature.

University training in Mexico focuses on making the students “job ready” as quickly as possible and their studies include both classroom theory and practical application; half of their college time is spent in business internships.  Many local businesses host “practicantes” (interns) from local and out-of-state colleges and training facilities. Tourists and residents enjoy seeing all of the polite, uniformed “young students” that train regularly in the hotels, restaurants and businesses around town. Talk to them!!!  The students need to practice their English skills!

For more information, visit: www.utcgg.edu.mx

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Ixtapa Receives EarthCheck Certification – Leads the Americas in Sustainable Tourism

From EarthCheck Press Release:

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero joins Huatulco as one of only two EarthCheck Certified destinations in the Americas, strengthening the region’s position as a leader in sustainable tourism.

For more than a decade, the National Fund for Tourism Development (FONATUR) and EarthCheck have worked together to strengthen the sustainable development of destinations worldwide. First Huatulco in 2005, and now Ixtapa, FONATUR has received the EarthCheck Silver Certification Status confirming conscious development efforts towards sustainability. This process has been led by the Green Team, Team EcoZanka, and key allies like Barcelo Ixtapa Resort, Azul Ixtapa Hotel, and other operators are also part of the program EarthCheck Certification Companies.ec_large_word

As part of its sustainable efforts, Ixtapa tries to reduce its solid waste through initiatives such as the Azulita Project has implemented management strategies for efficient use of water and energy, has developed environmental and social policies, and attempts to promote community participation to implement conservation efforts. Following the mantra of EarthCheck ‘cannot manage what you do not measure,’ the benchmarking tool EarthCheck has provided Ixtapa quantitative indicators to measure and monitor sustainable key aspects such as water and energy consumption, contributions to the community, carbon emissions, and solid waste production.Hotel Association of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

“We are immensely proud to receive this certification, especially being the second in America in reach. EarthCheck Standards are approved by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC for its acronym in English), which has allowed Ixtapa be recognized by the GSTC representing an extraordinary commitment to sustainable policies and practices. This achievement is a clear demonstration of how government, private sector and local communities can work together to generate significant benefits to the world in which we live,” said Lic. Héctor Barraza Gómez, General Director of FONATUR.

“FONATUR has managed sustainable practices in the tourism sector in Mexico and has implemented a vision of respect for nature conservation in its Integrally Planned Centers to promote tourism, strengthen the local economy and promote traditions and culture,” he added.fonatur-logo

In 2013, President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico outlined ambitious targets to be achieved by 2050 by reducing carbon dioxide emissions by half compared to 2010 levels. Sustainability programs such as EarthCheck provide support in reaching this goal and will help Mexico to be positioned as the most sustainable country in the world.

“Since the information began to be recorded in 2003, the organizations participating in EarthCheck programs in Mexico have reduced the consumption of enough energy to power 405,721 Mexican homes inhabited by 4 people each year, “said Earthcheck Ambassador Erica Lobos. “They have also reduced consumption of water equivalent to enough to fill 281 Olympic swimming pools, dramatically reducing pressure on natural resources in the country that is suffering from the effects of drought water.”

EarthCheck CEO & Founder, Mr. Stewart Moore said, “Ixtapa has confirmed its position as a world leader in responsible tourism and has become a source of genuine inspiration for the international tourism community. Our research indicates that 73 percent of visitors want to know about the sustainability of the destination to which they travel. To say you have a sustainable and pristine destination is no longer enough. It is important that independent scientific research provides evidence to support your great efforts. ”

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Por Los Niños Charity Raises Funds to Educate Needy Kids at Zihuatanejo Sailfest, February 6-12, 2017

The United Nations World Tourism Organization has dedicated the year 2017 to Sustainable Tourism Development. In order to be sustainable and develop tourism, a community must be concerned with conserving the environment, social inclusion, economic development, education, and the overall well-being of its members.

The Por Los Niños Educational Charity of Zihuatanejo is an example of how a local charity can work with the tourism industry, the municipality, many residents, and international volunteers to raise funds to provide educational opportunities for low-income children. Since 2002, this charity has donated, raised funds, and built more than one hundred classrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, and playgrounds for disadvantaged children in the Zihuatanejo area. Nearly five thousand young students have benefited from their efforts.

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is a beautiful tourist destination on the Pacific – but, we must remember that its luxury and splendor is not shared by all. The reality for many local students is different. Por Los Niños Educational Charity tries to make a difference by supporting the Casa Pacifica School that provides special educational programs for high-achieving, low-income students. Listen . . .

Zihuatanejo Sailfest Fundraising Event: Monday, February 6 – Sunday, February 12, 2017

The main fundraising event for Por Los Niños charity is the annual Zihuatanejo Sailfest—a six-day festival held the first week of every February that combines fun, games, and beach activities. Sailboats come from as far away as Alaska and the Caribbean to participate in what is becoming one of Mexico’s premier sailing events. This event includes sailboat and dingy races, music concerts, a kids’ beach day, seminars, a chili cook-off, street fairs, regattas, and school tours—all to raise funds for education.

The state Secretary of Education stated that the Zihuatanejo Sailfest is the most successful educational fundraiser in the state of Guerrero. In addition to cash donations, more than two hundred local businesses in Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo donate thousands of dollars in gifts and services, and over thirty local and international musicians perform at benefit concerts.

So, if residents, tourists, and visitors – If you really want to help our kids, then join us for the Zihuatanejo Sailfest!

Monday, Feb. 6.   Welcome Dance Party. 7-11:00 p.m.  Dance with your toes in the sand to live music at Casa Arcadia Restaurant at La Plaza Del Artista in central Zihuatanejo.

Tuesday, Feb. 7.  Live Auction Party. 6:30 p.m. at La Plaza Del Artista, next to Casa Arcadia Restaurant.  Have fun & bid on fabulous auction items donated by 200+ artists and businesses.

Wednesday, Feb 8.  Sail around the Rock. Morning.  A fun sailing event in and out of the bay.  Crew spots available for a donation. Benefit Concert Party at la Casa de la Cultura in Zihuatanejo, 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.  Featuring the M-Dock Band from the USA.

Thursday, Feb 9. Chili Cook Off and Street Fair, 1-3pm, at Plaza Del Artista, next to Casa Arcadia Restaurant in Zihuatanejo.  Judge the chili and buy local crafts.  Silent Auction, 2 to 4 pm. Bid on items donated by local businesses and artists.

Friday, Feb. 10, Gala Dinner, 7:00 p.m. at Restaurante El Consuelo. Great food, live music, raffles and two vacation door prizes.

Saturday, Feb. 11.  Sail Parade around Zihuatanejo Bay, then to Ixtapa and back. 9:00 am -2:00 pm. The fleet “dresses ship” for a colorful procession. Sign up at Casa Arcadia Restaurant to sail aboard one of the yachts for a donation.

Sunday, Feb 12. Wrap-up Beach Party, Awards, and Raffle Drawings at Casa Arcadia, 3:00 -6:00 p.m. Great food & great raffle prizes. Food tickets for a donation.

Download the complete schedule: Zihuatanejo Sailfest 2017 Schedule.

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Travel Agents and Press Invited to “Sun, Fun & Sustainable Tourism” Event in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo on January 10-13, 2017

The Hotel Association of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico invites travel agents, travel writers, and travel industry professionals to its annual “Sun & Fun” event on January 10-13, 2017. This year’s theme is “Sustainable Tourism.” The purpose of the event is to help travel professionals become familiar with the destination. Hotel accommodations, meals, and event activities are provided free to participants. Event participants are only responsible for the cost of their air transportation.

“Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is a magical paradise located on the Pacific coast. We have everything – wonderful weather, beaches, museums, historical sites, cultural festivals, and a variety of activities,” says Patricia Riviera, Executive Manager of the Hotel Association. “And, there’s more . . . our tourism industry has made a commitment to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to help uplift the social and economic development of our community,” she added.  

The United Nations has set Sustainable Development Goals for the world to accomplish over the next fifteen years that are critically important for people, our planet, economic prosperity, and peace.  Tourists visit beaches, attend cultural festivals, visit historic sites, and buy local souvenirs and products. Thus, sustainable tourism provides social and economic benefits for the local community; it enhances cultural exchange, and is good for the environment. Sustainable tourism is vital to our world!

Back in 2010, representatives from the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo tourism industry, along with local universities and not-for-profit organizations, formed an alliance to develop and support various programs for peace education, conservation, diversity, and other community issues. The community built a peace pole to remind everyone of this commitment.

The community of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo built a peace monument to remind everyone of their commitment to work towards a culture of peace.

In 2015, these unified efforts resulted in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo being certified as an “International City of Peace”. In 2016, Ixtapa became one of only two EarthCheck certified destinations in the Americas, strengthening the region’s position as a leader in sustainable tourism. The state is implementing new health programs, and there are many other projects for the social and economic development of the community.

Patricia Ann Talley, a Representative for Peace Pals International, will be the keynote speaker for the Sun & Fun event. Professor Talley originally from Southfield, Michigan, USA, is a Whitney Young, Jr. Fellow of Economic Development from the University of Michigan and has been a business professor in the area for the past 20 years. Members of several other international, national, and local not-for-profit organizations will also help host this year’s “Sun & Fun” event, dedicated to sustainable tourism.

Look at this exciting agenda!

“2017: Year of Sustainable Tourism Development”

Again, accommodations, tours, and events are provided by the Hotel Association of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo at no cost to event participants. Click to download the Agenda for Sun and Fun in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo -2017.

Ms. Riviera of the Hotel Association says, “We want travel professionals to learn about our destination, meet local residents, and actually experience our culture and community! Then, we want everyone to tell the world about us!”

For reservations contact:

Patricia Rivera, Executive Manager

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo Hotel Association www.hotelesixtapazihuatanejo.com

Direct from USA or Canada: 011+ 52 (755) 553-1566

E-mail: mailto:amhiz@prodigy.net.mx

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Crime Report for Guerrero, Mexico and Ixtapa Zihuatanejo for 2015 – Compare to Your City!

By: Patricia Ann Talley, MBA and Editor

When I tell people that I live in Guerrero, Mexico, I am often asked about corruption and crime. Foreigners ask, “Is Ixtapa Zihuatanejo Safe?” Of course we have crime, there is crime everywhere. But, I tell people to compare us to the crime in their own home towns, especially in big cities in the USA.

Crime Report for Guerrero, Mexico

Semáforo , Mexico’s Citizens’ Council for Public Safety and Criminal Justice recently published its annual crime report. In 2015, the homicide rate for the country was 14.21 per 100,000 residents. The state of Guerrero had the most homicides within the nation with 2,016 cases, representing 12% of the national total. The rate for Guerrero was 56.84 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants.

The state’s ranking in the country is greatly affected by the city of Acapulco that had 216 of the 532 cases, or 41% of the homicides within the state. Acapulco ranks third on the council’s list of the 50 Most Dangerous Cities in the World, with a homicide rate of 104.16 per 100,000 inhabitants. 1

Crime Report for Mexico

Crime Report for Ixtapa Zihuatanejo , Guerrero

The Zihuatanejo Police Department reports that there were 13 murders in the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo area in 2015 for a rate of 10.83 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants. Compare these statistics to the homicide rates in USA cities like St. Louis with a rate of 49.93, Detroit at 44.87, New Orleans at 39.61, and Baltimore at 33.92.1  You can download the complete Zihuatanejo Police Report: ZIHUATANEJO COMPARATIVO ANUAL 2014 – 2015.

Crime Report - Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo does not have gang violence, youth shootings, and hate crimes on the scales of some big cities. But, we do observe that “crimes of poverty” are on the rise – home thefts, vehicle robberies, etc. And, there is the influence of the cartels that traffic drugs through our state for distribution in the USA. Over the past few years, the agricultural and fishing industries have been on decline from bad weather, and small business revenues have declined due to the increase in imports of American and Chinese products.

Approximately 55.3 million Mexicans, or 46.2 percent of the population, live in poverty. Guerrero has the third-highest poverty rate in the nation at 65.2 percent, but the level has decreased in recent years. The “extreme poverty” line is at 1,242.61 pesos per month ($702 USD) in urban areas and 868.25 ($54 USD) in rural areas, plus the lack of three or more social needs. 2

If we want to sustain peace and reduce crime, we must help to provide ways for people to earn money and have a good quality of life. If we want our kids to say “no” to the drug industry, the focus must be on education, industry diversification, and entrepreneurial development to provide future jobs and income. This is why, in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, we focus on peace education and providing economic development for tools for our youth.

Back in 2010, the community of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo started a peace education program in conjunction with local government officials, schools and universities, and local civic organizations. In 2015, Ixtapa Zihuatanejo became an International City of Peace, demonstrating our community’s continued commitment to the United Nations sustainable goals for peace.

If we want peace, we have to teach peace – AND, provide our youth with economic opportunities so that they can make a living and provide for their families. This is peace in action!

And, before you ask about crime in our city, check out the statistics in your home town! See: MSN:The 10 Most Dangerous Cities in America.

* About the author: Patricia Ann Talley is a Whitney Young, Jr. Fellow of Economic Development from the University of Michigan, and participates on the Council of City Leaders for the International Cities of Peace Organization. She is the founder of the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo Peace program and has been a resident for 18 years.

Sources:

  1. Acapulco, St. Louis, Detroit, and Baltimore Among 50 Most Dangerous Cities in the World
  2. Flashpoints of the new poverty: Veracruz, the State of Mexico: http://www.eldailypost.com/politics/2015/07/flashpoints-of-the-new-poverty-veracruz-and-the-state-of-mexico/

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How to Plan Your Wedding or Anniversary Celebration in Mexico

By:  Patricia Ann Talley, MBA and Editor

Wedding 2Many brides dream of a tropical beach wedding. Or for some, a “get-away wedding” is a simple way of tying the knot without the complexity of a big ceremony. In my case, our joint invitation list got so big that we decided to solve the problem by eloping to Mexico. Sixteen (16) years ago, I married my husband in a civil/legal ceremony on the beach of Playa Larga in Zihuatanejo, so I speak from experience. Getting married in Mexico is easy. Mexico is also a great place to have an anniversary celebration or any special event.

First, there are two (2) options for wedding ceremonies in Mexico:  a “Symbolic Ceremony,” that has no legal validity, or a “Civil Ceremony,” that is legally recognized. You can arrange for either type of wedding ceremony through most hotels in their Wedding Department, or you can ask for a referral to a local wedding planner. In our case, we worked with a local wedding planner who arranged all details helped us to conduct the wedding within our 2-week vacation. It was easy . . . and, unforgettable!

The “Symbolic” Wedding or Anniversary Ceremony: A “Symbolic Ceremony” consists of a “blessing” performed by a Non-Denominational Minister. This “Symbolic Ceremony” has no legal validity. Couples choosing this type of ceremony usually have a civil/legal ceremony in their home country before arriving in Mexico, and then celebrate their union surrounded by our breathtaking locations. You can have a “symbolic” celebration in any location – a restaurant, a hotel, on the beach, etc. — without limitations or legal restrictions. If you make your arrangements through a hotel, some of them require that the Couple be at the hotel a minimum of 48 hours prior to the ceremony. The “Symbolic Ceremony” is also arranged for anniversary celebrations to renew wedding vows.

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The Civil / Legal Ceremony: A “Civil Ceremony” is a legal union and contains no religious elements, except for what the couple may add. It is performed by a judge.  We had a civil wedding on the beach. And, Yes! The marriage is legally recognized in both the USA and Canada. (That was the first question that my Mother asked!)  Translated, notarized documents are required (birth certificate, passport, etc.), along with a medical test for HIV, which can be obtained locally. Again, a local wedding planner or the hotel’s Wedding Department can help to arrange for a Judge and assist with making all the necessary arrangements.

A decorated table with two (2) chairs is often shown as the setting for a wedding ceremony in Mexico (see the photo). Traditionally, the bride and groom sit at a table in front of the judge to take their vows and to sign the legal marriage documents.

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An Important Note:  While “civil” weddings performed in Mexico are recognized in both the USA and Canada, it is recommended that US Citizens obtain an “Apostille Seal” (see Wilkipedia: Apostille Convention) on a notarized copy of their wedding certificate. Arrangements can be made with the judge to obtain this seal. For more information from the Mexican Federal Government, US Citizens can visit:  http://www.dicoppu.gobernacion.gob.mx/es/DICOPPU/ApostilleCanadian Citizens should contact the Civil Registry of their province of residence to find out if there are any special requirements. For more information, visit the Canadian Embassy website at: http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/mexico-mexique/consul/mardiv.aspx?view=d. (Remember, Moma says be sure to have papers on your man!)

The Wedding or Anniversary Dinner/Reception: Part of the splendor and memory of your wedding or anniversary celebration is the reception. Whether big or small, enjoying this “life moment” with friends and family along the magnificent beachfront is a lasting memory that will be shared by all. In our case, we had the wedding ceremony and a sunset dinner reception, for just 18 people, at a restaurant along the oceanfront. In contrast, we have attended wonderful wedding celebrations with hundreds of people at various hotels in our area. All have been special.

So, if your dream is to marry your love in a tropical beach setting, do it! Come down with friends and celebrate your anniversary. Again, it’s easy to get married in Mexico! (And,Moma – it’s legal!)

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Sustainable Tourism Can Help Solve the World’s Problems — Travel Forever!

By:  Patricia Ann Talley, MBA.

Tourism, as the biggest industry in the world, can help to solve many of the world’s current challenges, like climate change, poverty reduction, preserving eco systems and helping to sustain our planet.

Many people do not realize how big the global tourism industry is. According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), tourism is both the largest and the fastest growing industry in the world. The UNWTO reports that tourism contributes 11.5 percent of the world’s GDP and employees 12.5 percent of the world’s workforce. In 2012, the tourism industry generated US $1.3 trillion in export earnings. In 2013, tourism grew by five percent to 1.087 billion visits and is expected to grow another 4 percent in 2014.

Travelers visit beaches, mountains, national parks, historic sites, festivals, museums, worship centers, and countless other attractions. Travels buy local souvenirs, products and goods. All purchases boost the local economy.

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Climate Change and Poverty

The tourism industry helps to address many world challenges – for example, climate change. Unlike fossil fuel industries, which often resist efforts to address climate change, the tourism industry realizes that the environment and a sustainable planet are crucial for business. Tourism destinations and resorts have a high interest in keeping their beaches and environment clean and pristine in order to attract visitors.

Tourism also helps to eliminate poverty. The potential of tourism contributing to lift people out of poverty is increasingly acknowledged and is supported by the growing relevance of the sector in poor countries. According to the UNWTO, tourism is one of the top three sources of export earnings for nearly half of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in the world and is a priority sector for their further integration in the global economy.

Women in Tourism 

Women play an important role in the tourism industry. In 2010, the United Nations World Tourism Organization and UN Women (formerly UNIFEM) collaborated to report on women’s active participation in the tourism industry worldwide. This report found that much of the contribution of women in the tourism industry is invisible. Many women work behind the scenes in office jobs, in the kitchens, or in other support jobs (See: Global Report of Women in Tourism 2010)

women in tourism

Gender equality has proven to be profitable in the business world in general. This fact opens up new and interesting opportunities in the tourism sector, where the enormous potential of women has not been fully harnessed. Women with higher levels of training and greater opportunities to develop their businesses contribute to exponential quality improvements in all areas of tourism activity. With training, and given the opportunity, tourism can help women to lift themselves, their families, and their communities out of poverty.

How Do You “Sustain” Tourism?

The only way to permanently alleviate poverty or to conserve the environment is to “sustain” tourism. But, how do you do this?GSTC-logo

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is a global leader in promoting sustainable tourism. The GSTC represents a diverse membership that includes the United Nations agencies, leading travel companies, hotels, country tourism boards, and tour operators.

The GSTC has created a set of criteria to help come to a common understanding of sustainable tourism, which are the minimum that any tourism business should aspire to reach. The GSTC’s criteria also serve to help consumers identify sound sustainable tourism programs and businesses. The GSTC Criteria for Sustainable Tourism are organized around four main themes:

  1. Effective sustainability planning
  2. Maximizing social and economic benefits for the local community
  3. Enhancing cultural heritage
  4. Reducing negative impacts to the environment

If implemented on a large scale throughout the tourism industry, these criteria will go a long way toward solving some of the world’s most important challenges. Business is encouraged to embrace these goals.  Tourists are encouraged to travel to destinations and to stay in hotels that promote sustainable tourism.

The tourism industry is vital to the world’s economy, it provides social and economic benefits for the local community, it enhances cultural exchange, and it is good for the environment!

Travel Forever!

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Smoking Regulations for Tourists Visiting Mexico

Courtesy of: Hotel Emporio

Editor’s Note: Mexico’s National Department of Health has issued rules and regulations regarding the use of tobacco and tobacco products in public places*. In compliance with these national laws, hotels and resorts must provide “smoke-free” rooms and areas for their guests. 

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It is obligation and responsibility of the Hotel owner or manager to maintain a space that is 100% free of smoke. If a guest is found smoking in a smoke-free area, you will be asked to quit and to extinguish your cigarette or other electric smoking device. You can move to a smoking area, or go outside of the property. If this request is ignored, the Hotel management reserves the right to refuse service to the guest, and will seek the assistance of the appropriate law enforcement authorities. The responsibility of the Hotel ends at the time of notification to the appropriate authorities.

Exposure to cigarette smoke increases the risk for:

  • Acute myocardial infarction and cerebral infarction
  • Emphysema
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Lung cancer, bronchus and trachea
  • Infections of the upper respiratory tract
  • Ear infections and worsening of asthma
  • Other cancers, etc.

Extinguish Cigarettes at Entry to the Hotel:

To eliminate the practice of smoking in public areas, the Hotel provides ashtrays to extinguish cigarettes that are placed far enough away from the entry so that smoke is not allowed to enter the building.

Non-Smoking Rooms:

  • Non-smoking signs are displayed in smoke-free rooms
  • Rooms are maintained smoke-free
  • There must not be any evidence of people smoking in the room (smoke smell, ashtrays, cigarette butts etc.)
  • Non-smoking rooms must be located on designated floors or buildings to prevent smoke from other rooms from passing down the hallways or to intrude upon smoke-free areas
  • Guests are prohibited from using non-smoking rooms for meeting rooms or for parties that include smoking

Non-Smoking Warning Signs and Ventilation:

  • Signs are displayed prohibiting the sale of cigarettes to minors
  • Warnings are provided of the risks and consequences for pregnant women, the elderly and the sick
  • Smoking areas must have direct ventilation to the outside or an air extraction systems that does not mix with other air cooling systems

Common Area and Service Areas:

  • Smoke-free areas are clearly indicated with signs in highly visible locations
  • Smoke-free areas have warnings about the violation of smoking regulations
  • Smoking or the use of smoke products are not allowed in any internal area of the hotel, including bathrooms, storage, kitchen administrative area, hallways, balconies etc.

To complain about smoking in smoke-free areas, please alert the Hotel management or call:  01 (800) 033- 5050.

Reference: Secretaria Nacional de Salud (National Secretary of Health) http://www.salud.gob.mx/unidades/cdi/nom/compi/rsct.html

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Enjoy a Combo “Beach and City” Vacation: Ixtapa Zihuatanejo and San Miguel de Allende

Editor’s Note: A wonderful idea for Mexican travelers is to combine a tropical beach vacation with a city stay. Foreign residents in Mexico also enjoy this travel idea. The tropical beach resort of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo and San Miguel de Allende offer travelers this combination option. San Miguel is located in the state of Guanajuato in central Mexico. Visitors to each area travel back and forth to enjoy the benefits of both. This article is by Barbara Erickson about some of the activities in her city of San Miguel. Photos are courtesy of Alexis White.

By: Barbara Erickson

San Miguel de Allende is magical. For starters, the light is exquisite. The skies are full of enormous cumulus clouds and moments of intense sunshine, the earth tones of the homes and buildings glow richly as you walk down the cobble stone streets. No wonder painters still come to work here. The old facades with their worn carved stone features transport you back to the 18th century; hidden patios call you to rest in their cool interiors. The World Heritage City designation means that the old colonial center will remain protected and preserved, the many restaurants nestled inside historic homes give visitors the option to transport themselves to a time long gone, if even just for a dinner.

San Miguel is famous for its churches, the oldest dates to the founding by Spanish priests in 1555. When you hear the bells chiming in San Miguel, some one is actually ringing them – it is not a recording. Although there is a local saying: “no one knows for whom the bells toll in San Miguel…nor when nor why.”  When you walk through town and women in Otomi Indian dress approach you with colorful little dolls for sale, they are really Otomi women and they make the dolls, not people dressing up for tourists.

Besides the enchantment of light there is the delight of visiting a vibrant small city full of places to eat; from the 20 peso taco to the 4000 peso dining experience. San Miguel has a thriving organic and artisanal food scene. Several stores sell locally grown produce, local artisanal cheeses and there are at least three incredible bakeries. Every Saturday there is a wonderful organic fair where all of San Miguel comes together to shop, eat and visit. Wonderful restaurants offer many culinary options, from traditional Mexican to Lebanese, Chinese, Italian and French and fusion.

And of course there are many things to do; take in an art opening, shop for all sorts of treasures, boutique clothes or artisanal marvels. Visit the Mask Museum or the History Museum where the famous insurgent Ignacio Allende was born, see a movie, hear a lecture, take a house and garden tour, or a historic walking tour, listen to music, take a yoga or art class, study Spanish, visit the botanical garden with their incredible collection of cactus, visit our newly opened pyramid at Canada de la Virgin with an anthropologist who helped uncover it, visit the hot springs, get a massage in one of many SPAs or just hang out and listen to Mariachis in the garden.

Best of all, San Miguel is full of interesting, warm and friendly people from everywhere. So don’t miss out on this magical town where the energy is good, the eating an adventure, new friends will entertain you and fun is a daily part of life.

Links: La Calacaca Festival  https://www.facebook.com/LaCalacaFestival

Fabrica Aurora http://fabricalaaurora.com/welcome.html

Mask Museum and Gallery http://www.casadelacuesta.com/gallery.html

Pyramid and More Tours: http://www.coyotecanyonadventures.com/index.php?lengua=eng&pagina=main&subseccion=1259556613

Botanical Garden: http://www.elcharco.org.mx/Ingles/index.html

Bird Watching with Audubon: http://www.audubonmex.org/

Favorite Places to stay: Casa De la Cuesta http://www.casadelacuesta.com/

Vacation Rentals: http://vacationrentalswithpersonality.com/

Fabulous home for rent: www.casa-sanmiguel.com

 

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Rights and Obligations of Foreign Residents in Mexico

Foreigners who reside in Mexico for more than six months out of the year are required to file for a residency visa with the Instituto Nacional de Migración (National Institute of Immigration). Any changes, such as address, marital status, or work status must be reported to the INM within 90 days.

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National Institute of Immigration advises foreign temporary and permanent residents in Mexico of their rights and obligations.*

  • Safeguard all documents attesting to your identity and immigration status, and present them as required by immigration authorities.
  • Use your Temporary or Permanent Residency Visa issued by the National Institute of Immigration when you leave and re-enter the country, in order not to lose your immigration status.
  • You can renew your Temporary Residency Visa within 30 days prior to the expiration date.
  • Temporary and Permanent Residents must report changes in their marital status, address, nationality, or place of work to the National Institute of Immigration within 90 days, or receive a fine of 20 to 100 days of the general minimum wage salary in force.
  • If you are outside the country when your Temporary Residency Visa expires, you can re-enter within 55 calendar days after the expiration date, and then apply for your renewal within 5 business days after your arrival. No sanctions will apply. THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO PERMANENT RESIDENTS, as that visa must be current for re-entry. 
  • If your immigration document is lost or stolen abroad, you must present yourself at the nearest Mexican Consular Office to process the replacement of your visa. These replacement documents must be presented upon re-entry. When you are back in Mexico, you must present these replacement documents at your local INM office within 30 calendar days after your arrival to obtain your replacement visa. If this is not done your immigration status will be classified as IRREGULAR, and you will be subject to the sanctions that proceed according to law.

*Information for this article was provided by the Instituto Nacional de Migración (National Immigration Office) in Zihuatanejo, courtesy of Mtra. Carolina  Camacho Rojas, Director.       

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Celebrate the International Day of Peace in San Miguel de Allende

By Robin Loving, President, Jovenes Adelante, jovenesadelante.org

Every year on the International Day of Peace, the United Nations calls on the peoples of the world to remember their common humanity and join together to build a future free of strife. It calls on all of us to observe a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, and to honor a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the Day.

This year’s theme – the Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace – highlights how ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring broadly shared prosperity all contribute to global harmony. When we all work together, we can make peace possible, starting with 24 hours of peace on September 21.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals were unanimously adopted by the 193 Member States of the United Nations at an historic summit in September 2015. They are universal, applying to all countries. And they are integral to achieving peace. When people feel secure in their abilities to provide for their families, when they are given access to the resources they need to live healthy lives, and when they feel truly included in their societies, then they are much less likely to engage in conflict.UN Goals 1-9

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We must recognize that development and peace are interdependent and mutually reinforcing. We need to work together to help promote and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The leaders of the world have given us a clear blueprint, and by following it, we can help build a future of peace and prosperity.

For the third year, Camino de la Paz and partners, local Rotary clubs and Allende la Cultura will organize a celebration of the UN International Peace Day in San Miguel at Parque Juarez. The goal is to let people know that peace is really possible; that it starts with each one of us; to present existing programs that are making peace happen, here and around the world; and to offer people ways to express their desire for peace and ways to get involved.

This year residents of Infonavit Malanquin will participate in a four-day forum called “Paz en las Escuelas” (Peace in the Schools) organized by the state of Guanajuato and five municipalities. Collaborative activities will be offered by Santa Fe Learning, Tai Chi by Lydia Wong, and meditation and prayers for peace will be offered alongside World Café sessions. Local and international nonprofits will present programs that foster peace and community building. In addition, a space will be dedicated by local leaders in Parque Juarez where organizers hope to build a Peace Pole.

Individuals and groups are invited to participate in any peaceful manner. For instance, presenting what a group has already done that promotes peace in the community, or presenting peace projects being planned. Children could sing in a choir, or you could bring peace mojigangas. Promotion and space with a table and chairs will be provided with advance notice. Please help spread the word by inviting your friends and referring them to facebook.com/CaminoDeLaPazSMA.

  • What: Peace Day Celebration in San Miguel de Allende
  • Title: Celebrate International Day of Peace
  • Date, time: Wednesday, September 21, 2016
  • Where: Parque Juarez
  • Address: Zono Centro
  • Extra info: (415) 152-3709
  • Cost: Free

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Living “Rich” for Much Less in Mexico!

By: Douglas Hudson*

Most people know that Mexico is an affordable place to visit, but it can be even more affordable to live here. The cost of living in Mexico is a fraction of what it is in the United States or Canada.

First, the monetary exchange rate (the number of Mexican pesos that you get for every dollar) is extremely favorable for Americans and Canadians. For example, just a few years ago, $1 US dollar got you $10 Mexican pesos. But today, $1 US dollar trades for almost $17 Mexican pesos. At these rates, the average US Social Security check equates to a middle manager’s salary in many place in Mexico.

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Real estate, property taxes, and rentals are also much less expensive in Mexico. Many foreign retirees and second home owners have purchased properties in Mexico. Comparable properties in costal comminutes in the United States, Costa Rica, or the Caribbean are extremely costly. The influx of foreigners to Zihuatanejo has produced an inflation of prices over the past twenty years, but the inflation does not compare to other Mexican destinations like Puerto Valletta or Playa del Carmen. Living in Zihuatanejo can be less costly than almost any part of midland America or Canada.

Rent and property taxes are other major differences from Mexico’s neighbors to the north; these expenses are generally a fraction of what one would pay in the states. For a $200,000 US dollar home the entire property tax bill is equivalent to $200 US dollars. You can rent a brand new, one bedroom furnished apartment along the waterfront in Zihuatanejo for around $1,200 US dollars a month. There are wonderful, furnished two-bedroom apartments for rent for as little as $500 US dollar a month.

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The cost of health care and medication has also drawn many people to Mexico for many years. The quality of health care in Mexico is also quite comparable to North America. Zihuatanejo has many skilled specialists in town, and you can walk into a pharmacy to see a doctor at any time. The cost ranges from only $2 US dollars for general care to $30 US dollars for a specialist. If more specialty care is needed, patients are transported to Morelia (a four hour drive from Zihuatanejo) to obtain care at a fraction of the cost in the United State or in Canada.

Other living costs like transportation, dining, and communications are less expensive in Mexico. Many people who come to Zihuatanejo use the local taxi service, since it is very affordable. A ride within the city cost $1.50 USD, between Ixtapa and Zihua (5 miles) $4 USD. A meal in a restaurant can vary from $3 USD to $25 USD. Sea food is the local specialty and can be found just about everywhere. The common cost for a shrimp dinner with drinks should not surpass $20 USD. Due to new telecomm reform, Mexico is the only country in both North and South America that has decreased the price of communication services in 2015.

Best of all, Zihuatanejo welcomes its foreign visitors and immigrants. Each year, our local Immigration Department hosts a complimentary party for all foreign immigrants to honor their contributions to the community.

Zihuatanejo and the state of Guerrero are known for their rich history and culture. The community also provides an opportunity for a “rich life” where you can live with very little cash in hand.

Douglas Hudson, Owner, Costa Grande Real Estate

Douglas Hudson, Owner, Costa Grande Real Estate

*About the Author: Douglas Hudson is the owner and real estate agent at Costa Grande Real Estate in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero. You can contact him at: mailto:douglas@mexicomail.com.

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U.S. State Department’s Travel Advice for Mexico – Spring 2016 Update

The U.S. State Department issues Travel Warnings to inform U.S. citizens about the overall security situation in various countries. In April 2016, it updated its advisory for Mexico. Take note! The situations in several states have changed.

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Millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year for study, tourism, and business, including more than 150,000 who cross the border every day. The Mexican government makes a considerable effort to protect U.S. citizens and other visitors to major tourist destinations, and there is no evidence that criminal organizations have targeted U.S. visitors and residents based on their nationality.

Generally, travel to resort areas and tourist destinations in Mexico is fine. The high levels of drug-related violence and crime are concentrated in the border region, and in areas along major trafficking routes.

Below is a brief state-by-state overview of security conditions throughout Mexico. For the full report, go to: Mexico Travel Warnings – April 2016.

Guerrero: There are no problems traveling by air to Ixtapa Zihuatanejo! Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is located in the state of Guerrero, so this advisory is listed first. Other than air travel to Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, travel to the state of Guerrero, including Acapulco, is prohibited for U.S. Government personnel. Exercise caution and remain in tourist areas. The state of Guerrero was the most violent state in Mexico in 2015, with a murder rate of 57 per 100,000 residents, but this includes the city of Acapulco which has one of the highest crime rates in the world. For more information specific to Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, see: Crime Report for Guerrero, Mexico and Ixtapa Zihuatanejo for 2015 – Compare to your City!

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Other states:

Aguascalientes: Intercity travel at night is prohibited for U.S. government personnel.

Baja California: Exercise caution in the northern state of Baja California, particularly at night. According to the Baja State Secretariat for Public Security, Tijuana and Rosarito continued to experience an increase in homicide rates from January to October 2015compared to the same period in the previous year.

Baja California Sur: Cabo San Lucas and La Paz are major cities/travel destinations in the state. Exercise caution in the state capital of La Paz.

Campeche: No advisory is in effect.

Chiapas: Palenque and San Cristobal de las Casas are major cities/travel destinations in Chiapas – No advisory is in effect.

Chihuahua: Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua City, and Copper Canyon are major cities/travel destinations in Chihuahua. Exercise caution in traveling to: the business and shopping districts in the northeast section of Ciudad Juarez and its major industrial parks, the central downtown section and major industrial parks in the city of Chihuahua, the town of Palomas, the urban area of the city of Ojinaga, and the towns of Nuevo Casas Grandes and Casas Grandes and their immediate environs. Travel to the Nuevo Casas Grandes area should be through the Palomas port of entry (POE) on U.S. Highway 11, continuing south until reaching Mexico Highway 2 west to Nuevo Casas Grandes. Travel to Ojinaga should be on the U.S. side via U.S. Highway 67 through the Presidio POE. Defer non-essential travel to other areas in the state of Chihuahua and travel between cities only on major highways and only during daylight hours. Crime and violence remain serious problems throughout the state of Chihuahua, particularly in the southern portion of the state and in the Sierra Mountains, including Copper Canyon.

Coahuila: Defer non-essential travel to the state of Coahuila except the city of Saltillo, where you should exercise caution.

Colima: Manzanillo is a major city/travel destination in Colima – Defer non-essential travel to the areas of the state that border the state of Michoacán.

Durango: Exercise caution in the state. Violence and criminal activity along the highways are a continuing security concern.

Estado de Mexico: Toluca and Teotihuacan are major travel destinations in Estado de Mexico. Exercise caution in the State of Mexico. Due to high rates of crime and insecurity, defer non-essential travel to the municipalities of Coacalco, Ecatepec, Nezahualcoyotl, La Paz, Valle del Chalco, Solidaridad, Chalco, and Ixtapaluca. Defer non-essential travel to the municipality of Tlatlaya in the southwest portion of the state and non-essential travel on any roads between Santa Marta in the southeast portion of the state and Huitzilac in the state of Morelos, including the Lagunas de Zempoala National Park and surrounding areas.

Guanajuato: San Miguel de Allende and Leon are major cities/travel destinations in Guanajuato – No advisory is in effect.

Hidalgo: No advisory is in effect.

Jalisco: Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, and Lake Chapala are major cities/travel destinations in Jalisco – Exercise caution throughout the state, particularly in rural areas and when using secondary highways. Defer non-essential travel to areas of the state that border the states of Michoacán and Zacatecas.

Mexico City (also known as the Federal District): No advisory is in effect. See also the discussion in the section on Estado de Mexico for areas within the greater Mexico City metropolitan area.

Michoacán: Morelia is a major city/travel destination in Michoacán – Defer non-essential travel to the state of Michoacán except the cities of Morelia and Lázaro Cardenas and the area north of federal toll road 15D, where you should exercise caution.

Morelos: Cuernavaca is a major city/travel destination in Morelos. Defer non-essential travel on any roads between Huitzilac in the northwest corner of the state and Santa Marta, Estado de Mexico, including the Lagunas de Zempoala National Park and surrounding areas.

Nayarit: The Riviera Nayarit coast, including the cities of Tepic, Xalisco, and San Blas, is a major travel destination in Nayarit. U.S. government personnel may travel to Riviera Nayarit, San Blas, Santa María del Oro, Tepic, and Xalisco using major highways. Intercity travel at night is prohibited for U.S. government personnel. Defer non-essential travel to other areas of the state.

Nuevo Leon: Monterrey is a major city/travel destination in Nuevo Leon. Exercise caution in the state of Nuevo Leon. U.S. government personnel and their dependents may travel outside the city of Monterrey only during daylight hours on toll roads, and must return to the city of San Pedro Garza Garcia municipal boundaries to abide by a curfew of 1 a.m. and 6 a.m., except for travel to the airport after 5 a.m.

Oaxaca: Oaxaca, Huatulco and Puerto Escondido are major cities/travel destinations in Oaxaca. In Oaxaca City, U.S. citizens should avoid hiking around the auditorium and observatory at Cerro del Fortin, as foreigners are routinely held up and robbed in that area.

Puebla: No advisory is in effect.

Queretaro: No advisory is in effect.

Quintana Roo: Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya and Tulum are major cities/travel destinations in Quintana Roo – No advisory is in effect.

San Luis Potosi: Exercise caution in the state. U.S. government personnel may travel outside the City of San Luis Potosi only during daylight hours on toll roads, and must return to the city of San Luis Potosi to abide by a curfew of 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.

Sinaloa: Mazatlan is a major city/travel destination in Sinaloa. Defer non-essential travel to the state of Sinaloa except the cities of Mazatlan, Los Mochis, and the Port of Topolobampo, where you should exercise caution. One of Mexico’s most powerful criminal organizations is based in the state of Sinaloa, and violent crime rates remain high in many parts of the state. Travel in Mazatlan should be limited to Zona Dorada and the historic town center, as well as direct routes to and from these locations and the airport. Travel in Los Mochis and Topolobampo is restricted to the city and the port, as well as direct routes to/from these locations and the airport.

Sonora: Nogales, Puerto Peñasco, Hermosillo, and San Carlos are major cities/travel destinations in Sonora. Sonora is a key region in the international drug and human trafficking trades and can be extremely dangerous for travelers. Travelers throughout Sonora are encouraged to limit travel to main roads during daylight hours.

Tabasco: Villahermosa is a major city/travel destination in Tabasco. No advisory is in effect.

Tamaulipas: Matamoros, Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa, and Tampico are major cities in Tamaulipas. Defer all non-essential travel to the state. Throughout the state violent crime, including homicide, armed robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, extortion, and sexual assault, pose significant safety risks.

Tlaxcala: No advisory is in effect.

Veracruz: No advisory is in effect.

Yucatan: Merida and Chichen Itza are major cities/travel destinations in Yucatan. No advisory is in effect.

Zacatecas: Exercise caution in the state of Zacatecas. Robberies, carjacking, and organized criminal activity remain a concern. U.S. government personnel may travel outside the city of Zacatecas only during daylight hours on toll roads, and must return to the city of Zacatecas to abide by a curfew of 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.

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Tourism! The Key to Economic Development and Prosperity

By:  Patricia Ann Talley, MBA and Editor

Over the past six decades, the tourism industry has expanded and diversified to become one of the largest and fastest-growing economic sectors in the world. And tourism can help solve some of the world’s problems, like climate change, poverty reduction, preserving eco systems and helping to sustain our planet. Tourism is one of the world’s most important industries and creates millions of businesses and jobs. World Tourism Organization logo

According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, international tourist arrivals have increased from 25 million globally in 1950, to 278 million in 1980, 527 million in 1995, and 1133 million in 2014. Likewise, international tourism receipts earned by destinations worldwide have surged from US$ 2 billion in 1950 to US$ 104 billion in 1980, US$ 415 billion in 1995 and US$ 1245 billion in 2014.

Travelers visit beaches, mountains, national parks, historic sites, festivals, museums, worship centers, and countless other attractions. Travels buy local souvenirs, products and goods.  All purchases boost the local economy.

Climate Change

The tourism industry helps to address challenges like climate change. Unlike fossil fuel industries, that often resist efforts to address climate change, the tourism industry realizes that the environment and a sustainable planet are crucial to their business. Tourism destinations and resorts have a high interest to keep their beaches and environments clean and pristine so as to attract visitors.

Elimination of Poverty

Tourism also helps to eliminate poverty. The potential of tourism in contributing to lift people out of poverty is increasingly acknowledged and is supported by the growing relevance of the sector for poor countries. According to the WTO, tourism is one of the top three sources of export earnings for nearly half of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in the world and is a priority sector for their further integration in the global economy.

Empowerment of Women 

Women play an important role in the tourism industry. Back in 2010, the United Nations World Tourism Organization and UN Women (formerly UNIFEM) collaborated to report on women’s active participation in the tourism industry worldwide. This report found that much of the contribution of women in the tourism industry is invisible. Many women work behind the scenes in office jobs, in the kitchens, or in other support jobs.

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Gender equality has proven to be profitable in the business world in general. This fact opens up new and interesting opportunities in the tourism sector, where the enormous potential of women has not been fully harnessed. Women with higher levels of training and greater opportunities to develop their businesses contribute to exponential quality improvements in all areas of tourism activity. With training, and given the opportunity, tourism can help women to lift themselves, their families and their communities out of poverty.

How Do You “Sustain” Tourism?

The only way to permanently alleviate poverty or to conserve the environment is to “sustain” tourism.  But, how do you do this? GSTC-logo

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), a global leader in promoting sustainable tourism, has created a set of criteria to help come to a common understanding of “sustainable” tourism, which are the minimum that any tourism business should aspire to reach. The GSTC’s criteria also serve to help consumers identify sound sustainable tourism programs and businesses. The GSTC Criteria for Sustainable Tourism are organized around four main themes:

  1. Effective sustainability planning
  2. Maximizing social and economic benefits for the local community
  3. Enhancing cultural heritage
  4. Reducing negative impacts to the environment

If implemented on a large scale throughout the tourism industry, these criteria will go a long way toward solving some of the world’s most important challenges. Business is encouraged to embrace these goals.  Tourists are encouraged to travel to destinations and to stay in hotels that promote sustainable tourism.

The tourism industry is vital to the world’s economy, it provides social and economic benefits for the local community, it enhances cultural exchange, and it is good for the environment!

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Barra de Potosi Hosts Spring Street Fair – Wednesday, March 16, 2016

By: Barbara Erickson.

The village of Barra de Potosi will host its annual Spring Street Fair on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fair takes place in an authentic fishing nestled by the edge of the sea and the largest lagoon in the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo area. If you have not visited before, this is the day to come out. If you are a regular, you already know the beauty and the biodiversity of the area. Warning: Like many of us, you may never want to leave!

Barra de PotosiBarra de Potosi is best known for its tranquil lagoon, perfect for swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, and great seafood! Photo by: blog.capellahotels.com

The fair will feature many embroidered items including clothing for ladies, men and children, as well as decorative furnishings. Hand painted coasters and table mats, handmade jewelry, and small shoulder bags of woven, brocade, velvet and colorful cotton fabrics will be sold.

Village-made, the purses are perfect for carrying cell phones or a few essentials when you really don’t want to be encumbered by your favorite bag. The women also are making regalos sorpresa, surprise gifts for everyone who comes out. Musician Jose Luis Cobo will perform! He is a local favorite!

Proceeds from the fair will help village women augment their families’ incomes through the sale of their unique and reasonably priced handicrafts.

Look at some of the great items offered!!

 The Street Fair will feature many handicrafts and embroidered items made by local women to help support their families’ incomes.

Consider coming for lunch as many locals and tourists who love Barra de Potosi street food do. For a few pesos, you can purchase food and beverages. Or, when you have done your shopping, head to one of the many enramadas, which are fish restaurants along the sands that line the beach front and lagoon. The restaurants offer everything from eggs to traditional Mexican fare, but along with amazing views, fresh breezes and even hammocks, you can do no better than enjoying their local, catch-of-the-day dishes.

Even if shopping is not your thing, visiting Barra de Potosi is a special experience. One recent visitor likened the fishing village to a step back in time. “It took me back fifty years ago, to old Mexico and the warmth of people who love having visitors enjoy the beauty of their environment,” she said.

We invite you to take a break from urban life and begin your weekend with a day discovering the natural beauty of Barra de Potosi and meeting the village. Barra is under 30 minutes away from Zihuatanejo. You can reach it by by taxi or bus if you do not have other transportation.

To find out how to take a bus from Zihuatanejo check out this link:

http://barradepotosidirectionsto.jimdo.com

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Governor of Guerrero, Mexico Makes Historic Peace Proclamation: Celebration in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo on February 28, 2016

Hector Astudillo, the newly-elected Governor of Guerrero, Mexico, made an official proclamation last month to support and sustain the peace-building efforts of the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo community. Zihuatanejo’s Mayor Gustavo García Bello will host the community’s 6th Annual Celebration of Peace will be on February 28, 2016. Everyone is invited to attend.

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo initiated its peace program in 2010. Founding members of its Peace Committee developed and implemented a “Peace Certification Program” to sustain the movement. The Ixtapa Zihuatanejo Peace Committee is now led by First Lady Maricruz Galeana Leyva, Honorary President; Professor Wendy Carbajal Sotelo, General Director; and Armando Federico, a representative from the State Tourism Office who serves as Commissioner of Peace & Tourism.

In 2015, Ixtapa Zihuatanejo became the first city in the world to be “certified” under this (optional) peace-building plan by the International Cities of Peace Organization. The requirements for peace certification are:

  1. The city must form a Peace Committee (municipal representatives, educators, civic organizations, and local volunteers) to develop and implement an annual peace plan.
  2. Government officials and community members must attend an annual Peace Education Seminar.
  3. The community must construct a Peace Monument in a highly-visible area.
  4. The community must implement an on-going, Peace Education program for its youth.
  5. The community must celebrate the International Day of Peace on Sept. 21st every year. (Zihuatanejo conducts its main peace event in February due to better weather.)
  6. Municipal government must make a proclamation to maintain the peace certification program.

BOTH the GOVERNOR OF GUERRERO and the MAYOR OF ZIHUATANEJO made this historic Proclamation for Peace!

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From the Office of the Governor of the State of Guerrero

January 2, 2016

WHEREAS: Peace is not merely the absence of war and violence, but a condition where society has achieved a balance of prosperity, security, justice and hope; and,

WHEREAS: Peace is necessary for everyone to achieve health as defined by the World Health Organization; and,

WHEREAS: The UN World Tourism Organization promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development, and environmental sustainability; and,

WHEREAS: Mexico has established a national code of conduct for the protection of girls, boys and adolescents in the tourism sector, and Zihuatanejo has established a committee to enforce this code; and,

WHEREAS the community leaders of  Ixtapa Zihuatanejo are committed to establishing peace in the region to promote economic opportunity and improve the quality of life of the people of our region; and

WHEREAS: In 2010, the municipality of Zihuatanejo initiated a peace program including the establishment of a Peace Committee; the construction of a peace pole monument in Olof Palme Peace Park; annual commemoration of the International Day of Peace on September 21; development of an annual peace plan including a peace education program; development of diversity programs; and the destination hosts an annual tourism event to promote peace; and,

WHEREAS: The community of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo has reported its activities and met the requirements for certification as a City of Peace with the International Cities of Peace Organization; and,

WHEREAS: The official recognition of Zihuatanejo as an International City of Peace will provide inspiration, information and support  for youth and adults to pursue creative approaches  to non-violence and peace, therefore be it

RESOLVED that the State of Guerrero and the Municipality of Zihuatanejo de Azueta, including the tourist destination of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, proclaims to be an International City of Peace in perpetuity, and be it further

RESOLVED that the Municipality of Zihuatanejo de Azueta designates 21 September of each year to be commemorated as the International Day of Peace in perpetuity, and be it further

RESOLVED that the Municipality will continue to develop peace education programs that focus on diversity and inclusion of all people, and

RESOLVED that the State of Guerrero and the Municipality of Zihuatanejo de Azueta will develop policies and procedures that promote establishing peace in our region in perpetuity.

EVERYONE is invited to the Celebration of Peace in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo on February 28, 2016!     

  • 11: 00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., PEACE SEMINIAR. Location: Sunscape Dorado Hotel in Ixtapa. Casual attire. The guest speaker will be Dr. Fredrick Pearson, Director of the Peace & Non Conflict Center at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, USA. Admission is FREE.
  • 5:00 p.m., PEACE MONUMENT CEREMONY & PEACE WALK. WEAR WHITE!
  • 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., OFFICIAL PEACE CERTIFICATION CEREMONY at the municipal basketball court in Zihuatanejo.

This will be a spectacular event. Don’t miss it! Take a look at last year’s Celebration.

Please note: This TV video incorrectly claims certification by the United Nations. The certification was by the International Cities of Peace Organization.

May Peace Prevail on Earth!

May Peace Prevail in Guerrero!

May Peace Prevail in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo!

May Peace Prevail in your homes and in your hearts!

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Students from UAGro, Zihuatanejo’s Tourism University Win UN Peace Day Video Contest!

In support of the United Nations International Day of Peace, students throughout the community of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico participated in a video contest to promote a culture of peace in the city. Students from Universidad Autonóma de Guerrero (UAGro), Zihuatanejo’s toursim university won the contest, and their video was shown at the United Nations  International Day of Peace Youth Assembly in New York in September 2015. Ixtapa Zihuatanejo will host its Celebration of Peace on February 28, 2016.

The video contest was part of an annual peace education program sponsored by the International Cities of Peace Committee of Zihuatanejo, under the direction of Professor Wendy Carbajal Sotelo.  The contest required students to develop a short film to promote peace in the area, and they had to perform some type of community service or actions for peace. The video submissions were then posted on Facebook, with the winner collecting the most “likes” in 5 minutes.

UAGro Video winners

The winning team from UAGro Zihuatanejo are: Emmanuel Mondragón Sánchez, Melissa Valdez Marroquín, Diana Erika Segura Estrada, Miguel Carbajal Castañeda and Brenda Cruz Mendoza.

Before making their video, the students had to perform community service. “Our action for peace was to attend the Niños Heroes de Chapultepec elementary school where had fun interacting with the little children. We asked them questions about what peace means to them; we had them draw pictures of peace. The kids were wonderful, and it was a very unique and personal experiece for each of us, “said Emmanuel Mondragón Sánchez, the team leader.

UAGro students at Ninos Heroes School

First, the university students had to perform community service. They worked with elementary kids, talking and drawing pictures of peace.

The students then had to produce a video. “We had the support of our university from the very beginning. UAGro Zihuatanejo is a tourism univeristy, so producing this video was very important to us. We had a lot of discussion about its content. We decided to include the important aspects of both culture and tourism,” they said. The dean of UAGro, Dr. Javier Saldaña Almazan, supported the student competitors by promoting their video on UAGro’s  TV cannel.

Go UAGro! They won! The name of the winning video for peace is “Peace Prevails in Zihuatanejo,” using the Mexican musical theme Huapango.

“It was an honor to participate in this innovative project involving youth for peace. It is important for tourist to know that students in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo want peace. We thank everyone who supported us in this project. We know it is not enough to just talk about peace, you have to take action and work for it. We will continue our elementary school volunteer program throughout the year,” said the UAGro team.

The Celebration of Peace in Ixtapa will be held on February 28, 2016. A peace education seminar will be held for the general public from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Sunscape Dorado Hotel in Ixtapa. Admission is free. The official celebration will start at 5:00 p.m. at the Peace Monument in Zihuatanejo, next to the museum. It will be a gala event. Everyone is invited.

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New Direct Airline Flights to Ixtapa Zihuatanejo for 2016!

By: Patricia Ann Talley, Editor

Come on down! We welcome visitors to our tropical beach resort of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero!  There are many new direct flights for 2016. We are providing this flight information from the Visitors & Conventions Bureau is provided to help you plan your trip. Please check with your travel agent or go on-line to confirm travel times and prices.

Another option for traveling to Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is to fly into Mexico City or Toluca. We are only a short 45 minute flight from there. Flights run daily. Check with Interjet, Aeromexico, or Aeromar. There are also flights to Ixtapa Zihuatanejo from Acapulco and Guadalajara operated by Tar Airlines.

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Government and tourism officials greet the newt direct flight from Chicago operated by United Airlines.

 

Direct Flights to Ixtapa Zihuatanejo from the United States

Direct from Los Angeles

Airline                   Flight No.            Airport Codes         Depart/Arrive    Days

ALASKA                  220-291          LAX/ZIH/LAX      15:22-16:25         Daily

DELTA AIRLINES  645-644           LAX/ZIH/LAX       16:16-17:07         Saturday

Direct from Phoenix

Airline                   Flight No.            Airport Codes    Depart/Arrive    Days

AMERICAN AIR  513-430      PHX/ZIH/PHX     15:18-16:15         Daily except Wednesday

Direct from Chicago

Airline                   Flight No.            Airport Codes   Depart/Arrive    Days

AEROMEXICO    9277-9278        ORD/ZIH/ORD   11:47-13:06         Sunday

UNITED                2015-2016      ORD/ZIH/ORD     13:50-14:40         Saturday

Direct from Minneapolis/ St. Paul

Airline                   Flight No.            Airport Codes   Depart/Arrive    Days

SUN COUNTRY  529-530                MSP/ZIH/MSP    11:25-12:15         Sunday, Thursday

DELTA AIRLINES  343-336                MSP/ZIH/MSP  14:10-15:00         Sunday

Direct from Dallas/ Fort Worth

Airline                   Flight No.            Airport Codes    Depart/Arrive    Days

AMERICAN AIR 5735-5735            DFW/ZIH/DFW  11:44-12:25         Tuesday, Thursday

AMERICAN AIR 2200-2200            DFW/ZIH/DFW  12:58-14:11         Saturday

Direct from Houston

Airline                   Flight No.            Airport Codes    Depart/Arrive    Days

UNITED              4682-4683            IAH/ZIH/IAH       14:12-15:02         Saturday, Sunday,       Monday, Tuesday

UNITED             1682-1163        IAH/ZIH/IAH       14:12-15:08         Thursday, Friday, Saturday

UNITED            1682-1163            IAH/ZIH/IAH       14:29-15:19         Sunday, Tuesday

Direct Flights to Ixtapa Zihuatanejo from Canada

Direct from Montreal

Airline                   Flight No.            Airport Codes                    Depart/Arrive    Days

AIR TRANSAT    378-379                YUL/ZIH/YUL               12:10-13:10         Friday

AIR CANADA     1518-7074            YUL/ZIH/YYZ                12:00-13:00         Saturday

SUNWING          557-558                YUL/HUX/ZIH/YUL       15:00-16:00         Monday (Stops in Huatulco)

Direct from Toronto

Airline                   Flight No.            Airport Codes                    Depart/Arrive    Days

AIR CANADA      1516-7074            YYZ/ZIH/YYZ                       12:50-13:50    Sunday

AIR CANADA      1516-7079            YYZ/ZIH/YUL                       14:00-15:00    Saturday

SUNWING           223-224                YYZ/ZIH/YYZ                       19:25-20:35   Thursday

Direct from Winnipeg

Airline                   Flight No.            Airport Codes                    Depart/Arrive    Days

SUNWING           211-212                YWG/ZIH/SJD/YVR          13:05-14:20         Thursday

Direct from Saskatoon

Airline                   Flight No.            Airport Codes                    Depart/Arrive    Days

SUNWING           495-496                YXE/ZIH/SJD/YXE              14:25-15:45   Thursday

SUNWING           495-9496              YXE/ZIH/SJD/YXE              18:25-19:25  Thursday

Direct from Edmonton

Airline                   Flight No.            Airport Codes                    Depart/Arrive    Days

SUNWING           591-592                YEG/YXE/ZIH/YEG            15:35-16:45    Thursday

SUNWING           591-592                YEG/YQR/ZIH/ZIH/YQR/YEG        “         Thursday

Direct from Calgary

Airline                   Flight No.            Airport Codes                    Depart/Arrive    Days

AIR CANADA      1520-7076            YYC/ZIH/YYC                       15:50-16:50      Monday

WESTJET            2382-2383            YYC/ZIH/YYC                       16:01-16:50      Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Direct from Vancouver

AIR CANADA      1522-7071            YVR/ZIH/YVR                     16:05-17:05         Sunday

SUNWING           481-9482              YVR/YYC/ZIH/SJD/YVR   16:40-17:50         Thursday

SUNWING           481-482                YVR/YYC/ZIH/YYC/YVR   17:20-18:30        Thursday

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Do You Know What “Legal Documents” Mexicans Need to Visit the USA or Canada?

By: Patricia Ann Talley, Editor

By far, Mexico is the country most visited by citizens of the United States and Canada. During 2015, Americans will make about 21,297,000 trips to Mexico, an increase of 1.8 percent over 2014.1 Canadians also enjoy traveling freely to Mexico. To be “documented,” these nationalities fill out a short visa form in flight before landing in Mexico that requests hotel and contact information. There is no charge. But, for Mexicans to visit the north is a completely different story!illegal-immigration

“Why don’t the Mexicans just get the proper legal documents?” so many northerners ask. But, few know the cost and documentation process that is required.

As educators, especially in a tourist destination like Zihuatanejo, we want our students to have opportunities to visit, to observe, and to participate in international programs, so that they can develop effective tourism strategies. Also, many Mexicans have family members living in the north. Yet, the current visitation and immigration process for many Mexicans is too difficult to attain. We support LEGAL IMMIGRATION, but we advocate changes to ease the process.

Would you pay a non-refundable fee, the equivalent of two month’s salary or a year’s college tuition (at a public university); submit all of your personal and family data and financial records, and travel for an interview with a foreign government official – just to APPLY to take a vacation or business trip to Mexico? And, approval of your application is not guaranteed. Look what is required of Mexicans just to visit up north.

Requirements for Vacation or Business Travel for Mexicans

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THE UNITED STATES 2: The United States is by far the hardest country for neighboring Mexicans to enter. First, the US has had a long history of restricting the immigration of certain races and nationalities.2 American tourists and business travelers complete an in-flight Mexican visa form, and pay no cost to enter the country. But, the cost and requirements for Mexican travelers to visit the USA are quite different!

  • Cost: Cost is a significant factor. The USA government charges $325.00 USD per person just to process a visa application for Mexicans – that is non-refundable if the visa is refused. This application also requires a personal interview at the US Embassy in Mexico City. For students and tourists from Zihuatanejo, the cost of traveling to the capitol and applying for the visa is about $450 USD per person – more than a year’s college tuition at a public university! Minimum wage in Mexico is just over $4.00 USD (65 pesos) per day, so this fee equates to almost 2 months’ salary for many families, preventing most from even applying.
  • Required Documents and USA Embassy Interview: The USA tourist visa application form can be completed on-line, but a personal interview at the Embassy in Mexico City is required. Many other documents are necessary.
    • Valid Mexican Passport
    • The Visa application form (DS-160)
    • Birth certificate (original or certified copy)
    • Photos
    • Voter Registration Card (IFE/INE) if 18 or over
    • Proof of Finances (bank statements, payroll records, tax documents)
    • Proof of Education (school diploma, professional certificates)
    • Proof of Employment (pay slips, company credential, letter from Human Resources Department)
    • Proof of Marriage, documentation for other family members (sometimes required)
    • The above items should not be considered an exhaustive list and presentation of these documents does not guarantee visa issuance.
    • No criminal or immigration-related convictions
  • Proof of Reason to Visit/ Proof to Return: Mexican applicants for USA tourist visas must be prepared to explain and present evidence to the government officer regarding why they are going to the USA, and why they will return to Mexico. It is often necessary to have a letter of invitation or sponsorship from some US organization or group.

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CANADA 3: Canada just started requiring Mexicans to obtain travel visas a few years ago. Having assisted students in the past, we find Canada’s application process to be easier and significantly less expensive.

  • Cost: The fee for a tourist visa is $100 Canadian Dollars ($76 USD); maximum of $500 ($375 USD) for an entire family, as compared to the USA visa application charge of $325 USD per person.
  • Required Documents and Canadian Embassy Interview: The Canadian tourist visa application form can be completed on-line, and a personal interview at the Embassy in Mexico City is also required, so applicants outside the city incur travel costs. The following documents are required.
    • Valid travel document, such as a passport,
    • Good health
    • No criminal or immigration-related convictions 
  • Proof of Reason to Visit/ Proof to Return: Mexican applicants must show proof and convince an immigration officer that they have ties—such as a job, home, financial assets or family—so that they will return to Mexico, and that they have enough money for the stay. The amount of money needed can vary depending on the length of stay, and accommodations in a hotel or with relatives. Applicants may also need a medical exam and a letter of invitation from someone who lives in Canada.

References:

  1. New York Times, “Where Will Americans Travel in 2015?” http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/11/travel/where-will-americans-travel-in-2015-.html?_r=0
  2. United States Embassy in Mexico City, US Visa Requirements: http://mexico.usembassy.gov/visas/non-immigrant-visas/visa-categories/business–tourism-b1/b2.html
  3. Government of Canada, Immigration and Citizenship, Visa Requirements: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/apply-who.asp

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Hotels, Vacation Homes, and Bed and Breakfast Inns in Troncones Beach, Mexico

Troncones Beach, Mexico is a small town, located about twenty minutes north of Zihuatanejo. The town sits on the coast of the Pacific, known as the Mexican Riviera. The beachfront is breathtaking! The area is known for its natural wildlife and tropical beauty.

Troncones is a place to connect with nature. It’s a perfect place for romance. Artists, writers, musicians, and creative people love it. Troncones is a place of peace and tranquility.

American surfers started visiting the area back in the 1960s. Over the years, the community has grown to be an enclave of small hotels, vacations homes, and bed and breakfast inns. Here are some favorites in the area.

Punta el Corral Vacation Home: Punta el Corral is the perfect option for a couple looking for a small-sized, beachfront vacation home, and it is priced accordingly. It has two levels. The downstairs is a beautiful king-size master bedroom that opens to a walkway to the sea.

Punta el Corral - House and Garden

Upstairs is the grand room with a fully-equipped kitchen, dining and living area – with a 270 degree view of the ocean. Magnificent!

Punta de Corral - Bedroom and Living room

Air conditioning and large ceiling fans are provided. There is plenty closet room. The front door access is self-locking for security. All linens are included, even beach towels. Linens are changed and general cleaning is provided every other day. There is a built-in desk behind the bed that provides a place to work or write. There is also a direct landline telephone to make free local calls. Wireless Internet access is included in the rental price. The kitchen is equipped with all the items a gourmet chef would desire. Vegetables and fruits are delivered twice per week by a local purveyor, and fresh fish is sold nearby. There are also several restaurants in the area.

Casa Carolina Vacation Rental & Surf Retreat is a unique vacation home with five bedrooms, a fully-equipped gourmet kitchen, and a collection Mexican art and furniture to make to a perfect getaway on the beach. There is lots of space to entertain.

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But, the view and the local surfing are unbelievable! Look at this video taken from their pool. It rocks!

Casa Ki Bungalows – Bed and Breakfast Inn: “Ki” – the Japanese word for energy and wholeness, the universal life force. Casa Ki’s lush tropical gardens surround a main house with two bedrooms, and four private bungalows. The property sits right on the oceanfront.

Casa Ki Beach Bungalow

The main house has two large bedrooms, two bathrooms, a full kitchen, a living/dining area and a porch running the length of the house facing the ocean. Single beds can be added for sleeping up to six persons maximum. Each of the four bungalows is equipped with a king-size bed, a small refrigerator and a porch with hammock, table, and chairs. A single bed can be added to the rooms. All have private bathrooms with hot water for showers.

Casa Ki

A healthy breakfast is provided every day that includes tea, coffee, juice, yogurt, granola and fresh fruit. Daily maid service is included, except Sundays, and children are welcome (reliable, affordable nannies are available). Laundry service and wireless internet are available. Pets are possible – contact them.

Posada De Los Raqueros Bed & Breakfast:Posada de Los Raqueros is tastefully decorated with an eclectic and stylish mix of European, Mexican, and Asian decor. Art, architecture, ceramic, and design enthusiasts always comment on the extensive attention to detail paid to the design of this property and its grounds.

The accommodations include two separate, spacious, two-story bungalows, each with a fully-equipped kitchen and master bedroom; one family-sized two bedroom/two bath loft-style home; plus two guest suites – all are steps away from the Pacific Ocean.

Plants, trees, and water are in abundance. Fountains greet you as you enter the gates. Shaded hammocks line the terrace. And then, there is the beach…

We invite you to come and enjoy the beauty of Troncones Beach!

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Independence Day, Peace Day, and Tourism Day – Students at UAGro in Zihuatanejo Have a FESTIVAL!

By: Patricia Ann Talley, Advisory Council of City Leaders for International Cities of Peace.

Life has its special moments – times you will never forget. And, for educators like me, spending quality time with young people is especially rewarding. Recently, I was invited to Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero (UAGro), Zihuatanejo’s tourism university, to join in a festival celebrating all of the holidays during September and October. Since you couldn’t be there, we’re sharing these moments with you!

First, the occasion – not that we really need one! In Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, we have festivals every Sunday in our downtown square. But, during this season, there is Independence Day (September 16), the International Day of Peace on September 21, International Tourism Day on September 27, and Día de la Razas (Day of the Races) on October 12. So, it’s a PARTY!

The students gathered for a morning of fun with the professors.

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They prepared tacos, fruit sticks, beverages, etc. What a Global Feast for Peace!

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There was Line Dancing!

Got to have a singer! All the girls swooned…

Then, the students challenged the teachers to dance. Ha! We told them, “We taught YOU!”

Hope you enjoyed our festival!

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Zihuatanejo Delegation Goes to the UN! – Peace Day Activities in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico City, and More!

By: Patricia Ann Talley, Editor, and Member of the Advisory Council of City Leaders for International Cities of Peace.

Mexico joins the world in celebration of the International Day of Peace on September 21. This year’s theme of “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All” is especially meaningful given current national and world events. Several communities in Mexico join with the International Cities of Peace Organization to celebrate this date – acknowledging the achievements made, and recognizing the work yet to be done.

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Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero: The tourist community of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo (municipality of Zihuatanejo Jose Azueta) is located on the Pacific coast, just 2.5 hours by air from Houston, Texas. In 2010, the tourism industry, educational institutions, and community service groups joined together to plan and develop a peace education program combined with special events and tourist activities. In 2015, Zihuatanejo became Mexico’s first “Certified” International City of Peace following a model designed to help sustain the peace movement by connecting it with tourism. (See: Model for Sustainable Peace Building)

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A delegation of the Zihuatanejo Peace Committee will go to the United Nations in New York to participate in the annual student commemoration of the International Day of Peace on September 21. Approximately 700 high school and college students from the USA and Canada will have an opportunity to attend the event at the UN Headquarters, along with youth participating via video-conference from other regions of the world. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is also invited to address the students.

The Zihuatanejo Peace Delegation to the student commemoration at the UN include Wendy Carbajal Sotelo, Chairperson; Mercedes Calvo, First Lady of Governor-elect Hector Astudillo Flores of the State of Guerrero; Anahi  Toledo, Public Relations and Youth Representative; and high-school student Eric Fernández Carbajal. While many Mexican students want to attend the UN celebration, obtaining visas to the USA is too costly and complicated for most. (See Related Articles below. )

Peace Day activities in Zihuatanejo include a Global Peace Feast at local restaurants and hotels, Media for Peace and Youth Rally at universities, and a Peace Ceremony at the city’s Peace Monument. For times and details, see: Mexico’s Independence Day, International Day of Peace and Other Events in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo – September 2015

San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato (By: Robin Loving Rowland and Barbara Johnson): For the second consecutive year, San Miguel will celebrate the United National International Day of Peace with a four-day celebration –  September 18-21 –  that will stretch from outlying colonias (neighborhood) into the Central area with the theme of Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All!

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Local events will be free to the public, and will be presented in English and/or Spanish. Sponsors of the peace events are: Allende la Cultura, Camino de la Paz, the City of San Miguel de Allende, Efecto Pigmalion, El Sindicato, Ojala Ninos, Rotary Clubs, Shelter Theatre, and Tianguis Organica San Miguel de Allende.

Activities will include Aikido, an anti-bullying presentation, art, sponsor exhibits, creating community through the development of vertical gardens from recycled materials, mandala making, massage, meditation, music, movies, mural making, peace education, poetry, Qigong, reiki, community building through soccer, Tai Chi, a Walk4Peace, a World Café, and yoga.

Setting up the Walk4Peace, organizer Michael Latriano quoted Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hahn, who was nominated by Martin Luther King for a Nobel Peace Prize, as saying, “Peace is something we can contemplate every day. Walking meditation is one of the ways to contemplate peace.  Our Walk4Peace will generate the energy of peace and solidarity in San Miguel. Please join us by walking in mindful unity. Peace is the outcome.”

Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the TOSMA and Parque Allende locations. If you would like to volunteer, please attend the volunteer meeting Thursday, September 10, at 6:30 p.m. at Lolita’s restaurant, Salida a Celaya 52.

Click to download the Schedule of Events and Locations: Schedule of Peace Week Events in San Miguel – 2015 . For more information, contact: www.CaminoDeLaPaz.org, or www.facebook.com/CaminoDeLaPazSMA.

Mexico City, Tijuana, Baja California: Colibri Civic Association, headed by Marisa Patiño, is a collaboration of peace educators and activists from over twenty-three cities in Mexico, Columbia, Ecuador, Panama, and Argentina. In association with the UN, this group focuses on programs to prevent violence against children, the promotion of the rights of children and adolescents; and supports the equality of women in civic society and economics. To get information and details for peace activities in your city, contact: mailto:colibriac2015@hotmail.com.

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Small Hotels, Bed & Breakfast Inns, Vacation Condos and Rental Apartments in Zihuatanejo, Mexico – 2015

Zihuatanejo was once a small fishing village that has now grown into an international tourist destination. But, we’re still small at heart! You can still find several small, “family-owned” properties in the area for you to enjoy, plus several small “boutique” hotels and inns.

Solana Boutique Bed and Breakfast is a seven room retreat set amidst lush tropical jungle on the hillside overlooking the beautiful Zihuatanejo bay. Each suite is designed to be your own oasis with a private terrace, open air shower, hammock, and stunning bay views. With soothing natural colors, wood accents, and a sophisticated modern Mexican design, Solana is the perfect place to take a break from the modern world and find the space to breathe again.

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The communal areas are welcoming spaces and include a salt water infinity pool, an open-air palapa (palm roof) area, a sundeck, and plentiful tropical gardens. A bar menu is provided during the evening cocktail hour, and dinner can be arranged with advance notice.

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Accommodation rates range from $90 – $215 USD per night, depending upon room type and season. A full breakfast, daily maid service, and WIFI are complimentary. Children, ages twelve and over, are welcome. If the entire facility is rented by one party, younger children are allowed. Click to download – More Information: Solana Hotel, or contact, mailto:info@casasolana.com.

La Villa Luz: Enjoy the comfort and splendor of an apartment-like environment, overlooking the beautiful Zihuatanejo Bay. This very private Bed & Breakfast has only seven (7) villa units. Each unit has a king-size bed, private bath, living area, and balcony. Three (3) of the villas are equipped with mini-kitchens, and are available for long-term stays. Just walking distance from the beach, this boutique B&B offers a wonderful environment for your tropical vacation in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico.

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Click to download More Information for Villa Luz , or mailto:lavillaluz.zihuatanejo@gmail.com.

Casa Tucanes is home to the sand sculptor, Mauricio López Moctezuma, and his wife Rosy, who serve as your hosts. They have two very private “villas” (apartments) available for rent for vacations or long-term stays.

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The property is a piece of art!  Located a short walk from La Ropa Beach, Casa Tucanes has beautiful tropical gardens, a pool, and plenty of space for relaxation. Artwork is on display throughout the property.

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There are two villas (apartments) for rent: a one-bedroom and a two-bedroom unit. It’s just like a home! The apartments are furnished with a fully-equipped kitchen, living room, dining area, and terrace. Clean sheets and towels are provided. Rental cost depends on the number of guests and length of stay.  Click to download: More information for CasaTucanes. Contact Rosy at: mailto:casa_tucanes@hotmail.com.

Casa Tucanes Apartments

Costa Grande Real Estate is located on the boardwalk in Zihuatanejo, overlooking the bay. One-bedroom apartments are available for rent on the second floor.

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Costa Grande Real Estate is located on the boardwalk, in front of the bay in Zihuatanejo. Rental apartments are available upstairs.

Apartments are furnished with an oceanfront view. They have one bedroom and one bathroom, living room, and dining room and are available for $1,800.00 USD per month. For more information, contact Douglas Hudson at: mailto:douglas@mexicomail.com.

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Catalina Beach Resort (formerly Hotel Catalina) is a landmark on La Ropa Beach in Zihuatanejo. It was the first hotel built on the shoreline and has been in operation for sixty years. Catalina Beach Resort is part of the rich history of Zihuatanejo. It is owned by Mrs. Eva Bergtold, a German immigrant, who has operated the hotel for many of these years.

The hotel is located on two hectares of plush tropical vegetation on a hillside above La Ropa Beach.  It has only forty-six rooms. Each room has a magnificent view of the beach and the bay, a large gorgeous terrace with a hammock, chaise lounges, and a cozy sitting center for quiet beachside relaxation, or listening to the beautiful morning songs of the birds. The hotel is surrounded by incredible fauna with tropical birds, butterflies, and wildlife. You can immerse yourself in nature! A golf cart is provided for guests who need assistance traversing the property.

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Catalina Beach Resort, with its plush environment and ocean view, has been host to many national and international artists, movie stars, and writers, including Lauren Hutton, John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Liz Taylor, Mick Jagger, and Grace Jones. All have requested the warmth and gentle privacy that have long been the heart and spirit of Catalina Beach Resort.  Contact: mailto:info@catalinabeachresort.com.

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Catalina Beach Resort has a wonderful restaurant on-site that provides beachside service for hotel guests, and is open to the public. It has a delightful menu of seafood, traditional Mexican cuisine and international dishes. Click to download the menu: Catalina Beach Resort Restaurant Menu.

Viceroy Hotel Zihuatanejo: Discover the luxury and beauty of Viceroy Zihuatanejo. This small and intimate resort offers guestrooms and suites, breathtaking beaches, stunning landscapes, and wonderful food. Spacious, split-level Deluxe Rooms, of approximately 480 square-feet, have the “authentic feel” of old Mexico with modern technology. The Deluxe guestrooms offers king-sized canopied beds, bathrooms finished with indigenous marble and balconies or terraces with hammocks and garden views. Suites are also available. The hotel offers dining and nightlife activities, and a spa and wellness program.

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Best of all, Chef Paco Isordia is there! He is one of the culinary deans of Zihuatanejo. He has earned a reputation as one of the top chefs on the Mexican Riviera while establishing Viceroy Zihuatanejo as a culinary destination. Restaurants are open to the public. Click to download the wonderful MENU for LA MAREA RESTAURANT..

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U.S. State Department Updates Travel Warnings for Mexico – List of “Safe” Travel Destinations

The U.S. State Department issues Travel Warnings to inform U.S. citizens about the overall security situation in various countries. In May 2015, it updated its advisory for Mexico.

Millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year for study, tourism, and business, including more than 150,000 who cross the border every day. The Mexican government makes a considerable effort to protect U.S. citizens and other visitors to major tourist destinations, and there is no evidence that criminal organizations have targeted U.S. visitors and residents based on their nationality.

Generally, travel to resort areas and tourist destinations in Mexico is fine. The high levels of drug-related violence and crime are concentrated in the border region, and in areas along major trafficking routes. There are no problems traveling by air to Ixtapa Zihuatanejo!

Below is a brief state-by-state overview of security conditions throughout Mexico. For the full report, go to: Mexico Travel Warning.

Aguascalientes: Exercise caution when traveling to the areas of the state that border the state of Zacatecas, as criminal organization activity in that region continues.

Baja California: Tijuana, Rosarito, Ensenada and Mexicali are major cities/travel destinations in the state of Baja California. Exercise caution in the northern state of Baja California, particularly at night.

Baja California Sur: Cabo San Lucas and La Paz are major cities/travel destinations in the state. Exercise caution in the state capital of La Paz.

Campeche: No advisory is in effect.

Chiapas: Palenque and San Cristobal de las Casas are major cities/travel destinations in Chiapas – No advisory is in effect.

Chihuahua: Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua City, and Copper Canyon are major cities/travel destinations in Chihuahua. Defer non-essential travel to other areas in the state of Chihuahua and travel between cities only on major highways and only during daylight hours. Crime and violence remain serious problems throughout the state of Chihuahua, particularly in the southern portion of the state and in the Sierra Mountains, including Copper Canyon.

Coahuila: Defer non-essential travel to the state of Coahuila except the city of Saltillo, where you should exercise caution.

Colima: Manzanillo is a major city/travel destination in Colima – Defer non-essential travel to the areas of the state that border the state of Michoacán.

Durango: Exercise caution in the state. Violence and criminal activity along the highways are a continuing security concern.

Estado de Mexico: Toluca and Teotihuacan are major travel destinations in Estado de Mexico – Exercise caution in the State of Mexico. Due to high rates of crime and insecurity, defer non-essential travel to the municipalities of Coacalco, Ecatepec, Nezahualcoyotl, La Paz, Valle del Chalco, Solidaridad, Chalco, and Ixtapaluca. Defer non-essential travel to the municipality of Tlatlaya in the southwest portion of the state and non-essential travel on any roads between Santa Marta in the southeast portion of the state and Huitzilac in the state of Morelos, including the Lagunas de Zempoala National Park and surrounding areas.

Guanajuato: San Miguel de Allende and Leon are major cities/travel destinations in Guanajuato – No advisory is in effect.

Guerrero: Acapulco, Ixtapa, Taxco and Zihuatanejo are major cities/travel destinations in Guerrero. No advisories are in effect or Acapulco, Ixtapa or Zihuatanejo. Defer non-essential travel to all parts of the state. Travel to Acapulco and Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo only by air or cruise ship, exercise caution, and remain in tourist areas. U.S. government personnel are prohibited from traveling within Guerrero state by land, including via the 95D toll road (“cuota”) to/from Mexico City and Acapulco, as well as highway 200 between Acapulco and Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo.

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Hidalgo: No advisory is in effect.

Jalisco: Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, and Lake Chapala are major cities/travel destinations in Jalisco – Exercise caution throughout the state, particularly in rural areas and when using secondary highways. Defer non-essential travel to areas of the state that border the states of Michoacán and Zacatecas.

Mexico City (also known as the Federal District): No advisory is in effect. See also the discussion in the section on Estado de Mexico for areas within the greater Mexico City metropolitan area.

Michoacán: Morelia is a major city/travel destination in Michoacán – Defer non-essential travel to the state of Michoacán except the cities of Morelia and Lázaro Cardenas and the area north of federal toll road 15D, where you should exercise caution.

Morelos: Cuernavaca is a major city/travel destination in Morelos – Exercise caution in the state due to the unpredictable nature of organized crime violence. You should also defer non-essential travel on any roads.

Nayarit: The Riviera Nayarit coast, including the cities of Tepic, Xalisco, and San Blas, is a major travel destination in Nayarit – Defer non-essential travel to areas of the state that border the states of Sinaloa or Durango, as well as all rural areas and secondary highways.

Nuevo Leon: Monterrey is a major city/travel destination in Nuevo Leon – Exercise caution in the state. U.S. government personnel and their dependents may travel outside the city of Monterrey only during daylight hours on toll roads, and must return to the city of San Pedro Garza Garcia municipal boundaries to abide by a curfew of 1 a.m. and 6 a.m., except for travel to the airport after 5 a.m.

Oaxaca: Oaxaca, Huatulco and Puerto Escondido are major cities/travel destinations in Oaxaca – No advisory is in effect.

Puebla: No advisory is in effect.

Queretaro: No advisory is in effect.

Quintana Roo: Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya and Tulum are major cities/travel destinations in Quintana Roo – No advisory is in effect.

San Luis Potosi: Exercise caution in the state. U.S. government personnel may travel outside the City of San Luis Potosi only during daylight hours on toll roads, and must return to the city of San Luis Potosi to abide by a curfew of 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.

Sinaloa: Mazatlan is a major city/travel destination in Sinaloa – Defer non-essential travel to the state except the city of Mazatlan, where you should exercise caution, particularly late at night and in the early morning.

Sonora: Nogales, Puerto Peñasco, Hermosillo, and San Carlos are major cities/travel destinations in Sonora – Sonora is a key region in the international drug and human trafficking trades and can be extremely dangerous for travelers. Travelers throughout Sonora are encouraged to limit travel to main roads during daylight hours.

Tabasco: Villahermosa is a major city/travel destination in Tabasco- No advisory is in effect.

Tamaulipas: Matamoros, Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa, and Tampico are major cities in Tamaulipas. Defer all non-essential travel to the state. Throughout the state violent crime, including homicide, armed robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, extortion, and sexual assault, pose significant safety risks.

Tlaxcala: No advisory is in effect.

Veracruz: Exercise caution when traveling in the state. The state continues to experience violence among rival criminal organizations.

Yucatan: Merida and Chichen Itza are major cities/travel destinations in Yucatan – No advisory is in effect.

Zacatecas: Exercise caution in the state of Zacatecas. Robberies, carjacking, and organized criminal activity remain a concern. U.S. government personnel may travel outside the city of Zacatecas only during daylight hours on toll roads, and must return to the city of Zacatecas to abide by a curfew of 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.

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Zihuatanejo Delegation Visits San Miguel de Allende to Promote “Peace and Tourism”

A delegation from Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, visited the community of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, to participate in that community’s first peace conference, and to promote peace and tourism. The conference, entitled “Peace and Prosperity,” was held on April 25, and was sponsored by Camino de la Paz Organization and the local Rotary Clubs. Over 120 people attended the peace conference at the Mission Hotel that was simultaneous translated in Spanish and English.

Zihuatanejo delegates at the peace conference included Wendy Carbajal Sotelo, the new Director of Peace for the state of Guerrero; Pedro Castelán, Director of Conventions & Visitors Bureau of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo; Anahi Toledo, Public Relations for the Zihuatanejo Peace Committee; Bill Tucker, Chairman of Peace in Action Collaborative Group; and Patricia Ann Talley, an advisor to the International Cities of Peace Organization, who spoke at the conference.

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Pictured are (left to right): Carlos Olivares of Club Rotary San Miguel (Spanish); Wendy Carbajal Sotelo, Director of Peace for the state of Guerrero; Tom Schneider of Midday Rotary (English); speaker, Jean Paul Peretz; Pedro Castelán, Director of CVB Ixtapa Zihuatanejo; Dr. Beverly Nelson of Camino de Paz; (seated from left) speaker Patricia Ann Talley; speaker Paty de Obeso; and speaker Wendy Coulson.

Keynote speaker Paty de Obeso of the Vision of Humanity – Institute for Economics and Peace that publishes the Global Peace Index and Mexico Peace Index, annual measures of peacefulness, presented data estimating the economic impact of violence, and the economic benefits that would flow from increases in positive peace. She discussed the relationships between business, peace and prosperity, and promoting a better understanding of the cultural, economic and political factors that create peace.

Speaker, Patricia Ann Talley, Executive Director of Peace in Action Collaborative and an advisor to the International Cities of Peace Organization, reviewed the exact steps needed to have San Miguel de Allende become “certified” as an International City of Peace. In February 2015, Zihuatanejo became the world’s first “certified” International City of Peace using this model. See: Model for Sustainable Peace Building . There are currently about 100 cities of peace, and the organization hopes to have 1,000 cities by the year 2020. Before the conference, Talley, a member of Club Rotary of Zihuatanejo, also met with the Rotary Clubs (Spanish and English) in San Miguel de Allende, the co-hosts of the peace conference.

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Before the conference, Patricia Talley, a member of Club Rotary of Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, presented details of the certification program for the International Cities of Peace Organization to Club Rotary of San Miguel de Allende (Spanish speaking) and to the Midday Rotary Club (English speaking).

Speaker, Wendy Coulson is San Miguel’s first Rotary Peace Fellow and a recent graduate from the Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, where she studied peace and conflict resolution. She encouraged students to apply for the fellowship to increase the number of Rotary Peace Fellows in Mexico, which is now only ten. She also talked about her desires to teach a new Rotary peace curriculum in San Miguel and around Mexico.

Speaker, Jean Paul Peretz is a facilitator of the Peace Education Program (PEP) sponsored by the Prem Rawat Foundation. He presented the successful results of the PEP with the police force, prisoners, drug addicts and the public in San Miguel and in many different venues including business schools around the world. Results include reductions of gang violence and criminal recidivism and increases of prosperity as measured by overall wellbeing.

The highlight of the conference was the announcement of the winner of a student competition for a peace program for the community. The competition was conducted by Universidad de Leon with a prize of $2,000 pesos (about $150 usd). Antonio Francisco Vega won for his concept to promote peace among young people by creating graffiti art murals with positive graphics to spread the message of peace in high conflict and/or marginal areas of the city.

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Carlos Oliveras (left) from Club Rotary of San Miguel de Allende presented the student peace competition award to Antonio Francisco Vega from Universidad de Leon for his concept to promote peace through graffiti art murals in high-risk neighborhoods throughout the city.

Camino de la Paz and the Rotary Clubs of San Miguel were delighted that the Conference attracted so many quality people. The next peace event will be the UN International Day of Peace on September 21.

For more information about the San Miguel de Allende peace program, contact: Tom Schneider toms12@gmail.com (415) 109-7688.

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Traveler’s Choice Awards for 2015: Zihuatanejo Destination, Ixtapa Resorts and Hotels Win Distinction

Tourism is on the rise in Mexico! According to the Mexican Tourism Promotion Council (CPTM), a record 29.1 million visitors arrived in 2014, an increase of 20.5% over the previous year. In addition, the council reports that the estimated amount of money spent by visitors last year was US $16 billion, a massive increase over annual revenues generated between 2000 and 2012, which fluctuated between $8 billion and just over $13 billion. With these results, Mexico is expected to move from 15th place into 12th place on the list of the world’s most-visited countries.

Where should you go and stay in Mexico? Every year, TripAdvisor.com® recognizes the best travel destinations, hotels, and beaches, based on votes by travelers throughout the world. And once again, the tourist destination of Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico, and hotels in the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo area have won distinction in various travel categories.

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Top Destinations in Mexico

WOW! Zihuatanejo ranks #4, surpassing many of the larger destinations in Mexico!

  1. Playa del Carmen
  2. Puerto Vallarta
  3. Tulum
  4. Zihuatanejo
  5. Cabo San Lucas
  6. Cancun
  7. Mexico City
  8. San Miguel de Allende
  9. Todos Santos
  10. Merida

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Zihuatanejo Bay. Photo from www.tripadvisor.com

Top 25 Hotels in Mexico

Congratulations to Capella Resort in Ixtapa that moved from #11 in 2014 to #6 among the best in Mexico!

  1. The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, Punta de Mita
  2. Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort, San Jose del Cabo
  3. The Resort at Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas
  4. Esperanza – An Auberge Resort, Cabo San Lucas
  5. Rosewood Mayakoba, Playa del Carmen
  6. Capella Ixtapa, Ixtapa

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Capella Resort in Ixtapa ranks as one of the best in Mexico!

Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Mexcio

Capella Ixtapa, Ixtapa ranks #6

Top 25 Hotels for Romance in Mexico

Capella Ixtapa, Ixtapa again wins distinction and ranks #8. Amuleto Hotel, Zihuatanejo ranks #22.

Top 25 Small Hotels in Mexico

Ixtapa has many large resort hotels. But, Zihuatanejo is known for its smaller, boutique hotels and Bed and Breakfast inns. Many smaller hotels in the area won distinction for 2015.

#1           Amuleto, Zihuatanejo

#13        Hotel Cinco Sentidos, Zihuatanejo

#14        Villa Carolina, Zihuatanejo

#16        Majahua Palms, Troncones

#17        La Quinta Troppo, Zihuatanejo

#22        Tentaciones Hotel & Lounge Pool, Zihuatanejo

Top 25 Hotels for Families in Mexico

Club Med in Ixtapa has a complete program for families and kids. The resort rose in rankings from #11 in 2014 to #4 in 2015.

Top 25 Best Hotels for Service in Mexico

#3           Capella Ixtapa, Ixtapa

#12        Amuleto, Zihuatanejo

#19        Present Moments Retreat, Troncones

It’s time to start planning for your next trip. Make Zihuatanejo your choice!

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Zihuatanejo: A “Certified” Member of International Cities of Peace : Goal for Year 2020 is 1,000 Cities of Peace!

By: Fred Arment, Executive Director of International Cities of Peace Organization

On February 8, 2015, as the world looked on with admiration, Zihuatanejo became the first “certified” city of peace under a brilliant new model for cities to work locally toward a culture of peace. The Zihuatanejo Model for Sustainable Peace Education was developed by long-time peace educator Patricia Ann Talley and incorporated and developed by leaders and citizens of this beautiful and pacific community.

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In recognition for this community-wide peace building effort in the State of Guerrero, International Cities of Peace recognized the achievements and Zihuatanejo joined the growing global association of cities of peace. International Cities of Peace is an association of citizens and groups self-defining their communities as cities of peace by intention as well as high-impact grassroots activism. Many cities are taking action toward building a culture of peace through peacebuilding efforts that run the gambit from art to wellness, education to the environment. Key to this effort is having respect and striving for unity around the consensus values of peace: safety, prosperity, and equality of life.

In February 2015, Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico hosted a grand celebration and became the first “Certified” International City of Peace. Please note: This TV video incorrectly claims certification by the United Nations. The certification was by the International Cities of Peace Organization.

With over 100 cities of peace on five continents, International Cities of Peace has established a vision of 1,000 cities of peace by year 2020. Can you imagine the power and influence that 1,000 cities of peace will have on the culture of our world?

As executive director of International Cities of Peace, I am very excited about the partnership between our association and the peace building community of Zihuatanejo. We will work together to end violence, relieve poverty and increase education. We will work together for children’s welfare and the rights of women. We will work together to put in place the infrastructure, or groundwork, for a future of true peace.

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Fred Arment is the Founding Director of International Cities of Peace. “I am excited about the partnership between our association and the peace building community of Zihuatanejo.”

The Model for Sustainable Peace Building developed in Zihuatanejo is very important. The vision of a sustainable model for a city of peace will send vibrations of peace and provide inspiration for practical peace building across Mexico and the world. The Zihuatanejo experience will create enthusiasm and provide ideas for how to build peace in each of our communities. Because of the initiatives in Zihuatanejo, people will have greater hope. As they celebrate International Day of Peace, plant peace poles, educate on diversity, prosper through tourism, and focus on the good things about their history and community, peace will become like seeds in the minds of our youth. Those seeds will flower and bear fruit for many years to come.

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Students in Zihuatanejo march for peace!

Can an entire community shift toward a culture of peace? As we reach the milestone of over 100 cities of peace, there is great hope that our local and national governments will begin the transformation. Imagine your city or village finding unity and purpose around the principles of peace: celebrating diversity, valuing education for children, encouraging the arts, and managing society with compassion. It is not only possible, it is happening all over the globe!

For instance, in Fizi and Kolwezi, D.R. Congo, they are building schools for orphans. In Nicosia, Cyprus they are working for reconciliation and unity in a divided nation. In Egg Harbor City, New Jersey, they have dedicated a statue to the iconic Peace Pilgrim. In Bamenda, Cameroon, they are digging wells to provide clean water for families.

In Zihuatanejo, the work of peace has been continuous for many years. The peace program has done wonders in providing support for low-income children in the area. The community’s “Rice and Beans” food program has provided over 30,000 nourishing meals per year and supported over 120 bright students.

The cities that are a part of International Cities of Peace share strategies and best practices for peacebuilding. This accelerates the growing trends and fosters grassroots infrastructures of peace. Imagine a future when cities of peace around the world are fostering a local/global culture of peace more powerful than the forces of division and violence. Imagine when peacemakers can effectively impact global events. It’s coming quickly. The soil is tilled and the garden is seeded.

Now you can be an important part of this extraordinary shift in the consciousness of communities. By having 1,000 International Cities of Peace by 2020, we will establish the international foundation for peace on local and national levels around the globe. Together, through collaboration, we can meet or exceed the goal of 1,000 cities of peace by 2020.

The staff at International Cities of Peace and the peace organizations in the State of Guerrero will work with you through the process of forming a city of peace initiative in your community. Send an email to: info@internationalcitiesofpeace.org. Act local, connect global!™

For more information on International Cities of Peace:

A note about the author: Mr. J. Frederick Arment lives with his family and friends in Dayton, Ohio, U.S.A., where he is Founding Director of the global organization International Cities of Peace. He is a professional writer and has written books on peace. Mr. Arment was one of the founders of the peace museum in his city and works with the International Day of Peace NGO.

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Medical Evacuation Services Available to Travelers and Residents of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

By: Patricia Ann Talley, MBA and Editor

Our readers have requested more information on medical services that are available in our area. Recently, we had friends who were in need of emergency airlift services, so information about these services is needed.

In general, U.S. and Canadian healthcare plans do not provide coverage when traveling outside of the countries, or for foreign residents living abroad. If they do provide some coverage, it is usually only to the closest adequate facility instead of transporting you back home.

According to the Consumer Reports Organization (http://www.consumerreports.org), travelers and foreign citizens living abroad are advised to consider purchasing emergency medical evacuation insurance, in case they become ill or injured, that would return you to a hospital and medical services in your home country.

SkyMed™ medical evacuation services are available to residents and tourists in the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo area, with local representative Gina Fiore and Craig Rochlis. Click to download the company brochure: SkyMed brochure- craig and gina local contacts.

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According to the company’s website, plans include:

  • Air Ambulance Membership Services
  • Medical Air Evacuation
  • Emergency Travel Services
  • Travel Protection
  • Personal Concierge Services
  • No co-pays; no deductibles; no claim forms

Various plans are available:

  • Short Term Plans – For weekenders and casual travelers, 4 to 21 days
  • Global Travelers -Worldwide Travel Protection
  • Expatriate (NATO) Plans for Mexican residents who want to return to the USA or Canada for hospital care
  • Annual Plans – Frequent travelers or business travelers, and for those who spend six months or less in Mexico, who want to return to the USA or Canada for hospital care

You can contact the local representatives for more information, or for information about presentations in Ixtapa or Zihuatanejo.

Craig Rochlis & Gina Fiore
Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa Representatives
USA & Canada direct to Mexico: (479) 304 4758
Local Mexican Cells: (755) 113-6722 or (755) 100-5824
mailto:craig.rochlis@skymed.com or, mailto:gina.fiore@skymed.com

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Zihuatanejo Becomes the World’s First “Certified” International City of Peace!

By: Patricia Ann Talley, Founder of the Zihuatanejo Peace Committee and member of the Advisory Council of Leader for the International Cities of Peace Organization

Our kids see acts of violence everyday on TV. Tragically, some even live in violent surroundings. We buy toy guns for them. They play video games of “shoot to kill.” If all they see are acts of violence, how will our children ever learn to make peace? How will they learn to respect and honor the diversity of others?

So, back in 2010, the community of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo started to take action! If we want peace, we must teach peace.

In 2010, with the help of the Detroit Peace Center in Southfield, Michigan and the World Peace Prayer Society  in New York, we created the The Zihuatanejo Model for Sustainable Peace Building and started to implement an annual peace education program as part of its requirements. We also started an annual Celebration of Peace event.

In November 2014, this model for peace-building was accepted by the International Cities of Peace Organization as the criteria to become “certified” as an International City of Peace. Our model is now an example for other cities in Mexico and around the world to use for their peace-building activities.

For our 2015 Celebration of Peace, Zihuatanejo welcomed international dignitaries, our state governor, the mayor, and people everywhere to see Zihuatanejo become the world’s first “Certified” International City of Peace! Bravo Zihuatanejo!

We had Yoga for Peace with special guest Master Charles Kim from the Peace School in Chicago.

Yoga for Peace with Master Kim

Kids, from low-income neighborhoods in Zihuatanejo attended the yoga event, courtesy of Viceroy Hotel, one of our luxury resorts. Thank you, Viceroy, for also providing courtesy accommodations for the Kims.

Ms. Fumi Johns, from the World Peace Prayer Society in New York, came with the Ambassador of Peace Art Collection, on tour for the first time in Mexico– in Zihuatanejo!

Peace Pals Art Exhibit in Mexico

Ms. Fumi Johns donated this art exhibit to the children of Zihuatanejo. The Zihuatanejo Peace Committee plans for it to tour schools and cultural centers in the area.

Fumi Johns at Peace Pals Art

We held an International Youth Peace Webinar and an Educators Webinar for Peace. Students from Zihuatanejo were connected to other students from around the world. Youth made presentations expressing their visions of peace and received tools and advice for peacemaking.

Webinars for Peace

 Hosts of the conference were (left to right) Anahi Toledo of the Zihuatanejo Peace Committee; Dr. Talia Weltman-Cisneros from Wayne State University; Professor Patricia Ann Talley, Executive Director of Peace in Action! Education Collaborative; and Jennifer Kim, the Co-chair of the Education Peace Team.

Government officials, business leaders, educators, and members of civic organizations attended a peace seminar conducted by Mr. Liberato “Levi” Bautista from the Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations for Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO), and an internationally renowned expert on human rights.

Peace Seminar

Our state of Guerrero is rich in diversity. Our local indigenous group performed traditional rituals.

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And then, it was time for the children of Zihuatanejo to celebrate with flags, songs, dancing, and joy!

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 Please note: This TV video incorrectly claims certification by the United Nations. The certification was by the International Cities of Peace Organization.

On behalf the International Cities of Peace Organization and our Executive Director, J. Fred Arment, I was honored to proclaim Zihuatanejo as the first “Certified” International City of Peace in the world!

Peace Certification Presentation

Mayor Ing. Luis Fernando Vergara Silva; Professor Wendy Carbajal Sotelo, the new General Director of the Peace Committee; and Governor Dr. Salvador Rogelio Ortega Martínez joined the celebration to receive the certification.

It has been an honor to serve as director of the peace program over the past five years, and to witness this grand achievement. Many people have worked behind the scenes for many years – Bill, Donají, Guille, Gaby, Francisco, my mother Barbara Talley, Barbara Seldon, Deborah, Gerarda and Club Rotary Zihuatanejo, and many, many more. I thank all of you for your time, efforts, resources, ideas, and devotion.

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Now, Professor Wendy Carbajal Sotelo will serve as the new General Director of the Zihuatanejo Peace Committee. We thank her for the help, and the help of the new Zihuatanejo Peace Committee this year. We could not have done it without her and her team! And, we admire her for her vision to continue. Plans are already underway for student interchange programs for peace education in 2015 and 2016.

Congratulations Ixtapa Zihuatanejo!

MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH!

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Deal with Established Professionals When Handling Legal Matters in Mexico

When working with professionals in Mexico it is always advised to make sure that you are dealing with people of integrity. Since Mexico has a strong informal economy, which is the main source of income for most of the Mexican people, it has allowed for non-legitimate professionals to practice without detection. This sort of problem can be found worldwide; however it is best to be hyper vigilante when seeking out professional services in a new or foreign area. In today’s modern age of technology a diploma can be printed within a matter of minutes. Having this document on the wall does not always mean that you are in good hands.

You’ve found your dream vacation or retirement home on the beach in Mexico – but now, there’s the process of buying it. Everything is in Spanish. You don’t know the customs or laws. Like any foreigner in any foreign place, you are vulnerable.

This is why it is recommend utilizing known individuals, in established locations, to seek out references, and to get letters of recommendation. It is best to know if the professional that you are seeking can be trusted; your gut feeling does not always mean that the person will have your best interest in mind. A reputable professional should not need to sell you on a potential solution to your matter at hand; they should have proof that they have already handled what you are asking them to do with positive results.

Many professionals may be offended by being scrutinized by so many questions, if they have nothing to hide these minor obstacles should not be too difficult to provide in exchange for a new client.

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At Notary #3 owned and operated by Lic. Saluo Cabrera Barrientos, a high standard of integrity is of most importance. With over twenty years of conducting property transactions, forming trust (fideicomiso), corporations, power of attorney, last will and testament, along with and conducting a variety of other services in Zihuatanejo, the reputation of this individual is well known to be one of the best when conducting business with the local population and with non nationals.

Should you been in need of legal assistance or in need of legal consult, Lic. Douglas Hudson serves as Lic. Saluo Cabrera Barrientos’s liaison and is the head attorney for non-Spanish speakers who wish to utilize Notary #3. Lic. Douglas Hudson has been trusted in this position by Lic. Saluo Cabrera Barrientos for the past six years and also comes with a high degree of recommendation from the local expat community who has utilized his services. For more information please contact Lic. Douglas Hudson directly at mailto:douglas@mexicomail.com. 

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WOW! Lots of New Airline Flights to Ixtapa Zihuatanejo for 2015

The airline new flights for the vacation season just started! Now is the time to buy tickets for the upcoming winter and spring. Fly into the Zihuatanejo International Airport (Code: ZIH).

For deals on flights you can go on-line to www.expedia.com , www.orbitz.com , www.cheapair.com and www.tripadvisor.com.  You might also want to sign up for “fare alerts,” which will send you emails when rates are lower. Also try www.kayak.com or  www.bookingbuddy.com. Both check several sites at once and help you compare airlines.

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Below are the new flight schedules provided by the Secretary of Tourism for Guerrero and the Hotel Association of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo. Please check with your travel agent, or go on-line for prices and flight times.

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Members of the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo Hotel Association greet new international flights arriving to the Zihuatanejo Airport (Code: ZIH).

FROM THE UNITED STATES

US AIRWAYS                     www.usairways.com

DAY                                    AIRPORT CODE

Daily                                    PHX – Phoenix

ALASKA AIRLINES            www.alaskaair.com

DAY                                    AIRPORT CODE

Daily                                    LAX – Los Angeles

DELTA AIRLINES               www.delta.com

DAY                                   AIRPORT CODE

SAT                                  MSP – Minneapolis/ St. Paul

SAT/SUN                          LAX – Los Angeles

TUE/WED/FRI                  LAX – Los Angeles

UNITED AIRLINES            www.united.com

DAY                                    AIRPORT CODE

DAILY                                 IAH – Houston

AMERICAN AIRLINES      www.aa.com

DAY                                  AIRPORT CODE

SAT                                  DFW – Dallas/Fort worth

SUN COUNTRY                 www.suncountry.com

DAY       AIRLINE              AIRPORT CODE

SUN       Charter                MSP – Minneapolis/St. Paul

FROM CANADA

AIR CANADA                     www.aircanada.com

DAY                                    AIRPORT CODE

SAT                                     YUL – Montreal

SAT                                     YYZ – Toronto

SUN                                    YYC – Calgary

SUN                                    YVR – Vancouver 

SUNWING                          www.flysunwing.com

DAY       AIRLINE             AIRPORT CODE

MON     Charter                 YYZ – Toronto

TUE        Charter               YUL – Montreal

THU       Charter                YEG – Edmonton

THU       Charter                YEG/YQR – Edmonton/Regina

THU       Charter                YEG/YYC – Edmonton/Calgary

THU       Charter                YYC/YXE – Calgary/Saskatoon

THU       Charter                YWG – Winnipeg

THU       Charter                YVR V/YLW – Vancouver/Kelowna

THU       Charter                YQR/YXE – Regina/Saskatoon

WEST JET                           www.westjet.com

DAY                                   AIRPORT CODE

TUE/FRI/SAT                     YYC – Calgary

 

NATIONAL FLIGHTS

AEROMEXICO                   www.aeromexico.com/us/welcome.html

DAY                                    AIRPORT CODE

Daily                                    MEX – Mexico City

FRI                                      MKE – Mitchell/Milwaukee

INTERJET                            www.interjet.com

DAY                                    AIRPORT CODE

Daily                                    MEX – Mexico City

Daily                                    TLC -Toluca

TAR                                      www.tarmexico.com

DAY                                   AIRPORT CODE

SUN/THU                          ACA/ZIH/GDL – Acapulco to Zihuatanejo to Guadalajara

FRI/SAT/MON                   ACA/ZIH/QRO – Acapulco to Zihuatanejo to Queretaro

THU                                   GDL/ZIH/ACA – Guadalajara to Zihuatanejo to Acapulco

There are many exciting activities and cultural events throughout the winter and spring seasons.  Check our Special Events Page each month.

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Zihuatanejo is an International City of Peace? Yes! Ceremony on February 8, Starting at 5 pm

By: Patricia Ann Talley, Founder of the Zihuatanejo Peace Committee, and Advisor to the International Cities of Peace Organization

This year we host the Fifth Annual Celebration of Peace in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo. The community of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo will become a “Certified International City of Peace” at a ceremony beginning at 5:00 pm at the Peace Pole Monument, next to the museum in Zihuatanejo. The festivities include a ceremony at the Peace Pole, a Peace Walk along the waterfront to the main basketball court, and then a wonderful celebration featuring the children of Zihuatanejo.

Some people have commented, “A city of peace! Zihuatanejo? We’ve got all kinds of problems here.” And, in October of last year, there were forty-three students kidnapped and murdered in our state. Our youth and young adults are calling out for recognition and protection of their human rights. Not just here in Mexico, but across the world. In the United States, youth are protesting the disproportional arrests and killings of African-Americans by police. Recently, Canada singled itself out as the only country to raise objections over a landmark United Nations document re-establishing the protection of the rights of indigenous people.

The point is – what do we do about it?

Back in 2010, the community of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo started to take action by forming a Peace Committee, comprised of government representatives, educators, and civic organizations. Through collaboration with the World Peace Prayer Society  in New York, CoNGO (The Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations), the International Cities of Peace Organization, and many other supporters and friends, our committee developed criteria to be a “Certified International City of Peace.” Zihuatanejo is the “test market” – the first city to implement this new peace certification program.  (See: The Zihuatanejo Model for Sustainable Peace Education – handout)

The most important criterion for certification is the development of a sustainable peace education program. This year, we are proud to host an International Youth Peace Webinar and Convention – in Spanish and English. We will also host an International Educators Webinar and Conference for Peace. Members of the Education Team of the International Day of Peace NGO Committee at the United Nations will join us. Out theme is: Peace in Action!

Also this year, Professor Wendy Carbajal Sotelo, who has served on the Zihuatanejo Peace Committee for several years, will now serve as its new director. Plans are already underway for student interchange programs for peace education in 2015 and 2016.

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Professor Wendy Carbajal Sotelo has volunteered to serve as the new director of the Zihuatanejo Peace Committee. She has served on the committee for several years.

Please join us for this wonderful celebration and act of peace! The ceremony begins at the Peace Pole Monument at 5:00 pm sharp! Wear White!

Peace Monument 2

Then, we will walk to the basketball court for a ceremony of world flags and entertainment by the children of Zihuatanejo.

Children Play Music

MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH!

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Por Los Niños of Zihuatanejo Educational Charity Builds Classrooms, Bathrooms, and Kitchens for Students

Some people sit back and only criticize the world’s problems—the politicians, business activities, community affairs, whatever—but they never lift a finger or give a dime to do anything to change them. Others, like the many volunteers of Por Los Niños  (For the Children) educational charity of Zihuatanejo, have a vision and take action. They give their time, energy, and resources to work for positive change.

Since 2002, the volunteers of Por Los Niños educational charity have donated, raised funds, and built more than seventy classrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, and playgrounds for disadvantaged children in the Zihuatanejo area. Nearly five thousand young students have benefited from their efforts. The charity’s vision is to provide an educational opportunity for each and every child in Zihuatanejo, regardless of income level or social status.

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The main fundraising event for Por Los Niños charity is the annual Zihuatanejo Sailfest—a six-day festival held the first week of every February that combines fun, games, and beach activities. Sailboats come from as far away as Alaska and the Caribbean to participate in what is becoming one of Mexico’s premier sailing events. The event includes sailboat and dingy races, music concerts, a kids’ beach day, seminars, a chili cook-off, street fairs, regattas, and school tours—all to raise funds for education.

The state secretary of education stated that the Zihuatanejo Sailfest is the most successful educational fundraiser in the state of Guerrero. In addition to cash donations, more than two hundred local businesses in Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo donate thousands of dollars in gifts and services, and over thirty local and international musicians perform at benefit concerts.

The 2014 Zihuatanejo Sailfest event raised over $80,000 USD to build schools, bathrooms, kitchens, and scholarships for underprivileged students.

But, fundraising is only half of the story. Por Los Niños actually oversees the construction of new classrooms, bathrooms, and kitchens for the schools. Schools and/or communities submit their project requests for funding to the charity. Each request is carefully scrutinized, and an advisory committee composed of bilingual Mexican educators, local international residents, and charity volunteer members makes the decisions for project funding.

Por Los Ninos school 2

The educational charity cannot implement a construction project alone. A variety of other international, national, and local organizations and groups are also needed to provide the necessary funds, materials, products, and services to build and furnish the schools. For example, Por Los Niños charity built a new kindergarten and elementary school at Colonia 3 de Diciembre in the Barrio Nuevo community that opened on September 10, 2014. In addition to the funds contributed by charity, many others donated money and services to the school for its construction, including:

  • Austin Brown, a ten year old from Springdale, Arkansas, USA, raised and contributed $21,000 USD to the school project.
  • Rotary clubs in Plymouth-Foothills, California; Bellevue, Washington; and Springdale, Arkansas, along with Club Rotario (Rotary)de Zihuatanejo, contributed to the project.
  • Jane Fiala, a Sailfest volunteer, donated $10,000 USD for materials to construct a kitchen.
  • Helen Walsh, another Sailfest volunteer from Ontario, Canada, raised funds for materials for a septic tank for the kindergarten class.
  • The municipality of Zihuatanejo supplied dirt, gravel, and paid for workers. The municipal and state governments provided the necessary teachers.
  • Jorge Sánchez Allec, a local businessman who owns a concrete company, donated the concrete floors, roof, and patio area.
  • Grupo El Plateado, a local construction materials provider, sold materials for the school at cost, making no profit from the project.
  • Utility companies CFE and CONAGUA provided electrical and water services for the new school; utilities were not previously available to the old one.
  • The parents of the school children raised enough funds to pay for a mason worker for each building; septic tanks; and one hundred trees and plants for the school garden.

In total, the list of donors includes nineteen individuals, organizations, and businesses!

Por Los Niños educational charity is comprised mostly of Canadian and American residents and tourists in the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo area. They serve as examples of “global citizens” who work for change.

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US Embassy Prohibits Road Travel in Guerrero – Airline Flights to Ixtapa Zihuatanejo and Acapulco are OK

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Following is a Security Message for U.S. Citizens from the United States Embassy in Mexico City regarding travel within the state of Guerrero state, received on November 26, 2014:

U.S. citizens are advised that, due to the continued threat of protests and violent incidents, road travel within all areas of Guerrero state remains prohibited for U.S. government personnel, including along the main toll road 95D (“cuota”) to and from Mexico City and Acapulco. U.S. government personnel have been advised they may travel by air to and from Acapulco and Ixtapa Zihuatanejo. Travel via cruise ship in and out of Acapulco is also permitted. The Embassy cautions U.S. citizens to follow the same guidelines.

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 U.S. government personnel have been advised they may travel by air to and from Acapulco and Ixtapa Zihuatanejo. Travel via cruise ship in and out of Acapulco is also permitted. The Embassy cautions U.S. citizens to follow the same guidelines.

The Mexican Constitution prohibits political activities by foreigners; such actions may result in detention and/or deportation. Travelers should avoid political demonstrations and other activities that might be deemed political by the Mexican authorities. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Demonstrators in Mexico may block traffic on roads, including major arteries, or take control of toll booths on highways.  U.S. citizens are urged to avoid areas of demonstrations, and to exercise caution if in the vicinity of any protests.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Mexico enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.travel.state.gov. STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Contact the U.S. Embassy for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City is located at Paseo de la Reforma 305, Colonia Cuauhtemoc, Mexico, D.F., and is open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, switchboard phone number (dialing from the United States) 011-52-555-080-2000, http://mexico.usembassy.gov/eng/eacs_hours.html. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, please dial the main switchboard number and ask to speak to an American Citizen Services staff member for assistance.

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Greatness Can Come in a Small Package—A Ten-Year-Old Boy Raises $21,000 USD to Build a School in Zihuatanejo

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Anyone can be great, because anyone can serve.” You don’t have to be big to serve. You don’t have to be big to have a loving heart and lots of determination. Greatness comes in all sizes. Little Austin Brown, a ten-year-old boy from Springdale, Arkansas, is an example of this. He worked and raised $21,000 USD to help build a school for kids in Zihuatanejo. Awesome!

Austin Brown

Austin Brown is ten years old and is in the fifth grade at Providence Christian Academy in Springdale, Arkansas, USA.

Austin and his parents first visited Zihuatanejo in 2010, when they met members of the Por Los Niños  (For the Children) educational charity, who took them to visit some of the poorer schools in the outlying areas. “I have a wonderful school at home,” said Austin. “Some of the schools in Zihuatanejo look like chicken coops. I felt bad for the kids. I thought maybe I could help.”

The Old School

This is the old school that Austin visited in the Colonia 3 de Diciembre community of Zihuatanejo.

Austin’s parents operate a logo business (Snappylogos.com), where they produce iron-on patches for various organizations like the boy scouts. They have business connections and outlets for their products with various youth groups. So, Austin had the idea to make packages of “fun sand” (like Play-Doh®) and artificial snow and sell them at carnivals and outlets with his parents. He sold packages for $5, $10, and $20 USD.

Austin s fun sand

Austin made “fun sand” (like Play-Doh®) and artificial snow, and sold packages for $5, $10, and $20 USD at carnivals and outlets with his parents.

Austin at booth selling snow

“He worked hard!” says his father, Greg Brown. “We attended shows in Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. We’d leave home after school and travel for hours. Austin would help set-up his sales booth and work all weekend.”

In addition to making and selling his products, Austin had saved about $3,500 USD that he acquired from birthday gifts, Christmas gifts, and other presents. He asked his dad, “How much of my money can I give to help the kids of Zihuatanejo?” 

“I was struck by this,” said his dad. “He didn’t ask me how much he had to give; he asked how much could he give. He was willing to give everything he had to help some kids that he doesn’t even know. His mother and I are so proud of him!”

Austin’s dad told him he needed to leave $100 USD in his savings account to keep it open, but the decision on how much to donate was his. So, Austin gave $3,400 USD of the $3,500 in his savings account, ninety percent of his net worth, to the children of Zihuatanejo. Combined with his product sales, he donated a total of $21,000 USD!

This child, a ten-year-old boy, saw that other children in the world were in need—and he did something about it! He gave his money, talent, and time to make a change.

Austin’s donation, combined with contributions from Por Los Niños charity; Rotary clubs in Springdale, Arkansas and Zihuatanejo; the municipality of Zihuatanejo; local businesses; and a variety of other organizations and entities, was used to build a new kindergarten and elementary school at Colonia 3 de Diciembre in the Barrio Nuevo community of Zihuatanejo.

Austin helps to cut the ribbon

Austin Brown joins representatives of Por Los Niños charity and other local officials at the opening of the new kindergarten and elementary school at Colonia 3 de Diciembre in the Barrio Nuevo community of Zihuatanejo on September 10, 2014.

Austin has received many awards and recognitions for his charity work. He is an example for adults and children to follow.

Austin Receiving awards

Austin receives a special recognition from Mayor Eric Fernández Ballesteros of Zihuatanejo. He is shown (left) with his parents, Sharon and Greg Brown, from Springdale, Arkansas. Austin was also the guest of honor at Club Rotario (Rotary) de Zihuatanejo (right).

But no one can express the sentiments better than the children of Zihuatanejo who received the benefit of a new school!

Gracias to Austin BrownMUCHAS GRACIAS!

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Small Hotels, Bed and Breakfast Inns, Vacation Condos and Apartments in Zihuatanejo, Mexico

Zihuatanejo was once a small fishing village that has now grown into an international tourist destination. But, we’re still small at heart! You can still find several small, “family-owned” properties in the area for you to enjoy.

Catalina Beach Resort (formerly Hotel Catalina) is a landmark on La Ropa Beach in Zihuatanejo. It was the first hotel built on the shoreline and has been in operation for sixty years. Catalina Beach Resort is part of the rich history of Zihuatanejo. It is owned by Mrs. Eva Bergtold, a German immigrant, who has operated the hotel for many of these years.

The hotel is located on two hectares of plush tropical vegetation on a hillside above La Ropa Beach. It has only forty-six rooms. Each room has a magnificent view of the beach and the bay, a large gorgeous terrace with a hammock, chaise lounges, and a cozy sitting center for quiet beachside relaxation, or listening to the beautiful morning songs of the birds. The hotel is surrounded by incredible fauna with tropical birds, butterflies, and wildlife. You can immerse yourself in nature! A golf cart is provided for guests who need assistance traversing the property.

Catalina facilities

Catalina Beach Resort, with its plush environment and ocean view, has been host to many national and international artists, movie stars, and writers, including Lauren Hutton, John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Liz Taylor, Mick Jagger, and Grace Jones. All have requested the warmth and gentle privacy that have long been the heart and spirit of Catalina Beach Resort.  Contact: mailto:info@catalinabeachresort.com

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Catalina Bungalow Terrza

Catalina Beach Resort has a wonderful restaurant on-site that provides beachside service for hotel guests, and is open to the public. It has a delightful menu of seafood, traditional Mexican cuisine and international dishes. Click to download the menu: Catalina Beach Resort Restaurant Menu

Solana Boutique Bed and Breakfast is a seven room retreat set amidst lush tropical jungle on the hillside overlooking the beautiful Zihuatanejo bay. Each suite is designed to be your own oasis with a private terrace, open air shower, hammock, and stunning bay views. With soothing natural colors, wood accents, and a sophisticated modern Mexican design, Solana is the perfect place to take a break from the modern world and find the space to breathe again.

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The communal areas are welcoming spaces and include a salt water infinity pool, an open-air palapa (palm roof) area, a sundeck, and plentiful tropical gardens. A bar menu is provided during the evening cocktail hour, and dinner can be arranged with advance notice.

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Accommodation rates range from $90 – $215 USD per night, depending upon room type and season. A full breakfast, daily maid service, and WIFI are complimentary. Children, ages twelve and over, are welcome. If the entire facility is rented by one party, younger children are allowed. For more information, contact: mailto:info@casasolana.com.

Costa Grande Real Estate is currently building its new offices on the boardwalk in Zihuatanejo, overlooking the bay. The construction will be complete in October 2014. One-bedroom apartments are available for rent on the second floor.

Costa Grande New Facility

 The new office building is currently under construction. Rental apartments will be available for occupancy in October 2014.

Apartments are furnished with an oceanfront view. They have one bedroom and one bathroom, living room, and dining room and are available for $900.00 USD per month. For more information, contact Douglas Hudson at: mailto:douglas@mexicomail.com.

Costa Grande Apartment Collage

Casa Tucanes is home to the sand sculptor, Mauricio López Moctezuma, and his wife Rosy, who serve as your hosts. They have two very private “villas” (apartments) available for rent for vacations or long-term stays.

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The property is a piece of art!  Located a short walk from La Ropa Beach, Casa Tucanes has beautiful tropical gardens, a pool, and plenty of space for relaxation. Artwork is on display throughout the property.

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There are two villas (apartments) for rent: a one-bedroom and a two-bedroom unit. It’s just like a home! The apartments are furnished with a fully-equipped kitchen, living room, dining area, and terrace. Clean sheets and towels are provided. Rental cost depends on the number of guests and length of stay.  Contact Rosy at: mailto:casa_tucanes@hotmail.com.

Casa Tucanes Apartments

 

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Small Hotels and Vacation Condominiums for Rent in Ixtapa, Mexico

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Mexico is a wonderful vacation destination where people can get out in the community and meet the local people. The municipal calendar is full of special events, activities, and cultural fairs for tourists and long-term visitors to enjoy. Plus, the area has an abundance of wonderful restaurants where tourist can experience the flavors of traditional Mexican dishes.

The destination offers two distinct areas: Zihuatanejo, which has many small hotels; and Ixtapa with many larger resorts. But, Ixtapa has many small hotels and condo vacation rentals too. Cleaning and maid services are available. In most cases, you can arrange for a private cook.

Here are some options in the Ixtapa area.

Villa Aqua Vacation Condominium is a relatively new development located near the golf course in Ixtapa. The property has garden areas, a pool, and each condominium has two parking spaces.

Villa Acqua pool

Vacation rental condominiums are available with two levels, three bedrooms, and two bathrooms. Rental price is $2,000 pesos per night (approximately $154 USD). Condominiums are also available for sale.

Villas Acqua

For rental or sales information, contact Gloria Hernandez (English speaking) at M & G Real Estate and Vacation Rentals, email gloriah@bienesraicesmg.com, or dial direct from USA or Canada:  011-52-755-115-1994.

Portoalegra Condominums are a new development located in the hills overlooking the golf course in Ixtapa. Split-level, air-conditioned condominiums are available for rent with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. There is space for two cars, terraces, balconies, a pool, and surveillance. Room service is available.

Portoalegre

 

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For information on this condominium or for other vacation rentals or real estate sales in the area, contact, Gloria Hernandez (English speaking) at M & G Real Estate and Vacation Rentals, email gloriah@bienesraicesmg.com, or dial direct from USA or Canada:  011-52-755-115-1994.

Coral Vista Del Mar Ixtapa is a small boutique hotel, in the Golf Course area, overlooking Ixtapa’s “El Palmar” Beach, just minutes from central Ixtapa.

Coral Vista del Mar front

The hotel has two-bedroom suites that can accommodate up to eight people. The suites come fully-equipped with a kitchen.  A pool and BBQ pit are on site, plus a toboggan slide.

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Coral Vista del Mar Panorama

To see more pictures of the facility, visit: https://www.facebook.com/coralixtapa.  For more information and reservations, contact Roberto Sanchez (English speaking) at mailto:campeon2004@prodigy.net.mx, or call direct from USA or Canada:  011-52-(755) 553-2160.

Penthouse Tesoro is located on the property of the Tesoro Hotel in Ixtapa and is available for rent. The penthouse has three bedrooms, four bathrooms, six private balconies, and accommodate up to eight people.

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Services include hotel amenities, beach club and three swimming pools. Rental is $150 USD per night. Rates vary on holidays.

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Costa Grande Real Estate

For more information, contact Douglas Hudson at Costa Grande Real Estate.  Dial direct from the USA or Canada: 011-52-(755) 554-1999 or mailto:douglas@mexicomail.com.

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Zihuatanejo Plans Cultural Dance Festival for the Celebration of Peace – February 2-8, 2015

The House of Culture (La Casa de Cultura) operated by the Municipal Institute of Culture (Instituto Municipal de la Cultura) is the center of cultural activities for the Zihuatanejo area, offering various classes and workshops in art, dance, music, and theater. Children and youth have an opportunity to learn about their cultures, and develop their artistic talents and expressions.

Every Sunday, La Casa de Cultura also provides free entertainment for the residents and visitors to the Zihuatanejo area at the cancha muncipal (main basketball court) along the beachfront. Look at this Facebook link to see the variety of cultural activities that were presented throughout the year: https://www.facebook.com/cultura.zihuatanejo.

On February 8, 2015, La Casa de Cultura will present a cultural dance festival as part of the fifth annual Celebration of Peace in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Mexico , to be held the week of February 2 – 8, 2015. The celebration will include Zihua SailFest activities, an International Youth Peace Conference, and an annual Peace Walk – all for the benefit of schools and student scholarships. The cultural dance festival will be part of the closing ceremonies.

Here is a performance from an international dance festival performed in Zihuatanejo in earlier this year. It’s a preview of what to expect in 2015!

Video is courtesy of Instituto Municipal de la Cultura, La Casa de Cultura in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico.

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Costa Grande Real Estate–Planning for the Growth of Zihuatanejo

By: Douglas Hudson, Owner and Legal Consultant.

I first came to Ixtapa Zihuatanejo when I was only fourteen years old on a trip with my father. We visited all the well-known port cities in Mexico, but I knew on my first day that this place was different and special. My reason for believing this is not just based on the natural beauty; I was impressed by the people who are so kind and warm-hearted. I knew then that I would come back to this magical place.

My father was the owner of a real estate agency in Mammoth Lakes, California for over thirty-five years. He took me everywhere. By the age of eighteen, I had visited thirty-five (35) countries; at twenty-five, I’ve now visited over sixty countries. But, I‘ve always known that Zihuatanejo would be my home.

Douglas and Susan Hudson

“I’ve been to over sixty countries, but I chose Zihuatanejo to be my home. It is a magical place of natural beauty and warm-hearted people.”  Douglas Hudson, owner and legal consultant, Costa Grande Real Estate in Zihuatanejo. He is pictured with his wife, Susan.

I came back to Mexico to complete my educational studies. In 2006, with my father’s encouragement, I followed in his footsteps and set up Costa Grande Real Estate at 62 Nicolas Bravo Street in Zihuatanejo. It was one of the worst times for the real estate business in this area, as the economy sunk, but we survived and prospered.

I see Zihuatanejo growing and modernizing as Mexico moves into the modern times. The Mexican economy is no longer divided into the two-class system of the rich and the poor. Mexico now has a growing middle class that demands that the country provides more modern services and luxuries. Americans, Canadians, and other foreigners also find Mexico an attractive investment and come to Ixtapa Zihuatanejo to build vacation and retirement homes.

So, in 2012, when my dad passed, I sold his real estate business in California and used the funds to complete my dream here in Zihuatanejo–the construction of a real estate office facility with on-site, bi-lingual attorneys, architects, structural engineers, notaries, etc. All professional real estate services under one roof!

This year, my dream became a reality when we broke ground for this new facility on Paseo de Pesador (the boardwalk), along the waterfront in Zihuatanejo. When completed in October 2014, the building will have a traditional Mexican image to blend with the “old” Zihuatanejo. We’re open for business now, even while under construction.

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The new facility for Costa Grande Real Estate is currently being constructed on Paseo de Pesador along the waterfront of Zihuatanejo. Photo by: www.zihuatanejo.net

Costa Grande New Facility

When completed in October, 2014, the building will have a traditional Mexican image to blend with the character of the Zihuatanejo area.

At Costa Grande Real Estate, we can proudly say that we are the only waterfront real estate company that offers all professional services at one location. We also offer private parking for our clients–and your pets are welcomed guests, too.

Costa Grande Real Estate is working toward assisting our clients in all your needs, and we want to serve the community as well by taking part in local service groups and charity organizations. We want to be part of the future of Zihuatanejo–a prosperous and beautiful city by the sea.

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Zihuatanejo Receives Needed Medical Equipment from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada – Thank You!

The joy in the room was overwhelming. “The entire community is happy!” said Fabiloa Olea Mendoza, director of DIF Zihuatanejo, the local social services organization, as she greeted guests to the official reception of medical equipment that was donated by the community of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.

On July 22, 2014, government officials, health care providers, community leaders, and residents met at the Zihuatanejo Municipal Auditorium to witness the distribution of this much-needed medical equipment to the various hospitals and service agencies throughout the community. The community gathered to say, “Thank you.”

Mayor Eric Fernandez at Medical Equipment Reception

Mayor Eric Fernández of Zihuatanejo officiated at the reception of medical equipment donated by the community of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.

Audience at Medical Equipment Reception

An entire transport container of medical equipment and supplies was sent from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, by truck to Toronto; then by train to Montreal, Quebec; then via ship through the St. Lawrence Seaway to Los Cardenas, Mexico; and then arrived by truck to Zihuatanejo. The equipment was unpacked by the DIF team, inventoried, sorted, and then distributed to various community organizations, according to their needs.Medical container received

The medical equipment traveled by truck, train and ship from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, to Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico. It was distributed to many community health organizations according to their needs.

Medical equipment distributed

This gift represents much more than a donation of equipment; it is the culmination of hours and hours of volunteer work. It is a gift of many people’s time, money, and efforts.

The task of collecting and shipping the medical equipment to Zihuatanejo was unbelievable! The project began almost two years ago in 2012, when tourists from Thunder Bay visited Zihuatanejo’s hospitals and saw their needs. The project involved taking inventories, photographs, and collecting and storing the donated medical equipment. Volunteers made translations and completed multiple custom forms. Almost $11,000 USD had to be raised for shipping costs. Volunteers in Canada and the USA held yard sales, sold vintage doll clothes, hosted bake sales, and conducted a variety of activities to raise the needed money. And, volunteers “sweat” to pack and unpack the container.

This medical equipment project is the result of an amazing international team effort with volunteers and officials from Canada, the United States, and Mexico. We congratulate all for the completion of this amazing humanitarian endeavor.

How do you say “Thank you” for such a wonderful gift of human kindness and endeavors? Look at the expression on the face of this woman who received a wheel chair for a family member. It says it all.

Expression of Gratitude

Thank you to the many volunteers and organizations in Canada, the USA and Mexico, that made this possible. If we have omitted anyone, it is by error. Please know that each is appreciated.

 

  • St. Joseph’s Care Group
  • Medical Equipment, Modernization, Opportunity Organization (MEMO)
  • Cheryl and Glenn Berst
  • Shaun Berst
  • Tyler Berst
  • Kayla Berst
  • Geraldine Cullingham
  • Deanna Black
  • Dr. T.J. Harvey
  • Dave Marsh
  • Peter Burkhardt
  • Al Cheetham
  • Gary Cooper
  • Michelle Humphrey
  • Matthew Humphrey
  • Michael Humphrey
  • Justin Uliana
  • Liam Hopkins-Beaupre
  • Jim Cameron
  • Ashley Olsen
  • Chris Dufault
  • Bryce Covello
  • Aiden Zieroth
  • Scott Antonen
  • Ariel Antonen
  • John Antonen
  • Sandra Olsen
  • Steven Olsen
  • Matthew Schoales

 

 

  • Helen Walsh
  • Maryellen Jackson
  • Jane Fiala
  • Sharon Stanley
  • Gary and Trish Suess
  • Margaret Reid
  • Hanneke Corbet
  • Carol and Don Markowsky
  • Patti Stevens
  • Lief and Lois Lindblom
  • Deanna Black
  • Jori and Steven Curry
  • Lois Keeth
  • Helen Spurgin
  • Christopher Strong
  • Sally Jones
  • Rochelle Sparrow
  • Bill & Joyce Williams
  • John McParland
  • Shaun Baldwin
  • Janet Magnussen
  • Tim and Dorothy Ellis
  • Attorney Omar Rodriquez
  • Bertha Solano
  • Anahi Toledo
  • Doctors  Monica Ortega and Cynthia Beltran

 

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Ixtapa Zihuatanejo Hotels and Beach Win Travel Awards for 2014

It’s time to start planning your winter vacation, and Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is a wonderful destination! Every year, Trip Advisor® and other travel ranking services recognize the best travel destinations, hotels, and beaches throughout the world. Once again, Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico, has been recognized in various tourism categories.

TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards for 2014

Trip Advisor 2014

Every year, millions of travelers throughout the world report and rank their experiences with TripAdvisor.com, resulting in the annual Traveler’s Choice Awards.

Best Destinations in Mexico:

Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, ranks #5, and Acapulco, Guerrero, ranks #10.

  1. Playa del Carmen
  2. Puerto Vallarta
  3. Mexico City
  4. Cabo San Lucas
  5. Zihuatanejo
  6. Tulum
  7. Oaxaca
  8. San Miguel de Allende
  9. Puerto Escondido
  10. Acapulco

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Zihuatanejo Bay. Photo from www.tripadvisor.com

Top 10 Best Beaches in Mexico:

Playa La Ropa in Zihuatanejo ranks #10.

Top 25 Hotels in Mexico:

Capella Resort in Ixtapa ranks #11.

Top 25 All-Inclusive Resorts in the World and in Mexico:

Club Med Ixtapa Pacific ranks #19 in this category for all hotels the world and ranks #8 for Mexico.

Top 25 Exceptional Service Hotels in Mexico:

Present Moment Retreat in Troncones Beach ranks #19.

Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Mexico:

#10 Capella Resort in Ixtapa

#20 La Casa Que Canta in Zihuatanejo

Top 25 Small Hotels in Mexico:

#5 Amuleto in Zihuatanejo

#10 Hotel Cinco Sentidos in Zihuatanejo

#11 La Quinta Troppo in Zihuatanejo

#12 Present Moment Retreat in Troncones

#14 Villa Carolina in Zihuatanejo

#16 La Casa Que Canta in Zihuatanejo

#22 Casa Citlateca in Zihuatanejo

Top 25 Bargain Hotels in Mexico:

#13 Hacienda Eden in Troncones

#19 Casa Adriana in Zihuatanejo

Additionally in 2014, TripAdvisor® awarded a Certificate of Excellence to Sunscape Dorado Pacifico in Ixtapa in recognition that the resort consistently earns top ratings from its travelers.

Gayot.com Top 10 Hotels in Mexico

Gayot.com publishes thousands of restaurant and hotel reviews in its “Guide to the Good Life.” For 2014, the Top 10 Hotels in Mexico includes Capella Resort in Ixtapa, which ranks #9, and Amuleto in Playa la Ropa, Zihuatanejo, which ranks #10.

Present Moment Yoga Retreat in Troncones also received recognition as one of the Best Yoga Retreats in the World and the Best in Mexico.

Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Award

Condé Nast Traveler is one of the world’s premier travel magazines with travel tips, vacation ideas, destination information, etc. For 2014, its readers recognized several hotels in Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo.

Top 100 Hotels in the World:

Capella Resort in Ixtapa ranks #85.

Top 15 Hotels in Mexico:

La Casa Que Canta in Zihuatanejo ranks #5, and the Viceroy in Zihuatanejo ranks #11.

Top 10 Resorts in the Pacific Riviera:

Capella Ixtapa leads with the #1 position, and Las Brisas Ixtapa ranks #6.

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Best Destinations in Mexico – Travelers’ Choice Awards – Trip Advisor

Travelers’ Choice – TripAdvisor – Best Beaches, Family Vacations, Hotels & Destinations.

Top 10 Hotels in Mexico | Gayot

Mexico: Readers’ Choice Awards: Condé Nast Traveler

 

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US Travelers Encouraged to Register with Embassy in Mexico City/ More Local Contacts Needed

070222_US_Mexico_flagsRegister!  United States tourists traveling in Mexico are encouraged to register with the U.S. State Department in case of an emergency situation. Please register in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at: https://step.state.gov/step/. STEP is the primary means that the U.S. Embassy uses to reach its citizens in Mexico. When you sign up, you will automatically receive email updates, including Travel Warnings and other important announcements such as hurricane warnings, volcano activity, or security messages.

Equally important, Americans living in Mexico are also encouraged to register for STEP so that they can be reached in case of emergency as well. More information on the program is available at: http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/tips/registration/registration_4789.html. (more…)

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Living the Dream Less Travelled – By: Tim Sullivan

Recent weather news from the United States and Canada regarding the Polar Vortex, which held the majority of both countries in an ice thong grip of sub-zero temperatures this winter, served nicely to reaffirm the correctness of my decision taken over a quarter century ago to flee the inclement northern climes and move to the tropical paradise of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, México where the winter nights are balmy and the days are a toasting 84° F.

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Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo has been my permanent home ever since I arrived here in December of 1987. Upon arriving to this little slice of paradise I was enthralled by the awesome natural beauty of the countryside and, even more so, by the natural congeniality of the residents of La Costa Grande (the Long Coast) of which Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo is the principal population center. The Sierra Madre de Sur Mountains run down the Pacific coast of México and create a magnificent verdant backdrop to the vast expanse of the blue Pacific Ocean. It is here, wrapped in the embrace of mountains and sea, that I have lived a dream which I could hardly have had imagined while shoveling snow back in those Ohio Winters.

And, to add icing to the cake, my present position as General Manager of the Marina Ixtapa Golf Course (http://www.facebook.com/MarinaIxtapaGolfCourse) allows me to enjoy one of the passions of my life: playing golf. (My other passion is sailing).

Among the many activities and attractions which Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo has to offer to visitors and residents alike is the leisurely sport of Golf – the potentially addictive pursuit of a small, white ball across a mown field divided into 18 holes each of which peppered with hazards of varying danger and doom.

Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo has two (2) championship golf courses both of which are located within the resort area of Ixtapa. The Campo de Golf Palma Real, opened in 1974, is the older of the two and is owned and operated by the Mexican Federal Government through the agency known as Fonatur. The Marina Ixtapa Golf Course was opened in 1994 and is privately owned. Both courses are open to the general public on a year-round basis. Green fees at either course are approximately $100 dollars in the Winter Season, but, multiple round packages at discounted prices are available directly from each course.

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 The Marina Ixtapa Golf Course is located in Ixtapa and is open year-round. Green fees are approximately $100 dollars in the Winter Season, but, multiple round packages at discounted prices are available.

As I enter into my second year as the GM at Marina Ixtapa Golf Course, I am reminded of just how fortunate I am to not only have a job but to have a job which gives me so much satisfaction. It is a great blessing to have the opportunity to meet new people and receive old friends from all around México, Canada, The United States and other countries. And most of all I give great thanks for the gift of living a dream in the tropical paradise of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo.

Come and visit me at the Marina Ixtapa Golf Course.   You can download the green fees on www.Imagine-Mexico.com on the Local Attractions & Activities Page.

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UAGro Tourism University Presents: “The History & Culture of Afro-Mexicans in Guerrero” – Art Show, Photos & Fashion Show on February 7, 2014

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UAGro – Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero, Unidad Académica Turismo – Zihuatanejo’s tourism university, joins the Celebration of Peace in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, México by presenting a cultural event entitled, “Pathways to Freedom: the Culture and History of Afro-Mexicans in Guerrero” at the meeting of Club Rotario (Rotary) of Zihuatanejo on February 7, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at Catalina Beach Resort in Zihuatanejo.

Everyone is invited to attend! The United Nations Representative attending the Celebration of Peace will be our special guest.  Tickets must be purchased in advance and are on sale at Catalina Beach Resort in Zihuatanejo and at the Zihuatanejo Sailfest events.  The cost is $200 Pesos including lunch.

This wonderful cultural event will consist of a presentation by UAGro of Zihuatanejo and Wayne State University of Detroit, Michigan, USA, along with an art exposition by Aydee Rodríguez from the Costa Chica Region of Guerrero, a photo exhibition by Grace Relfe of Zihuatanejo and a fashion show of traditional dresses from the “Black towns” of our state. (more…)

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Come on Down! New International Airline Flights to Ixtapa Zihuatanejo for 2014

Getting cold up north?  Well, come on down to the tropical beach resort of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero!  There are many new flights into the area for the winter and spring.  This flight information is provided by the Secretary of Tourism for Guerrero and the Hotel Association of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo.

Joint Triangle and Hotel Association

Please check with your travel agent or on-line for prices and flight times. For deals on flights, you can go on-line to www.cheapair.com and www.tripadvisor.com.   You might also want to sign up for “fare alerts,” which will send you emails when rates are lower.  There are other websites that offer this as well, such as www.bookingbuddy.com, www.kayak.com (both check several sites at once and help you compare airlines).

Welcome Sunwing

 Members of the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo Hotel Association greet new international flights arriving to the Zihuatanejo Airport (Code: ZIH).

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A Gift of Health: Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada Ships Medical Equipment to Zihuatanejo

Nothing is more precious than the health and well-being of our community.  Zihuatanejo will soon receive a 40-foot container loaded with badly needed medical equipment, all donated and shipped by volunteers in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.  What a wonderful act of kindness and love!  Thank you, Canada!

The Zihua Medical Equipment Project started in 2012 when Glenn and Cheryl Berst and their daughter Kayla (a medical student) from Thunder Bay, Ontario, who frequently visit Zihuatanejo, took a tour of the General Hospital and saw the immense need for medical equipment.  Mr. Berst, the Director of Building Services for a health care organization, returned home to investigate if there was a way that their retired/redundant equipment could be donated to Zihuatanejo. The hospital/medical centers in Thunder Bay also have active programs of donating used equipment to foreign countries, known as MEMO (Medical Equipment Modernization Opportunity) that has shipped over fifty containers to foreign countries. (more…)

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Club Skal Ixtapa Tourism Association Wins “Best in the World” for 2012-2013!

Club Skal 646 Ixtapa has won the distinction of the “Skal Club of the Year 2012-2013” at the Skal World Congress held last month, beating two other finalists.  Second and third positions went to Skal International Darwin (Australia) and Skal International Colonia (Uruguay) respectively.

Club Skal Ixtapa wins

Nearly 1,100 persons from around the world attended the 2013 Skal World Congress held aboard the Carnival Glory ship from September 28 – October 5, organized by Skal International New York. (more…)

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Ixtapa Zihuatanejo Weathers Tropical Storm “Manuel” / Facilities Operating at 100% Efficiency

The State of Guerrero’s Secretary of Tourism Office and the Municipality of Zihuatanejo report that in the wake of Tropical Storm “Manuel”, which passed through the destination on September 15th, 16th and 17th, the resort area is operating at 100% efficiency and is ready to continue receiving visitors and tourists.

The Zihuatanejo International Airport has been operating normally and to the fullest capacity without undergoing any interruptions before, during and after Tropical Storm “Manuel”. Hotels in both Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo are operating at 100% efficiency and fortunately, no damages or negative situations occurred in any installation during the Tropical Storm. Facilities and tourist infrastructure did not suffer any major damage and are operating normally.

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is fine

State and City Officials report that Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is operating at 100% efficiency following Tropical Storm “Manuel”.  This current photo of Ixtapa Avenue is courtesy of Yo Soy Ixtapa.

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Catalina Beach Resort Celebrates 60 Years on La Ropa Beach in Zihuatanejo

La Ropa Beach on the Zihuatanejo Bay in México is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.  La Ropa Beach received Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice Award for 2013.  A landmark on La Ropa Beach, and the first hotel built on the shoreline, is Catalina Beach Resort, now celebrating 60 years of operation.  Catalina Beach Resort (formerly Hotel Catalina) is part of the rich history of Zihuatanejo.

The hotel, built in 1952 by Alfonso Galindo Navarro, is nestled between lush tropical plants on a dramatic cliffside overlooking the Zihuatanejo Bay.  The grounds are “alive” with tropical plants, birds and all types of animals and wildlife.  The hotel has been a prominent feature on La Ropa Beach for six decades.

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In 1956, Mr. Carlos Breuer and a group of investors purchased the Hotel Catalina from the Galindo family.  By 1973, Mr. Breuer had purchased sole interest in the hotel and he and his new bride, Eva Bergtold, began building and expanding the facility.  Carlos passed away in 2002, leaving sole ownership of the hotel to Eva who continues to run it with unwavering devotion.

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Ixtapa Zihuatanejo Ranks 10th in Mexico in Hotel Room Rentals to Foreigner Tourists

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo logoAccording to Mexico’s Federal Secretary of Tourism (SECTUR), the tourist destination of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero ranks 10th in the nation in hotel room rentals to foreigners, while Acapulco, a much larger tourist destination in Guerrero, ranks 12th.   From January to April 2013, Ixtapa Zihuatanejo rented 119,468 hotel rooms to foreigners, while during the same period Acapulco rented a total of 78,056 hotel rooms to foreigners.

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is a small tourist resort area compared to other Mexican destinations.  First in hotel room rentals to foreigners is Riviera Maya with 3,699,535 units rented during the same time period; second is Cancun with 2,175,180 units rented; third is Playa del Carmen with 636,360 units rented; fourth is Cabo San Lucas with 525,419 units rented; fifth is Puerto Vallarta with 493,948 units; followed by Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, Cozumel, Mazatlan and Ixtapa Zihuatanejo.

The resort area of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is positioning itself as one of the favorite tourist spots in the world.  Ixtapa Zihuatanejo’s beaches and hotel properties have recently received several international travel awards from Trip Advisor and Condé Nast Traveler, among others. Tourism in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is also being supported with new initiatives by the State of Guerrero to better promote the area and increase air travel.

In addition to being an award-winning travel destination, Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is certified as a “Culture of Peace Community” in partnership with the United Nations.  Each year, its students and community members participate in workshops about peace and non-violence and conduct a Peace Festival.  Ixtapa Zihuatanejo also has a Clean Beach Certification Program to provide a pristine environment for tourists and residents. Through the year, the community hosts a variety of activities and Special Events for the enjoyment of singles, couples and families.

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Condo Rentals and Small Hotels Offer Options for Visitors to Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

It’s time to start planning for your next vacation.  Some tourists and visitors to Ixtapa Zihuatanejo would prefer to rent a condo or stay in a small hotel with the conveniences of home.  There are several condo properties in the area that are available for rent and small hotels with kitchens or restaurant service.

Villa Acqua- Ixtapa is a condominium complex in the golf club area of Ixtapa with condos available for short-term rental.  Only two (2) years old, this new 2-level condo is fully furnished with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and air conditioning.  There is a pool on the property and parking space for 2 cars.  Rental is $2,000 Pesos/ night (about $166 USD).  Condos are also for sale.  For more information and reservations, contact Gloria Hernandez (English-speaking) at gloriah@bienesraicesmg.com or direct dial from USA or Canada:  011-52-755-115-1994.

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Tourism News! Lee Kraft Named as Director of Convention & Visitors Bureau in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

The Conventions & Visitors Bureau (CVB) of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo recently announced that Mr. Lee Kraft of Zihuatanejo is its new Executive Director.  The CVB, which is funded through a state tax, consults with the State of Guerrero to coordinate and integrate public and private activities to develop and promote the tourism industry in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo. CVB oversees advertising for the area; coordinates activities with airlines and travel agencies; and develops local special events, like “The Art, Culture & Tradition Festival” and “El Paraiso de los Niños” (Paradise for Children).

Originally from Germany, Lee Kraft is a naturalized Mexican citizen who has lived in this country since 1977.  Mr. Kraft has vast experience in the tourism sector. He held professional positions with British airline Dan Air Ltd. in Berlin, Germany; he operated Terramar charter flights in Mexico; he founded Destinos Mundials, an international travel agency with offices in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Frankfurt and various locations in Latin America; and he has represented several international airlines, such as Areolíneas Argentinas, Lufthansa and El Al Israel.

Lee Kraft

In Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Lee Kraft has served as President and Vice President of SKAL, the international association of travel and tourism professionals.  He is also serves as the Honorary Consular Agent for Germany and is the owner of “La Quinta Troppo” Hotel, an award-winning facility in Zihuatanejo. (more…)

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Ixtapa Zihuatanejo Receives Travel Awards for 2013! / New State and Federal Support

By: Patricia Ann Talley, MBA and Editor

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo has recently received several international travel awards and is positioning itself as one of the favorite tourist spots in the world.  Tourism in the area is also being supported with new initiatives by the State of Guerrero to better promote the area and increase air travel, and a new National Tourism Policy for Mexico.

“Trip Advisor” annually recognizes the best of world class tourism through the “Travelers’ Choice Awards.”  For 2013, Ixtapa Zihuatanejo has been recognized in various categories. TRIPADVISOR LOGO

Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice Awards for 2013 10 Parachute Playa la Ropa Zihuatanejo - Copy

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Is Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Mexico Safe?

We continue to receive inquiries from potential visitors and tourists to Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, even family members – “Is Mexico safe?”   “MEXICO” is a big place!  Since many English speakers cannot pronounce the Indigenous or Spanish names of various Mexican cities, they call everywhere “MEXICO.”

Asking the question, “Is Mexico safe?” is equivalent to asking, “Is the United States safe? Or, “Is Brazil safe?”  There are cities and communities in every country that have high crime rates; there are also cities and communities in every country that do not.

We understand travel concerns about traveling to Mexico, when American media constantly report violence in “MEXICO” – again as if there is violence throughout the entire country.    But, if you are considering traveling to “IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO,” please base your decision on these things:  1) Statistical facts; 2) More familiarity with Mexico’s geography; and 3) Ixtapa Zihuatanejo’s level of customer satisfaction and repeat visits. (more…)

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Escape to Enchanting Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

By: Jody Reed –  Jody Reed is formerly a writer at the White House and TV Consumer Reporter.  A 15-year veteran travel writer, she is published regionally and nationally and is a member of the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association.

Enchanting IZ 1If you’re seeking a divine enchanting great escape in Mexico, look no further, welcome to the rich tapestry of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo.  There is something for every budget, every taste from pure luxury to Bohemian….It is two destinations in one.  There has never been a better, safer time to experience this Mexican paradise.  For this Travel Columnist, Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is the most authentic destination you will find.

Known for decades as the crown jewel of Mexico’s Beach communities, Ixtapa Zihuatanejo on the Pacific Coast is also a haven for nature lovers.  If you’re seeking an ecological escape for serenity, tranquility and a rich rainbow parfait of flora and fauna, this is the destination for the entire family.  Harmony embraces you as emerald waters lap sugar soft beaches and verdant palm trees sway melodically.  New on the horizon for ecotourism and volunteerism is EL REFUGIO DE POTOSI, an innovative “Garden of Eden” near Zihuatanejo…Don’t miss it!  Sugar soft pristine beaches meet azure waters in an area jam-packed with lush mangroves, rainforests, lagoons and a treasure chest bounty of birds, plants and animals. (more…)

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Lawrence “Lorenzo” Marbut Honored as Ixtapa Zihuatanejo’s Immigrant of the Year

Foreign tourists often become frequent visitors to Ixtapa Zihuatanejo; and visitors often become residents.  In December, the United Nations General Assembly recognizes International Migrants Day.  UN Member States and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations observe International Migrants Day through the dissemination of information on the human rights and fundamental freedoms of migrants, and through the sharing of experiences and the design of actions to ensure their protection.

In Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, the 4th Annual International Migrant Day, hosted by the Department of Immigration, was celebrated in grand style at the Hotel Presidente on November 29th.  Lic. Ma. Gloria Ocampo Arranda, the Regional Delegate for the National Institute of Migration (INM) in Guerrero, greeted the guests and announced that there are now over 730 foreigners residing full time in the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo area.  On behalf of the Mexican government, she encouraged the participation of immigrants in the community and recognized their many contributions. (more…)

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Now is a Good Time for Investment in Mexican Real Estate

After working in the real estate sector here in Mexico for several years, I have had the opportunity to watch the trends in the market. We have been in a recession and a true buyer’s market for the past four years. The few properties that have sold in the past four years had  sellers that were willing to take large losses on their property investments. At this moment, I have noticed the market improving here in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo and fewer sellers willing to take such substantial losses on their investments. I feel comfortable saying that we have now entered into a neutral market here in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo.

A neutral market is one which neither the buyer nor the seller has the upper hand in the negotiation. This shift indicates that, within the next two to four years, the market will once again become a seller’s market. For that reason I have strongly suggested to my buyers that are interested in investing in our lush tropical paradise to act quick before the market turns into a seller’s market. (more…)

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