Fredrick Catherwood’s Lasting Legacy

Fredrick Catherwood’s Lasting Legacy


In  the early 1840’s, two haggard men on mules emerged from Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula telling stories of a lost civilization discovered and unknown cities explored, long before the days when Nikon cameras and National Geographic magazine told us of these things. Between the years of 1839-1842, American John Lloyd Stephens...

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Buying on the Beach

Buying on the Beach

Defining Mexico’s Federal Maritime Zone


  Defining and measuring the Federal Maritime Zone The Federal Maritime Zone is legally described as the 20 meter wide strip of land that is transitable and next to the beach (playa mar). Let’s break this down to make sure we are clear on what we are talking about: 1....

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The Secret to Raising Fish

The Secret to Raising Fish

The Holy Trinity of Resonance


Do some boats raise fish better than others? You bet they do, but why? And, how can a 25 foot Mexican panga raise more fish than a “no expenses spared” 45 foot sport fisher? It is all about the Holy Trinity of Resonance, Vibration and the Horsepower to Weight Ratio....

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Wine and Cheese

Wine and Cheese

Breaking with tradition


The theme of an eternal discussion among sommeliers, the pairing of wine and cheese is without a doubt the most difficult.  This despite the fact that both are a result of the blending of yeast and bacteria.  A good cheese can better a low quality wine or a powerful cheese...

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Pacific Coast Pirates


…a 27 year old English Captain by the name of Thomas Cavendish, was bearing down on him with distinctly unfriendly intentions.”   An account of the Manila Galleon and English pirates off the coast of Mexico The Spanish galleon Santa Ana slowly tracked the coast of Baja California in November 1587 under clear skies and favorable sailing conditions. She was four months out of Manila and only days away from dropping anchor at her home port of Acapulco. She carried in her hold an immense fortune in Oriental treasure: gold, pearls, silks from the China, ginger, cloves and cinnamon from the Spice Islands, jewels from Burma, Indian ivory. Lookouts from the Santa Ana spotted distant sails as the overloaded ship passed by Cabo San Lucas. Captain Tomas de Alzola reduced sail and ordered camouflage netting to be hung. Weapons were issued to those among the 160 passengers and crew capable...

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AMPI news April/May

AMPI and NAR Renew Working Agreement The Mexican Association of Real Estate Professionals (AMPI) and the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) have renewed their working relationship and affiliation.   Below are some of the key points outlined in the agreement: ·         AMPI will prepare a marketing program and will encourage its members to become members...

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9th annual Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival delivers another fabulous music filled festival

9th annual Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival delivers another fabulous music filled festival

The 9th annual Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival, held March 5 – 11, 2012 was a tremendous success, filling the beautiful beach town of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo with musicians and audience members from across the globe, for a week of guitar music in paradise. The Zihuatanejo International Guitar festival is an annual music festival that brings world class...

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AMPI and NAR Renew Working Agreement

The Mexican Association of Real Estate Professionals (AMPI) and the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) have renewed their working relationship and affiliation. Below are some of the key points outlined in the agreement: AMPI will prepare a marketing program and will encourage its members to become members of NAR’s InternationalSection. NAR will  promote AMPI international...

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Guitar Fest 2012, March 5 - 11, 2012

Guitar Fest 2012, March 5 – 11, 2012

9th Annual Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival, March 5 – 11, 2012, in Beautiful Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, on the Pacific coast of Mexico.   The Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival is very proud to announce that they will be the recipient of an Arts and Culture grant from the Mexican federal government, increasing our budget and insuring we can...

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More optimism about Mexico’s economy

Despite the global slowdown, multinational CEOs are generally upbeat on Latin America‘s business outlook this year, according to a Latin Business Chronicle survey. Nissan, the Japanese auto manufacturer, will invest more than 1.9 billion dollars in the construction of a new car plant in Aguascalientes. This could be the most important foreign direct investment (FDI)...

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Mexican Housing Industry Predicted to Remain Stable

Mexican Housing Industry Predicted to Remain Stable

Ariel Cano Cuevas is the Director General ofVivienda,Mexico’s national housing agency. He delivered the key note speech at the recent Mexican Association of Real Estate Professionals (AMPI) Toma de Protesta (Innauguration) inMexico City. During the presentation he announced new initiatives for two social housing agencies, INFONAVIT and FOVISSTE. He concluded his remarks by predicting the...

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Morelia, City of Light

Morelia, City of Light

Latin America’s Illuminated City Gets More Lights


Morelia is more than the political capital of Michoacan, it is also the cultural center. In 2003, the city embarked on an activity, ”Plan Luz.”  Buildings and historical monuments are lit up at night. The architecture is a true sixteenth century jewel. In 2010, Morelia was named, “Latin America’s Illuminated City,”  by the organization, Lighting...

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Book events in Zihuatanejo

First presentation of AUTHORS IN ZIHUA, book reading events by local authors. –Monday, Dec. 19 at 6pm. Restaurant El Manglar on Playa La Ropa, LINDA LEONARD- CANADIAN/ZIHUA TRAVEL AUTHOR presenting her 2 books: LIVING THE DREAM IN MEXICO is about RVing, about travel, about Mexico and her people; and LIVING THE DREAM IN EUROPE is a personal...

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Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 12th is traditionally known in Mexico as the Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe (Día de la Virgin de Guadalupe), celebrating the manifestation of the Virgin Mary on Dec 9, 1531. It is the most important holiday in Mexico, even more important that Christmas, and is celebrated nationwide. Millions of pilgrims converge on the Mexico City...

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la flor de Nochebuena, Cross-cultural beauty

la flor de Nochebuena, Cross-cultural beauty

Widely admired and cultivated in many lands, Euphorbia pulcherria is best known north of the Rio Grande as……..? Quick! What’s Mexican in origin, American by name, sometimes misunderstood and red all over? Hint: this item is leafy and often called a flower, which it’s not, and was once thought to be poisonous, which it isn’t....

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REALTORS ® Seize the Day

REALTORS ® Seize the Day

This year’s National Association of Realtors® (NAR) annual Conference and Trade Show was held in Anaheim, California. The theme comes from the fact that with low interest rates and lower prices for homes now is the moment to buy. (Or Seize the Moment) The attendance of 20,000 exceeded expectations that 18,000 would be there. A...

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Calling all Westjet Travelers!

Book transporters needed!


Word share with the children of Zihuatanejo, from Sister City Collingwood, Canada The Collingwood-Zihuatanejo sister city committee has been in existence since 2004, bridging the communities of Collingwood, Canada, and Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Mexico, through cultural exchange and philanthropic projects. This year’s project will provide English language books and English language books on CD’s to Casa de...

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