Mexico’s Wine Country

Mexico’s Wine Country

Valle de Guadalupe


The New World of Wine Today, Baja California is incontestably the major wine region of Mexico.  Located northeast of Ensenada in the Mexican state of Baja California, the Valle de Guadalupe produces the majority of Mexican wine—more than 90% of Mexican wine, in fact, comes from this area. Who would...

continue »

The Organized Chaos of Lucha Libre

The Organized Chaos of Lucha Libre


Sundays in the United States are impossible to disassociate with football. Not so in Mexico, where futbol americano enjoys regular television airtime, but it hasn’t reached the level of importance that the sport now enjoys north of the border (slightly less important than breathing, but far more important than governing...

continue »

Popping a Rooster or Jack

Popping a Rooster or Jack


March, April and May are some of the best months we have for inshore fishing. When I mean fishing, I am talking about the hard fighting Jack Crevalle. Plus, May through December brings on the incredible roosterfish. For both of these fish, the lighting fast runs, combined with brute strength...

continue »

Creating a Modern Showcase in Casa Que Ve al Mar

Creating a Modern Showcase in Casa Que Ve al Mar

Profile: Architect Luis Treviño Perez Gil


Architectural & Interior Design: Luis Alberto Treviño Perez Gil, Photos: Marc Pouliot Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo based Architect Luis Treviño Perez Gil gained international visibility when he recently designed and built a Zihuatanejo apartment for Robert Marshall, an Urban Planner with one of the largest international architectural, urban design and interior design firms...

continue »

The Palms of Paradise

The Palms of Paradise


They are the standard of vacation, the flags of beachy climes. Their shape makes them one of the most easily identified plants in the world. Palms belong to the Arecacea (Palmae) family, order Arecales. There are more than two thousand species, most of which are native to tropical and subtropical...

continue »

The Incredible Trajectory of Benito Juarez

The Incredible Trajectory of Benito Juarez


Scour the annals of Mexican history, from Independence through the present day, and you will find no man more admired than Benito Juarez. The 19th-century president is almost universally beloved by his forebears, with only those unaware of him withholding their veneration. A full-blooded Indian from humble origins, Juarez dedicated...

continue »

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...

continue »

Latest ADIP Articles
Letter from the Editor - November 2006

Letter from the Editor – November 2006

  Welcome to Another Day in Paradise. And welcome to just the beginning…as we kick off our eighth season here in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo. Today is the first day of the rest of your life, so the saying goes. That can be either an exciting or a scary proposition. It all depends on the state of your...

continue »

Exchanging Money in Mexico

If you’re coming down for a few weeks or even for the entire “high season,” you can convert your funds in three ways. First, you could bring U.S. (or Canadian) cash and trade it in for Mexican pesos at either a bank or a casa de cambio (a money-changing station). Second, you could arrive with...

continue »

The Bookstores of Donceles Street, Mexico City

The Bookstores of Donceles Street, Mexico City

Step into any one of the dozen or so bookstores on Donceles Street in Mexico City´s historic center and you might find yourself in a predicament similar to the following: Do you stick to the game plan, zeroing in on that novel about the Mexican Revolution that you haven’t been able to find anywhere else,...

continue »

J.C. Superstar ! Julio Cesar Chavez: Boxing legend

J.C. Superstar ! Julio Cesar Chavez: Boxing legend

If you mention the words “J.C. Superstar” to an American, the chances are they will think you are talking about a Broadway play. Utter those five syllables south of the Rio Grande, and get ready for an onslaught of words about Mexico’s most beloved practitioner of the sweet science. Julio Cesar Chavez is emblematic not...

continue »

Mexican Cuisine: Over Five Centuries in the Making

Mexican Cuisine: Over Five Centuries in the Making

Mexican cuisine is one of the best known and loved the world over, and for a reason, its flavors, sometimes robust and varied and sometimes mild and subtle, always have a haunting, mysterious quality that hints at the range of spices, herbs and condiments that it uses. Mexican food can be delightfully different from the...

continue »

Introducing Financing for Foreigners in Mexico

Traditionally, foreigners buying property in Mexico had few options other than to pay in full in cash, and the little financing that was available usually required substantial down payments, short terms and very high interest rates. In the past financing for foreigners in Mexico just did not work. From the difficulties in closing escrow in...

continue »

AMPI and NAR Sign Joint Venture Agreement

The National Association of Realtors© has formally signed its first joint reciprocal membership agreement with a foreign real estate organization. NAR President-elect Pat Vredevoogd Combs executed the agreement with the Mexican real estate association, Asociacion Mexicana de Professionales Inmobiliarios, (AMPI) at AMPI’s 50th anniversary meeting in Mexico City, in October, 2006 Because of this historic...

continue »

Interior Design, Getting Started

  Welcome back to town for the 2006-2007 season in Ixtapa-ihuatanejo. To those of you that are still in the construction process, or close to finishing, I congratulate you. Congratulations on your new investment. Building a home or investment property in Mexico will change your life and hopefully bring you many years of smiles, friends,...

continue »

La Sombra del Sabino Bookstore & Cafe hosts Diana Kennedy

Oprah’s best efforts notwithstanding, books have taken a serious hit at the hands of competing media. It’s easier to watch a movie, listen to a CD or turn on cable than it is to read a book, and unfortunately, most people do prefer easy. Additionally, buying books in México can be an expensive undertaking, assuming...

continue »

Karma Surf 2006

The 1st National Championship of the Mexican Surfing Circuit, Karma 2006, took place this year from September 12 through 17, at Playa Escolleras in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo. This was the fourteenth year for the annual invitational surfing tournament; it was comprised of 12 categories and for the first time included adult and children’s categories in a National...

continue »

Private Contracts

Private Contracts

...between Buy and Seller. When acquiring property in Mexico, are they really necessary?


¡A las palabras se las lleva el viento! Words are gone with the wind – Mexican saying When I meet with a client who has the idea of acquiring property in Mexico with a private contract between buyer and seller, my recommendation is always the following: 1. First, Obtain a copy of the registered title...

continue »

April 2006 / 45

Letter from the Editor “With a wave she walks out the door*…” Welcome to another day in paradise. Welcome to issue 45, the sixth issue of our seventh season and the final issue of 2005 – 2006. Ars Gratia Artis- Art for Art’s sake. So they’re always saying, but what I want to know is...

continue »