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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Mexico´s president proposes Energy Reform amid debate about privatization of Mexico´s petroleum industry

Mexico´s president proposes Energy Reform amid debate about privatization of Mexico´s petroleum industry

Energy reform and the privatization of Mexico´s oil and gas industry is a controversial issue in Mexico and  has been in the national debate for many years.  The main point of contention being whether Mexico needs to open up the state run monopolies of energy to private investment to allow much needed funding for upgrades,...

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My 4 inch life

My 4 inch life


Sitting in a classical guitar recital in a stark, echo-y room, I am drifting away on my own musings and wondering (not for the first time) just what is this obsession with cell phone recording?  It´s world-wide, it´s multigenerational, it´s multi-genre, and apparently completely indifferent to acoustics.  Rumbling buses thunder by, church bells gong, metal...

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International investment in Mexico continues to rise in key industries

Tourism and Hospitality industries see growth Latin America is one of the world’s fastest growing vacation and leisure markets. After a very slow 2012, hotel and tourism developers are back to building with high expectations for 2014. Developers are adding new properties in Mexico and the Caribbean in record numbers, the number of hotel construction...

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They want the resources, OCV asks for “Más promoción”

Printed in La Voz de Michoacan, July 22, 2013   By Victor M. Alvarado   They want the resources, OCV asks for “Más promoción” The Double tax of sewerage and sanitation should be used for that purpose   The hotel sector of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo proposed that the imposed double tax that they pay for sanitation and...

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Summer hasn´t brought expected tourism

Printed in La Voz de Michoacan newspaper, July 21, 2013 By Victor M. Alvarado The state secretary of tourism, Javier Aluni Montes, acknowledged that the current summer holiday season has brought fewer tourists than last year. He said: “The number of tourists do not yet cover the expectations of SEFOTUR, we believe that we are...

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SECTUR promotes the Paracho Guitar Fair to be held August 3-11

Printed in La Opinion de Michoacan, newspaper, Saturday July, 20, 2013   (SECTUR) promotes the Paracho Guitar Fair to be held August 3-11 By Liliana Ramirez   The Ministry of tourism gave promotional materials to the municipality of Paracho, where the 40th edition of the Paracho Guitar Fair will be held next month, August 3...

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New proposal to clean up Las Salinas

Printed in La Voz de Michoacan newspaper, 15 July 2013 Laguna de las Salinas is contaminated, new city proposal hopes to stop using it for concerts, clean it up The flora and fauna that surrounds the Salinas lagoon is being impacted due to the activities carried out in that place.   Migratory birds come there...

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City says money collected for the promotion of IZ will not be paid out

Printed in La Voz de Michoacan newspaper, 15 july 2013 Crisis at City Hall – Promotion funds withdrawn City says money collected for the promotion of IZ will not be paid By Victor R. Alvarado Due to the lack of economic resources the Zihuatanejo City Hall has suspended a payment of approximately 8 million pesos...

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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...

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The colorful currency of Mexico honors history

The colorful currency of Mexico honors history

revolution, religion, arts and sciences


Mexican Bills come in six denominations: 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and the newly unveiled 1000 peso note. The 20 peso note (re-issued in 2001 in a plastic form) shows dapper Benito Juarez. Born in March 1806 in a village in the state of Oaxaca from a poor, illiterate peasant family. Juarez didn’t know how...

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Excitement is Building in Los Cabos

Excitement is Building in Los Cabos

Only a few days left until the biggest ever international real estate event in Mexico arrives. At the moment, 149 have registered for the Forum and 35 for the CIPS Institute, still time to register at http://www.icabo.com/viva-mexico/ High profile leaders are coming to Los Cabos.  Four Senior executives will attend from NAR. These include the...

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Fashion Designer Sergio Alcala

Fashion Designer Sergio Alcala

Mexican Urban Kitsch


Sergio Alcalá is one of the most recognized fashion designers in México, and at only 23 years old, he is also considered one of the most innovative. Elle Magazine calls him the Jean Paul Gaultier of México, saying that his focused style makes him one to watch. His show at Fashion Week México Autumn /...

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