In all the colonias (neighbourhoods) of Puerto Vallarta and across Mexico, there are nine days of celebrations. Each night families, groups and organizations gather for Posadas.
San Miguel de Allende (SMA) is one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico. Nestled in rolling hills and amongst the Bajio Mountains at 6,500 feet above sea level it features a climate described as an eternal spring and a might have perfected the slower simpler lifestyle that Mexico does so well. As a Western Canadian I am fascinated by any building older than 150 years and San Miguel was founded in 1555 with amazingly preserved colonial architecture (some of it dating back to the 1600’s and 1700’s). SMA also has a rich history as the cradle of the Mexican War of Independence. It was the birth place of Ignacio Allende (a great leader in the rebellion) and was the first city to be freed from Spanish rule. Last but not least it is home to perhaps the most beautiful cathedrals in Mexico featuring a Neo-Gothic design unlike anything in Latin America and perhaps the world. This combination of historical and cultural significance made it a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.
Los Cabos and Cancun plus flights out of Houston, Montreal, New York
Airlines continue to add new flights between Mexico and the United States and Canada.
Air Canada announced yesterday it will offer a new service linking Mexico City and Montreal beginning May 2, with up to five flights a week. The airline will operate an Airbus A319 on the route.
Michoacán state is privileged by nature, located in western Mexico, its fertile land produces many foods.
Pátzcuaro and surrounding areas
The long tree-lined boulevard that ushers you into Pátzcuaro gives a graceful hint of the beauty that abounds in this lovely colonial town. With two elegant plazas, numerous fountains and churches, and a bustling and colorful local marketplace, it is a veritable feast for the eyes.
Campeche, Tabasco and Veracruz are three Mexican states that offer visitors a unique mix of past and present, luxury and adventure.
By Patricia Peña
The southern Mexican states of Tabasco, Veracruz and Campeche smell of rainforest, tobacco and chocolate. Mahogany floors warmed by an afternoon sun and the song of exotic birds carried on the wind create an aura of mystery and mysticism in a land that has preserved the cultural wealth of the Pre-Colombian and Colonial eras.
Despite the media’s portrayal of Mexico, the country is making inroads economically.
Many Americans think they should stay away from investing in Mexico and other emerging markets for fear they are too risky. However, proper diversification is one of the key tenants to reducing long-term risk in one’s investment portfolio. And the more established emerging markets have made it to “investment grade.”
Take Mexico as an example. Many investors ignore Mexico, as the name conjures up the usual images of drug wars, illegal immigration and poverty often reinforced by the media. Yet, these images are obscuring the bigger picture: fundamental changes that are occurring just south of our border – such as its successful reform efforts, increasing global competitiveness, oil and gas reserves and consumer spending.
Steven M. Fry
Mexican Lawyer Lic. Spencer McMullen has been busy again, offering yet more good insights into how real estate law, property law, and tax laws work in Mexico. Here is his latest report on key issues that affect most of us foreigners living and visiting Mexico:
Real Estate Appraisals in Mexico.
Here in Mexico we have three types of real estate appraisals: Tax (Catastral), Bank (Bancaria) and Commercial (Comercial). When choosing an appraiser, remember that all appraisers must be licensed. Most are engineers or architects who have postgraduate courses and state licenses and are also “peritos” or experts in real estate.
By Larissa Magee
You’ve booked your trip to Mexico and are ready to hit the beach, armed of course with your trusted smartphone, set to post amazing photos of your trip that will totally make your friends jealous. Let’s face it, photos of our everyday life – sitting behind the desk, folding laundry, filling the tank at the gas station – well, they just don’t make for great Facebook or Instagram envy. However now you’re on vacation and there are lots of great shots to take, but you don’t want to break the bank to get that perfect photo.
by Wendy Rains
Can you imagine riding up the entire Baja Peninsula on a mule? Well, that’s what four brave ladies decided to do, inspired to re-create the same 1,000 mile trek on the little used mountain trails of the Meling Expedition over 50 years ago. Tagged as La Mula Mil, or Mule 1000, it was the brainstorm of Leslie Pringle, a Canadian journalist who approached Trudi Angell, who leads pack mule rides, among other adventures out of Loreto. As Leslie wrote in her blog, Wrrldgrrl, they had four goals: 1) to successfully re-create the Meling Expedition of 1963/64 as a 50th anniversary tribute, 2) to produce a coffee-table book of photography and stories that overlay the two expeditions, 3) to celebrate the people and the pueblos of Baja California and thereby promote tourism in Baja California Mexico, and 4) to raise awareness of and funds for their three favorite non-profit associations. Coins for Classrooms, Living Roots Baja and MujeresdelGolfo . In Leslie’s own words, her personal goals included, “wanting to be one with the land I was walking, riding, sleeping on. I wanted time to reconnect with myself.”
Mexico’s Pacific coast boasts 7,828 kilometers of luxury resorts, boutique hotels, fabulous beaches and colonial towns.
By Patricia Peña
It would take six days to travel Mexico’s Pacific coast from north to south by boat. Six whole days without stopping –something virtually impossible once you catch a glimpse of the irresistible beaches that line these 7,828 kilometers of coastline brimming with biodiversity.