LET MEXICO SATISFY YOUR CRAVING FOR ADVENTURE

MIAMI, FL, January 30th, 2009 — It is time for travelers to stop at the leading adventure travel event in the United States to learn about the variety of experiences that Mexico has to offer when seeking for new adventures, thrills and non-stop action! The events are set to take place on February 14th & 15th in Los Angeles at the L.A. Convention Center and in Washington D.C. on February 21st through the 22nd at the Washington Convention Center.

Mexico is the perfect choice for adventure–related vacations whether it’s hiking, mountain biking, scuba diving or surfing, Mexico offers unspoiled natural surroundings for every experience.  Mexico will satisfy your spirit of adventure, from a train ride through the Copper Canyon and rock climbing the peak of El Gigante, to discovering the wonders of different World Heritage Sites such as the Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve.

More and more tourists are seeking active vacations and Mexico is catering to those seeking nothing but adventure and excitement. For example, the state of Chihuahua offers some of the greatest adventures in the Copper Canyon. From mountain-biking paths that wind through the forests around the town of Creel, to exploring secret caves along indigenous families and sleeping in solar-powered eco-lodges, Chihuahua will dazzle your senses.

Down in the country’s Pacific Coast, surfers ride the waves in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca. The world-class breaks in Zicatela and Marineros beaches lure surfers from around the world while in the same region, hikers venture into the trails that meet the clouds in the mountains and forests in Sierra Norte featuring beautiful crashing waterfalls.

Another option is Puerto Vallarta with its lagoons and wetlands, where bird watching is a popular year-round activity, while right on the bay, whales and dolphins frolic and play. Hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers can explore the tropical forest and at night on the beaches, marine turtles lay their eggs during the summer months.

In the Yucatán, adventurous travelers will find ecotourism trips and exotic tropical bird watching excursions. Few areas in the world have such a diverse natural attributes such as leafy tropical jungle and wetlands that encompass fantastic biological diversity and islands covered in vegetation, surrounded by savannas, grottoes and fresh water cenotes (sink holes) in the heart of the jungle.

Water sports are above par in Riviera Maya and Cozumel. The area offers incomparable scuba diving along the second world largest coral reef in the world, the Mesoamerican Reef, with more than 200 species of tropical fish, it’s no wonder the reef was Jacques Cousteau’s favorite spot.

For more information visit www.adventureexpo.com and www.visitmexico.com.

The Quiet Way to a Waterful Spring Break in Mexico

By MP Mexico News Staff

Baja AirVentures Offers a Value-Smart All-Inclusive Alternative Where Nature Takes Center Stage

SAN DIEGO, CA, January 2009 – An eco lodge by starlight – instead of tequila by noon – gives whole new meaning to a secluded spring escape along Mexican waters.

Baja AirVentures, that runs Las Animas Wilderness Retreat, the only boat-in lodge on the Sea of Cortez in Baja, Mexico, does promise a complimentary margarita but only after a day of snorkeling, hiking, paddling and impromptu wildlife encounters.

For over 20 years the company has strategically avoided the typical spring break crowds by offering a personalized small group experience similar to a Galapagos-style safari that even includes time-saving roundtrip air transport from San Diego, CA. The per person, double occupancy, all-inclusive rate is from $1,495 for four days / three nights and from $1,695 for six days / five nights.

“Our rates, when you factor in the private air carriage we provide, are an exceptional value compared to those large all-inclusive resorts of Cabo, Mazatlan and Cancun,” says Kevin Warren, owner of Baja AirVentures. “Plus if you are into wildlife instead of nightlife, you won’t be disappointed.”

Las Animas is located in Baja’s Midriff Island region, one of the most nutrient-rich marine environments in the world. Guided small boat excursions to isolated islands and coves reveal up to 10 species of whales (including fin and blue whales), as well as dolphins, sea lions, sea turtles and manta rays.

Three orders of marine birds – arctic, temperate, and tropical can be spotted here. The islands are inhabited by more than 50 species including Blue Footed Boobies, Brown Pelicans, Royal Terns, Frigate Birds, Cormorants, Turkey Vultures and Osprey. Over 95% of the world’s population of Heermans Gulls and Elegant Terns breed on nearby Rasa Island; a national bird sanctuary, found a short 15 miles journey from Las Animas by boat.

Located on a private crescent of white sand, Las Animas is a remote, eco-friendly property that accommodates up to 16 guests in eight romantic beachside yurts. Each features its own private bathroom, solar shower, twin and king-size beds with comforters and high thread-count linens, and covered patios with hammocks. Lodging is built around a large centrally located yurt with attached patio that serves as kitchen, central dining area, cantina bar, and communal lounging and game area.

The all-inclusive packages feature yurt accommodations, roundtrip air from San Diego, naturalist guided outings, boat transportation, healthy homemade meals, beverages and such activities as kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, sailing and hiking. Groups and families of four or more may also inquire about a special $200 per person wellness package add-on that includes personalized treatments that range from body work therapies to body scrubs, massages and mud therapy wraps. Daily yoga and meditation are part of the curriculum supervised by wellness professionals.

For information on packages offered year-round by Baja AirVentures please go to www.bajaairventures.com or call 1-800-221-9283.

AeroMexico Introduces First Airline Service between Albuquerque and Chihuahua City, Mexico, on February 9

By MP Mexico News Staff

AeroMexico, the global airline of Latin America, and the New Mexico Economic Development Department announced today that air service between Mexico and New Mexico will become a reality February 9. The first AeroMexico flight from Chihuahua City will depart at 11:05 a.m. MST and touch down at 12:25 p.m. MST at Albuquerque International Sunport. The inaugural flight from Albuquerque to Chihuahua City will depart at 1:10 p.m. MST and arrive at 2:30 p.m. Non-stop service on 50-passenger Embraer ERJ 145 regional jets will be scheduled three days a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Frank Galan, Vice President, U.S. Division, AeroMexico, said, “AeroMexico sees a real need for this service between Albuquerque and Chihuahua because it will expand opportunities for growing international business and tourism. We appreciate the support shown by Governor Richardson and other officials in New Mexico and Chihuahua who helped this route take off.”

Governor Bill Richardson said, “With connecting flights from Monterrey, Guadalajara and Mexico City, tourists and businessmen from Mexico’s largest markets now have direct access to experience all that New Mexico has to offer. And, of course, New Mexicans traveling to Mexico for business or for pleasure can make the same connections.”

New Airline Service Will Support Growth of International Business and Tourism

Governor Richardson, as chairman of the New Mexico-Chihuahua Commission, took the lead in negotiations with AeroMexico, the state of Chihuahua, Chihuahua City and Albuquerque, which culminated in the new link that will increase access for international business and tourism.

“Southern New Mexico has been enjoying the growing numbers of Mexican tourists who have been coming to the state over the last several years,” said New Mexico’s Economic Development Secretary Fred Mondragon, whose department was instrumental in working out the details. “These flights will open the door to make the rest of New Mexico more accessible. Mexico’s growing middle class has money to spend and time to travel – and New Mexico has the cultural and language synergy to be good hosts to them.”

The New Mexico-Chihuahua link modernizes a portion of a travel and trade route that is as old as the presence of Europeans in the Southwest. The Spanish colonial road El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro linked Santa Fe and Taos in New Mexico to Chihuahua City and on to Mexico City and Veracruz on the coast. It was the backbone of trade and commerce into New Mexico from the late 16th century until the opening of the Santa Fe Trail, linking Santa Fe with Kansas, in the early 19th century.

“Albuquerque is very excited to host this international flight and we know that it will greatly benefit not only our community but the state as a whole,” said Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez.

“It will enrich the business and cultural experiences of citizens of both countries as this air route brings us closer together,” said Governor Richardson.

Airline Offers Excellent Value and Award-Winning Service

This new airline service will provide travelers with excellent value based on AeroMexico’s competitive fares and premier style of award-winning service. The airline has been named “Best Airline in Mexico” in 2008 by readers of both Global Traveler and Business Traveler magazines. While on board, passengers will receive complimentary beverages, cocktails and meals at meal times along with attentive, personalized service. In addition, flight schedules provide convenient arrival and departure times to complement the airline’s superior, on-time performance record. Attractively priced vacation packages, which include airfare, hotel accommodations and rental car, will also be available through AeroMexico Vacations.

AeroMexico and its subsidiary, AeroMexico Connect, currently operate more than 600 daily flights through the airline’s Mexico City International Airport hub to 40 destinations in Mexico, 12 U.S. locations as well as major cities that include Tokyo, Paris and Buenos Aires in 12 other countries worldwide. U.S. cities served currently are Los Angeles, Ontario (Ca.), San Diego, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Seattle-Tacoma, Houston, San Antonio, Chicago, New York City, Orlando and Miami. Service will be added to Denver on February 1, San Francisco on February 12 and Toronto on March 3. AeroMexico Vacations provides customized vacation travel packages throughout its network. The airline also offers connecting service to other international destinations through its SkyTeam global airline alliance with 11 full member carriers and three associate carriers. AeroMexico has been recognized for its award-winning style of personalized in-flight service, one of the world’s best on-time flight records, the highest safety and quality standards ratings, outstanding reliability and baggage handling performance, and exceptional value based on its competitive fares and superior service. Additional information is available at www.aeromexico.com or 1-800-237-6639.

MEXICO’S GOLF COURSES WILL BE SHOWCASED AT THE PGA MERCHANDISE SHOW & CONVENTION 2009 IN ORLANDO

Orlando, FL; January 27th, 2009 – The Mexico Tourism Board along with premier golf Mexican destinations will present at this year’s 2009 PGA Merchandise Show & Convention in Orlando from January 29th through the 31st at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

In its 56th year, more than 45,000 golf professionals, leading golf companies, international retailers and industry leaders will gather at the North America’s largest and most influential golf exhibition and convention.

The MTB will showcase The PGA Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Mayas’ El Camaleon Golf Club and the Tres Marias LPGA Tour’s Corona Morelia Championship, at the Residential Golf Club in Morelia Michoacán. The state of Jalisco will also be present to promote a brand new international golf event: The Closest to the Golf Pin Contest, that will take place in four different courses in the city of Guadalajara from the 8th to the 11th of June, 2009.

Mexico’s golf courses are beyond your expectations

Mexico has the perfect mix for an unforgettable golf experience: extraordinary and beautiful landscaping, exceptional weather all year long, first class facilities and the warmth of the Mexican hospitality. The most amazing courses are located in diverse settings such as deserts, along with sink holes, pristine beaches, surrounded by jungle or near archeological ruins where top golf designers such as Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman or Tom Weiskopf had created some of the most interesting and challenging golf courses.

El Camaleon Golf Club

The third edition of Mexico’s only PGA tour event returns February 25th through March 1st at El Camaleon Golf Club at the Mayakoba resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. This important golf classic is an official PGA Tour event for which this resort is the title sponsor from 2007 through 2012; and El Camaleon has the honor of being the first golf course to host an official PGA Tour event in Mexico. El Camaleón Golf Course at the Mayakoba resort is Greg Norman’s latest masterpiece. The 7,039-yard layout is unique – not just to Mexico but to the entire world of golf. The course bends through three distinct landscapes—mangrove jungles, limestone canals and stunning, oceanfront stretches of sand. El Camaleón incorporates a cenote, a massive underground cavern, into the heart of the opening fairway.  The handsome, Mayan influenced clubhouse that rises above the 18th green will feature a fine dining room with stunning views over the course.  The adjoining practice facility and driving range are of international caliber.  In addition, with Mayakoba’s unique system of lagoons, golfers will be able to step out of their rooms and into a boat, which will ferry them directly to the first tee. El Camaleón Golf Course is managed by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts.

Tres Marias Residential Golf Club

Tres Marias Residential Golf Club is another exclusive and impressive development of 1,000 residences and a 6,400 feet golf course, located in the colonial city of Morelia, Michoacán. Designed with the direction and signature of Jack Nicklaus, this 27 hole golf course features an extraordinary topography, beautiful landscapes with lakes throughout the course as well as a luxurious 426,509 square foot club house. This year the Tres Marias LPGA Tour’s Corona Morelia Championship will be held from the 23th to the 26th of April, with our own Lorena Ochoa as the defending champion. Tres Marias Golf Club has been entitled to host the 2010-2012 LPGA tournaments.

Jalisco Golf Courses

Jalisco has become an important golf destination in Mexico with around 17 golf courses such as the renowned El Tamarindo, by the beach of the Pacific Ocean, alongside the jungle and with varied vegetation.

Nevertheless, and aside the sun and beach destination golf courses, there is an important offer of courses in the metropolitan area of Guadalajara such as: the Atlas Country Club, the Cañadas Golf Course, El Cielo Country Club and Santa Anita Golf Course, to name a few. These 18 holes courses offer the players the opportunity to do some sightseeing of amazing attractions nearby like Tlaquepaque, Tonala and of course the beautiful city of Guadalajara itself.

Los Cabos Golf Courses

Another premier golf destination in Mexico is Los Cabos, with an important offer of premium golf courses designed by renowned golf masters. Los Cabos’ rich waters, desert landscapes and dramatic rock formations offer an array of activities for leisure travelers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. We find here some of the top courses in the world: Cabo del Sol Ocean Course, Club Campestre and Palmilla Golf Club the three designed by Jack Nicklaus; Cabo del Sol Desert Course designed by desert golf master Tom Weiskopf; Cabo San Lucas Country Club, Mayan Country Club Los Cabos and Querencia Golf Course are some of the offers in the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula.

Some of the Top Golf Courses in Mexico

  • Tres Marias Residential Golf Club / 27 holes in Morelia Michoacan
  • Moon Spa & Golf Club/ 27 holes Cancun, Quintana-Roo
  • Playa Car Spa & Golf Course/  18 holes at the Riviera Maya
  • Playa Mujeres Golf Club/ 18 holes Punta Sam, Quintana-Roo
  • Club Campestre San Jose Golf Club/ 18 holes, San Jose Del Cabo, BCS
  • El Camaleon Golf Club at Mayakoba/ 18 holes, at the Riviera Maya
  • Cabo Real Golf Club/ 18 holes, in Los Cabos
  • Punta Mita Four Seasons Golf Club/ 18 holes in the Riviera Nayarit
  • Palmilla Golf Club/ 18 holes in Los Cabos
  • Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club/ 18 holes

Punta Colonet Project in Jeopardy – RIP

David Simmonds

As we reported last August, the massive port project planned for the little town of Colonet in northern Baja, has some serious obstacles. To build something of that magnitude in a desolate area with few natural resources would require a Panama Canal-type effort, and although I want the best for Mexico, I’m not sure that this would be a solid plan for their future. The Baja peninsula, with the exception of the corridors from San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, and from Tijuana to Ensenada, has been able to remain an environmental wonder – a land that repels man’s incursion grudgingly, with heat and conditions not conducive for mass human populations. You don’t want to get lost in the bad-ass canyons of Baja.

Now the Los Angeles Times is reporting that there is one more reason why the port project may never be built – money. The estimated $4.88 billion dollars that it will take to complete it (the real cost is probably twice that) is disappearing faster than your 401k and home equity nest eggs, and the demand by cargo ship traffic is down by about 30% in the current world-wide recession (is anyone using the D word yet?).

My guess, and it’s only a guess, is that the new Obama administration will not encourage or help facilitate any major project that would replace and  eliminate jobs in the U.S. With ports in San Diego, Long Beach, Los Angeles and San Francisco, all with existing transportation infrastructure and corridors in place, the Colonet project seems unnecessary and unwise. Mexico mainland has many fine existing ports to service their country, and other potential locations near their population centers.

It is my hope the Colonet plans are scrapped for good, and that projects that protect the fragile environment while producing jobs for the Baja people are vigorously pursued. And I encourage everyone to drive the 1,000 mile trans peninsular highway from Tijuana to Cabo – a one-of-a-kind adventure you will never forget.

Federal Government Promotes Development without Damaging the Environment

During his inauguration of the Mexican Ecological Parks Wind Energy Station, in the Ejido de la Ventosa, in the Municipality of Juchitán de Zaragoza, Oaxaca, which will generate electricity by using the wind, President Felipe Calderón declared that it is possible to respect the environment while making people prosperous.
“Works such as this prove that it is possible to find ways of reconciling man with nature.”
Accompanied by Energy Secretary Georgina Kessel Martínez and Governor of Oaxaca, Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, President Calderón declared that the solution lies in alternative energy sources.
“Renewable energy, which does not get used up, since one day oil might even get used up,” he added.
He stated that once the works being produced in La Ventosa have been completed, using only the wind and without burning a drop of oil it will be possible to generate as much electricity as that produced in Chiapas through the Chicoaseén, Malpaso and Peñitas dams.
“We are generating electricity to enable people to live better, so that firms can produce more in order to create jobs, and in order for there to be projects that blend in with the lifestyles of those living here and benefit them in the form of income or through their association with these projects which are so important for the future of Mexico,” he said.
On the subject of the refinery to be built by PEMEX, he explained:
“I have instructed Petróleos Mexicanos to analyze the viability of these projects and their profitability and to analyze them in keeping with the sustainable human development project I have put forward as President, which will analyze economic aspects. This aspect is crucial because oil belongs to all Mexicans but it is also important to analyze the social aspect and the impact on development a project of this size must have.”
The President said that projects such as the Mexican Ecological Parks Wind Energy Station prevent resources from being taken away from education and health.  
A propos of this, President Felipe Calderón declared:
“Each of these windmills will cost over $20 million pesos each. If government had to produce them, we would have to stop spending on many other things Oaxaca needs which means that since we can permit these projects that generate electricity, we will also be able to spend on things the people of Oaxaca need.”
 

MEXICO INAUGRUATES PAVILLION AT THE SAFARI CLUB INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION 2009 IN RENO, NV

RENO, NV; January 22ND, 2009 – The Mexico Tourism Board and the Safari Club International, the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and in promoting wildlife conservation worldwide is teamed up during the annual Safari Club International’s annual convention on January 21 – 24,  to promote Mexico’s popular hunting destinations.

 

Destinations such as including Zacatecas, Aguas Calientes, Tamaulipas, Coahuila, Baja California Norte and Durango joined in the inauguration of the Mexico pavilion where a ceremonial ribbon cutting took place.

 

Mexico ranks 4th among the amount of mammal species and 11th in bird species. For those looking to hunt deer, there are 14 subspecies of white-tailed deer, 6 subspecies of mule deer and 2 species of tamazate deer from the tropical forests. For the Mexican Turkey Slam, you can find pavo ocelado in the tropical forests of Campeche and Gould’s and Rio Grande turkey in central Mexico.

 

SCI fights tirelessly to protect the hunting heritage enjoyed by 15 million Americans and 45 million families around the globe. SCI Members are active in more than 100 countries. SCI’s Convention is the most dynamic and diverse hunting show today. It is the most powerful buying and selling environment in the outdoor industry.

 

 

For more information go to www.safariclub.org