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Mexico Travel Tips

We have all seen them – or maybe we are them. The travelers who don’t quite get that every country has a different set of social rules – an accepted way of acting and doing things. In Mexico, at some of the more tourist areas, long-held customs are somewhat more relaxed, but should still be practiced for the most part. No bikini bottoms and tank tops in church, and no bikini bottoms anywhere for you guys! And please, don’t try to turn Mexico into the place you came from.

Fodor’s Travel has provided some of what you should know, from business meetings to tourist excursions. So “con permiso”, we think you might want to read this and become a more aware and less reviled traveler.

http://www.fodors.com/news/story_4054.html

Alaska Airlines New Flights from Portland, Ore., to Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Now Available for Purchase Introductory fares from $176 to Los Cabos and $186 to Puerto Vallarta*

SEATTLE, July 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Customers can now book travel on Alaska Airlines new nonstop flights from Portland, Ore., to Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Pending approval by the Mexico Direccion General de Aeronautica Civil (DGAC), the airline plans to begin seasonal service between Portland and Los Cabos from Nov. 3 through April 27, 2015, and between Portland and Puerto Vallarta from Nov. 4 through April 26, 2015.

Alaska is offering introductory fares of $176 one way from Portland to Los Cabos, and $186 one way from Portland to Puerto Vallarta, on tickets purchased by July 14, for travel from the service start date through Feb 10, 2015*.

“We’re happy to expand our longtime flying to Mexico with new flights to these two popular leisure resorts for our Portland travelers, who can take advantage of our award-winning service and low fares for their travel adventures,” said Joe Sprague, Alaska Airlines’ senior vice president of communications and external relations.

Summary of new seasonal service:

Start date City pair Departs Arrives Frequency
Nov. 3 Portland-Los Cabos 11:25 a.m. 4:20 p.m.** Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat
Nov. 3 Los Cabos-Portland 5:15 p.m.** 8:35 p.m. Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat
Nov. 4 Portland-Puerto Vallarta 10:15 a.m. 4:40 p.m.** Tues, Fri, Sun
Nov. 4 Puerto Vallarta-Portland 5:40 p.m.** 8:35 p.m. Tues, Fri, Sun

**Between March 8 and April 4, flights arrive and depart one hour earlier due to daylight saving time. All times are based on local time zones.

Alaska Airlines began flying to Mexico a quarter century ago and operates 240 flights a week during the winter between the West Coast and Mexico—more than any other carrier. Alaska flies an average of 1.5 million passengers a year to six Mexico beach destinations—Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Loreto, Los Cabos, Manzanillo, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta—in addition to Guadalajara and Mexico City. Alaska also will begin flights between Seattle and Cancun on Nov. 6.

The new flights between Portland and Mexico will be operated with Boeing 737 aircraft.

To book, visit www.alaskaair.com or call 1-800-ALASKAAIR (800-252-7522 or Hearing & Speech Impaired (TTY): Dial 711 for Relay Services).

Alaska Airlines, a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), together with its partner regional airlines, serves nearly 100 cities through an expansive network in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. Alaska Airlines has ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Network Carriers” in the J.D. Power North America Airline Satisfaction StudySM for seven consecutive years from 2008 to 2014. Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan also ranked highest in the 2014 Airline Loyalty/Rewards Program Satisfaction Report. For reservations, visit www.alaskaair.com. For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines Newsroom at www.alaskaair.com/newsroom.

*General terms and conditions for the introductory fares: Fares include all taxes and fees. Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or all days. A ticket purchased at an Alaska Airlines airport location or through a reservation call center will cost $15 more per person than the advertised fare. Tickets are nonrefundable. Applicable fare and tax differences apply to any changes made after ticketing. A $125 (USD) change fee per person applies to any changes made within 60-days of ticketed travel. All fares, taxes and fees shown are based on one-way travel. Additional U.S. taxes may apply to itineraries involving a U.S. stopover lasting more than 12 hours. Bag fees apply for checked baggage. See checked baggage policy at www.alaskaair.com for more details. Fares are subject to change without notice. Other restrictions — blackout dates, day of week restrictions, schedule availability, change fees and advance purchase requirements — may apply. Visit www.alaskaair.com or call Alaska Airlines’ Reservations at 1-800-252-7522 for complete fare rules and fees.

SOURCE Alaska Airlines

Mexico Leading The Way In Solar

If you have ever been to Baja California Sur you might have noticed that the sun shines most days. Understanding the necessity of developing clean energy into the 21st century, a 247 acre plant has recently opened in the capital city of La Paz that will service the electric needs to 164,000 residents, or 64% of the La Paz population. Country-wide, 25% of Mexico’s electricity is currently supplied by clean energy sources, and will increase in the coming years. An abundant, cheap source of energy is a key ingredient to spurring the economy, including tourism. Read here for the full story http://www.banderasnews.com/1404/nr-powerplantgoesonlineinmexico.htm

Could The Pyramid Of The Sun Pancake?

The great city, now archaeological site, of Teotihuacan was built 1,000 years before the Aztecs occupied it. It was one of the great cities of the world before 1400 and was inhabited by 100,000 people. It covered 8 square miles, but scientists claim that only about 5% has been excavated. No one is certain who built it, but it continues to be one of Mexico’s most popular attractions.

But now scientists are reporting that the main structure, the magnificent Pyramid of the Sun, maybe be in danger of collapse. Ironically, an attempt in the 1070s to preserve is might have backfired. Read more about it here

http://www.sandiegored.com/noticias/49935/Mexico-s-Pyramid-of-the-Sun-in-danger-of-collapse/

Green Energy In Mexico

The has been a lot of controversy about Congress voting to allow private investment in Mexico’s oil production, not the least being the fear that Mexico will lose a piece of its independence and control over its own resources. But the legislation could also affect how Mexico supplies electricity, which means a boost for Green Energy. Here is a good summary on how this will happen http://fuelfix.com/blog/2014/03/02/mexico-energy-overhaul-could-renew-interest-in-green-power/

Avoid Those ATM Fees In Mexico

Back in the old days you had to either carry lots of Mexican money on you or travelers checks, then stand in line at the bank to cash them if you had sufficient identification. So it’s been great in more recent times with ATMs (cajeras) almost everywhere. But then you run into some hefty, annoying fees to get access to your own money. But now, if you are a Santander Bank customer, you can use their ATMs in Mexico with no charge. Hopefully, some of the other U.S. banks will do the same. Read more here http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/santander-eliminates-atm-fees-for-travelers-245542551.html.

Three Companies Announce $7.35 Billion USD in Investments in Mexico

Cisco Systems, Nestlé and PepsiCo informed President Enrique Peña Nieto of their planned investments in Mexico, which together total $7.35 billion USD.

In separate speeches, President Peña Nieto thanked the companies for their confidence in Mexico. “I think that in the context of Mexico’s participation in the World Economic Forum in Davos, it is very encouraging to see the enthusiasm elicited by our country because of the structural changes it is implementing, the platform being built to boost economic growth and the social development of our country,” he declared.

He hailed the fact that the structural changes and public policy Mexico has adopted to boost economic growth also encourage productive investment for our country, “And that they will contribute to the economic development of our nation, and especially to creating jobs for Mexicans.”

President and CEO of PepsiCo Indra Nooyi announced that over the next few years, Pepsico will assign an investment of five billion dollars to areas of innovation, infrastructure, agriculture and community care, which is expected to generate approximately four thousand jobs.

“This investment demonstrates our confidence in your presidency and your cabinet, Mr. President, and I hope that we will be able to grow in Mexico, with Mexico and for Mexico,” she told the president.

For his part, CEO of Cisco Systems John Chambers announced that this company will invest $1,35 billion USD in Mexico, which will create approximately 900 jobs for Mexico in the field of manufacturing, sales, maintenance and informatics and telecommunications equipment consultancy.

“Cisco can be your partner in achieving the economic goals you have set,” he told President Peña Nieto.

Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke announced that this company, with operations in Mexico since 1930, will invest a billion dollars in the country, with the aim of increasing its production and infrastructure capacity.

He said that a large portion of the investment will be assigned to the construction of two new factories: a children’s food factory in Ocotlán, Jalisco, and a pet food facility in Silao, Guanajuato. They will also expand their cereal factory in Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco, which, together with other facilities, will have greater capacity and technology.

That will allow us to create 700 direct jobs, plus 3,500 indirect jobs,” he explained.

“He declared that although they have invested steadily in Mexico, they have not built completely new factories since 1992. Mexico is Nestlé’s second largest market in Latin America and its sixth largest worldwide.