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Hacienda Uxmal: Hotel with a History

By John Mitchell

If you stay at the Hacienda Uxmal, you might end up sleeping in the same room once occupied by the likes of Jackie Kennedy, Henry Kissinger, Indira Gandhi, or even Queen Elizabeth II. These are just a few of the illustrious guests who have used this historic hotel as a convenient base from which to explore the spectacular Mayan ruins of Uxmal, which lie just a stone’s throw away from the resort’s front gate.

Built in 1950, the Hacienda Uxmal has also long been the lodging of choice for archaeologists who come to work at Uxmal. This close connection with the nearby ruins is celebrated by an “Explorers Gallery” on the hotel’s main floor. Lining a long, open-air corridor overlooking a turquoise colored swimming pool are photographs of famous nineteenth century explorers who visited Uxmal. Among them are the American traveler and author John L. Stephens, who published Incidents of Travel in Yucatán in 1843, and Frederick Catherwood, the talented British artist who accompanied Stephens on his journeys in Mexico and Central America. Catherwood illustrated Stephens’ books with remarkably detailed and haunting drawings of the region’s abandoned cities.

Adding to the Hacienda Uxmal’s historical ambiance are Spanish colonial touches such as Moorish arches, richly tiled floors, and iconic statues of angels and the like scattered about the grounds. The hotel’s 79 guestrooms are airy and bright, plus some have balconies surveying the rolling Puuc hills. Comfortable sitting areas outside each room feature traditional wooden furniture made from local timber. These cozy arrangements make ideal spots for sitting back and taking in the hotel’s forest-like gardens while pondering the incredible legacy left behind by the ancient Maya.

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Meeting with His Majesty Akihito, Emperor of Japan


By Enrique Peña Nieto

Tokyo, Japan

Today we began a working trip to Japan: an example of productivity and competitiveness. This official visit allows me to seek further exchanges in areas such as tourism, information, automotive and auto parts, electrical-electronics and renewable energy technologies.

At the Imperial Palace, I had the opportunity to hold a private meeting with His Majesty Akihito, Emperor of Japan and Empress Michiko.

The year 2014 will mark the 400 years since the first contact between Mexico and Japan, and forty-nine years ago, Their Majesties visited our country. Since I think it is important to commemorate this link, I invited the Emperor and Empress to visit Mexico next January.

During these four months of my administration, we have witnessed Japanese investment in Mexico, an example of which is JATCO, which announced an investment of $220 million USD in February.

Mexico is Japan’s largest trading partner in Latin America and Japan is the leading Asia-Pacific investor in Mexico. Japanese and Mexicans are strategic partners; we have great economic opportunities to exploit.

Alejandro Sanz Promotes Tourism Development in Mexico – Latin Superstar Graces the Cover of the Annual Collectors’ Edition of Baja Traveler Magazine

BajaTRAVELER® Hits Newsstands Today!


BajaTRAVELER® Magazine, the prestigious sister publication to MexicoTRAVELER® and WorldTRAVELER®, unveiled today its 15th annual collectors’ edition with Spanish singing sensation Alejandro Sanz gracing the cover. BajaTRAVELER®, a favorite of celebrities and affluent readers, interviewed Sanz for the cover story:

“Mexico plays a big part in many of the happiest moments of my life,” said Alejandro. “After each visit a little piece of the country comes home with me. I love Mexico City, Guadalajara, Yucatan, Monterrey… It’s hard for me to choose just one destination; there are so many places where I could simply lose myself.”

When asked what drew him to Mexico in the first place, he said: “I’m amazed by the culture, the colors, the landscapes… Mexico in general fascinates me for its authenticity.”

“This what Mexico needs right now: postive testimonials from celebrities that have visited the country and have fallen in love with it,” commented Mayté Rodríguez Cedillo, President and Editor in Chief for BajaTRAVELER®. “That has been my mission during the 15 years that I’ve been publishing these magazines, to find celebrities that love Mexico and put them on the cover announcing their support for our country. Because despite its struggles, Mexico is still one of the best travel destinations in the world.”

BajaTRAVELER® spotlights the Best of Baja, bringing together beautiful people and beautiful places, highlighting the culture, colors and flavors of the region, along with contemporary trends and influential players; every issue focuses on high-profile events. The magazine targets—and reaches—leaders and professionals in a variety of fields, as well as affluent international readers. BajaTRAVELER®  is an annual collectors’ edition; with over five million readers world-wide.

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The Fishing is Hot in Cabo

Do you need another reason to head south? How about a day out in the blue Sea of Cortez with a line in the water. Or heck, you don’t even need to fish to enjoy this incomparable body of water – and they do practice catch-and-release. Here is a recent report from a local captain

And there is lots more to do while you are in town. World-class restaurants attracts locals and celebrities, or just stop by a street stand for a fresh fish taco.

No Truth To “End Of The World” Rumors

Hope — not Hype — In Store for 2013 says Ramtha School Founder

Rampant rumors about the demise of the world later this month are nothing but superstition and a misreading of the Mayan calendar.  So says JZ Knight, Founder and President of the Ramtha School of Enlightenment.

“Don’t run up your credit cards to the maximum limit or engage in other foolish behavior,” advises Knight. “There is no Apocalypse on the horizon, and 2013 will be coming soon.” NASA agrees, stating recently on their web site, “Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012.”

Much of the hype about the “end of the world” emanates from popular interpretations of the long-count Mayan calendar which reaches a finish point later this month. Many experts and historians agree this calendar, which started about 3114 B.C., predicted the end of a cycle, not the end of the world.  This means a new era starts in 2013, and there are no End Times on the way.

An archaeologist at Boston University, William Saturno, told Science magazine recent discoveries of Mayan wall writings in Guatemala showed calendars that predicted the future well beyond 2012.  “So much for the supposed end of the world,” Saturno says.

Besides the Mayan calendar, many people have become alarmed by global warming and the effects on the environment.  A recent report by the World Bank predicts sea levels could rise by three feet or more by the year 2100, causing massive flooding in nations from Mexico to Mozambique to the Philippines, with a major depletion of crop yields in the U.S., India, and Australia.

“A 4-degree Celsius (warmer) world is so different from the current one that it comes with high uncertainty and new risks that threaten our ability to anticipate and plan for future adaptation needs,” World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said in the report. It “can, and must, be avoided.”

“At Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment, we understand that the end of every cycle is a time of transition and renewal,” Knight said.  “Some of Earth’s transitions will be difficult for us, so it is highly important for everyone to maintain a sense of self-reliance.  To heal the Earth we have to change the way we live.  We can replant and reuse, learn to grow our own food, and become less of a burden on the environment.”

Knight says 2013 will offer more hope and less hype as the dialogue focuses on the renewal of the Earth rather than its demise.

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Visa Exemptions Between Countries Of The Pacific Alliance To Benefit Tourism In Mexico

The Mexico Ministry of Tourism acknowledged the joint work of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and of the Interior and of their counterparts in Colombia in Peru towards the lifting of visa regulations between the countries of the Pacific Alliance, as a measure towards strengthening the international competitiveness of Mexico’s tourism industry.

The Pacific Alliance is an integration mechanism with the participation of Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru, whose objective is advancing the free movement of goods, services, capital and people.

Mexico Secretary of Tourism Gloria Guevara Manzo said that this decision will increase the number of international travelers between countries of the region.

She noted that through such actions, Mexico strengthens its ties with Latin America, and particularly with the countries of the Pacific Alliance.

The measure will strengthen Mexico’s international competitiveness in the tourism sector, in accordance with the strategies of the administration of President Felipe Calderon Hinojosa towards consolidating tourism as a national priority for economic development in Mexico.

The Integrated System for Migration Operations (SIOM) indicates that in the first nine months of 2012, the number of visitors from Colombia, Chile and Peru that arrived to Mexico increase by 25.4 percent, 14.3 percent and 28 percent, respectively, compared to the same period the prior year.

In the framework of the meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Pacific Alliance, which took place in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that from November 9, the visa requirement has been lifted for nationals of Colombia and Peru to visit Mexico, with a stay not to exceed 180 days and during which the visitor is not engaged in remunerated activity.

In the case of Mexico and Chile, both nations have an agreement in place towards lifting visa restrictions, to which Colombia and Peru will be added moving forward.

The announcement complies with the agreements contained in the Declaration of Paranal, signed by the Heads of State of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, signed June 6, which instructed that the competent authorities design a mechanism of cooperation and exchange of information to facilitate the flow of people between the members of the Pacific Alliance.

Spirit Airlines Starts Service From San Diego to Portland, Oregon and Los Cabos, Mexico

MIRAMAR, Fla., Nov. 8, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Spirit Airlines (Nasdaq:SAVE) today starts daily nonstop service from San Diego to two new markets: Portland, Oregon and Los Cabos, Mexico.

Customers can check out the insanely low fares offered every day at and also sign up to receive alerts on Spirit’s email deals and offers.

Portland travelers have the opportunity to connect to Spirit’s new daily nonstop service between San Diego and Los Cabos, Mexico.

“We’re excited to grow our network of ultra low fare options for our west coast customers in San Diego and Portland with service to a new international destination – Los Cabos, Mexico,” says San Diego resident and Spirit’s Senior Manager Route Planning Robyn Platt. “We look forward to continuing to save customers money on travel by offering them the lowest fares.”

“The decision to open a new route to Cabo San Lucas by Spirit Airlines reaffirms the importance of Mexico as a preferred travel destination for U.S. visitors and also contributes significantly to strengthening our numerous economic and cultural ties with San Diego,” said Consul General of Mexico in San Diego, Remedios Gómez Arnau.

“This new service on Spirit Airlines is great news for San Diego and Baja California,” said Robert Gleason, Board Chair San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. “We are pleased to partner with Spirit Airlines on this exciting new service, and we look forward to the boost to tourism it will bring to both our regions.”

“We welcome Spirit Airlines’ new service to San Diego, providing another nonstop route option for our travelers at Portland International Airport,” said David Zielke, Port of Portland general manger of air service development. “We applaud Spirit’s expansion at PDX, now offering flights to three of our top 20 destinations – Las Vegas, Dallas/Fort Worth and San Diego.”

Spirit’s Portland, Oregon (PDX) – San Diego (SAN) schedule effective November 8, 2012:

Depart Arrive Flight # Stops Frequency Portland, Oregon – San Diego 6:15 am 8:45 am 470 0 Daily San Diego – Portland, Oregon 8:51 pm 11:21 pm 245 0 Daily

Spirit’s San Diego (SAN) – Los Cabos, Mexico (SJD) schedule effective November 8, 2012:

Depart Arrive Flight # Stops Frequency San Diego – Los Cabos, Mexico 10:40 am 1:45 pm 107 0 Daily Los Cabos, Mexico – San Diego 2:40 pm 3:55 pm 108 0 Daily

In addition to San Diego, Spirit’s service from Portland includes daily nonstop service to Dallas/Fort Worth and Las Vegas, as well as connecting service to Los Cabos, Mexico.

Spirit’s network from San Diego includes daily nonstop service to Dallas/Fort Worth, Las Vegas, Los Cabos, and now Portland, Oregon.

About Spirit Airlines

Spirit Airlines (Nasdaq:SAVE) empowers customers to save money on air travel by offering ultra low base fares with a range of optional services for a fee, allowing customers the freedom to choose only the extras they value. This innovative approach grows the traveling market and stimulates new economic activity while creating new jobs. Spirit’s modern fleet, configuration and other innovations enable Spirit to burn less fuel per seat than competitors, making Spirit one of the most environmentally-friendly U.S. carriers. Spirit’s all-Airbus fleet currently operates more than 200 daily flights to over 50 destinations within the U.S., Latin America and Caribbean. Visit Spirit at