you see yourself, I once saw myself; as you see me now, you will be
MOST POPULOUS SPANISH COUNTRY
is the most populous Spanish-
speaking country in the world. According to the latest statistics, México's total population
is over 99 million. Mestizos, of Indian and Spanish blood),
make up 60%
of the population, followed by indigenous peoples
(9%), and other ethnic minorities
Carnaval in Mazatlan
and locals scream, sing, shout and dance amid confetti and ribbons.
Bands of all kinds play the infectious rhythms of the State of Sinaloa.
And the food–oh, the food–camarones (shrimp) prepared in
every way possible, washed down with ice cold Pacifico beer, for it’s
Carnaval Time, Mazatlán’s biggest pachanga (fiesta).
Learn about the real
Mexico--the Mexico beyond the beaches, beyond the resorts, beyond the
Immerse yourself in her history, her cuisine, her politics and her
people. You'll be glad you did.
by C.M. Mayo
M. Mayo, otherwise known as C.M. Mayo, has fallen head over
heals in love with Baja. Drawn numerous times to its
mountainous interior, broad beaches and crystal blue waters,
in a search to learn its secrets, she presents what she
learned in Miraculous Air, a book that’s sometimes travel
narrative, sometimes historical account, and sometimes Mayo’s
personal memoir. Together her book is a portrait of a
mysterious land separated from mainland Mexico by the Sea of
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CITY CELEBRATES CULTURE WITH FESTIVAL CENTRO HISTÓRICO
by Bob Brooke
with Tokyo as the largest city in the world, Mexico City offers a
myriad of cultural opportunities. But none shows it off more than the
annual Festival Centro Histórico. In its 22nd year, the
Festival, running from March 25 to April 8, will offer some of the
best in international music, art, dance, and theatre to nearly 600,000
FORCE BEHIND MODERN MEXICAN TOURISM
by Bob Brooke
Mexico’s national trust for the promotion of tourism, celebrated its
30th anniversary in 2004. In that short time, it has
managed to mastermind the infrastructure behind modern tourism in
Mexico by developing some prime coastal real estate and encouraging
foreign investment in its projects.
THE ROMANCE OF COLONIAL MEXICO AT A HACIENDA HOTEL
been riding in a comfortably air-conditioned Mercedes for nearly 75
minutes. My driver, Manuel, is a handsome man in his early thirties,
with jet black hair and moustache and skin the color of rich Mexican
coffee with cream. We’re headed for the fine old hacienda of Vista
Hermosa, now a luxury resort hotel just outside Cuernavaca in the
State of Morelos. Not too long ago, it was quite possible to ride over
a bumpy road or even to travel by horseback, in the spirit of colonial
times. Today, we ride smoothly over one of Mexico's finest highways.
The volcano, Popocatepetl, shimmers to the east as we ride past
irrigation ditches, along the sides of dry barrancas and across
vast dry fields to the mile-long avenue of eucalyptus which forms the
entrance to the hotel grounds.
RENOVATIONS CAUSING PROBLEMS FOR PASSENGERS Rebuilding of the Mexico City International Airport is making life difficult
for the 63,000 passengers who use the facility on an average day. According
to one newspaper, criminals are taking advantage of the chaos,
stealing baggage from the unwary. They seem to be targeting individuals using ATMs or changing currency.
TRAVEL TO MEXICO UP
According to the Mexican Tourism Ministry, international travel to Mexico in 2004 increased
14 percent over the previous year. A record 20.6 million visitors arrived in Mexico and 11.6 million spent at least one night in
the country. The others either slept on cruise ships or had crossed the border
for only a few hours. Tourist spending totaled 10.8 billion dollars and
averaged 674 dollars per person, 4.4 percent more than last year.
DE MEXICO TO BUILD MORE HOTELS
Posadas de México,
owners of Fiesta Americana and Fiesta Inn hotels, plans to build 100
hotels, opening one a month in 2005. To finance them,
it has sold 320 million dollars worth of bonds on international markets.