Mexico Taxi Project

  I’m impressed with the Mexican government’s creative efforts to combat Mexico’s image problem. Maybe it’s just because it reminds me of my favorite game show, Cash Cab, but I think the Mexico Taxi Project is a pretty great idea.  The project’s creators use cabs with hidden cameras to capture returning tourist’s impressions of Mexico. I would love to see the outtakes from this project, in which passengers with piña colada-induced hangovers hurl out the window and little old ladies […]

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Noticias

Religion – Pope Benedict visits Mexico at a time when the Church is struggling with scandal and an image problem in Mexico. Benedict is not nearly as popular as his predecessor, John Paul, who visited Latin America almost every year of his papacy. Benedict, in contrast, has only visited once before, a 2007 visit to Brazil. Deportes – I was hoping this would turn into a bizarre telenovela that could entertain me throughout the summer, but Jose Canseco’s time with […]

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Violence Mapped

Travel Weekly offers common sense: “The bottom line, as travel agents and wholesalers are well aware, is that all the most popular tourist areas are demonstrably safe. But just as you wouldn’t feel comfortable sending a client to certain neighborhoods of New York, Washington, Miami, Los Angeles or Dallas, there are parts of Mexico that you would be wise to have them avoid.” Good advice, but their map definitely errs on the side of caution. For example, I have a […]

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Noticias

by Rich Peterson Tourism: Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism projects 52 million visitors in 2012. The Tourism Ministry expects a boost from interest in the end of the 13th b’ak’tun of the Mayan Long Count Calendar.  If the Ministry of Tourism is right, that would shatter the previous record of 22.6 million set in 2011.  Hopefully nobody’s too disappointed when the world doesn’t come to a cataclysmic end. Energy: Mexico needs it, too. According to Reuters, the United States and Mexico […]

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Life goes on…

by Felisa Churpa Rosa Rogers photo credit: Tina Rosa I just received an update and photos from my sainted mother, who is happy out in the rancho near San Miguel de Allende, Gto. Which reminds me…While the mainstream media screeches about the dangers of Mexico, an army of bloggers offer a more salubrious perspective on day-t0-day life down south. We don’t need reminding of why we love Mexico, but Mexican Trailrunner’s description of an incident at the mercado warms the […]

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Mexico News Round-Up

By Felisa Churpa Rosa Rogers Carl is on a rampage this week and has been inundating my inbox with interesting Mexico links. For instance…. Mexico Security Consultant Walter Mckay gives CBC News a rundown of current cartel hotspots and points out that the cartels aren’t really out for gringo blood. Mckay’s website provides interactive graphics with current data on murder rates in problem areas. Residents propose a controversial solution to the recent crime wave in Ajijic. Should American expats pony […]

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Bimbo Bread, Abandoned Resorts, and a Revolution Betrayed

By Felisa Rosa Rogers I once had the pleasure of spending the night by a campfire, drinking mezcal on the roof of an abandoned hotel in Chamela, on the coast of Jalisco, Mexico. The rooms below were spectral, caked with bat shit, crumbling. Chunks of cement littered the stairway, and traversing it was no doubt incredibly dangerous. But I was 20, and I didn’t care, and up on the roof the sky was a vast, glittering starscape and the wind […]

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Tourism recovering from 2009 flu blow – Mexico – The News

excerpted from The News, Mexico City Tourism recovering from 2009 flu blow Jueves, 17 de Diciembre de 2009 Reuters MEXICO CITY The nation is facing a $1.6 billion drop in tourism revenues for 2009, thanks to a deadly flu outbreak, but the fall is smaller than first feared and visitors should return in 2010, the government said on Monday. Tourism is Mexico’s No. 4 source of foreign currency after oil exports, migrant remittances and foreign direct investment, and visitors spent […]

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