Is Mazatlan's Ocean Palace Under Contruction?

  A reader writes: Last time I was in Mazatalan (2/2012) the Ocean Palace was under construction/remodel. I can’t seem to find any info on the project to see if it is complete.  Can you help? Thx   Churpa responds: Trip Advisor reviews as recent as August indicate that one wing of the resort was still under construction at that point. But our Mazatlan contacts inform us that it’s now done. Another reader recommends calling 6699130666 or 18003527690 to confirm.

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Mexico's "Crown Jewel" Toll Road Opens

The headline title is amped-up for a good reason – the new Mex 40-D certainly could be a contender as “The Eighth Wonder Of The World.” Carving and spanning it’s way through mountains and across deep gorges of the southern Copper Canyon, the highway is considered a marvel by engineers all over the globe. More than a hundred tunnels and bridges were necessary in its construction and the Baluarte Bridge roadway is suspended more than a quarter-mile above the canyon […]

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More on the Hidden Perks of the Mexican Bus System

I found myself alone around noon on a 1st class bus just north of Mazatlan. I watched with curiosity as the “ayudante,” the driver’s helper, worked his way back to my seat midway down the length of the vehicle. “¿You speak Spanish?” I replied to the affirmative. “¿Do you like pollo al carbon estilo Sinaloense?” Yes of course I love charcoal grilled chicken. Why the questions, I wondered? “Si!” Me gusta pollo al carbon estilo Sinaloense.” Without another word the […]

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Awesome Photos of Motorcyle Trip Across Mexico, Circa 1981

Illustration of restaurant from vintage edition of The People's Guide to Mexico

    We recently received an email from a reader, who politely requested to use an original illustration from The People’s Guide to Mexico in a blog post he was writing about his 1981 motorcycle trip from Canada to Mexico. Carl wrote back and told him “sure” and asked him to send us a link to the post. I must admit that I didn’t expect to have my mind blown by an awesome trove of photographs. As some of you […]

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Wotta ride this will be…

A bridge spans an amazingly deep canyon.

(if we can afford the cuotas)   The Baluarte Bridge, which crosses a canyon deep enough to fit the Chrysler building. As the Associated Press reports, the long-awaited Durango-Mazatlan Highway is slated to be complete this August.  

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Best of Mexico in Pictures: Mazatlan

Rich in parking lot of Hotel Bel Mar.

       Rich in parking lot of Hotel Belmar                                                    Mazatlan, Mexico I wrote a long post about my poetic and undying love for the Hotel Belmar, located at Paseo Olas Altas 166 Sur, in the old part of Mazatlan. Unfortunately, I somehow lost it. So pictures will  have to suffice for the moment. Let me just say that if you like quirky, creepy, old, cheap hotels, this is your place. Supposedly Mazatlan’s oldest hotel, the place weeps fading grandeur. Our room […]

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Mazatlan Has New Social Network

Carl just alerted me that Mazatlan has a cool new website, Mazatlan My City, a diverse platform that includes a social network, video programming, radio shows, news articles, an interactive map, and a music collection where users can add files. The site looks great and it’s easy to use. Definitely recommended for anyone who is contemplating a move to Mazatlan.

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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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Eating Around Mexico

by Rich Peterson “I don’t know, it’s looking rather sparse out here,” Abigail proclaimed from the driver’s seat. “I think we might be out of luck, guys.” Though the four of us in the Dodge van traveling north toward Nogales had already eaten at a taqueria  just a few hours earlier, our impending return to the United States had us already missing Mexico; especially the food. We all agreed we wanted tacos one more time before we crossed the border. […]

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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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