On Mexico’s Sinaloa coast, Maztalan is an undiscovered gem. But probably not for long.

09/28/2018 – The Washington Post 

(Necee Regis/For The Washington Post)

Our cab ride from the airport was a quick one: less than 30 minutes from the curb to our beachside hotel in the historic district in Mazatlan. Along the route, my husband chatted in Spanish with our driver and I surveyed the passing scene, glimpsing fleets of shrimp boats by the dozens and streets abuzz with commerce.

This was a compromise vacation. He wanted nature, meaning a wild beach to surf and fish, and I needed culture, a town with interesting architecture, art and a lively dining scene. As we crested a hill and saw the curve of Olas Altas beach — blissfully free of rental chairs and vendors — rimmed by low-key beachfront hotels and streetside restaurants, I began to suspect we had found our place.

Located due east from the tip of the Baja California peninsula, where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean, Mazatlan sprawls along approximately 12 miles of scalloped coastline at the base of the Sierra Madre. First settled by Spanish conquest in the 1500s — the name comes from the indigenous Nahuatl word meaning “place of deer” — the town grew through subsequent waves of immigrants, including German settlers in the 19th century whose decorative buildings still line the old town streets.

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29 Hurt in Severe Turbulence on Mexican Airliner

09/27/2018 – The New York Times

airbus-aircraft-airline-1098745.jpgAviation authorities in Mexico say 29 people were hurt and 12 of them hospitalized after an airliner hit a pocket of turbulence.

The Airbus A320 was on a flight from the western city of Guadalajara to the border city of Tijuana late Wednesday. The flight operated by the airline Volaris hit the turbulence at an altitude of 34,000 feet about halfway into the flight.

The government’s Civil Aviation office described the turbulence as “moderate.” It said the plane continued on to Tijuana, where paramedics were waiting.


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Mexico Stops Hotel Project at Sea Turtle Nesting Beach

09/18/2018 – The New York Times

animal-daytime-desktop-wallpaper-887764Environmental authorities have denied permits for a proposed hotel near one of Mexico’s most important sea turtle nesting beaches on the Caribbean.

The 520-room hotel project would have erected 23 buildings and an artificial lake on property just inland from the Xcacel beach, north of the resort of Tulum.

The federal Environment Department said in statement late Monday the project could threaten Xcacel, and called it “the site with the largest observed nesting of sea turtles on the entire Yucatan Peninsula.”

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Aeromexico pilots to strike over loss of benefits after crash

09/12/2018 – Reuters 

airplane on runwayUnionized pilots of Aeromexico, Mexico’s largest airline, said on Tuesday they plan to strike on Oct. 1 over the airline’s decision to suspend some employee benefits after a crash in northern Mexico in late July.

In a preliminary report last week, Mexico’s civil aviation agency said bad weather likely caused the crash that injured dozens of people, adding that there was no evidence of human error or mechanical failures. The agency, however, found that a pilot in training, who was not authorized by the company, briefly served as copilot during the takeoff.

In response, Aeromexico last week said it had fired the three pilots who were in the cabin and announced new rules for crew, including the elimination of a provision that allowed pilots to fly in the cabin for free.

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Mexico’s new airport crucial for passenger growth -IATA

08/21/18 Reuters

Industrial PlantMexico risks losing long-term passenger growth and billions of dollars if it fails to go through with building a new hub in the capital to alleviate congestion, an executive with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Tuesday.

Mexico’s incoming government last week postponed a decision on whether to complete a partially constructed new airport in Mexico City, saying the public should be consulted on the fate of the $13 billion-dollar hub, which the next president initially opposed.

President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the project was tainted by corruption prior to his July 1 landslide election victory, and had pressed for an existing military airport north of the capital to be expanded instead.

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Mexico’s president-elect proposes Cancun-Palenque train

08/13/18 Washington Post

train-railroad-locomotive-railway-163598.jpegMexico’s president-elect wants to bring tourism revenues to remote and forgotten stretches of Mexico, but some are scratching their heads at his main proposal: to build a $3.2 billion train that would run from the resort of Cancun to the Mayan ruins of Palenque, 520 miles (830 kilometers) across the Yucatan peninsula.

The route is dotted by low jungle, wildlife reserves, pre-Hispanic archaeological sites, wetlands and underground rivers that can suddenly cave in. It would take years to build, and soak up scarce money, just to reach ruin sites like Calakmul, which now gets only about 35,000 visitors a year — the number better-known sites like Chichen Itza have in a week.

For those who like the plan proposed by Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, it’s all about getting people off the beaten track — the heavily travelled tourism route of Cancun-Riviera Maya-Chichen Itza-Xcaret visited by millions of tourists per year.

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Seaweed piles up on beaches along Mexico’s Caribbean coast

07/20/18 The Washington post

ocean waves and beachWorkers are struggling to remove tons of seaweed that has washed up on beaches along Mexico’s Caribbean coast.

The hardest hit area is the so-called “Riviera Maya” south of Cancun where resorts like Playa del Carmen and Tulum are located.

Quintana Roo state officials said the mats of sargassum seaweed are likely to continue washing up on beaches at least until September.

Officials said Friday that workers are removing an average of 1,100 cubic meters (1,439 cubic yards) of sargassum per day.

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