Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Mexico Promotional Event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 1st, 2009

Contact: Ana Bravo


The Mexico Promotional Event

to take place in San Diego, California

SAN DIEGO,CA — THE MEXICO PROMOTIONAL EVENT, presented by the Mexico Tourism Board and AeroMexico Airlines, will take place at Liberty Station in San Diego on Saturday, November 14th, 2009 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Event will feature exhibitors promoting Mexico travel/tourism, culture, and real estate products from over 20 destinations. Entertainment will include traditional music and dancers plus authentic Mexican food samplings.

Sponsors include: AeroMexico Airlines, the Mexico Tourism Board, and TriCore Developments.

Exhibitors to date from 20 destinations including Baja California, Colonial Mexico, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Los Cabos, Nayarit, Puerto Vallarta, the Riviera Maya, Rocky Point, San Miguel de Allende and the Yucatan will be present. More destinations are expected to be announced in the near future.

In addition to the Event, a series of complimentary seminar presentations on tourism destinations, Mexican culture, authors, and real estate in Mexico will be offered throughout the day. Various raffle prizes will also be given away throughout the Expo including round-trip tickets on AeroMexico Airlines and hotel stays.

For additional information including exhibit and sponsorship availability, contact Ana Bravo at 619.584.0829 or by email at mexicoexpo@yahoo.com. Information can be accessed at www.themexicoevent.com. The event will be held at Liberty Station Convention Center in Point Loma near the San Diego Int'l. Airport.

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Hurricane Jimena devastates Baja Sur

Mulege Photo courtesy of Jack at Baja Bush Pilots

As most of you know world famous Cabo San Lucas was spared serious damage from Hurricane Jimena, but most don't realize that the mid-section of Baja California Sur was directly hit by the hurricane and in fact it slowed over this section bring more devastation.

Mulege Photo courtesy of Carlos Milon

I received the following email from Jack at Baja Bush Pilots (a membership club of plane owners who love fly to Baja). Please contact him if you can help and check back on his website for updates.

Hurricane Jimene - 9/4/2009 We need relief Items…. We have aircraft ready to go and we need more things to put in them. I am going down to Ciudad Constitucion in the morning to meet with the Red Cross coordinator to determine the needs and where the supplies are most needed. We will be over flying the entire mid-Baja area to determine these needs. I will be spending one or two nights there. We have people lining up donations but we have the ability to take more. Critical right now is clothing, shelter, meds, food, and someway to purify water. The water supply and electricity is out in Mulege, Santa Rosalea, Loreto, and other villages. Major power substation are blown up and it will take weeks to rebuild them. The people in Baja are in trouble and need help. We need all the donations we can get. Regarding aircraft, we are set to transport relief supplies. They include: Two Citation Jets Three PC 12 One MU-2 10 +- piston twins 15+- singles 3 R44 1 Ranger I am good right now with aircraft. What I need is drop-off locations where people can take their donations. If you have space, preferably at an airport, please email me asp with your contact information, where the location is, and how people can leave items. I will be posting a list of drop-off places as soon as I can, indicate “Drop-off” in your subject line. Send to jack@bajabushpilots.com

Mulege Photo courtesy of Casa Christie


Then I received another update from Baja Bush Pilots people that reads as follows:

Mid-Baja has suffered major damage. We are getting “real time” reports from different sources including people on the ground in the damage areas as well as the Mexican Red Cross. It is not good. The reports that we have indicate:
Matancitas (Lopez Mateos) Almost 90% of the structures are down or severely damaged. All water, power, telephone, etc. out
Ciudad Constitucion: Most roofs are gone; sever damage to 70% of the buildings. Power, water, telephones are out
Loreto: All power / telephone are down, lines are down, trees and buildings blocking the streets, airport is closed at this time.
Mulege: All power, telephone, water, etc. is out. The water crested three feet above the bridge. Water was two feet deep in the fire station which would mean that almost of the entire town was flooded. There has been reports of loss of life.
Punta Chivato: One person indicates that the wind was over 100 mph before the indicator broke. Damage to almost everything. We should hear about the condition of the strip sometime today
Santa Rosalia: Wall of water came down the canyon and through the town, washed cars, etc. into the ocean.
The Red Cross has been in contact with us today, they are still in the process of determining their needs however, they indicate that they will need our help. We will be putting out another alert for donations as well as where they are needed. I have taken the position that we will not be bringing things down unless there is a structured means of distributing them. With Hurricane John, I have to estimate that about half of the donations ended up with people that really did not need them.

As you can see this is very serious and the people of Baja are in great need. Unfortunately, the news media of the world pretty much forgot about it since it didn't damage Cabo or the capital of La Paz. If you can help, please do......

Monday, August 10, 2009

Fiestas de la Vendimia is here!

It's Harvest Fest time in Baja's wine country. Throughout August the wineries in Guadalupe, San Antonio de las Minas and Calafia, San Vicente and Santo Tomás will celebrate their wines with festivals, dinners, dances, art, cultural events, bullfights (yes bullfights!) and even a golf tournament at Bajamar. And don't forget tasting some amazing wines!

Here's a link to a great article by Omar Millán Gonález to give you some background on the wine route: It's wine festival time on La Ruta del Vino:

Friday, July 24, 2009

New Bar/Restaurant/Store in La Paz


Ever positive Jonathan Roldan of fishing fame in and around La Paz has opened up a new cantina/restaurant in La Paz located near the famous, but closed Los Arcos Hotel. Jonathan, an all-around good guy, brings his professionalism and good time approach to a new business full of cold ones and freshly caught fish dinners. The establishment called FUBAR Cantina and Tailhunter Store has been open for 3 months and includes 2 bars and 2 restaurants, fire pit, hammocks, offices, and internet cafe, a mini-super market, storage area and fish processiong area. He also says they have the first keg beer taps with cold mugs down in La Paz. When you get down to La Paz, tell him Ted from BajaVisitor sent you down for a couple cervezas!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Mexican 1000 is back!

NORRA (National Off Road Racing Association) has brought back the original Baja offroad race, The Mexican 1000. The first Mexican 1000 was held in 1967 and began in Tijuana, ending in La Paz. That's James Garner below.

This year's event will race from Mexicali to LA Bay to Loreto to La Paz. The race only includes cars between 1955-1989. The race is more of a off and on road "rally" showcasing the original feeling of old time Baja racing. More info see www.mexican1000.com.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Sea Turtle Graveyard


Bahia Magadlena, Baja Sur - Upsetting news from photographer Sam Bekish. While traveling with a local boat captain along the coastal islands of Magdalena Bay on Baja's Pacific, he came across hundreds of skeletons of sea turtles laid in rows by unknown visitors to the island. The image (courtesy of Sam Bekish) says it all. Seems the fishing boats net everything and hundreds of dead turtles wash ashore during the season. Disgusting!