A picturesque fishing town located 40 minutes from Puerto Vallarta on the Pacific Coast of Mexico in the state of Nayarit may not be the top tourist location in Mexico at the moment, but the town’s affluent assortment of activities, amenities, and restaurants are sure to put Punta Mita, Mexico, on the map… soon enough. The town is only two and a half hours from Los Angeles by plane and is positioned in a beautiful coastal environment. One of the town’s most renowned hotels, Hotel Cinco, provides travelers with the opportunity to surf, do yoga, and indulge in many of Mexico’s natural wonders. What sets Punta Mita apart, however, is its incredible array of authentic Mexican restaurants.
Tacos and Papas, for example, is a local neighborhood café that sells chicken, beef, and veggie tacos. If visitors are looking for nightlife, the quaint fishing town of Punta Mita is home to one of the most enjoyable restaurants and bars called Margarita’s. Margarita’s is located right on the beach and features famous oversized margaritas. This beachfront village is soon to turn into one of the top luxury destinations for travel in Mexico because of its beautiful location, delectable food, and rich cultural history.
President of Mexico, Felipe Calderón, whose country holds the revolving presidency of the Group of 20 developed and developing nations, was one of the major figures at the World Economic Forum 2012 in Davos, Switzerland this year. …
Mexico is a country with a solid and stable economy – its most recent annual growth rate toppled that of the U.S. at approximately 4 percent in 2011 compared to a stagnant 0.4 percent. Mexico is also one of the World Trade Organization (WTO) members with the greatest number of Free Trade Agreements, currently holding 12 FTAs with a network of over 40 countries. As such, Mexico’s presence at the WEF Davos was focused on bringing countries together to build a stronger global economy, especially focusing on the unity from the Euro-zone officials to combat the current Greek debt crisis.
In a speech regarding the European debt crisis, Felipe Calderón drew upon the history of Mexico’s economic crisis in 1995 to offer lessons to euro-zone officials. In the vein of IMF (International Monetary Fund) Chief Christine Lagarde’s recently applauding Mexico’s economic model and calling Latin America "A Model for the Rest of the World", Calderón explained that the solution of Mexico's crisis in 1995, “Was possible because it swiftly embarked on a far-reaching […] fiscal adjustment […] and because it counted on large-scale international financial support.”
Calderón, as many other G20 nations have done, called upon the Euro-zone to develop clear solutions to the crisis stating, “They need to bring out the bazooka immediately.”
In a meeting with Bill Gates at the World Economic Forum 2012, Bill Gates hailed Mexico’s leadership [of the G20] and the importance of its regulatory efforts to make its own economy more competitive. He also highlighted the importance of its support for micro, small and medium firms to promote growth in the country, as well as extolling Mexico’s achievements in the healthcare arena, citing Mexico as ‘an example to be followed.’
MexicoToday interviews Jorge Lopez, ProMexico's Regional Director for North America, who speaks about the factors that make Mexico an important international trading partner to watch. Jorge speaks about Mexico's strong economy and the growing importance of Mexico as an international trade partner as… well as the importance of Mexico's trade with the U.S.
MexicoToday spoke with Daniel, a Canadian student studying in Cholula, Mexico and visiting Mexico City for the first time. Daniel discusses… the food in Mexico City, activities he has enjoyed so far, as well as Mexico City safety.
MexicoToday caught up with a Canadian expatriate living in Mexico City. Among other things, he raved about Mexico City museums, musical… events and day-to-day activities. Check out what he has to say about the many attractions in Mexico City!
MexicoToday recently caught up with a Canadian theatre group from Toronto. When they were not performing with the National Tour of Marry Poppins, these performers said they made time to enjoy the scenery of Mexico City during their stay. The group took time to visit ancient pyramids, floating… gardens and local markets, describing Mexico as warm, colorful and a beautiful country.
Coordinator for the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Marion Ho, guides a Canadian tour through Mexico entitled, Mayan Civilization: Then and Now. The Canadian tour group will be visiting most of the Mayan ruins in Mexico. However, this group will also visit native villages that currently practice Mayan… cultures.
A new major step towards the development of global awareness and collaboration on green initiatives and issues pertaining to the environment… and the economy was recently created by four principal green organizations. The Global Green Growth Initiative, the United Nations Environment Programme, the World Bank, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development signed an agreement to generate a Green Growth Knowledge Platform. These four organizations signed the initiative at the first Green Growth Knowledge Platform conference. Leading green experts and intellectuals were in attendance. This new Green Growth Knowledge Platform will help strengthen decision-making and policy implementation in regards to green assessments for businesses and government agencies. This platform will provide individuals with a resource for information, support, and analysis on a variety of different global environmental issues such as sustainability, green growth, green initiatives, and global warming. The Green Growth Knowledge Platform will also focus on the effect of environmental issues on economic and political matters in the changing societal climate of the world. Richard Samans, the Executive Director of the Global Green Growth Institute stated, “This MoU marks the formal launch of essential international cooperation on testing, exploring, and refining policies and actions on green growth for practical implementation in both developed and developing countries.”
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Secretary-General Angel Gurría explained, “Governments seeking to re-ignite growth after the crisis…should harness innovation, investment, and entrepreneurship to drive the shift to greener economies. We must intensify our efforts to move towards green growth to preserve natural capital and reduce pollution. It will be essential to avoid path dependency by breaking old habits of consumption and investing in new technology and infrastructure. The Green Growth Knowledge Platform will be key for facilitating collaboration among our four institutions, to provide governments with the best possible tools to achieve this goal.”
On January 19, Mexico and the United States of America recently signed a Technical Collaboration Agreement on Sustainability and Climate Change. Through this Agreement, both nations will implement the Bi-national Cooperation Program of Climate Change Towards 2016 which represents an investment of… nearly US$70 million to be utilized in the next five years.
The Program will be lead by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Mexican Secretary of Environment and National Resources (Semarnat). Civilian organizations and the private sector will also be collaborating in the Program.
Resources will be divided into two programs, the Low Emissions Development of Mexico (MLEDS) and the Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (MREDD).
The first climate change program, MLEDS, will support the development and implementation of the Strategy Development and Low Emissions Monitoring, Reporting and Verification of emissions from Mexico. It will promote the broader development of clean energy, including renewable energy renewable and energy-efficient technologies.
MREDD, the second climate change program, will create a REDD+ function from the current voluntary market for carbon credits from forest areas. The program will also collaborate with the Mexican Secretary of Environment and National Resources, the National Forestry Commission, state and municipal governments, and suburbs, as well as local and international nonprofit organizations, all in the interest of mitigating climate change in Mexico, the U.S. and abroad.
MexicoToday interviews Jorge Lopez, ProMexico's Regional Director for North America, who speaks about the factors that made Mexico one of… the strongest economies in the world today. Mexico is currently the 12th strongest economy and growing at a pace of 4% annually. Jorge notes that Mexico's ability to push forth policy on the economic and microfinancing front in the last 25 years has helped Mexico's economy get to where it is today.
The rocky desert of northern Baja California harbors has been praised as one of the best wind resources in the Americas. Not far from the border of Southern California, is located the renewable energy goldmine, La Rumorosa (Spanish for “The Murmuring”), known for its insatiable appetite for… energy.
Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, has roughly accumulated over half a million acres in La Rumorosa and by the end of the years plans to break ground on a 52-turbine, 156-megawatt wind project. The company plans to ship the electricity over a cross-border transmission line which will connect with the San Diego grid.
In just the first phase, Sempra plans to build up to 1,200 megawatts of wind capacity in the area, which is expected to generate electricity for up to 65,000 homes. “Generally what attracted us was the wind availability and the ability to export,” said Alberto Abreu, Sempra International director of project development. “This is one of the best undeveloped wind resources in all of the Americas.”
La Rumorosa isn’t the only wind hotspot in the country; it is Sempra’s first foray into wind power in Mexico. It is an attempt to take advantage of California’s neighboring renewable green energy standards and regulations. At a minimum, the state has recognized about 33 percent of electricity supplies must come from clean energy by 2020.
Mexican Archaeologists discovered a kiln used by the ancient Zapotecs to make ceramics more than 1,300 years ago, the National Anthropology and History Institute (INAH), said. An oven used by the Zapotecs confirms the long tradition of pottery in Mexico's Oaxaca region
Archaeologists hypothesize that the oven dates from the early years of occupation of pre-Columbian site (650 - 900 AD), making it more than 1,300 years old. This is one of the best preserved ceramic kilns ever have been found in the Zapotec area.
“The kiln consists of a cylindrical adobe wall measuring 2.1 meters (6 feet 11 inches) from the surface to the firing shelves arranged in convergent lines toward the center, and a downdraft vent in the lower part approximately 20 centimeters (8 inches) wide," Vera said.
This oven can link the traditional pre-Hispanic pottery craft to that of the current community of Santa Martá Atzompa. This hearth was discovered recently in pre-Hispanic Archaeological Zone Atzompa.
Archaeologist Jaime Vera said the kilns were buried under a stucco floor known as the home of the altar. Located four kilometers from Monte Alban, Atzompa has a total of 40 structures so far discovered.
Since it is one of the pre-Columbian sits that will be opened to the public this year, the work will provide the Atzompa Archaeological Zone with the necessary infrastructure which will continue on, said INAH.
Like many other universities across the globe, La Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua (UACH) is making an effort to “go green.” Specially, UACH recently announced that it will develop a new three-story building from recyclable materials, which will house: student service offices;… scholarship offices; international and national student offices; a laboratory; career coordination offices; and 50 work cubicles for students.
Alfredo de la Torre Aranda, the university’s Faculty Director of Accounting and Administration, said the building will employ sustainable water and electrical systems. In an effort to promote sustainability in Mexico, the building will have both water and energy recovery systems based upon research on the sun’s trajectory. The building will also be the first sustainable building designed by architect Arturo Morales Rangel.
Once complete, UACH will compete in an international green building competition – where the top prize is $20,000. If UACH takes first place, the university will use the funds to improve the green building and provide student scholarships.
Mixed Martial Arts is becoming a hugely popular sport all around the world. Countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and the United States are scrambling to promote live events and produce television programming featuring these amazing Mixed Martial Artists. On the other hand,… countries such as Mexico are not seeing the same level of interest as other places around the globe.
Mexico is known as one of the top boxing countries on the planet, as this country has produced such boxing stars as Julio Cesar Chavez, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Juan Manuel Marquez. Yet, Mexico has been slow to incorporate mixed marital arts into their tight sports community, despite a voracious fan base for athletics.
Luis Romero, a sports writer at the Bleacher Report, tries to explain the slow launch of MMA in Mexico.
“Wrestling [is] a fundamental part of [MMA]. Lack of exposure to grappling sports hinders people’s appreciation of the ground and confuses the willingness to go to the mat for the lack of warrior spirit. Mexican fanatics love fighters who are warriors and will stand and [fight] staying in the pocket with their opponents.”
Unlike boxing, MMA incorporates kicks and ground fighting, so without exposure to these various types of fighting, Mexico fans cannot relate to these athletes. However, MMA is beginning to see Mexican’s and Mexican American’s rise to international attention due to their entertaining fighting style.
Fighters such as Cain Velasquez, Diego Sanchez, Aaron Rosa, the Diaz brothers, and Dominick Cruz are making headlines not just for the lengthy winning streaks, but also for their electric fighting styles. With all this talent, it is hard to see MMA remaining a niche sport in Mexico. As Romero writes, “Eventually, a star will emerge and take the MMA world by storm, and what seemed to be a boxing community in Mexico will quickly turn into an MMA community. When that time comes the warrior will be a son of Mexico who will have Mexico's full support—just like Saul Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.”
Copper Canyon, a group of eminent canyons in the southwestern part of the state of Chihuahua in Mexico, has started to regain a significant tourism business in recent years. Often compared to the Grand Canyon in the United States, Copper Canyon is one of the most beautiful landscapes in Mexico. The Posada Barrancas Mirador… Hotel provides visitors with a safe and secure place to stay just moments from some of the most striking views of the colossal canyons.
Tourists visiting the Copper Canyon area, named for its vibrant copper and green colored stones, can embark on numerous activities including: zip lining tours, horseback riding, hiking expeditions, and camping. One can also take part in other outdoor activities like biking, scootering, and four-wheel driving while enjoying the inspiring giant stones of Copper Canyon. There are also many train tours running daily that expose tourists to the culture and historical importance of Copper Canyon.