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    Choosing trips and excursions

    by omehes Written Feb 21, 2013

    When you arrive to Cancún, right in the airport agencies will try to sell you trips to places. They all sounds great and promising it is not time share, etc... No need to buy them there as there are many agencies and stands in the centre of Cancun. It gives you choices and good prices as many time they sell trips for "special" or "only today" low prices. Negotiate and don't take everything at the first offer.

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    • Water Sports

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    Diego Rivera in Mexico City

    by pedroebc Updated Nov 29, 2011

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    Diego rivera mural you can admire them in national palace in zocalo, bellas artes palace and public education secretary.. in mexico city..

    DIEGO_RIVERA

    In the Museo Dolores Olmedo ther are great works of Diego Ribera, a room with landscapes in acapulco, a room of works of him in USA, his visit to Rusia, great paintings and portraits...

    amazing museum... you must go there, lovely gardens in the entrance.

    Diego Rivera lived at Frontera 14 Col Roma according his personal card

    Unique Suggestions: FREE ENTRANCE ALWAYS / SHOW YOUR ID

    National palace, zocalo, mx city

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    night time

    by ombre Written Mar 12, 2010

    this photoI did not take I must admit its from wikipedia .
    this photo is such a natural look of the city at night i thought it was worth adding.
    in fact its taken from a area very close to where my friend lives in Tulincingo.
    Which was the reason I really wanted to use a pic that was not mine .

    Unique Suggestions: Tulancingo is for the most part quite a safe place to travel around un like mexico city.
    I never had any problems with any thing in my time here.Apart from people thinking i was American and full of cash.
    they only need to look at my sense of fashion to see i was no millionaire haha.
    I actually found Tulancingo people to in gerneral be helpful kind and very generous .
    Like any where you need to use good common sense and stay away form areas that give you an un easy feeling.

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    Time share

    by ilovenewjersey Updated Dec 4, 2009

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    You will be offered TIME SHARE or something similar to that (they're wiser nowadays, they have different terms for that beacuse people are more cautious with the word 'Time share') from the moment you'll check in. If you're TOUGH and can't easily be swayed by these alligator salesman, then go and attend their seminars to avail free stuffs like their SPA, Tours, Swimming with the dolphins, and so on. But if you're a weakling, scared, and can easily be persuaded...forget about it!. You'll end up returning back to the US with a thick contract on your lap, and you'll be stucked with it for the next 5 years. I booked my all-inclussive trip with Expedia, and the price the salesman quoted was exactly the same price I paid for the whole trip(was he kidding me?). The only difference was that, I did not get stucked with a contract for the next 5 years.

    Unique Suggestions: Learn how to say "NO" when you're offered something that is too good to be true!!!

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    Suckered to the "perfect" place?

    by melosh Updated Jun 8, 2009

    With the right camera angles and a nice setting sun I think I can make any place look idyllic. (Just recently I took such pictures in Liberia, West Africa and in Haiti.) Add to this a few carefully chosen festival pictures or closeups of natural fauna and the place will look perfect for a once in a lifetime adventure. So you can not trust the promotional photos just as you can not trust an internet site's sponsored praise.

    On the other hand independent guidebooks will usually not mislead you. Still, I once took a whole group of friends to Merida, Mexico to a hotel described by a guide book as:

    'in an authentic historic building' (= plumbing did not work reliably and building was only old enough that no one knew its history or cared)

    'with a verdant central garden' (= untended, out of control central courtyard inspiring fear of wild snakes)

    'like an antique museum' (= furniture old in poor condition but was originally very cheap)

    'with a rooftop patio with great views of the city' (= rooftop covered with clothes lines, clothes and the maid washing station)

    Unique Suggestions: Trapped by a pre-paid reservation? Demand your money back and move as soon as you can.

    That first night we went out to a nicer place to eat and drank enough beer to help make our stay at this hotel tolerable.

    Fortunately, we had only paid for one night, I had not vouched for the quality of the hotel, and because of my reputation for cheap travel my group was prepared for even worst. They were even ready to stay more than the first night, but the next morning I formed a committee of some of the ladies and we found a much better place for the same price.

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    The hard sell.

    by crazygal59 Written Mar 6, 2009

    Row upon row of stores where the owners or sales staff stand out front and try to get you to come into their store to buy. A lot of these stores are selling the same stuff no matter which island in the Caribbean you go to. Gold, diamonds and emeralds....the same everywhere.

    Fun Alternatives: Try to find stores off the beaten track where items are locally made. Not the easiest challenge though.

    Mexican bug.

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    Time Share Salesmen

    by anchornm Written Apr 6, 2008

    I am sure that I am not the first to mention these bozos!
    They stalk you anywhere in PV, but you get it full face at the airport.

    My feeling is that this will be the undoing of PV.
    It has gotten so bad that when you go into a store to buy native Huichol artwork, the vendors don't care if you buy, they only want to get you to a timeshare

    Unique Suggestions: Keep your eyes down, and talk to nobody at the airport.
    When someone on the street says "Where are you from - say "Ja Nay Moge Fro Polska Movich" which means " I don't know how to speak Polish". Don't try German, Dutch or French.

    Fun Alternatives: I try to make it into a game -- this trick is SOOOO much fun.
    It goes like this: I know that I am going to be at the airport 2 hours early for an international flight, and I am going to get stuck in Phoenix or Denver for an hour or so. I know that a slice of wretched pizza will cost $7.00 so I always bring a little cooler full of snacks. A couple of donuts for breakfast, and some Kentucky Fried Chicken for lunch. I don't mind buying a cup of $1.75 coffee or a Coke to have with it -- it gives you entre' to sit at the restaurant and mooch napkins.

    We always go on a few bus trips at our destination, and it is great to have the cooler along.
    It is plastic, and it goes right thru the xray machine.

    This is the fun part!
    I work in a hospital, and we have thousands of little red bags with the biohazard international symbol on it. They have PELIGRO written on them in huge block letters. I always pack a few of them in my Playmate cooler. When I get finished having lunch, the napkins, chicken bones and such go into a red bag.

    When you walk through the airport, if you say as much as one word to the timeshare hawks, they will say Yes! Do you have syphilis? YES! Are you from the Argentine Embassy? YES!

    Esta Usted de la officina de Doctor Gutierrez? SI! -- Hand them a bag of chicken bones!
    RAPIDO, - el médico está esperando!

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    Time Share Salesmen

    by anchornm Written Apr 6, 2008

    I am sure that I am not the first to mention these bozos!
    They stalk you anywhere in PV, but you get it full face at the airport.

    My feeling is that this will be the undoing of PV.
    It has gotten so bad that when you go into a store to buy native Huichol artwork, the vendors don't care if you buy, they only want to get you to a timeshare

    Unique Suggestions: Keep your eyes down, and talk to nobody at the airport.
    When someone on the street says "Where are you from - say "Ja Nay Moge Fro Polska Movich" which means " I don't know how to speak Polish". Don't try German, Dutch or French.

    Fun Alternatives: I try to make it into a game -- this trick is SOOOO much fun.
    It goes like this: I know that yI am going to be at the airport 2 hours early for an international flight, and I am going to get stuck in Phoenix or Denver for an hour or so. I know that a slice of wretched pizza will cost $7.00 so I always bring a little cooler full of snacks. A couple of donuts for breakfast, and some Kentucky Fried Chicken for lunch. I don't mind buying a cup of $1.75 coffee or a Coke to have with it -- it gives you entre' to sit at the restaurant and mooch napkins.

    We always go on a few bus trips at our destination, and it is great to have the cooler along.
    It is plastic, and it goes right thru the xray machine.

    This is the fun part!
    I work in a hospital, and we have thousands of little red bags with the biohazard international symbol on it. They have PELIGRO written on them in huge block letters. I always pack a few of them in my Playmate cooler. When I get finished having lunch, the napkins, chicken bones and such go into a red bag.

    When you walk through the airport, if you say as much as one word to the timeshare hawks, they will say Yes! Do you have syphilis? YES! Are you from the Argentine Embassy? YES!

    Esta Usted de la officina de Doctor Gutierrez? SI! -- Hand them a bag of chicken bones!
    RAPIDO, - el médico está esperando!

    Tools of the Trade

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    All Inclusive - Demise of local tourism revenue

    by talise10 Written Feb 25, 2008

    Huge all inclusive resorts have taken over the Mexican coasts. While many are beautiful, convenient and affordable travel options, most are owned by foreign corporations. They are usually isolated and make it difficult for travelers to experience the true culture that the local people and surroundings have to offer (although they may offer crowded tours of more corporate owned attractions). These resorts make it very hard for local businesses to thrive. Many are developed without regard to the effect on surrounding ecosystems.

    Unique Suggestions: Take advantage of the economical rooms and food service (as unappetizing at it may be) if you are looking for some beach time or plan to spend most of your time diving. But do your research and arrange excursions on your own to the many great off-the beaten path, true Mexican gems. Try the local food. Find somewhere to dance to actual Mexican music.

    Fun Alternatives: Rent a car - research excursions and travel tips. In Playa Del Carmen we stumbled across a local family based guide service in the Tulum Ruins Plaza that will take you to many spots including ruins and snorkling with giant sea turtles and in jungle cenotes for a minimal fee which includes gear. Fifteen year old Patrick is already a seasoned world traveler, very comfortable escorting foreigners all to these spots and will introduce you to some great places to eat! Try Bona Vida in Akumal on Half Moon Bay - a cool beach restaurant with tables in trees and great pina coladas enjoyed on a swing at the bar. Everyone is extremely friendly, especially Gabrielle! This was our favorite day in Playa.

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    • Diving and Snorkeling
    • Beaches

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    Taxi fare in Mexico city

    by Tokyobase Updated Jul 31, 2007

    The taxi in MC doesn't not run by meter for tourist. We hailed a taxi and we were told that to a destination about 3 block away at US$7. When we reached we paid US$7, but he declined and said $7 for each, thought we can't argue much because he doesn't speaks much english and we are in foreign land we paid. But arghhhhhh... x%y/z#%&

    Guess what... we took the taxi back to our hotel by meter was US$3.

    Unique Suggestions: Make sure the fare are for 1 car or 1 person or whatever you could clarify.

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    EZLN IN MEXICO CITY

    by pedroebc Updated Jan 17, 2007

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    This is a picture of the unique visit of EZLN AND SUBCOMANDANTE MARCOS in mexico city, I was there and I want to share this memorable picture.....Marcos with the pipe in front the zapatista cometee
    . ........www.ezln.org...........

    www.fzln.org.mx
    www.ezlnaldf.org

    Unique Suggestions: TRAVEL TO MEXICO AND TO CHIAPAS IS NOT DANGEROUS

    EZLN in zocalo mexico city

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    HUICHOLES AND PEYOTE

    by pedroebc Updated Jan 17, 2007

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    TATEWARI - Nuestro abuelo de Fuego
    "...Uno detras de otro iban bailando en circulo o marcando el tiempo con sus pies, dejando en el centro a los musicos y al maestro de los cantos que invitaban, y cantando en el mismo tono musical que les marca. Bailan toda la noche desde la cinco de la tarde hasta las siete de la manana, sin parar ni abandonar el circulo. Cuando paraba el baile si lo quedaban de pie aquellos que les quedaban fuerzas, ya que la mayoria despues del peyote y el vino no podian utilizar sus piernas..."

    Una vez al año, los huicholes hacen un viaje sagrado para recoger Hikuri. Les guia un experimentado mara akame o Chaman, que esta en permanente contacto con Tatewari (nuestro abuelo de fuego). Tatewari es el ultimo dios Huichol, tambien conocido como Hikuri, el dios del peyote. Se le personifica con plantas de peyote en las manos y pies, y es el que interpreta todas las deidades a los modernos chamanes, a menudo a traves de visiones, otras veces indirectamente a traves de Kauyumari (El sagrado Ciervo-Persona y heroe tribal).
    Tatewari guia el primer peregrinaje peyotero mucho mas alla del ?rea donde habitan 9.000 huicholes en direccion al Wirikuta, una region ancestral donde abunda el peyote. Durante el viaje los participantes, normalmente de diez a quince, toman la identidad de antepasados deificados mientras siguen al chaman en busca de Tatewari y "para encontrar sus vidas".
    La ceremonia entre los Cora, Huichol y Tarahumara probablemente ha cambiado poco en su contenido con el paso de los siglos. Todavia consiste, gran parte de ella, en bailar

    Unique Suggestions: DONT BEG TO REDUCE THE PRICE OF HANDCRAFTS, INDIAN PEOPLE NEED THE MONEY MORE THAN YOU

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    FRIDA KAHLO in Mexico city

    by pedroebc Updated Jan 17, 2007

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    FRIDA KAHLO house is in coyoacan, in san angel the diego rivera house, dolores olmedo museum, modern art museum, and one museums near xochimilco have paintings of these two master of the mexican painture..

    Unique Suggestions: THIS MUSEUM IS NOT FREE !!! NEITHER SUNDAYS

    Fun Alternatives: MUSEO DOLORES OLMEDO in the south of mexico city, contains amazing pictures of Frida Kalho and Diego Rivera...have amazing birds, amazing house, amazing gardens... wow!!!

    one of the best antiqueties from Asia I ever seen..

    MUSEO_DOLORES_OLMEDO

    www.mdop.org.mx

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    just dont talk to anyone at the flea markets

    by mckinney906 Written Oct 17, 2006

    They will have the original price jacked up and then try to act like they are doing you some favor and lower it to a price that is still high or what it is worth. Tell them the price you want to give them for it but if they dont agree say fine and walk away and more than likley they will give in and give it to you for that price.

    Unique Suggestions: See above!

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    SAN MIGUEL ALLENDE

    by pedroebc Updated May 24, 2006

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    San Miguel Allende celebra EN SEPTIEMBRE sus fiestas..

    El 16 de septiembre es el DIa de la Independencia mejicana. 300 anos estuvieron los mejicanos colonizados por Espana hasta que en 1810, el padre Hidalgo llama a los ciudadanos a luchar por la libertad. El grito, que asi se llama hoy en dia a dicha lucha, provoco una guerra que dura once anos. En la actualidad, cada quince de septiembre se reunen los habitantes de San Miguel Allende por la noche para festejar su victoria con fuegos artificiales.

    Casi una semana mas tarde, el 21 de septiembre, siguen las fiestas con la conocida "Sanmiguelada" o "Pamplonada" que cada ano atrae a mas de 20.000 visitantes de todo el mundo.

    El momento mas esperado es a las 12 del mediodia, entonces es cuando los mas valientes vestidos de camisetas blancas y bufandas rojas se enfrentan a toros salvajes.

    En el nombre "Pamplonada" se puede apreciar que esta fiesta es muy similar a los encierros de Pamplona.

    En la noche del dia 27 de septiembre, empiezan las celebraciones en honor al patron de la ciudad, San Miguel Allende el Arcangel. La llamada Alborada se extiende hasta las 5 de la madrugada con la representacion de la lucha entre el Santo Miguel y Lucifer y fuegos artificiales por todo lo alto.

    El 28 de septiembre comienza con Los Xchiles. Los Xchiles son armazones hechos con dos troncos de arbol de 5 a 7 metros de largo unidos por carrizos de 10 cm de largo e hilos entretejidos para formar una superficie sobre los cuales se intercalen ofrendas de flores de cempas?chil y el corazon blanco brillante de los puntos del sotol (cucharilla) entretejidos en disenos diversos sobre la base de carrizo. Todo ello se acompana con musica y bailes.

    El 28 de septiembre es el dia de fiesta oficial de San Miguel Allende. Ese dia hay numerosas procesiones como el dia anterior, acompanadas de musica y bailes.

    Unique Suggestions: www.sanmiguelguide.com

    Fun Alternatives: THE VERY BEST PARTY WITH MARIACHI MUSIC, BANDA AND NICE PEOPLE OF MEXICO ..YOU MUST GO IN SAN MIGUELADA.... THE BEST PARTY EVER IN MEXICO...

    www.sanmiguelguide.com

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