Colonial For Rent/Lease in las ceibas, Bahía de Banderas

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•  90 sqm , 2 bath , 2 bdrm colonial FOR RENT  USD500 ML .

If you are looking for a gated communitty under a reasonable price this is a good option to live long term, well located, 24hrs security, access controled by programmed cards. This communitty is located 8 minutes by car from the best beaches of the hotel zone on Nuevo Vallarta, close to Walmart, Sam´s Club, Chedrahui, drugstores, banks, bus station; schools . This is a 2 bedroom unit, 2 bathrooms, living room. dinning room, kitchenette, parking space an patio. Pet friendly. The house is located few hoses from Aquaventuras but it is not a noisy area.

Si buscas una casa en coto privado a un precio razonable, ésta casa es una muy buena opción para vivir largo plazo; bien ubicada, cuenta con seguridad 24 horas y acceso controlado por tarjetas programadas. ésta comunidad se encuentra a 8 minutos en carro de las mejores playas en la Zona Hotelera de Nuevo Vallarta. Cerca de Walmart, Sam´s Club, Chedrahui, farmacias, bancos; escuelas. La casa tiene 2 recámaras, 2 baños, sala, comedor, cocina equipada con refrigerador y estufa, estacionamiento y patio. Las mascotas son bienvenidas. La casa se encuentra a unas casas de distancia del Parque Acuático pero el ruido es casi imperceptible.

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My Articles about How We Can Make an Impact upon the Environment – Part 1, Light Bulbs

Part 1, Light Bulbs.

My Articles about How We Can Make an Impact upon the Environment

Hi to all and for those that know me personally, you are aware that I make a dedicated choice to protect our environment.

For those that do not, my goal each day, is very simple; how can I minimize my negative impact upon our/my environment, and how can I make my impact more positive for the future.

This is both ecological and economical.  Fortunately, there are simple ways to work with both areas.

For a long time now, compact fluorescents (CFL’s) have been the primary choice for reducing lighting costs. However, they are fragile, contain mercury and run really hot.  If you read the really, small print, it states, “if the bulb were to break, evacuate the area immediately and do not return for hours, or until the air has been cleaned of the Mercury vapors.”

Many people are are aware of the trend towards LED bulbs that you can simply screw into any socket. The main drawback, initially was that these bulbs were expensive.   But, these costs have come down dramatically.

Not only are the costs coming down, but they draw about 1/2 the energy as the CFL bulbs, they are non-toxic and run much cooler. The bulb is normally plastic so it is also much safer – especially around children.

Recently, my partner and I renovated a condo, 2 beds and 2.5 baths, and we made sure all lighting was LED.  Directly, we have 240 watts of lighting, in the entire condo.  Our costs of electricity are between 150 Pesos to 250 Pesos, per month; about 8 USD or 11 CDN, per month!

If you look at the Costco link below, you can see a selection of some bulbs: Costco Mexico.  The other important aspect is having a flexible current bulb, as our transmission here can go up and down and if the bulb cannot handle that, it will burn out much faster.

The cost, on average, is about 3 USD to 5 USD per bulb.

That may seem expensive still, but please consider that this these bulbs will last 20-25 years of regular use.  And will pay the cost back, depending upon your usage, in just a few years.  Literally. 

If you choose to put LED lighting in your home, make sure to consider the color of the light, which is usually listed in K’s or Kelvins. What you want is the “warmest” color so it is as cozy as the light from incandescent bulbs.

If you get the bulbs that are too “cool”, they are a very uncomfortable whitish/bluish light (hospital lighting), which is not suitable for indoor home lighting.


Todd Bates.

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Single Story For Sale in Arco Norte, Puerto Vallarta

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•  single story FOR SALE  USD410,000 .

The Peninsula Vallarta is one of the most luxurious condominium complexes in Puerto Vallarta. Sorrounded by reflection pools and by our amazin Sierra Madre and Pacific Ocean Centrally located at the Hotel Zone, few minutes walking from its own Plaza and just few minutes by car or taxi from restaurants, bars and grocery stores like Walmart, Sams, Soriana, Cosc¿tco etc.. It is a short drive to downtown/Old Town, golf, airport, marina,more restaurants, bars, beaches and the Malecón (board walk). Or if you love walkings you will have amazing walkings from Peninsula to downtown crossing the bridge of the Pitillal River

This 2 bedroom condominio has a priviledged view to the ocean, there are 2 large balconies with floor to ceiling doors that invite you to enjoy the mangnificents mountains , sunsets whales, dolphins, picture yourself with a cup of wine on your hand watching the cruise ships pull into the port. The condo has a fully equipped kitchen . The dining area seats 6 comfortably. There are 2 flat-screen T.V.’s in the condo, plus cable, wireless internet, DVD player and a full-size washer/dryer in the unit. This is the ideal full home or vacation home

The Concierge service is available 8 hours at day, she will greet you and show you the activities around the bay . If you choose this oceanfront paradise called Peninsula Puerto Vallarta, you will be on your way and an amazing lifestyle . Every day is a luxury at Peninsula Puerto Vallarta as residents enjoy waking up each morning to the view of a welcoming sunrise over the Pacific.

Peninsula Vallarta holds a strong reputation for its stylish interiors and designer lobbies that represent a higher level lifestyle. The amenities and grounds here are some of the best that you could possibly find in Mexico and was the 1st development with its own shopping plaza – including banks like MONEX, CITY BANAMEX, BANCOMER, etc, bars, Starbucks, restaurants, and other convenient offerings. Additionally, each tower features its very own cinema, gym, spa, and lobby. When you choose Peninsula Vallarta, the choice includes everything that you could possibly need or desire in the luxury of your own living space.

The large infinity pool stretches over the entire width of the complex and rests alongside the beach. Tower 1 has an indoor pool and outdoor pool, spa, gym, mezanine, cinema

Life is good

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Real de Catorce: a lively ghost town in the mountains of San Luis Potosí

Old mine at Real de CatorceOld mine at Real de Catorce. SUSANNAH RIGG

Real de Catorce: a lively ghost town in the mountains of San Luis Potosí

The former mining town once had a population of 15,000

Leaving my hotel on a bright summer morning in June, I had no idea that later that day I would be traversing cliff edges while hanging on to the back of a Jeep to see an old abandoned mine.

Perhaps I should have known, since I was heading to the desert to explore the ghost town of Real de Catorce, some 160 miles north of the colonial city of San Luis Potosi. Once a vibrant mining town, Real de Catorce saw its peak in the 19th century with a population of 15,000 dedicated to mining silver.

A combination of the Mexican Revolution and a steep decline in the price of the metal saw the town almost entirely abandoned by the early 1900s, becoming a ghost town in the middle of the Sierra de Catorce Mountains.

Years later, in 2001, when Real de Catorce would become the second town to be named a Pueblo Mágico or Magical Town, it was brought back to life with visitors from Mexico and beyond.


For the many years in between, however, only pilgrims went to the town. Catholics went to visit Panchito, as the venerated figure of St Francis of Assisi is affectionately known. The Wixáritari or Huichol people came on a yearly pilgrimage to Wirikuta in the valley below Real de Catorce, the birthplace of the world in their belief system and a land abundant with the sacred plant and spiritual guide peyote.

Our much more touristic pilgrimage, accompanied by a soundtrack of early 90s American rock, took three hours. Turning off from the main freeway onto an unassuming dirt-track road, our four-wheel-drive bumped along slowly, the wheels vibrating hard, making conversation difficult.

Miguel, our guide, gave up on his explanations about the surrounding area and the spiritual properties of peyote, his voice drowned out by the shuddering of wheels on rock.

The dirt track through the desert was lined on either side with thousands of yuccas and set against the impressive backdrop of the Sierra Madre Mountains. Somehow, not being able to reach Real de Catorce via a smooth, paved road made the adventure all the more appealing.

Eventually we arrived at the entrance to the Ogarrio Tunnel, a four-mile passageway that burrows through the Barriaga de Plata Hill and opens out into the town of Real de Catorce.

With space for only one lane of traffic, we waited in a small line of cars to get the go-ahead to enter. Locals milled around offering snacks of quiote, an intensely sweet disc cut from the stalk of the agave flower.

Soon enough it was our turn to make our way into the tunnel. With one passenger a confirmed claustrophobic and another — me — suffering a little post-earthquake fear of enclosed spaces, we entered with some trepidation. However, the tunnel was wide and tall enough that our concerns were soon dispelled. Miguel also helped to keep us occupied, enticing us with tidbits about the town.

Ruins on the mountainside in Real de Catorce.

Ruins on the mountainside in Real de Catorce. SUSANNAH RIGG

Once through the tunnel, we arrived on the cobbled-stone streets of this old mining town eager to explore. The bright desert sky stretched out above, the light diffuse, highlighting the decaying stone walls and old worn-out shop signs.

Men in cowboy hats on horseback rode past tourists from Quéretaro and Zacatecas and elsewhere, while Wixáritari men and women in brightly-colored traditional dress sat on the raised sidewalks selling beaded figures of jaguar heads or traditional medicines made with peyote.

Escaping the bustle, we took one of the smaller side streets and climbed up the slight incline. The sight of donkeys tied in the shade of old stone ruins was like something out of a western.

We happily wandered up the picturesque street, passing by the old palenque, or cock-fighting arena, and upwards until we were rewarded by a view deep into the valley where the sacred land of Wirikuta lies.

Clouds began to cover the sky, bringing us some relief from the stark white sun and we continued our walk to find the old bullfighting ring and the Chapel of Guadalupe, built in the 18th century. In a true testament to the syncretism of indigenous faith and Catholicism, which can be seen across Mexico, the gates to the church are decorated with brass molds in what appears to be the shape of the peyote plant.

I thought we had seen all there was to see of this picturesque and fascinating town but after a hearty lunch of Potosí-style enchiladas, we were suddenly heading towards a group of old Jeeps, called Willys.

“You have a choice,” Miguel told us. “You can go inside the Jeep, ride standing up on the back or climb up on the roof.”

Observing the off-road vehicle in front of me, I decided to stand on the back. I had no idea of the road to come and having taken many a hairy journey in my time but still enjoying adventure, I opted for the middle ground.

What would follow was a white-knuckle ride down narrow and steep mountain paths that got the adrenaline pumping through my veins. Every rock that seemed to tip the jeep to one side had me imagining my demise, toppling over the cliff edge. While I was hanging on for dear life, I kept looking up at the family on the roof of the Jeep, two at the front and two at the back who were sitting on old tires to get a better view.

They were having the time of their lives, taking photos and enjoying the view, and they didn’t seem worried at all. The hair-raising trip was only about 15 minutes long in the end and delivered us to El Socavón de la Purísima Concepción.

Here, among fallen trees and rundown buildings, the chimney of the mine still stands. There is a small chapel and a number of the buildings still have doors intact. It is a fascinating insight into how the mine worked and how the miners lived.

In addition, it looks just like a film set and, in fact, Real de Catorce has been used for just that. Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt filmed The Mexican in the town and Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek starred in Las Bandidas, which had a Catorce backdrop.

On the steep ride back up, it took all my strength to hold on to the back of the Jeep, my knuckles literally turning white. Miguel happily chatted, pointing out the flora and taking photos of me in which, in contrast to reality, I appear rather relaxed.

I looked behind me down the steep track observing the small ruins of other mines or residences dotted around the mountains. I tried to imagine what it would have been like back in its heyday — a heyday for some and hard labor for others, I mused.

My imaginings were cut short, however, when we swung around a steep bend of the ghostly cliff and all my attention had to be redirected to hanging on for dear life.

Take a guided tour to Real de Catorce with Auténtico San Luis

Susannah Rigg is a freelance writer and Mexico specialist based in Mexico City. Her work has been published by BBC Travel, Condé Nast Traveler, CNN Travel and The Independent UK among others. Find out more about Susannah on her website.

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Single Story For Sale in Marina Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta

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•  147.7 sqm , 2 bath , 2 bdrm single story FOR SALE  USD229,000 .
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Only two words can describe this condo – PURE CLASS! Open your front door to natural light streaming in through the arch windows & sliding doors letting in the fresh ocean breezes. Ample room for entertaining spans throughout the open layout: large glass-top dining room table w/l6 eather chairs, leather sectional in the living room, super terrace seating area, which overlooks a portion of the Marina and more. Both bedrooms, one en-suite, have king size beds & plentiful closets & dressers. The updated bathrooms, which have marble showers & counters & under sink cabinets, are exquisite. Completely turn-key w/all appliances, stack washer/dryer, storage & includes original art and accessories. RPYC is located on the Marina Malecon. Parking, 24/7 security, pools, tennis. Easy to show.
Solo dos palabras pueden describir este condominio: ¡CLASE PURA! Abra la puerta de entrada a la luz natural que fluye a través de las ventanas de arco y puertas correderas dejando entrar la brisa fresca del océano. Amplio espacio para espacios de entretenimiento en toda la distribución abierta: gran mesa de comedor de cristal con sillas de l6, seccional de cuero en la sala de estar, área de asientos super terraza, que domina una parte de la Marina y más. Ambos dormitorios, uno en suite, tienen camas king size y armarios y vestidores abundantes. Los baños renovados, que tienen duchas de mármol y mostradores y debajo de los gabinetes del fregadero, son exquisitos. Completamente llave en mano con todos los electrodomésticos, lavadora / secadora, almacenamiento e incluye arte y accesorios originales. RPYC se encuentra en Marina Malecon. Estacionamiento, seguridad 24/7, piscinas, tenis. Fácil de mostrar.

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Another 60 new buses roll out on the streets of Puerto Vallarta

Today, 60 new public transport buses will be in operation, of which 18 are destined for the Marina Vallarta Route, with this a commitment is fulfilled that will lessen the problems generated by the lack of transportation to the employees of the tourist zone, said Luis Alberto Romero Chávez, president of the Costa Pacífico Company.

At the same time, he said, this is the second block of units that are delivered to Puerto Vallarta, these 60 trucks will replace the same number of units that will go out of circulation.

In relation to the complaints of users for those trucks that still do not have air conditioning, he said that they currently have the concession that was delivered to the company Ruta Pacífico with a specific number of units equipped with air conditioning, which they fulfilled.

However, he indicated that as a company committed to the people of Vallarta, they promised that not only would this benefit be in the suburbs and tourist area, but that each and every one of the units that will circulate in Puerto Vallarta will have to have air conditioning.

“The buses were going to be handled with 105 linner G units, these had to bring air conditioning and the other 225, were going to be the feeders that come from the colonies to the trunk lines, and we as a company decided that no, that all the transport in Puerto Vallarta was going to come with air conditioning. ”

The shipowner delivered the first block of buses, of which 50 percent already came with air conditioning installed, so they are waiting for this week to be authorized a financing for put the air conditioning system to all those who do not have it yet.

Of the second block that they received and that they are putting into circulation today, he pointed out that only 18 have air conditioning, so they will be installing it in the rest, since he reiterated that the objective of the company is that the 333 urban transport units in the city have air conditioning for the benefit of users.

Tijuana council passes prohibition on plastic bags

plastic bagsNo more of these in Tijuana.

Tijuana council passes prohibition on plastic bags

Move follows the municipality’s decision last year to sign on to the Clean Seas program

The municipal council of Tijuana, Baja California, has unanimously approved a prohibition on plastic bags.

Convenience stores and supermarkets will have 180 days to phase out the ubiquitous plastic bags in favor of environmentally-friendly alternatives.

The municipality will also implement strategic solid waste management programs and a campaign that will inform the public and raise awareness about the harmful effects of the bags.

The measure is a direct result of Tijuana being the first city in Mexico to join the global Clean Seas campaign in June last year.

The campaign against plastic pollution was launched in the spring of 2017 by the United Nations Environment Program.

The ban on bags has the support of the local service industry, the Tijuana chapter of Canacintra, the National Chamber for Industrial Transformation and the non-governmental organization Economía Verde Aplicada.

The president of the municipal commission for the environment, sustainable development and health, Mónica Vega, explained that the measure puts Tijuana at the national forefront of sustainable cities by implementing an environmentally-aware public policy.

According to data compiled by the federal Secretariat of the Environment, Mexico generates close to 103,000 tonnes of trash every day, 10.9% of which are plastics which are often washed away by rain and end up in the ocean.

Tijuana is at least the second municipality to outlaw the bags in the last month. Querétaro appears to have been the first to do so. Ensenada, Baja California, recently followed suit.

Source: Milenio (sp), Excélsior (sp)

Foreign tourism up 7.3% in first half of year; revenues rose 4.3%

A busy beach in Mexico.A busy beach in Mexico.

Foreign tourism up 7.3% in first half of year; revenues rose 4.3%

Numbers were up across the board

Tourism figures for the first half of the year show increases across the board, including 7.3% growth in foreign visitors.

The June report by federal tourism data agency Datatur said 20.6 million international tourists arrived in Mexican destinations between January and June, up from 19.2 million during the same period in 2017.

The revenue generated was almost US $11.6 billion, up 4.3% from $11.1 billion last year.

The flow of Mexican tourists traveling abroad also rose. Their numbers were up by 11.4%, from 8.5 million in 2017 to 9.5 million this year.

The number of cruise passengers that arrived in Mexican ports during the period was up by 10.4%, from 3.8 million to 4.2 million.

Hotel occupancy rates were also up: 40.3 million domestic and foreign tourists booked a hotel room, an increase of 2.8% over last year’s figures.

The number of foreign visitors who arrived by air was 9.6 million, a year-on-year increase of 5.4%.

There was a big increase in Peruvian visitors during the period. Their numbers jumped 26.9%, followed by Canadians with a 15.8% rise, while Colombian and Argentinian visitor numbers were up 13.6% and 11.6% respectively.

The Datatur report also noted that tourism employed a record 4.13 million people during the second quarter of the year, 2.5% more than the second quarter of last year.

Source: Milenio (sp)

Mexico says deal with U.S. on NAFTA issues may be ‘hours’ away

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Agreement between Mexico and the United States on outstanding bilateral issues in renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) could be just a few hours away, Mexican officials said on Wednesday.

“We hope that we’ll have a solution in the next couple of hours, or the next couple of days,” Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo told reporters before entering the offices of U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer for NAFTA talks.

The Mexican peso rose against the dollar after his comments.

A spokesperson for Lighthizer’s office said there was no deal yet and that “major issues” were still outstanding on NAFTA.

Since restarting last month, the talks have focused on settling differences between Mexico and the United States that go to the heart of U.S. President Donald Trump’s complaint that NAFTA has hollowed out U.S. manufacturing to Mexico’s benefit.

Trump has threatened to dump the 24-year-old accord if it is not reworked to the advantage of the United States. He hopes to reduce the U.S. trade deficit with lower-cost Mexico and claw back jobs, particularly in the automotive industry.

Although progress has been made on the automotive question in recent weeks, other issues, including a U.S. proposal that could kill NAFTA after five years, remain unresolved.

Guajardo’s comments were echoed by Jesus Seade, designated chief negotiator of Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who said the two sides were making “good progress” and that talks could conclude “in the coming hours.”

Canada has been waiting for the Mexican and U.S. teams to reach common ground on autos before rejoining the negotiations.

U.S. and Mexican officials say they will push for a deal on reworking auto industry rules that could open the door for Canada to return to negotiations soon.

Guajardo said the talks would seek to resolve the key issues so that Canada could rejoin the talks. How quickly Canada returns to the table would depend on the progress made in Wednesday’s talks, he said.

A Canadian government source said on Tuesday there was nothing to report yet on Canada’s return.

Talks to rework NAFTA, which underpins the bulk of foreign trade in North America, have ground on for more than a year. Discussions stalled ahead of the July 1 Mexican election as negotiators failed to make a decisive breakthrough.

Aside from autos, the three sides have yet to agree on future dispute resolution mechanisms, while Mexico and Canada also oppose a U.S. demand to introduce a “sunset clause” that would force a renegotiation of NAFTA every five years.

Mexico and Canada fear a sunset clause could be a major hindrance on long-term investment.

Reporting by Sharay Angulo and Timothy Aeppel, Writing by Daina Beth Solomon; Editing by Dave Graham, Dan Grebler and Susan Thomas