Catholic Church gives half a million dollars for aid to migrants in Mexico

Pope Francis has announced aid for migrants.Pope Francis has announced aid for migrants.

Catholic Church gives half a million dollars for aid to migrants in Mexico

27 projects will provide housing, food and basic needs

Pope Francis has donated half a million dollars to assist migrants in Mexico, the Vatican announced today.

The Catholic Church said in a statement that the funds will be distributed to 27 projects in 16 dioceses and among religious congregations that have asked for help to continue providing housing, food and basic necessities to migrants, who are mainly from Central America.

The statement noted that 75,000 migrants entered Mexico in 2018 in six caravans, adding that “all these people were stranded, unable to enter the United States, without a home or livelihood.”

It also said that media coverage of the “emergency” has been decreasing and that aid from governments and private individuals has declined as a result.

“In this context, Pope Francis donated US $500,000 to assist migrants in Mexico.”

The Vatican said that a total of 13 projects have already been approved and that another 14 are being evaluated.

“A regulated and transparent use of the resources, which must be accounted for, is required before the aid is assigned,” the statement said.

The projects that have already been authorized will be undertaken in the dioceses of Cuautitlán, México state; Nogales, Sonora; Mazatlán, Sinaloa; Querétaro, Querétaro; San Andrés Tuxtla, Veracruz; Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas; and Tijuana, Baja California.

The Scalabrinians, the congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and the Josefinas Sisters have also received funding.

“Thanks to these projects, and thanks to Christian charity and solidarity, the Mexican bishops hope to be able to continue helping our migrant brothers and sisters,” the statement concluded.

Meanwhile, around 600 mainly Cuban migrants who escaped from a detention center in Tapachula, Chiapas, on Thursday remained at large as of last night, immigration authorities said.

Detained migrants in Tapachula demand food and freedom.

Detained migrants in Tapachula demand food and freedom.

The National Immigration Institute (INM) said in a statement that 645 migrants fled the Siglo XXI migration center, not 1,300 as it initially reportedand that 35 have since returned. It didn’t explain why the figures had been reduced.

The center was holding 1,745 people – almost double its capacity – at the time, the INM said.

The agency said the breakout occurred after a group of Cuban men violently broke into a section of the immigration center reserved for women.

The incident caused a commotion and the migrants were able to gain access to other parts of the detention center before reaching its main entrance. INM personnel were unarmed and unable to stop the men from leaving, the statement said.

The escape was the largest from a Mexican immigration center in recent history. According to people with family members in the Siglo XXI center, the breakout occurred after a dispute about food and sleeping space, both of which are at a premium.

Laisel Gómez Cabrera, a Cuban who now lives in Texas, told the Associated Press that he was worried about his wife, Anisleidys Sosa Almeida, who has been detained at the center for weeks.

In Tapachula yesterday, he said that overcrowding in the facility provoked a fight before Thursday’s escape.

“. . . They had to fight among themselves for a place to lie down, to get a little bit of food. They couldn’t put up with it anymore, they rioted and they left,” Gómez Cabrera said.

“All the ones who left are going to get put on a red list. If they catch them again, they are going to be subject to automatic deportation,” he added.

The INM said that most of the 980 Cubans who were held in Tapachula had applied for amparos or injunctions through Tapachula lawyers who provide “false expectations” of obtaining a transit visa that will allow them to travel to the United States border.

However, “it has only delayed their assisted return to Cuba,” the agency said. A group of 148 Cubans was deported from Tapachula last week.

The INM also said that criminal charges will be filed against those who fled the detention center for the damage they caused prior to leaving, and that security measures at the facility have been bolstered.

Unprecedented numbers of migrants have entered Mexico at the southern border since late last year.

Interior Secretary Olga Sánchez said earlier this week that around 300,000 migrants traveled through Mexico en route to the United States in the first three months of this year.

Source: EFE (sp), Associated Press (sp) 

Escape the heat in western Mexico with a visit to magical town of Tapalpa

View from on high of El Salto del Nogal, near Tapalpa, JaliscoView from on high of El Salto del Nogal, near Tapalpa, Jalisco. COMBIAJANDO

Escape the heat in western Mexico with a visit to magical town of Tapalpa

Cobblestone streets, giant rocks and a stupendous waterfall

In the highlands of western Mexico, April and May are, without a doubt, the hottest months of the entire year.

Because those who live here normally enjoy one of the best climates planet Earth has to offer, few people bother to install air conditioning in their homes, opting instead to aguantar or suffer patiently until the last day of May, knowing that in June the ancient god of water, Tlaloc, will surely bring the first showers of the rainy season, immediately cooling the air and restoring those perfect temperatures to which they are accustomed.

Meanwhile, whenever the opportunity arises, the people of western Mexico, especially those who live in Guadalajara, escape the heat by heading either to the beach or to the mountains. Here, let’s take a look at their favorite choice of mountain towns, Tapalpa.

Tapalpa is located 90 kilometers southwest of Guadalajara and its elevation is about 2,000 meters above sea level. Because it is well over a mile high, it has a cool climate and because it’s a Pueblo Mágico it also has a cool look: steep and narrow cobblestone streets, whitewashed buildings with red-tile roofs, and picturesque wooden balconies.

Visiting Tapalpa means strolling through these little streets without a care in the world, deeply breathing the cool, crisp, clean air and thus awakening an appetite for the pueblo’s most famous dish, borrego al pastor: lamb marinated in spices and grilled on a spike, “shepherd style.”

Shops in Tapalpa.

Shops in Tapalpa.

When night falls, you can relax in front of a crackling fireplace with a flavorful ponche de granada, grenadine punch made with tequila or mezcal, eventually collapsing into bed and sleeping like a lion.

In the early 1500s, the Spaniards arrived in this area and found an indigenous settlement “about three leagues” from the present-day location of Tapalpa. These people, called Atlaccos, put up no resistance to the conquerors, who started a colony between 1531 and 1532.

It was, however, only in 1825 that the population was big enough to be called a pueblo. Even today there are only about 5,500 people living in the town which, by the way, was declared a Pueblo Mágico in 2011.

Only a 15-minute drive north of Tapalpa lie Las Piedrotas, the “Great Big Rocks,” huddled in clusters like enormous dinosaur eggs in a wide meadow with no other such rocks in sight. A barbed-wire fence forces visitors to park on the roadside and pass through a caracol — the rural equivalent of a turnstyle — to wander about among those massive monoliths.

Well, to tell you the truth, those Piedrotas are actually mere pebbles in comparison with another rock called La Piedra Gorda, The Fat Rock, a monolith located only four kilometers from town, but a bit difficult to reach, although the view from its peak is well worth the effort.

The last time I visited the Piedra Gorda was with friends who planned to install a bolt in the rock to which visitors could attach a safety line while peering over the edge of a sheer drop of some 50 meters.

Las Piedrotas.

Las Piedrotas. Note small figure between the rocks.

We drove northwest out of Tapalpa to the DIF (Family Development Center) and parked. Here the altitude is about 2,090 meters above sea level. We crossed a stream by leaping from rock to rock and then walked along a rough brecha (dirt road) which is closed to vehicles (except those of people living in the area).

Eventually we crossed a charming meadow filled with wildflowers. Since Tapalpa has a strange tradition in which people throw Santa María flowers at one another on Mexican Independence Day, we waged a few battles of our own before continuing uphill to La Piedra Gorda, which is nestled among a few smaller rocks.

There’s a sort of ladder here to help you get up to the top of the rock where you suddenly come upon a magnificent, eye-popping view. It’s Mother Nature making IMAX look like a postage stamp, from an altitude of about 2,400 meters above sea level (7,874 feet).

This hike is 4.5 kilometers one way and took us about 90 minutes, strolling along at a leisurely pace.

Anyone who visits Tapalpa will soon hear about “a wonderful waterfall over 100 meters high.”

This is El Salto del Nogal, the Walnut Cascade, and it is most certainly worth visiting if you are in good physical condition.

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The drive from Tapalpa takes just a little over half an hour and the hike down to the waterfall about the same amount of time. Just how long you will need to get back up, of course, depends on what kind of shape you are in.

The trail takes you across a bubbling brook, through several stone walls and then you are on your way down, down, down into a deep canyon.

At a certain point you’ll see some shallow shelter caves in the cliff to your left. This spot, I am told, is called The Convent and they say several Cristeros hid there during the Cristero War (1926–29) when the Mexican government tried to eliminate the power of the Catholic Church.

During most of your descent you’ll hear the roar of the mighty waterfall but you won’t be able to see it until you reach the very bottom, where there is a large pool of water dotted with huge boulders and dwarfed by the majestic foaming white ribbon linking the pool to a patch of blue sky far above.

Unfortunately, the icy water temperature plus a powerful wind generated by the falls make it difficult to swim in this pool but there is a smaller, windless waterfall with its own “perfect pool” for swimming just a little further downstream.

To reach the trail to the waterfall, ask Google Maps to take you to “Cascada el Salto del Nogal, Tapalpa.”

Map data ©2019 Google, INEGI


What else is there to do in the vicinity of this magical town?

Actually, there is so much that I plan to continue this description next week, so if you are thinking of visiting the Sierra de Tapalpa, you’d better allow several days, so you can have a good look around.

The writer has lived near Guadalajara, Jalisco, for more than 30 years and is the author of A Guide to West Mexico’s Guachimontones and Surrounding Area and co-author of Outdoors in Western Mexico. More of his writing can be found on his website.

Part 4 of My Articles about How We Can Make an Impact upon the Environment: Cleaning our Areas.

Part 4 of My Articles about How We Can Make an Impact upon the Environment:  Cleaning our Areas.

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.

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

As I sure you have already read, Puerto Vallarta is investigating phasing out plastic bags, plastic straws and other harmful and long-lasting detriments to our environment.  Four other municipalities have already banned, or within several months will do so, to limit the plastics that are around us each day.

Our Company, REMAX Puerto Vallarta, has just started a program, to get local residents and visitors to come with us to clean our areas.

We are starting with the beaches, in front of the Grand Venetian condominium.

We were so fortunate to have almost all of our team, but as well Stella and Cal Leavitt, from Timothy Real Estate Group, and Lupita Meza and Stephanie Ibarra from Albago Estates, came to assist!

While it was only about 1.5 hours, we (the 10 of us) were able to pick up over 20 kilos or 50 pounds of garbage!  That being said, the beaches were actually very clean, as there were many hotels on the beach, and they are extremely efficient in ensuring that the beaches are kept as tidy as possible for their clients.

I found a shoe, Melina found a purse (as well as some other interesting items) and Dana found a cellular phone!

The largest contaminant we encountered were cigarette butts.  These are incredible detrimental, as they do not break down and fish and mammals end up eating them.  

I am not a person to tell people not to smoke, but it is so easy to just pick up after ourselves and leave the beach, or area, just as you found it, or even better, pick up 1 other piece of garbage; now the beach, or the area, is better than you found it.  It is that simple!

I was raised with the motto or slogan of “Do not be the First”.  It was so clear and obvious, in that if there was no garbage around, do not be the first to drop something.

Then, the Broken Window Hypothesis came into common parlance, with the same idea; if no windows are broken, it is very unlikely that someone will break one, even in abandoned properties.

Mexico is changing so rapidly and the younger generation, as well as the burgeoning middle-class, are demanding and expecting better environmental standards.  We are so fortunate to have a forward thinking community that wants that too.

We shall be doing something similar, each month and we look forward to all like-minded persons to join us; we all win and are making a difference.

I will be sending out our next project and location through our blog, but also through our facebook page:  puertovallartaremax, also known as Puerto Vallarta Real Estate.  Please like the page and you shall get our daily updates.

Thank you all!

Todd Bates


RE/MAX Puerto Vallarta Beach Clean-Up, Tomorrow!

This Saturday afternoon, tomorrow April 27, 2019, our RE/MAX team and the public is getting together at the beach in front of Grand Venetian, on the Pitillal River, to clean up remnants left from Semana Santa.  We will meet at the public parking lot on the river (north of La Isla) at 1pm and conclude at 3pm.  We will supply the trash bags, gloves, water and snacks. Bring a hat and wear sunscreen.  Please come and show your support for a clean and healthy community!

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Mexico City’s most colorful market is Mercado Jamaica, the flower market

Doña Lupita holds court at Follajes LupitaDoña Lupita holds court at Follajes Lupita.

Mexico City’s most colorful market is Mercado Jamaica, the flower market

Open 24 hours a day, it is the city’s best-smelling market

When you find yourself in the doghouse at 3:00am, take comfort in knowing there’s a 24-hour flower market in Mexico City.

Surrounded by blacktop and decaying concrete sprawl, among the bus and taxi exhaust of the Mexico City struggle, just south of Centro in Colonia Jamaica, lies an oasis of greenery, THE flower market – Mercado Jamaica.

Entering from Avenida Morelos, Jamaica Market is the usual Mexico City market, albeit an impressive one. The fresh produce veritably spills out from its stands. Watermelon and avocado specialists display their wares sliced into halves as proof of worth. The gleaming red strawberries are the largest I’ve ever seen, like a child bully’s fist.

Piles of beautiful mole, mountains of sweets – piñatas made with the traditional seven points (for the deadly sins) or in the costume of the currently most popular superhero.

Walk a bit deeper into the market and the first fragrance hits the nose, just a bit leafy at first, like fresh-cut grass carried on the wind.

A rainbow of roses and petals to choose from.

A rainbow of roses and petals to choose from.

Approaching the back, it grows more apparent, a forest after the rain. And rounding the corner into huge bouquets and mounds of fresh-cut lilies is the true magic scent – a lush jungle of chlorophyll and the sweet aromas of hundreds, possibly thousands of flower varieties intermingled.

Mercado Jamaica must be what perfumists dream of, a warehoused biosphere, the world of flora together under one roof – the concrete jungle, as it were.

Mercado Jamaica opened its doors in 1957 on the grounds where flower sellers already had a large presence. It has just over 1,000 stalls dedicated to the sale of approximately 5,000 types of flowers, foliage and plants. Although there are a number of markets in the city that sell huge numbers of flowers and plants, like Xochimilco, Central de Abastos and San Angel, Jamaica is the only one open 24-hours a day and generally offers a wider variety of imports.

Along the easternmost edge are the large ticket items – the enormous arrangements of roses, chrysanthemums, Gerbera daisies and sunflowers in huge leaf-bottomed boats or massive hearts and crosses.

These are the big event flowers for first communions, weddings, birthdays and funerals. A sign advertises “car bows” for those who just need a giant garnish to go along with their extravagant gift.

Most of these stands are open 24/7, I’m told, because the work is usually custom and intensive. And if you’re a client picking up, you certainly don’t want to lose the funeral flowers to Mexico City traffic.

Pick ups loaded with lilies enter the market.

Pick ups loaded with lilies enter the market.

“What’s the 3:00am scene like?” I ask.

After many brushoffs – “I swear I’m not a snitch, I’m a journalist” – I finally get a kind and studious-looking man to chat, though he prefers his name not be used.

He’s been here for 20 years and specializes in sunflowers. His stand is open 24/7, but these days he works 9:00am to 9:00pm, only seven days a week. “Who’s here at 3:00am?”

He makes a fist, thumb pointed up and tips the thumb toward him to signify “drunk folks, late-night imbibers,” and his legs totter a little to sell it.

“They come to apologize to their girlfriends for something they’ve done,” he says. “But there aren’t many at that time. Regular sales start at about five in the morning.”

Pickup trucks drive through, their beds weighed down with flowers. Rainbows of roses are stacked meters high. Plastic bags of petals grow misty as the sun sneaks through the ceiling, lapping rays of light on them like the hand of God.

Employees work expertly with hands and machetes to break down flowers

Employees work expertly with hands and machetes to break down flowers.

This is wholesale area, the vendors generally selling right out of the backs of their trucks to others that will resell them on the street or in neighborhood flower shops. Piles of lilies are worked through expertly with machetes. Vendors constantly splash their goods with water to keep them fresh.

Workers join for lunch at food counters, shooting the breeze and landing well-timed but good-hearted jibes, as only those with years of familiarity can do. The diableros, known for their acumen handling the product, push hand carts full of perfectly stacked flowers out to cars and vans waiting in the parking lot.

There are clearly wealthy ladies in pantsuits, presumably from Polanco or Lomas de Chapultepec; muscled and veiny old men in cowboy hats; and little kids in aprons, stitched with the logo of their company – the future generation of Mercado Jamaica.

I step into one of the booths to ask why the woman has hung a “No Photography” sign. “So other florists don’t steal my designs,” she tells me.

Hector Bialostozky has been creating flower arrangements for restaurants and businesses around Colonia Roma for three years. “Sometimes things are cheaper in Central de Abastos, for example,” he says. “But there’s more diversity of flowers in Jamaica. And you can get things for arranging that Abastos doesn’t have, like vases, foliage, roots, things like that.”

Bialostozky is also a performance artist who creates politically charged works. His flower design company, Flores Magón, is named after noted Mexican revolutionary and anarchist Ricardo Flores Magón. He says he tries to find a political aspect to his flower arranging work.

“Because of my political art background, it was tough to accept my work as a florist. But I like the meditative aspect of flowers, and the contact with people and space, so at least I’m out in the world interacting. And it’s been good to work with the aesthetics – theory of color, composition and the relationship between objects and space. I feel like it’s a continuation of my work in the arts, and it’s a good business.”

“You create relationships with people in Jamaica,” he says. “They begin to know you, charge fairly. Some become friends.”

Among the stands recommended by Bialostozky for the diversity of product is Follaje de Lupita (Lupita’s Foliage) at the market corner of Congreso de la Unión and Guillermo Prieto. Doña Lupita started selling flowers with her mom and grandma when she was 5 and has been at the market since its inception.

Her stand is a massive burst of color, perhaps the most impressive individual scene in the entire market. She says they mostly sell to florists but have a lot of clients that simply enjoy the art of flower arranging. Among her most exotic flowers, she says, are leucos, with tiny orange tips spreading out from the head like a firework exploding, and veronicas, with fuzzy pointed fingers covered with tiny pink and purple petals.

Directly across Guillermo Prieto is Mercado Jamaica Comidas dedicated to selling, almost exclusively, huaraches. The mostly female staff of each stand yelps out, “Huaraches de pollo, huevo, costilla!!!”

At Huaraches Angelita, Angela García has been running the place for 30 years, but began working alongside her mom in ‘57. “I don’t know why the market became known for huaraches,” she says. “It used to be memelas . . . Unintentionally so . . . but now it’s huaraches.”

Along Prieto run the shops with the decorative pieces needed for arranging. Vases of every size and shape, giant dried leaves, decorative bicycles made of tangled vines and branches – all things beautiful and corny – lead the way to Plaza Jamaica, a smaller market for specialty items, like tulips, peonies and orchids.

At Flores de Holanda, the flowers arrive weekly by air from Holland. Tulips generally run 200 to 220 pesos for a dozen or peonies from 220 to 270. They tell me there’s some production in Mexico, but in Holland they can produce all year.

At El Paraiso they show me the plátano tuna stalks full of tiny little bananas topped with pink and purple flowers.

“It’s interesting to see how the flowers change with the seasons.” says Bialostozky. “Sometimes yellow cempasuchitl [marigolds] for Day of the Dead. In winter everything is white and pink with cherry and peach blossoms.”

“When you don’t know anything about the flower world, you think there isn’t much diversity,” he continues. “But when you get to Jamaica, you really realize how many species there are.”

On Tono Street, back at the mercado proper, are the potted plants: weird little succulents, citrus trees, fruit bushes and hundreds of indoor varieties. In search of a San Pedro cactus, I ask a woman who’s clearly been here for decades.

“Yeah, I know that one,” she says. “We don’t have it, but we can get it.”

You can find it all at Mercado Jamaica.

• Mercado Jamaica is located at Guillermo Prieto 45, Colonia Jamaica, open 24/7, 365 days a year.

You’ll find art at Mercado Coyoacán, but the main attraction is food

The entrance to the best seafood and barbacoa in Coyoacán – Mercado Coyoacán.The entrance to the best seafood and barbacoa in Coyoacán – Mercado Coyoacán.

You’ll find art at Mercado Coyoacán, but the main attraction is food

For seafood and barbacoa it’s worth its weight in pesos

Mexico City’s Coyoacán, meaning “place of coyotes” in Náhuatl, is known as the city’s historic artistic center, thanks largely to Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s influence on the neighborhood.

At Coyoacán Market, just a few blocks from the Frida Kahlo Museum, the lasting influence is apparent.

On weekends, facing the market at Parque Allende, local artists sell their (often quite good) freshly painted canvases. And inside the market is filled with bright and beautiful Tehuana fabrics, handmade bags and leather goods, and an overabundance of Frida Kahlo t-shirts and novelties.

The real draw of Mercado Coyoacán, however, is the food. Because of the huge tourist draw, everything can be a bit more expensive, but when it comes to seafood and barbacoa in particular, it’s worth its weight in pesos.

Early afternoon on a weekday – when the longest line is for the watch repair and the kid shredding a guitar along with Bohemian Rhapsody barely turns a head – is a perfect time to miss the crowds. But if you’re traveling in a duo or smaller, a Saturday or Sunday afternoon will provide the best neighborhood people watching.

Trapped inside the menu at Tostadas Coyoacán

Trapped inside the menu at Tostadas Coyoacán.

Here are some of our favorite places to snack, or completely overindulge, at Mercado Coyoacán.

El Jardín del Pulpo

Spilling slightly out on to the sidewalk at the market entrance, on the corner of Malintzin and Ignacio Allende, is the gold standard for Coyoacán seafood delights, The Octopus’s Garden.

Although slightly pricey, the lobster and langostino plates are truly some of the best in Mexico City, and their shrimp cocktails and smoked marlin can hold their own against any marisquería. Toss on some of their housemade habanero salsa for an added kick; just be forewarned that it’s HOT.

Ostionería El Limoncito

Known for the big-hearted grace, and sometimes wild antics, of its owner, Don Salvador, El Limoncito has been a Coyoacán Market mainstay for 30 years. They’re consistently lauded for their ceviches and seafood cocktails, but the fried fish tacos are one of the absolute gems of the market. And with a three-course seafood meal for 100 pesos, you really can’t afford to stay away.

Sit at the counter of Limoncito and read the board out loud – nothing there to disappoint

Sit at the counter of Limoncito and read the board out loud – nothing there to disappoint.

Tostadas Coyoacán

One of the best known stands in the Mercado, Tostadas Coyoacán is mostly responsible for the market’s world-tostada-renown, and it’s certainly for good reason. Their bright yellow menus offer dozens of topping choices – octopus, various ceviche and mole mixes, pig’s foot – many with photos.

There are six separate bar-style eating areas, with patrons seated facing each other to spark conversation. Sitting at shining yellow countertops, surrounded by giant blown-up menu items printed on yellow tarps, you get the feeling you’re actually inside the menu.

These are serious tostadas, piled high with goodness, and come out about 45 seconds after ordering – from the heaps of fresh toppings behind the counter. It’s a lively scene, with waiters-cum-barkers shouting, “There’s room over here! There’s room over here!” – a bit Disneyland, slightly crazy, but definitely tasty.

Cocina Mary

For the simple comida corrida (three courses for 55 pesos) or the standard market fare, try out Cocina Mary. It’s busy, even early on weekdays, but there’s always room at the counter. The enchiladas are famed among local workers, and the pozole on Saturdays and Sundays runs out quickly.

Always a happy crowd at the counter of Cocina Mary

Always a happy crowd at the counter of Cocina Mary.

El Borrego de Oro

Barbacoa – whole roasted or stewed sheep — is a long-running weekend tradition in Coyacán, and El Borrego de Oro is a neighborhood favorite. Only open Saturdays and Sundays, The Golden Sheep is located toward the back of the market and most often enjoyed straight from Sunday mass, so be be careful not to drip grease on the good church clothes.

The deliciously tender shreds of meat are usually placed simply on a tiny tortilla or fried in a taquito, with just a bit of onion and cilantro on top. But for the deeply unctuous, full barbacoa flavor, try some barbacoa bone broth consommé with rice and garbanzos – known to be the ideal cure for a hangover.


Right nearby is the only mixiote stand in the market, also open Saturdays and Sundays. Mixiote is meat (usually mutton, chicken, goat, or pork) seasoned with pasilla and guajillo peppers (and a variety of other spices) and char barbecued on the bone inside the outer skin of the tough maguey leaf – adding a strong, smokey, bittersweet flavor. On a tortilla with a squeeze of lime or topped with onions is the preferred way to enjoy mixiote. Add a cold beer and your weekend is all set.

• Mercado Coyoacán runs along Malintzin between Ignacio Allende and Abasolo, open from 8:00am to about 7:00pm daily.

This is the sixth in a series on the bazaars, flea markets and markets of Mexico City:

SPCA of Puerto Vallarta

SPCA of Puerto Vallarta

Only a few market days left until the end of the season. We are bracing for a lot of visitors this week and next considering the Easter holiday and guests from in-country and NOTB.

Stop by and say hello at the Olas Altas Farmers Market and while there be sure and check out the merchandise we have available for a nominal donation. Thanks so much in advance for your purchases and donations. It is a win-win for everyone! When you make a purchase you are making a donation to our organization to ensure our continued success rescuing the abused and abandoned dogs here in Vallarta.

If you are interested in visiting any of our rescues at our state of the art sanctuary outside of town, contact us at to schedule a tour. Tours leave from the Costco parking lot on Thursdays during low season and reservations are required.
We appreciate any donations you can bring for our rescues and if going to the sanctuary, please feel free to bring treats for the staff as they truly appreciate it. Those items we ALWAYS need include: collars, harnesses and leashes; toys and more toys! both stuffed and hard plastic (no soft plastic as they can chew off pieces and swallow); large towels; blankets; sweaters and coats; post-surgical cones (both the cone shaped and soft or inflatable donut ones). Our rescues are now fed a total raw diet so please refrain from bringing any dog food or treats.
The mission of SPCA de PV is to help fund and promote sterilization, adoption and healthcare efforts for companion animals in the Puerto Vallarta area, with the goal of eliminating the euthanasia of healthy and adoptable animals.
To make donations via PayPal, select the “Donate” option on our Facebook page or on our website at
Get involved…rescue, adopt, foster, volunteer, donate or educate. You can learn more about the SPCA Puerto Vallarta by checking us out at or on Facebook.



Puerto Vallarta took another step towards the creation of a Municipal Climate Change Plan (PMCC), which allows it, from the local level, to face this global phenomenon that threatens settlements located along the coasts.

On April 10 and 11, the Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change Design Workshop was held, which is part of the Puerto Vallarta’s PMCC development process.

This process is being supported by the Ministry of Environment and Territorial Development (SEMADET) of the State of Jalisco and the German Cooperation for Sustainable Development in Mexico (GIZ), through the programs of Vertically Integrated Climate Policies (VICLIM) and Adaptation to the climate change based on ecosystems with the private sector in Mexico (ADAPTUR).

During the work session, key individuals were informed about the conditions of the municipality in the face of climate change, the sectors that most emit Greenhouse Gases (GHGs), as well as which are the most vulnerable for the future.

The group worked on the construction of a long-term strategic vision for the PMCC of Puerto Vallarta, developed in a participatory manner that meets the needs of each sector.

The actions proposed in this workshop will be an initial input for the design and implementation of future policies and instruments that promote sectoral articulation for decision-making, in the face of the global challenge posed by climate change.

The exercise counted on the participation of strategic actors of diverse scopes, among them of the public, social sector, academia and private sector, who from their perspectives and taking care of their interests, contributed quality inputs for the development of the PMCC.

The fact that Puerto Vallarta has a PMCC, provides a comparative advantage over other tourist destinations, being in a better position to reduce the risks of this global climatic phenomenon, as well as its impacts on the community.

Beyond this workshop, society and key stakeholders can continue to be involved in each of the stages of the development of the PMCC, through the PMCC Blog (, a online space designed to promote the exchange of experiences, successes and challenges, as well as sharing documents, studies, videos, events, among other materials that are of common interest.



JoAnna (aka Joe Perry) is taking the stage at The Red Room for four shows only at 9:30 pm on April 17, 21, 24 & 28. Having just completed another hugely successful season with Chi Chi Rones in Dueling Drag Divas at Act II, audiences will be thrilled to see this creative and amazingly talented entertainer once again at The Red Room before the season winds down.

JoAnna sings LIVE with her own voices (no lip sync) and a soaring range. Her infamous and uncanny celebrity impersonations are legendary and make for a night of great entertainment! Her show features everything from pop to rock to jazz standards. She’ll amaze you with numbers from Adele, Patsy, Cyndi, Judy, Cher Eartha, Amy and many more! You’ll hear clever versions of favorite songs that JoAnna delivers with side-splitting humor and fabulous parodies.

JoAnna is celebrating her 13th season as a headline performer in Puerto Vallarta! She started out in NYC, and has won numerous awards, including “The Best Patsy Cline Singer” at the Cowgirl Hall of Fame. She is well-known for her amazing impressions, and can do amazing impersonations of our favorite musical stars, past and present! In addition to PV, JoAnna has enjoyed 6 successful performance seasons in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and 8 spectacular summers in Ogunquit, Maine! The New York Times has hailed her as “One of the Best!” and the Florida Sun writes that she is “Beyond impressions, Parody and Burlesque.”

Danny Mininni, Act II’s founder recently shared this about JoAnna. “13 years ago when I first moved to Puerto Vallarta, I was on the beach and this man walked up to me and said hey you want to see a show. We chatted a bit and he told me he did this show at Peter Deep’s Club Mañana, they had a small showroom back then. This was my FIRST introduction to PV Cabaret, well really the first time I had ever seen this sort of show. ALL LIVE SINGING DRAG QUEEN SHOW. I will never forget it. It was Aunt JoAnna back than and she shared the show with Kim Kuzma and I thought ohhhh they need to have their own shows. I call her the longest living PV Draq Queen, Join us this Wednesday when Joanna returns as a solo act reliving all her crazy shenanigans”

So don’t miss this limited engagement of ‘The Very Breast of JoAnna,’ The Gal With a Gazillion Voices on Wednesdays and Sundays for ONLY 2 weeks. Come see a true star of Drag and enjoy the incredible talent of JoAnna!