October 22, 2011
Since June 2008, The Times has been reporting on the drug-related violence on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. The series is labeled "Mexico Under Siege" and has included more than 300 articles to date. The Oct. 9 installment prompted reader John Fries of Long Beach to write: "Now yet another article under the headline or title 'Mexico Under Siege.' As a frequent traveler to Mexico, most recently three weeks driving in Yucatan, I object to the insinuation contained in this title.
August 5, 2013 |
A small luxury coastal resort, about two hours' drive south of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, is offering an extra reason for families to venture forth: a multi-night package that includes suite accommodations and meals, plus a picnic and horseback riding. Up to two adults and two young children can use the package at the 42-guest Las Alamandas. The resort's 1,500 acres of tropical terrain and waterfront provide plenty of places to play. Among the activities are hiking, mountain biking, bird-watching, kayaking, surfing, tennis, beach volleyball and children's arts and crafts.
March 7, 2010 |
When Mexico and the United States were entering a landmark free trade agreement 16 years ago, one thing was clear: Mexican farmers would initially find it difficult to compete with heavily subsidized U.S. agricultural products. The solution: Mexico created a special fund to dole out cash to the poorest and smallest farmers. Somewhere along the way, something went wrong. Today, the fund -- far from helping the neediest -- is providing large financial subsidies to the families of notorious drug traffickers and several senior government officials, including the agriculture minister.
April 27, 2009 |
On Wednesday, a top Health Ministry official, Mauricio Hernandez, deputy secretary for prevention, told Mexicans that a small uptick in flu deaths "by no means indicates an epidemic." Scarcely 24 hours later, the government went on late-night television to issue an emergency decree closing all schools, from day care through university, in Mexico City and the state of Mexico, affecting nearly 7 million students.
June 2, 2009 |
Mexico's reeling economy received another jolt of bad news Monday with reports of the largest monthly decline yet in the amount of money Mexicans working abroad send home. Remittances for the month of April totaled about $1.7 billion, 18.6% less than the $2.1 billion recorded in April 2008, Mexico's central bank said. After oil, remittances are Mexico's largest source of income, and their decline is certain to further erode the country's economic growth.
December 21, 2012 |
Merida, Mexico--So this is it -- the biggest New Year´s Eve ever. Am I scared? No, and I'm right in the midst of it. Is anybody else scared here? No. In fact, if you ask about the end of the world, people in Merida, the capital of Mexico 's Yucatan state, are likely to roll their eyes and smile. As one expert put it on Mexican television Friday morning -- sounding as if she'd been asked about it far too often-- "the Mayan calendar was cyclical. Cycles end. New ones begin.
April 16, 2013 |
A new hotel and several other tourist facilities are scheduled to open during the upcoming year in Riviera Nayarit , one of Mexico 's newest coastal developments. Several resorts in the region, which is north of Puerto Vallarta, also plan to add rooms or make other improvements. "Riviera Nayarit has seen remarkable growth in the development of tourism infrastructure and offerings since our inception in 2007," said Richard Zarkin, public relations manager of Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau.
July 11, 2009 |
The grief-numbed parents of Hermosillo buried their babies and waited for answers. When none came, they marched. When they got desperate, they traveled the thousand miles to Mexico City and marched some more. They carried banners with photos of their children -- 48 in all -- killed when fire tore through a crowded day-care center named ABC. More than a month after the June 5 blaze in the northern state of Sonora, satisfying answers are in short supply.
July 2, 2013 |
A special weekend package at Westin Guadalajara in Mexico is custom-made for tequila aficionados. The package includes accommodations in Guadalajara and a round-trip, 25-mile train ride for two to the town of Tequila, the home of tequila-making. The trip also includes a tour of one of the oldest distilleries in Latin America and tequila tasting. Guests depart on Saturday for the daylong trip. The package includes a buffet breakfast, shuttle service to and from the train station, 10% off all food and beverage at the Westin Guadalajara , and late check-out at 4 p.m. on Sunday, based upon availability. The package, created in partnership with Casa Cuervo, was designed to give participants an opportunity to learn how tequila is made.