Monday, September 19, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, October 19

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Mundaca Hacienda: Neglected despite being a major historical site in Isla Mujeres  

Hacienda Mundaca sigue en el abandono

A pesar de ser un atractivo de mayor historia en Isla Mujeres

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 18 de septiembre.-
Leer más..Photo & full article at this link . 
       Although authorities have undertaken efforts to revive this historical site, much remains to be done and it has an abandoned, ruined appearance. The Hacienda Fermin Mundaca was located on the property named Vista Alegre, and has a building dating back to the second half of the nineteenth century. A considerable investment would be required for the renovations and reconstruction work that are needed. It offers very little to tourists, and the jaguar, named "La  Trigueña”, which was one of the main attractions, was removed after Hurricane Wilma, in October 2005, due to flooding. (The jaguar was removed after an attendant was injured, but the zoo in general was discontinued & flooding after Wilma was a factor.)  Due to conditions, there is not a great deal of tourism, with about 500 people visiting monthly.


From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)

There is a brief video saying Isla Mujeres is rich in traditions. LINK 


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Isla Mujeres athlete represents Island in the World Championship Triathlon ITU Photo & ful article at these links
Joven atleta de Isla Mujeres, digno representante en Campeonato Mundial de Triatlón

  Islander Felipe Trejo Vivas was in Cozumel Sunday, competing in finals of the Campeonato Mundial del Triatlón ITU 2016, (ITU World Championship Triathlon), in the age category 35-39. The tournament began Sept. 11 and he won a second place and an eleventh spot in the aquathon. He is the son of fisherman Felipe Trejo, and both are fishermen who are natives of Isla Mujeres.
   There are more than 180 athletes competing in this tournament, and he is also representing Mexico in this World Championship, which includes three events; aquathon, sprint, and standard triathlon.
   The World Series of Triathlons ITU 2016 began in March in the United Arab Emirates, with a calendar of dates in Australia, Japan, England, Sweden, Germany, Canada, and finally Mexico, in Cozumel for the finals of the this international competition. 


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Tourism activity improved with long weekend  

 [+] Ver masPhoto & full article at this link
     Sales have been reduced in recent weeks, but the long Independence Day weekend generated an increase in tourism. The ferries were well occupied during the 'rush' hours and nearly all  of over 500 rental golf carts were in circulation. The small hoteliers said they benefited very little with occupancy around 30 percent or less, while the larger chains report occupancy of up to 50 percent, according to the Tourism Office. The small lanchero boats weren't selling many tours, while those making trips to Isla Contoy were nearly reaching the 200 visitor daily limit allowed to be taken to that island.

Hoping new government will fix potholes on mainland 
Fijan su esperanza en las siguientes administraciones .. [+] Ver masPhoto & full article at this link
 This is about a road in need of repair in the mainland part of the municipality, serving Francisco May and the Agricultural Zone.

Fewer trash collection trucks
Problemas de basura por la falta de camiones . [+] Ver masPhoto & full article at this link
   This weekend the trash collection fleet was down to two trucks, while the recommended number is six vehicles, in order to serve all the routes on time, according to workers. Recently, there have been only three vehicles available, which were two three-ton dump trucks and an 'estaquita' (a smaller truck), but this weekend one of the dump trucks wasn't in service. This can cause garbage to accumulate at tourist sites, and the problem is more difficult in the colonias.

News briefs in Isla Mujeres 
Breves de Isla Mujeres [+] Ver masPhoto & full article at this link
   Restrictions on activities by small boats were not expected for Monday, and the weather forecast published by the SCT at 4pm on Sunday is given, which includes moist air moving into the region, with potential for moderate rainfall associated with electrical storms, reduced visibility, possible squalls, and temperatures that are expected to be from warm to hot.

    Islander Felipe Trejo Vivas was in Cozumel Sunday, competing in the Campeonato Mundial del Triatlón ITU 2016, (ITU World Championship Triathlon), in the age category 35-39. The tournament began Sept. 11 and he won a second place and an eleventh spot in the aquathon.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.

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Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.

Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Stroll five minutes southward down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe, Bahama Mama, Brisas, or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes southwest to shop at Chedraui or to dine at Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, or other options. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Our guests recommend the Yoga classes a couple villas away at hotelito Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores and small local restaurants.

September events

Sunset ~6:45p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
Sept. 16     6:58p
Sept. 17     7:45p
Sept. 18      8:32p
Sept. 19      9:21p
Sept. 20     10:12p
Sept. 21     11:05p

Every Tuesday & Thursday at 10am: Sergio's Batik class. ~3 hours long. 400p includes materials. Casa de Cultura  This has moved to his home...directions on his FB page HERE

Aug. 30-Sept. 8  Our Lady of Charity Celebration: Patron Saint of Fishermen. 
               Evening activities at the chapel of Caridad del Cobre in colonia Miraflores. 
               Wed., Sept. 7-Mass at 10p, then Las Mananitas (usually at midnight). 
               Thur.  Sept 8  Saint's Day of Our Lady of Charity
               Sat., Sept. 10-Boat procession to Isla Contoy departs at ~8am, This 17th annual procession will include hundreds of Catholics who will travel  30km, transporting the wooden icon to the chapel at the fishermen's camp.  A Mass will be held, and the people will return to Isla Mujeres afterwards, probably shortly after noon. The Virgin de la Caridad del Cobre is the patron saint of seamen and this icon from Cuba will remain in Isla Contoy throughout the lobster season, returning to Isla Mujeres in early March.

Sept. 1 Thursday  Artist Fair scheduled at Casa de Cultura 4-9


Friday, Sept. 2 at 7:30pm the "Movies in your colonia" program presents "Bichos" (A Bug's Life) at the Bicentario Plaza in La Gloria. Free.

Sept. 5-9 Second state Week of the Manatee

Sunday, Sept. 11 International Coastal Cleanup in Isla Mujeres

Schedule of Patriotic Festivities
Sept. 12 at 7:30p Town Square   Lighting of the lights
Sept. 13 at 9am  Benito Juarez Middle School  Ceremony commemorating the 169th anniversary of the Battle of Chapultepec in 1847    Dia de los Ninos Heroes of Chapultepec
Sept. 14 at 9am  Colegio Bachilleres High School  Ceremony commemorating the 192nd anniversary of the Annexation of Chiapas in 1824
Sept. 15 at 9:30pm  Town Square  Band & Dancing * Coronation of Queens of the Patriotic Festivities * Proclamation of Independence-Grito  (See poster below)
Sept. 16 at 8am Naval base Civic parade for the anniversary of the Independence of Mexico
Sept. 30  at 8am  Julio Sauri Espinoza school commemoration of the 251st anniversary of the birth of Jose Maria Morelos

Thursday, Sept.15  Artist Fair scheduled 4-9p  Casa de Cultura

Thursday, Sept. 15   Grito of Dolores Celebration
 Town Square.
9:30 Folklorico Dancers Performing
10p Coronation of the Festival Queens
11p Celebration of the Proclamation of the Grito of Independence
11:30 Super Crack band

Friday, Sept. 16   Independence Day Parade 8am

Thursday Sept. 22  Equinox

The 9th annual Diabetes Clinic will be November 3rd in La Gloria. We are a team of nurses, social workers, EMT's and paramedics with a doctor for consultation of patients who need to be seen immediately. Please consider donating $50 which would buy 200 test strips, enough for one patient for a year. We also need donations of reading glasses, particularly the higher numbers. Many diabetics have vision problems too. We have a drop off location at Marina Paraiso Hotel or will pick up wherever you are! Muchisimas gracias for your generosity ~ Contact  Karen Rosenberg Here or email me at

Sources for Storm Information:
Tropical Tidbits

The Artist's Fairs are scheduled twice a month, on the First and Third Thursdays, at the Casa de Cultura, 4-9. 

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