Monday, March 28, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, March 28

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Holy Saturday may have broken previous record of 24,000 visitors in one day  

Hoy se sabrá si Sábado de Gloria superó la afluencia de 24 mil visitantes

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 27 de marzo.-
   The previous record of 24,000 arrivals in one day occurred in December, and may have been broken on Saturday, March 26, when an estimated 25,000 people arrived to this holiday destination. Official information should be available on Monday.
      During the Easter holidays an average of 10,000 to 15,000 people have been arriving daily, with higher numbers on the weekends, according to staff with the Port Authority (API).  Hotel occupancy exceeded 95 percent on the weekend, and domestic tourism is keeping the island busy. It is noted that promotion and the recent designation as a Pueblo Magico have increased the number of tourists, which could double.
      It is expected that the influx of tourists will be less during the second week of the holiday period, and  hotel occupancy is predicted to be at about 70 percent.  The next big boost in tourism is expected with the International Fishing Tournament "Cosme Alberto Martinez (Magana)", which should increase demand at the hotels.

Recommendations for snorkeling and diving    

Para la práctica del esnórquel y el buceo

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 27 de marzo.-
   The municipal department issued recommendations concerning snorkeling and diving to avoid accidents such as painful skin reactions, with advice to avoid touching things when in the National Marine Parks. This includes not touching fire coral, which is not exactly coral, but is in the same family, and can cause burning skin and lesions. It is more closely related to jellyfish than to coral, and fire coral is often confused with other marine plants. therefore when taking a snorkeling tour, it is important to avoid touching it.
      Sea lice are a problem for divers and swimmers because they are very hard to see, and they occur during the summer months when jellyfish larvae are laid and left floating on the water. They are likely to enter swimsuits and become trapped, therefore it is advisable to shower after leaving the sea.
      Lionfish have fins that look like colorful feathers, and do not appear to be harmful, but in fact they are harmful and should be avoided. Contact can cause severe effects including fevers with high temperatures, and divers or snorkelers should take care to avoid these fish.  

Celebration of Easter Mass

La fiesta más importante para los católicos

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 27 de marzo.-
  The Resurrection Mass was held on the night of Holy Saturday, at the eve of Easter Sunday, and regularly scheduled Masses were held on Easter Sunday, which is the most important holiday for Catholics. There is a brief explanation about the history, importance, and symbolism associated with the Resurrection of Jesus and its celebrations


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

Sunrise in Mexico dawns in Isla Mueres, with every new day; before anywhere else in the country, the first rays of Father Sun are seen here. That's one reason why we're a magical town. (And these are some lovely sunset pictures ;) )
Isla Mujeres es el Amanecer de Mexico, en cada nuevo día, a nosotros nos toca antes que en ningún otro lugar del país, ver los primeros rayos del Padre Sol...por eso somos un Pueblo Mágico.

Here's some sunrises shot from MVC's balcony &  previously posted in this blog.

In our streets, in every sidewalk, on every corner and in every nook & cranny,  visitors will find stories to listen to, living history telling its tale ... That's why we're a magical town..A Pueblo Magico.
En nuestras calles, en cada banqueta, en cada esquina y en cada rincón, nuestros visitantes encontrarán historias para escuchar, vivir y contar…por eso somos un Pueblo Mágico.

Come to Isla mujeres and learn about a unique environmental project in Mexico: the Tortugranja; where you will find marine life in its habitat, including clown fish, sea horses, hawkbill turtles and many more varieties.
Ven a Isla Mujeres y conoce un proyecto ambientalista único en el país: Tortugranja; aquí encontrarás en su hábitat, Peces Payaso, Caballitos de Mar, Tortuga Carey y muchas variedades más.

Enjoy beautiful beaches in Isla Mujeres.
Disfruta de hermosas playas en Isla Mujeres.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Complaints about noise pollution 
Se reaviva problema de contaminación auditiva.. [+] Ver mas Photo & full article at this link
   Residents near the "Stin Gray" (sic) restaurant on the corner of Hidalgo and Mateos are complaining about noise affecting their families, saying the business refuses to lower the volume and is keeping them awake into the wee hours (la madrugada). Arturo Cutz Cardena, who held a child in his arms while speaking to the reporter, said he called Mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez in the middle of the night seeking his assistance to force this business to comply with environmental regulations. It closed on Sunday at 2pm after personnel intervened from the municipal Public Safety (police) and Ecology departments.
      Other neighbors complain that the business has turned the music down when authorities come by, and then increases it again after they leave. The neighbors are also upset about the response to their complaints and say when an elderly woman asked for the noise to be reduced, she was told to go to an asylum (vaya a un asilo) and to go find a quieter place to live. One neighbor commented, "Senora Gladis has an embolism, which appears to be related to this noise pollution. There are more than a dozen children who need their rest, including some who are newborns. We are not willing to tolerate this nonsense."

Busiest time of the year   
La mejor temporada del año [+] Ver mas Photos & full article at this link
  For the third consecutive day, strong southerly winds caused restrictions for small boats, who were only able to operate within the Bay area. As of midday, there was still a "saldo blanco" (lack of incidents) reported by the lifeguards, who were very busy since not everyone was respecting their instructions and staying within the buoy line. This is challenging because there are currents affecting some areas outside the buoys, as well as boats.Both North Beach and the Posada Beach were busy, and at the latter there were many families who hung hammocks under the palms to enjoy the protection of their shade from the strong sun.
     The businesses renting golf carts and scooters were busy, as were the taxis, which was reflected by the busy streets. The Navy installed more trash cans along Rueda Medina at the beach area to avoid trash problems from the many visitors. They were providing security and had a module set up at the Posada Beach (Playa Centro). The dive shops, boaters, and fishermen are waiting for better weather that will allow them to work and to share the beauty of this place with tourists.

Emotional depiction of the resurrection
Emotiva resurrección[+] Ver mas Photos & full article at this link
   The depiction of the resurrection in the front of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception church downtown concluded the 24th anniversary of the viacrusis in Isla Mujeres and was witnessed by hundreds of worshipers and tourists. The event began at 7:40pm and concluded two hours later. It stated with balls of fire falling that touched the ground to form a cross of fire. People gathered with candles and torches in hand, and the blessing of the new fire was given with the lighting of the candles.
     More than three thousand people witnessed the reenactments of the viacruisis with better scenarios and costumes this year, and many of the visitors gave positive feedback and congratulations to the organizers, saying they would like to return with their families next year. These opinions came from visitors from  Cancún, and from the states of Yucatán, Chiapas, México, Veracruz, and other areas.
   The priest Raul Sanchez Alonso, who led the resurrection reenactment, called for deep reflection on this event, asking that family members and neighbors practice unconditional love and live by the principle of giving without receiving anything in return.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.
A large slider opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table & chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole, and the outdoor shower is outa the pic at left.
Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.

Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Upstairs room also available.   Downtown is  ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking or biking, flag a $2 taxi or hop on the bus. We also have room for parking,You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll  sleep to the sounds of the sea.$275/$325/$425 wk   $40/50/$65nt  Monthly Discounts

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.

March events

Sunset ~7p
Moon rise over the Caribbean

March 22     6:57
March 23     7:47
March 24     8:37
March 25     9:25
March 26    10:14
March 27    11:03
March 28    11:52

Every Tuesday & Thursday at 10am: Sergio's Batik class. ~3 hours long. 400p includes materials.
Kid's classes every other Saturday at 12:30: March 26, April 9 and April 23.
To reach the classroom enter the doors shown in the photo & go through the building, into the courtyard. His classroom is on the right. If this front door is locked, go left around the side of the building to the back/seaside and enter the courtyard from there. LINK to FB page w  photos & more info

Every Tuesday and Thursday: Free spay/neuter clinic  (Isla Animals)
 Consults 100p, Vaccines: parvo & distemper 50p, flea & tick meds 20p, wormer 10p. Helpers always welcome! Isla Animals, Mundaca Hacienda, 10am-4pm (No food morning of surgery/water ok)

Thursday, March 3  Artist's Fair Casa de Cultura 4-9p 

This says the upcoming Artist Fair & Taste of Isla on Thursday, March 3 at the Casa de Cultura will include music, and dancing...and beverages... Isla Cerveza are expected.

Friday, March 4  Celebration of the 499 anniversary of Isla Mujeres being found by Spaniards, sailing from Cuba

  Saturday, March 5:

March 8 Tuesday 9am  Diabetes Clinic at Red Cross  Blood Sugar testing, Diabetic Education, Free glucometers and supplies for diabetics.

March 8, Tuesday International Day of Women   

Friday, March 11 
 Pre season baseball game between champions at 1pm at the El Pescador field.

Beginning March 13, Sunday at 8pm: Pueblo Magico Nights on Sunday evenings on the Town Square featuring entertainment including dancers, musicians, and more.  

March 15-19  Tues-Sat.  Traveling Museum of the Marimba at the Casa de Cultura
Tuesday: Inauguration at 7pm
Hours: 11a-3p & 5p-8p  Free.

Free Rabies Vaccination Campaign March 14-18, Mon-Fri, 9a-1p, as follows:
  Tuesday in colonia Salina Chica at the kiosk; Wednesday in colonia Salina Chica in the sports area known as La Juala; Thursday at the Basic Rehabilitation Unit; and Friday in the colonia of Guadalupana.

March 17, Thursday  St Patrick's Day  Celebrated in some bars, mostly by foreigners  Bobo's will be serving Isla Cerveza and having specials

March 18, Friday  Day of the Petroleum Expropriation   
Saturday, March 19-Monday, April 4: Easter Vacation (Semana Santa)
Many domestic tourists visit during this time & the island (and ferries) are busy during the daytripper hours (~10a-5p)  

March 20- Palm Sunday  and 8p on Town Square: Pueblo Magico Nights 8p Fusion Latina Mardi Gras dance troupe performance

March 20-27  Holy Week
 March 21, Monday  Anniversary of the Birth of Benito Juarez
March 24 Holy Thursday: Mass 7:30 at Our Lady of Immaculate Conception 8:30 reenactment on the Town Square of the washing of the feet of the 12 Apostles. 9pm Mass at Sacred Heart in La Gloria.
March 25  Good Friday   Noon: Viacrusis procession of the Stations of the Cross (Passion of Christ). Begins slightly before noon at the Sacred Heart Church in La Gloria, with over 90 actors reenacting the Stations of the Cross and ending on the Town Square downtown. 
March 27  Easter (Domingo de Pascua)
April 5, Tuesday  Students return to school

March 19-April 3 9a-10pm Town Square including the Basketball court & Paseo de la Triguena.
 The Guelaguetza is a cultural festival dating back hundreds of years bringing together musicians and dancers from the eight regions of Oaxaca wearing clothing representative of their districts to dance, dine, pay homage to corn, and to share their native ceramics, textiles, etc. It typically takes place on two Mondays in July on an historical hill in Oaxaca,

The Oaxaca Exposition and Guelaguetza in Isla Mujeres is located on the Town Square, 9am-10pm thru April 3rd.
*The poster lists many of the types of items and foods for sale..."from the hands of the artisans who create them to your hands".
*There is the schedule of activities, which generally start at 6p and include music and dancing from different regions of the state of Oaxaca.
*There are learn to dance workshops 5pm-6pm thru April 1st.
*On Saturday and Sunday, April 2 & 3, there will be live music and the Guelaguetza performances from the eight regions of Oaxaca, starting at 5pm.


April 7, Thursday  4-9p Casa de Cultura:  Artist Fair (Last of the season)

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