Sunday, March 27, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, March 27

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Medical services booth for tourists in Maritime Terminal  

A turistas, en terminal marítima

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 26 de marzo.-
   See similar article translated below...


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

In these holidays, take care of the beauty of our beaches. It says don't throw your cigarette butts on the beaches.
En estas vacaciones, cuidemos de la belleza de nuestras playas.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Additional ferry crossings  
Navieras implementan rutas extra[+] Ver mas photos & full article at this link
  On Saturday, extras crossings were being made by the ferries and the boats providing recreational trips to the island, with a steady stream of passengers arriving throughout the day. Whole families of Mexicans waited in long lines at the Ultramar terminal in Puerto Juarez, as well as at the APIQRoo (Port Authority) terminal in the same town. There were lines of cars at these ferry terminals as well.
   In Punta Sam, there were extra crossing for that route, with departures every 90 minutes, bringing vehicles as well as passengers from the hotels in Cancun and the Punta Sam area
    About 60 medium and large size boats were making crossings between various point and marinas in the Cancun Hotel Zone, with trimarans, catamarans, and yachts crossing to the island, which could be seen before midday near Playa Norte.
      At the time this article was written, nothing unusual had been reported by those providing security, which includes Public Security (police), the Traffic Department (police) on the island as well as the Continental Zone (on the mainland) which was confirmed by the Chief of Police, Joaquin Poot Acosta. A "saldo blanco" (no incidents) was also reported by the lifeguards who are monitoring the beach areas, where there are buoys to prevent risks, and they had been speaking to the boat crews who park near Playa Norte, advising them the buoy line isn't intended for that.
   Security is coordinated with  the Tourism department, who are part of the holiday Safety Committee, who ensure the safety of swimmers and other visitors, which is coordinated between the Navy, Civil Protection, the Red Cross, and other agencies.
     The small tourism boats were only able to offer snorkeling tours in the Bay area, due to the winds, with forecasts indicating these "Surada" winds are likely to continue on Sunday.

Accumulation of trash in the colonia neighborhoods
Se acumula la basura en colonias] Ver mas Photos & full article at this link
    Some residents in these neighborhoods are complaining about full trash bins, whose contents sometimes are scattered by dogs and cats, and saying there is a lack of vehicles to transport the trash to the Transfer station in a timely manner during this holiday season. They complain that dogs and cat who live in the streets break into the plastic bags and strew trash about while searching for food. They are also complaining that Trash Transfer facility continues to remain full. Preference appears to be given to picking up trash in the downtown area during this busy Easter season, to preserve a positive image of the island.
   The trash collection workers say they are working to fulfill their responsibilities, but there is nothing they can do about the vehicle fleet which can no longer meet the demands and needs to be renewed. About 50 tonnes of trash are being removed daily, but there are delays in collection, which causes complaints from residents. There are preliminary estimates by tourism service providers that there are more people arriving this holiday season than there were last year.

Island is busy with tourists 
Turistas recorren la isla[+] Ver mas Photos & full article at this link
   For the second day in a row, small boats were restricted to port and the Bay area due to strong "Surada" winds, to the detriment of dive shops and other businesses who provide tours to Isla Contoy and such. The small boats were limited to providing recreational snorkeling activities within the Bay for the second day. This also affected the fishermen, who were preparing for when the wind dies down and they are able to go out, to continue to try to meet the high demand for fish during the Easter holidays.
   While visitors could not enjoy many boating activites, the beaches and nearby waters were full of visitors, as were the streets, with people shopping, dining at oceanfront restaurants, and touring in golf carts. The vendors near the beach area were hoping to improve their income during this season, while facing competition from the craft fair from Oaxaca, which remains near the town square for another week. Many of these local merchants have expressed displeasure over the Oaxacan fair, saying they sell similar products, and consider this as unfair competition. They say the local authorities should have taken this into account before authorizing the fair.

Medical Services booth at Maritime Terminal  
Módulo de salud en terminal.. [+] Ver mas Photo & full article at this  link
    A medical services booth has been set up in the Maritime Terminal as part of the measures implemented by the Easter Holiday Security and Safety Operating Committee 2016. The booth operates between 9am and 8pm, to address problems such nausea, dizziness, sprains, heat stroke, and hypertension problems. When necessary, ambulance transfer is available to the hospital where people can be evaluated to see if they need to cross for more specialized care at a Cancun hospital.
    Isla Mujeres Community Hospital Director, Dr.Pedro Zapata Loya, who is the supervisor of the medical module, reported that they have provided an average of ten services daily, for a total of 65 consultations. There were 12 patients needing stitches for minor injuries who were referred, 13 injections were given, and five treatments. The consults included people suffering from sore throats, headaches, hypertension, as well as senior citizens suffering from low blood sugar or vertigo. There were no cases of diarrhea, because there are good sanitary conditions concerning food in Isla Mujeres.
     Several Mexican tourists requesting services were referred to different medical facilities on the island, including the IMSS (Mexican Social Security Institute), the Community Hospital, and individual clinics. The doctor said there are more consults after 2pm when the people begin to return to the mainland. He said the need for this module is expected to be seasonal, and that it will be closed at the end of the season. The seasonal need is coupled with the fact that the previous hospital closed its doors and the new hospital is 4 kilometers away from downtown.

 No shortages
       With the large volume of people in recent days, there have been no reports of shortages of beverages or foods, nor complaints about bad service.  There are booths available to answer complaints in the terminal operated by the Tourism department and by PROFECO, (Consumer Protection), and any reports of robberies can be made to the Public Ministry of Common Law (Ministerio Público de Fuero Común). Tourism service providers are reminded of the importance of the importance of providing customer satisfaction, in order to encourage more tourists to visit throughout the year and to choose the island as the destination for their next vacation.

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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.

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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