Monday, December 26, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, December 26

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More than 2 million visitors this year

Excellent weekend economically for providers of tourism services  

Más de 2 millones de visitantes

El pasado fin de semana fue de bonanza económica para prestadores de servicios

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ISLA MUJERES, 25 de diciembre.- 
Leer más..Full article at this link.        As a result of the work that has been done to promote tourism on the island, there has been a significant increase in tourism for the benefit of the economies of families who depend on this source of income, with the support of the Mayor, Juan Carillo Soberanis. According to the Department of Tourism, this year 2,070,164 visitors arrived to the island, which is an increase of 16.39% increase in comparison to 2015.
     Starting on Monday, the hotels will be flooded with occupants, generating benefits for local businesses like restaurants, souvenir stores, rental agencies, and beach clubs.
The Director of Tourism, José Castillo Magaña, said that currently in the municipality there are 3,428 rooms, which will increase during 2017 with the opening of six hotels, which will add a total of 3,599 more rooms, for a total of 7027 rooms. . (These new hotels are being built in the mainland part of the municipality, and these numbers include the hotel rooms there.)       It is noted that tourism is one of the main economic activities, with the Mayor and City Council working in coordination with the Department of Tourism to promote this destination at a national and international level, and above all to continue to provide quality services, which not only improves the image of Isla Mujeres, but also attracts more tourism for the benefit of the economy of islanders.


Hospital medical services available during year end celebrations 

Garantizan servicio médico en hospital

En la Isla, con motivo de las celebraciones de fin de año

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ISLA MUJERES, 25 de diciembre.-
Leer más.Full article at this link..     The Hospital Director said that medical care and services at the Community Hospital will be provided on January 1st just like any other day. He said the hospital workers don't have holidays off like other workers in other agencies, and work on Christmas Eve, Christmas, and the New Year holidays.
     He said the Emergency room will be in operation, as well as general services and all areas of the hospital, with the intention of taking care of any incidents that may arise during the holidays on the island, when there are a greater number of accidents among both islanders and visitors. During this holiday period, the hospital staff has been attending to a larger number of tourists, who suffer injuries when they are on the beaches or when they are engaging in activities, such as having accidents on scooters and golf carts. 
      Only yesterday there were several incidents of this type, without any of them being serious enough to endanger the lives of any visitors. One of these accidents required a transfer to Cancun for specialized medical care, but the tourist's life was not in danger.

Mandatory training for whale shark permit holders, captains, and guides 

Capacitan en manejo de tiburón ballena

Obligatorio para los permisionarios, capitanes y guías

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ISLA MUJERES, 25 de diciembre.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.        Approved training courses are being offered for workers and permit holders for observing and swimming with whale sharks. The courses are for tour operators from Isla Mujeres, Holbox, Chiquilá and Cancun. Each year new information is generated, with the goal of reducing the impact of bad practices on the species.    Eight hundred workers, guides, and permit holders are taking classes on the following subjects: Customer satisfaction, group management, first aid, ecology and biology of species within the Natural Protected Area, and environmental legislation.  Previously, they were given diagnostic evaluations to verify their knowledge base, and usually there are always some topics that need reinforcement. Groups of 35 people are given classes for eight hours. There are 300 authorizations for permits, with each boat having a captain and a guide. There are others without a single boat, which increases the number of people in training.         The benefit of this training is to be able to have a standard for the tour operators who are involved in this activity and especially to ensure that they know and follow the rules to facilitate practices aiding in conservation of the species and avoid any harmful activities.  The regulations require that all swimmers wear their life jackets, do not have contact with the animals, and that the captain knows how to steer the boat close to an individual whale shark and to navigate side-by-side with it, as well as knowing when swimmers can enter the water.


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

Enjoy this Sunday in the company of your loved ones.
Disfruta este domingo en compañia de tus seres queridos. #FelizNavidad


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Hotel occupancy reaching 100% 
Hacia el 100% de ocupación hotelera... [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Hotel occupancy is high and expected to reach 100% by Monday. The information in this article has been translated above.

No incidents on Christmas Eve  
  Nochebuena con “saldo blanco”[+] Ver masFull article at this link

     The Director of Public Safety and Traffic, police chief Jaime Ongay, confirmed that the celebration of Christmas Eve in Isla Mujeres was quiet, with a saldo blanco.(no icidents)        However, a resident placed a fishing rope in a street to limit its use, and a motorcyclist skidded afterwards, without consequences. This is why it is recommended to not obstruct public streets without prior authorization of the authority.
    The Civil Defense Department also reported no incidents, which was the same with the other agencies that ensure safety on the island. The Harbor Master is monitoring the recreational boats in the Bay, and reported no problems. Due to the celebrations, there were not many people on the beaches at an early hour. Those who were up, spend the day resting and waited until the afternoon to enjoy the beaches with their children. 
   The reporter attended a  Mass celebrated by the parish priest Raúl Sánchez Alonso in the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church and wrote about the sermon.

Lack of taxi service  
Deficiente servicio de taxis+] Ver masFull article at this link 
      When the ferry arrived at 11pm there was there was a lack of taxis, causing long lines and people had to wait nearly half an hour before leaving for their homes and hotel rooms. The issue is paradoxical, because on one hand taxi drivers complain about unfair competition from golf carts, but there seems to be no control so that they provide timely, quality service to customers..        Manuela Álvarez Tuz, Ángel Cobarrubias and Ezequiel Cen are local users, who said that the issue of taxi drivers is worrying, because there are cases where operators are not in the mood to give the service, "We think that they need training. There are some who barely answer us. They act like they don't want to work "      They confirmed that this problem of having too few taxis at night is more frequent recently, but now with large numbers of people visiting during high season, the problem is more evident. They hope, however, that the problem will be solved so the difficulties don't continue during the holiday period.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.

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The holiday period in Mexico from Dec. 12 to Jan. 6 is called Guadalupe-Reyes (from Dia de Guadalupe to Dia de los Reyes/King's Day). In Isla Mujeres, this is preceded by patron saint festivities Nov. 28-Dec. 8.

Festivities for the Patron Saint the Virgin of Immaculate Conception 
On the Town Square
Nov. 28 Opening at 8p with the band Los Marlins .
Nov. 28, The Mestizas de Agua Salada;
Nov. 29, Folkloric dance troupe: Son del Caribe at 7:30p;
Nov. 30th, Academy La Isleña;
Dec. 1 Cavalcade (Horse procession) in Honor of the Virgin, noon;
Dec. 2, Dance group Añoranzas;
Dec. 3, Dance group Entorno and musical group Mar & Arena
Dec. 4, Dance Studio Renatta and Academia La Isleña;
Dec. 5,  Mestizas de Agua Salada;
Dec. 5, Dance group Entorno;
Dec. 6  Caravan procession at 6:30,
Dec. 7 Yucatan band Picante Plus will perform and “Las Mañanitas” will be sung to the Virgin
Dec. 8 Boat Procession of the Virgin in the Bay 3pm
Dec. 8 Day of the Virgin of Immaculate Conception
At the bullring at the end of the runway, by the car ferry

Thursday, Dec. 1  Horse procession (12p), and a performance by horses & a band (4p).
Friday, Dec. 2   Bullfight  (4:30)
Saturday, Dec. 3 Rodeo  with a band (4:30).
Sunday, Dec. 4 Bullfight (4:30)
Thursday, Dec. 8 Bullfight with dwarfs (8p).
Friday Dec. 9 Bullfight w little people 7p


December Events
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 Dec. 1 Thursday  
12p Horse procession 
4-9p Artist Fair at Casa Cultura w live music, craft beer, food, & art.
5p Anti-AIDS/HIV march & Health Fair at Bicentennial Dome La Gloria
6p Horse performance & live music 6p North end of runway.

Dec. 2  Friday
4:30p Bullfight at North end of runway
7:30p Dance group Añoranzas at Town Square

Dec. 3  Saturday
4:30p Rodeo & live music at North end of runway
7:30p Dance troupe Entorno and band Mar & Arena at Town Square

Dec. 4 Sunday
7:30a Charlie & Friends Marathon 5 & 10km Garrafon/P.Sur along Caribbean coast
4:30p Bullfight at North end of runway
7:30p Dance Studio Renatta and Academia La Isleña at Town Square

Dec. 5 Monday
 7:30p Mestizas de Agua Salada dance troupe at Town Square
           Entorno dance troupe at Town Square

Dec. 6 Tuesday 6:30p Caravan procession for Patron Saint

Dec. 7 Wednesday 8p Yucatan band Picante Plus at Town Square
 “Las Mañanitas” will be sung to the Virgin at Town Square

Dec. 8 Thursday  Day of the Virgin of Immaculate Conception
3pm Boat Procession of the Virgin in the Bay
8p Bullfight with Dwarfs North end of runway
4-9 Art Fair at Casa de Cultura

Dec. 10 Saturday 8p Town Square Federal Police Rock Band Free event  Cancelled.

Dec. 11 Sunday  Celebration in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe at the Chapel Guadalupana in Meteorolgocia (which overlooks the Caribbean, across from Mango cafe), with singing of Las Mananitas before midnight, possibly with Mariachis.

Dec 12  Monday  Day of Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico's patron Saint. 
People honor her with pilgrimages and efforts of endurance, such as the annual run around the island, which will probably be held in the morning, usually from the downtown church to Punta Sur to the Guadalupe Chapel.
 There is a procession in the afternoon with children dressed up as Juan Diego, shepherds, and shepherdesses usually between the Chapel Guadalupana and the downtown church, and sometimes there are horses.  Juan Diego saw the vision of the Virgin of Guadalupe on the hill at Tepeyac, 485 years ago.

Sunset ~6:05p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
Dec. 13  6:12  Full Moon
Dec. 14  7:13
Dec. 15  8:15
Dec. 16  9:16
Dec. 17 10:14
Dec. 18 11:10 
Painting by Pam Haase
Starting Mon. Dec. 12 for the Christmas holidays...departures every 15 minutes on weekdays 3:30-7:30 and on w/e 2-8. There's an additional crossing daily from P. Juarez at 9p and from Isla at 9:30.

Dec. 15, Thursday
4-9  Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura  Art, music, food, craft beer

Dec, 16-24 Posadas Navidenas.
During the Posadas, there is usually a dance on the Town Square, featuring regional dances & costumes from different states of Mexico. The schools may have Posada plays, which are reenactments of Mary & Joseph being refused shelter. Posada means 'inn'.

Dec. 17 Saturday 5:30p Resident parade of decorated golf carts thru the colonias, tossing candy & toys
Dec. 18 Sunday 8p Noches Magicas on the Town Square   

Dec. 21 Wednesday Solstice

This is a holiday play with black humor, in Spanish.

You can drop off donations of toys at Rueben's restaurant, across from the Mercado on Guerrero. Kids in Mexico receive presents on King's Day/Dia de los Reyes on Jan. 6. Currently the DIF is collecting blankets, coats, and other warm items for residents in need in the Continental Zone on the mainland.

Dec. 22 Thursday Art & Food Fair Thursday 5-9 at the Casa de la Cultura with electronic jazz by Chucho, various types of Tamales, craft beer, & photos with Santa Claus! 

Dec. 24 Saturday  Noche Buena / Christmas Eve
Ultramar ferry is usually cancelled after ~11p, as well as the first crossing Christmas morn. Some businesses are not open in the evening, because families are celebrating together.

Dec. 25 Sunday  Dia de Navidad / Christmas Day  The first ferries may be suspended. No Noches Magicas performances.  

Usually around this time the annual Quinceaneras event and Mass are held at the Church of Immaculate Conception for young women who turned 15 during 2015 and who wear beautiful gowns. More info TBA when available

Dec. 28 Wednesday  Dia de los Santos Innocentes A day of practical jokes, similar to "April Fool's Day"

Dec. 29 Thursday  4-9 Artist Fair Casa de Cultura. Art, food, craft beer, music.

 Ultramar hours on regarding the last crossing on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve, and the first crossing on Christmas and New Years Day. "Desde" means "From".

Dec. 31 New Year's Eve Festival on the Town Square with live music and fireworks. Tables can be reserved in advance, with information TBA. The last ferries are usually suspended.

Jan. 1 New Year's Day People observe the sunrise at Punta Sur The first ferries are usually suspended.
Celebrating New Year's in Isla Mujeres
   To celebrate New Year's Eve, some  Isleno families set up tables in the side streets with pinatas strung overhead, and dine on turkey stuffed with seasoned ground meat, while others crowd the Town Square for live music, dancing, and fireworks. Each neighborhood brings in the New Year with a bang, and the skies explode with color in all directions. 
     During the NYE countdown, there is a tradition of eating twelve uvas de buenas suerte (grapes of good luck), each representing a month, with a toast of champagne or cider. The party on the town square continues all night long. At the other end of the isle, people gather at Punta Sur to greet the first rays of the sun at the eastern-most point in Mexico.  
     Other customs include cleaning your house on New Year's Eve & sweeping out bad luck. Wearing red underwear could bring you love in the New Year, or  your white undies may bring you peace, while yellow represents wealth. Those who hope to travel should grab an empty suitcase and carry it around the room or the block, and set it by the door. If you drop a shoe on New Year's morn and it lands "boca arriba" (face up)  you will enjoy good luck in the upcoming year. 
 The old year is represented by a life sized character called El Viejo, The Old Man, who is later filled with fireworks and set ablaze. He may resemble a politician, and he is usually holding cigars & tequila. Fireworks are everywhere, and their names are metralletas (literally "machine guns" – but it means fire crackers), cañones (larger fire crackers), voladores (rockets in many different sizes), chifladores (whistlers), and barre pies ("foot sweepers", that spin on the ground & shoot sparks).
      Kids receive toys on Dia de los Reyes, January 6, when families, friends, and coworkers share rosca de reyes. King's cake, usually with hot chocolate. If you get the Baby Jesus,it means you'll be hosting a party & providing the tamales on Candlemas Day, Feb. 2.


The Artist's Fairs are scheduled twice a month, on the First and Third Thursdays, weekly on Thursdays at the Casa de Cultura, 4-9 thru April 20. 

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