Monday, October 9, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, Oct. 9

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte.  HERE is a timelapse version, that you can set to slow or fast (fps-frames per second). It takes a few seconds to load.
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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Residents are encouraged to take advantage of discounts on fees and fines

Aprovechan descuentos

Invita Juan Carrillo a contribuyentes

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ISLA MUJERES, 8 de octubre.-
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This information has been translated already.


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

A reminder to participate in the  3rd National Health Week & bring your children's Health Card for kids 6 months to 5 years to receive free vaccines against polio, Vitamins A, C, & D, Albendazol (an anti-parasitic) and electrolyte packets. Daily From 9a to 1p at the Community Center

There's another notice, with video, about the discounts available during October & November for residents on fines and fees at the Treasury office and the Police Department.

Celebrate 43 years since the creation of our state, on Oct. 8 1974.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Link to VIDEO 
The narrator says: In the Pueblo Magico of Isla Mujeres, you can...swim with Whale Sharks, watch turtles laying eggs, see the rays of the sun first touching Mexico at dawn, experience the largest coral reef in the American Continental area, enjoy underwater activities, local gastronomy, a Natural Reserve at Isla Contoy, the pirate Mundaca's hacienda, important cultural activities, beautiful beaches and crystal clear water, and much more!

There are three Pueblos Magicos in the state of Quintana Roo: Bacalar, Tulum and Isla Mujeres. In all of Mexico, you won't encounter another Pueblo Magico like Isla Mujeres, because it is the only one that is an island. There are many tourist attractions and interesting facts. This is where the Spanish Conquistadors first came to Mexico, in 1517, 500 years ago.

It is called Isla Mujeres because when the Spaniards visited various parts of the isle, they found many small statues of women, so they named it the Isle of Women (Isla de las Mujeres). At Punta Sur (South Point) you'll find the ruins of a Mayan Temple that was used for celestial observation, which is dedicated to Ixchel, the Mayan goddess of fertility, who is associated with the moon. The statues that the Spaniards found on the island were offerings to her. Also at Punta Sur, you will encounter something that doesn't exist in other Pueblo Magicos. This is where the first rays of the sun touch the Republic of Mexico, because Isla Mujeres is the easternmost point in all of the country of Mexico. You will find a plaque at Punta Sur explaining this, saying it is the Cliff of the Dawn, and a statute garden. You can enjoy the beautiful views and paths along the cliffs, which are the highest point of the island, 20 meters above the sea. (Editors note...they are also the highest point in the state). This is the narrators favorite spot on all of the isle.

Another side of this Pueblo Magico that is very interesting is Playa Norte/ North Beach, considered to the the 7th most beautiful beach in the world, according to Trip Advisor, the biggest travel site in the world.

Now look at this (shows chapels around the world with sea views). In Isla Mujeres is the Guadalupe Chapel, where not only can you visit, you can be married, and the sea view is very impressive.

Do you like pirate stories? Here is the hacienda of the real pirate, Fermin Mundaca, with an interesting love story.

You can have an experience like no other in your life, that you won't forget: swimming with whale sharks, about 20 miles out to sea, with trained guides, where wearing life jackets is required. They are the biggest fish in the world, but are harmless. "This is me & nothing happened". The season for swimming with the whale sharks is May thru September. Remember it is prohibited to touch them & it is best not to wear sunscreen, or to use an eco-friendly brand.

At the Tortugranja, you will learn about the different sea turtles of this area, and principally, they rescue the eggs from the beaches, and protect them from predators, and when they are a little bigger, release them to the sea, saving the lives of many baby turtles.

Dolphin Discovery is a place where you can swim with the dolphins, and have an incredible experience with the animals, who are very intelligent. An very sick, injured dolphin was rescued along the coast of the state of Yucatan and brought to the Tortugranja were personnel from Dolphin Discovery were treating it to release back to the ocean (Editor's note: Unfortunately they were unable to save that one, but they saved and released another dolphin earlier this year, and one a couple years ago).

There are various underwater activities at this Pueblo Magico. Here in Isla Mujeres, you will find the biggest underwater sculpture museum in the world, MUSA, with more than 500 sculptures under the sea. You can see a Volkswagen beetle and a statues of people. You can enjoy viewing them from a boat with underwater windows, with a snorkel, or by diving.

Or if you prefer to simply go snorkeling in the waters of Isla Mujeres, you can do this at Garrafon Park, where there are many activities to enjoy, including a zip line over the sea with three different points. Or at the small lighthouse called "El Farito", where there is a little reef and you can see the Virgin underwater.

Then he compares the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, which is the largest in the world and the only living structure visible from space, with the Mesoamerican reef system, which is second and begins at Isla Mujeres & Isla Contoy. He recommends a visit to Isla Contoy, which is a reserve for flora and fauna where only 200 visitors are permitted per day. Also, feet must be washed of sand before leaving the island.

The municipality of Isla Mujeres isn't limited to these islands and also includes a large area on the mainland, near Cancun. There you can visit the archeological site "El Meco" and encounter the pre-Hispanic, Mayan world.

A typical, local food of this area that you can sample is Tik n xik, which is a flavorful fish dish made with achiote and grilled. Another popular, local dish is conch ceviche, which is unique and tasty. You can try these at the Casa del Tikinxic or Zama beach.

What are some of the festivities that are celebrated in this Pueblo Magico? The anniversary of the founding of Isla Mujeres is celebrated and during this, on every 17th of August, a wreath is placed at the Cruz of the Bahia / Cross of the Bay, 10 meters underwater. New Years Eve is celebrated in the usual ways (shows fireworks, champagne & eating 12 grapes), but what is unusual is going to Punta Sur to receive the first rays of the sun of the New Year, in all of Mexico.

How do you get to Isla Mujeres? The most common way is from the Cancun airport to Puerto Juarez, which takes about 30 minutes, where the Ultramar ferries depart from 5am to 11pm, every half hour to Isla Mujeres, taking about 20 minutes for the crossing, and a round trip ticket costs 300 pesos.

You will arrive at the Maritime Terminal, which is on the main street of the isle, and 50 meters ahead, you will find golf carts to rent, which is the best way to tour the island. The isle is only 7 kilometers long and 1 kilometer wide, and in this way, you can visit all the places that I have recommended. There is more to say, but that's it for now. More information will be published. He thanks Mia Reef for giving him accommodations & gives them a plug, saying you can stay there or just visit it, and it is by Playa Norte, where there is an area that is recommended for snorkeling in the shallow water there. It has a very nice pier, is beautiful and photogenic at night, and you can have romantic dinners.They have kayaks and other sports, or you can relax with a massage or at the spa. A nice, natural spot is the King's Pool. Then he thanks those who helped him, including the Mayor, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, and the Director of Tourism. Then he encourages you to make comments, watch his other videos, etc and buy T shirts.

There is are videos from Dia del Pescador  LINK  
   and they placed a plaque in honor of Carlos Garcia "Valvula" (who discovered the Cave of the Sleeping Sharks) LINK    
And a photo of the Fishermen's monument captions "Happy Fishermen's Day"


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Tourism activities resume
Regresa la actividad turística. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

   The weather was good on Sunday and normal tourism activities resumed, including the tour boats and recreational boats. Isla Contoy received its 200 visitors per day, which is the maximum allowed and the fishermen went out to work. Dive shops reported they were working at about 40 percent, while some small hotels reported occupancy of ten percent or less. Stores reported declining sales this month. The competitive prices of hotels should increase occupancy and about 200 people will participate in a self help convention at the Convention Center on Oct. 28 and 29.

Navy's "Plan Marina" ends with report of "Saldo Blanco"/No Incidents
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The cradle of the tourist development of the state was Isla Mujeres
La cuna del desarrollo turístico del estado fue Isla Mujeres. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   During the commemoration of the 43rd anniversary of the birth of the state of Quintana Roo, Enrique Lima Zuno said,  "Do not forget that thanks to the support of visionary politicians and businessmen at that time, the cradle of tourism development in Quintana Roo was Isla Mujeres, where the first luxury hotel premiered in 1964."  He is the son of don Jose de Jesus Lima Gutierrez (RIP.), father of tourism in the region, who had many connections with politicians and entrepreneurs. His father, don Lima, brought many distinguished people to Isla Mujeres including Manuel Castilla; of Chetumal, Hernán Pastrana, Abraham Martínez Ross; and other delegations from what at that time was the Territory of Quintana Roo. This helped create infrastructure, including the road from Chemax to Puerto Juarez, which led to the construction of the first hotel, Zazil-Há, which inaugurated in 1964.
      Mr Lima Zuno explained that the idea to create Cancun was born on Isla Mujeres, and local landowners were asked to sell their properties to the federal government to initiate the development of a master plan. The first legislature, of which Lima was a participant, created 7 municipalities, which included Isla Mujeres, and they passed laws giving security to local and foreign investors, including the Law of Real Estate Participation, with fideocomiso trusts of up to 30 years that would guarantee the legality of their investment for investors. One of the experiments that were part of the experiment of the creation of Cancun as a tourist destination originated with General Lazaro Carenas was the Golf and Caribbean Circuit, with a program "Go to the Sea" ("Marcha al Mar") which became a reality when it was revived by don José de Jesús Lima Gutiérrez.
   The other legislative act on a national level that was important and involved Sr. Lima Gutierrez was the creation and approval of the Agrarian Law to create the population centers of Quintana Roo and Baja California Sur, who thereby met the minimum requirements to become a state. Mr Lima helped create many new population centers, such as Bonfil in the northern part of the Territory, according to his son.  
     Mr Lima Zuno also recognized the importance of the work of the famous diver Pablo Bush Romero (RIP), and he spoke about the families of the island who helped with the preparation for the birth of tourism by investing, building the first hotels and adapting their houses. He said the local economy wasn't overwhelmed by large corporations, as happened in Acapulco. He recognized the help of the government and its continued help via its agency FONATUR.
     He also recalled the role played by Ramon Bravo to unveil the underwater beauty, noting, "He was taught to dive by islanders such as Rogelio" Chilero ", and traveled around the world to learn underwater photography. Bravo became a specialist in the field, taking images of the underwater flora and fauna that brought fame to Isla Mujeres". 
        Bravo captured the beauty of the national marine parks and the flora and fauna of Isla Contoy and made them known at a national and international level in a lecture circuit, using audio-visual materials, showing the migrations of lobsters, birds, etc.  In the decades of the 50's and 60's he worked to protect the flora and fauna, and its beauty and was an environmental activist.
    Mr Lima Zuno proposed that Isla Mujeres should rescue its airfield by extending the 1200 meter runway by another 350 meters, in order to have the capability to receive turboprop planes and small jets from the southern United States. He also proposes an interconnection for the natural sheltering port of the Makax lagoon with Salina Grande to shelter fishing boats there. On the subject of bringing cruise ships to Isla Mujeres, he said an old plan should be reconsidered to extend the pier of Puerto Juarez by 500 meters to provide docking for cruise ships with 'calaje' from 10 to 15 meters and a capacity of up to 2000 passengers, They could use the navigation channel that comes from Punta Sur of Isla Mujeres.  He suggested that the passengers could be sold archaeological tours of El Meco, El Rey, Chichén Itzá, Cobá, Tulum, among other sites. He said the Navy has played an important role in the successful completion of regattas from Florida and Louisiana.

Garrafon Park corals are recuperating
Se recuperan corales del parque Garrafón. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
      Garrafon Park corals are recuperating from the damage they received from Hurricane Wilma, whose 12th anniversary is later this month. It caused major damage to the tourism infrastructure of the destinations in northern Quintana Roo from Oct. 21-23, and also impacted the flora and fauna underwater, including the corals. Dedicated care has gone into facilitating the recovery of the corals of the park by specialists with Dolphin Discovery. A consultation by specialists from Xel-Ha was done a few days after Hurricane Wilma, who concluded that the damage was extensive. The colorful fish have returned to the area, whose unparalleled beauty has been enjoyed by millions of tourists since they began arriving to the isle in the 1960's.

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October Events
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events

Sunday, Oct. 1 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square

Full moon Thursday, Oct. 5

                                                                    Sunset ~6:30
Oct. 5  6:49
Oct. 6  7:33
Oct. 7   8:19
Oct. 8  9:09
Oct. 9  10:01
Oct. 10  10:57
Sunday, Oct. 8: 43nd Anniversary of the Free & Sovereign State of Quintana Roo

 Sunday, Oct. 8  Noches Magicas 8p Town Square

Monday, Oct. 9  Day of Fishermen

Thursday, Oct. 12  Dia de la Raza

Sunday. Oct. 15 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square

Saturday, Oct. 21  Anniversary of the birth of Ramon Bravo

Sunday, Oct. 22 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square

Saturday, Oct. 28 8p Mundaca Theater 8pm "Festival of the Dead" (In the end, we are born to die)
Sunday Oct. 29 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square

Tuesday, Oct. 31 Halloween 

Tuesday, Nov. 1 All Saint's Day   Dia de los Muertos

Wednesday, Nov. 2  All Soul's Day   Dia de los Muertos

At this time of year, Mexican families remember & celebrate their departed relatives. Hanal Pixan is the name of the Mayan celebration. Altars are made with photos of the deceased, where offerings of favorite foods and items are placed, copal incense is burned, and marigold flower petals are often used. The schools usually have altar contests & displays, there's usually one in the Town Hall, and last year there was a display of altars representing different of Mexico at the Casa de la Cultura.
        All Saints Day & All Souls Day, Nov. 1 & 2, are the Dias de los for children, one for adults, when families visit graves & clean & decorate them. On the island, these are private moments in the cemeteries, not public celebrations like in many parts of Mexico. 

   There is usually a silent procession with residents dressed in white, black, and traditional clothing, and many wear Catrina makeup. In addition to keeping these traditions alive, Halloween is celebrated enthusiastically on Hidalgo. Bring lots of little items & be prepared to be mobbed by cute kids and to enjoy the various impressive, clever homemade costumes.

Sources for Storm Information & Weather:
Tropical Tidbits
LINK to Civil Protection Q Roo weather bulletin  (Spanish)
LINK to Mexico National Weather Service (Spanish)
 LINK to satellite images for the Mexico National Weather Service (Yucatan peninsula is under Satellite GOES Este, I recommend "Animacion" (it used to be in my blog margin, until Blogger became incompatible with it).

Donation needs:
  The Mexican Red Cross Facility Isla Mujeres is in La Gloria, telephone 8770280. Here are lists of what is required, based on evaluations of needs & damages. No water, No clothing, No medicines.
For the Food kits: Nonperishables in cans & bags, not the big bulk cans or pkgs: Tuna, sardines, beans, rice, lentils, dry pasta, canned veg & chiles, broth, salt, mayo, cooking oil, instant coffee, sugar, jam, chocolate powder or tablets, cookies & crackers.

Hygiene kits: TP (4 rolls), Feminine napkins, toothbrushes & paste, shampoo, bar soap, razors.
Baby kits: Diapers (12 pk), wet wipes, baby oil, baby talc, neutral soap, shampoo, baby bottles, baby food, honey for babies, blankets
Cleaning kits: Detergent, cleaning soap, brooms, brushes, dustpan, buckets, squeegees, mops, rakes

 The DIF social service agency is seeking donations of medical supplies, clean clothing, and bottled water at the CRIM (physical rehab) facilities in La Gloria, including disposable gloves, masks, gauze, bandages, surgical supplies & gloves & scrub brushes, IV equipment, syringes, hydrogen peroxide, antiseptic, and tape, as well as clean sheets, blankets, personal hygiene items and unexpired medications. 9a-4p at the DIF.

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