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Dánaee Guadalupe Medina Velázquez was crowned Ambassador of the festivities for the 169th anniversary of the founding of the pueblo of Dolores, which is now Isla Mujeres. The evening featured a special edition of Noches Magicas with performances by "Túumben K' iin" and the troupe "Mestizas de Agua Salada". Events continue Friday, Saturday, and Sunday--see events section below.
There was a ribbon cutting ceremony to open the photographic exhibition "Isla Mujeres of Yesteryear" (“Isla Mujeres de Antaño”) located at the Town Hall (Palacio Municipal). It is part of the activities to commemorate the anniversary of the foundation of the town. The exhibition will be there all week and features 39 photographs showing the " evolución urbanística" of this Pueblo Magico, including classic locations of Isla Mujeres; its streets, its natural attractions, and its neighborhoods & growth, not just in population, but also cultural development.
There was also a conference "Isla Mujeres Yesterday & Today" at the Naval auditorium by the town historian Fidel Villanueva Madrid about the history of the municipality, and its development and growth for over a century.
Two new Ultramar ferries arrived Thursday from the UK, and the "Lady A" has already begun operations. The "Lady D" is expected to go into service next week, and they will both operate between the island and Gran Puerto. They are the largest of the passenger catamarans with a capacity for 450 passengers each. In response to a question about rumors of a price hike, the Ultramar manager said no rate increases are planned. LINK
Happy 169th Anniversary Isla Mujeres....
VIDEO of photographic exhibition at the Palacio Municipal-Town Hall.
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Isla Mujeres news briefs
Miriam Trejo, municipal General Secretary, who attended on behalf of the Mayor, spoke about the importance of promoting prevention, leadership, motivation and entrepreneurship among the youth population through talks and activities, with the purpose of providing them with appropriate information and the tools they need.
As of Wednesday, there have been 32 cases of decompression since the lobster season began on July 1st, and there are concerns that the total could reach 100 by the end of the season on Feb. 29, 2020. The most recent case was a fishermen from Puerto Juarez who experienced symptoms after two deep dives, which included hypothermia, dehydration, nausea & vomiting, belly pain and change in skin coloring. He had a medium level decompression.
The high incidence is associated with diving in deeper waters and not respecting the recommendations, as well as the lower temperatures in the deeper waters. They don't wear thermal suits and spend long periods being immersed, extracting lobsters. Last season there were 77 cases.
Gerardo Magaña: Witness of tourism development
Tonight, the 2019 Tourism Merit Medal will be awarded to Gerardo Magaña Barragán, who has witnessed the development of tourism on the island in the past 60 years. In an interview, he expressed his appreciation and spoke about the first hotels that served regional tourism.
In 1964, the first luxury hotel in the Mexican Caribbean, Zazil Ha, was inaugurated by President Adolfo Lopez Mateos. He said the first two hotels were the "Posada del Mar" on Rueda Medina and the "Martinez" on Madero. Others followed, including Roca del Caribe.
In 1958, the road from Leona Vicario to Puerto Juarez was completed, which allowed the arrival of regional tourism to begin, followed by international tourism, who arrived from Merida. After the airstrip was built in 1964, a tourist boom took place with more visitors arriving from Merida and Cozumel. There were six daily flights between 8:15am and 4pm, when the last flight to Merida and Mexico City left.
When the first tourists began arriving by sea from Puerto Juarez, the wooden boat "Carmita" would bring them over, and then she was assisted by “La Novia del Mar”, “Neptuno”, “Dama Elegante” and later the “Sultana del Mar”. He said, "Initially when groups of people arrived, smoke was used as a signal that service was needed and a boat to come over." Those boats were owned and operated by his close family, the Magaña Carrillos.
Mr. Magana attended high school in Merida on a scholarship. After high school, an American priest helped him go to Boston, where he received six months of instruction in English & worked as an assistant receptionist at a hotel owned by the priest's family. His command of English helped advance his career in tourism. He was also a licensed aircraft dispatcher, a union delegate, and Mayor of Isla Mujeres in 1987-1990.
"Memories of Isla Mujeres"
Celebrating 169 years since its foundation at the pueblo of Dolores
Celebrating 169 years since its foundation at the pueblo of Dolores
|View from the rooms.|
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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.|
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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 neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Within ten minutes walk are a variety of restaurants including Mango Cafe, Brisas, Manolitos, La Chatita, Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery , Chedraui. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend 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. It takes 20-30 minutes to walk downtown.```````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````
Full moon rising over the Caribbean
August 15 7:42
August 16 8:20
August 17 8:55
August 18 9:29
August 19 10:03
August 20 10:37
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset ~7:25-7:05p (start-end/mo)
Sunrise ~6:20-6:30-a (start-end/mo)
Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower thru August 23, peaked in late July Perseids peaks Aug. 12, but nearly full moon will interfere.
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Wednesday nights at 8:45p, the bicycling group "Isla en Bici" invite people to join them for healthy recreation, meeting at Juarez & Abasolo. Lights required, helmet recommended. LINK
In August, fishermen in this region are banned from catching Shrimp & Conch LINK
The baseball games at the El Pescador stadium in front of Chedraui are usually held on Sundays, starting around 1p, when there's a 'home' game.
The new date for the Women's Fishing Tournament "El Dorado del Caribe" hasn't been announced yet.
|Guests assisting Tortugranja worker collect from two nests on July 29th.|
Turtle nesting season continues throughout August. The turtles nest along the eastern beaches in the wee hours of the night and Tortugranja staff and volunteers gather the eggs and incubate them in a pen outside the facility. Three species nest annually in Isla Mujeres; Greens, Loggerheads, and Hawksbills. The sex of the turtles is determined by the temperature of the sand, which is common in reptiles.
|Photo by Tony Garcia Whale sharks are filter-feeders who eat plankton.|
Thursday-Sunday August 8-11: At the children's baseball field "Ariel Picho Magana" Players age 11 & 12 from the states of Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatan and of course Quintana Roo, including some from Isla Mujeres will compete. About 100 players and their families are expected.
Monday, August 12: Perseids Meteor Shower peaks, but the nearly full moon will interfere.
Events celebrating the 169th anniversary of the founding of the island as the town of Dolores:
Thursday, August 15
11am Photographic Exhibition at the lower level of the Town Hall "Isla Mujeres of Yesteryear"
1p Conference at the Naval Auditorium (in Spanish) "Isla Mujeres Yesterday & Today"
7p Night of the Assumption at the Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception
9p Special "Isla Fest 2019" Edition of Isla Mujeres Noches Magicas & the Coronation of the Foundation Ambassador with performances by the dance troupes Mestizas de Agua Salada & Ballet Tuumeen Kiin
Friday, August 16
6p Special City Council Session on the Town Square honoring the 169th Anniversary of the Founding of Isla Mujeres, recognizing the founding families and awarding the medals of Citizen Merit and Tourism Merit and the winners of the XXII Artisans Competition 2019, "Let my hands speak to you", will be announced
9p Special Edition of Isla Mujeres Noches Magicas "Bohemian Night with Nicho Hinojosa"
Saturday, August 17
8a Wreath ceremony for the Anniversary of the Cross in the Bay departing from the wooden pier
8p Special Edition of Isla Mujeres Noches Magicas featuring the Latin Dance, Dance Studio
Sunday August 18
7a Islanders 8K Run
8p Special Edition of Isla Mujeres Noches Magicas with performances by the dance troupes Al Son del Corazon, Senior Citizens Group, & El Corazon de Conchi
The City will hold an Art Fair ("Primera Feria del Arte") on the Town Square at 7:30p on Friday, Saturday & Sunday featuring more than a thousand pieces. There will be 29 local artists and 20 from other parts of the state. An invitation is extended to visitors & locals to attend & to become familiar with, appreciate, and acquire artisan products that preserve techniques learned from previous generations, which strengthen the economic, social, cultural and environmental sustainability of the island.
Friday, Aug. 30 The 7th Lion Fish Culinary Contest at 5p on the Town Square. The City invites residents, restaurateurs, independent chefs & fishermen to participate. Registration deadline is Monday, Aug. 26. The dishes can be prepared with filets or a whole fish, and participants can compete in both categories. Recipes must by provided. BYOLF. Booths can promote your business or yourself & may feature menus, drink samples, and decorations. Winners are given recognition, a pass for two to Dolphin Discover, and 5000, 3000, and 2000 pesos for the top three.
They are an invasive species who eat many young lobster, grouper, and other commercial seafood. They are caught by spearfishing, and are a mild-flavored white fish. Asia Caribe has won awards in this competition ,as well as recognition for featuring them on their menu (when available), and will prepare them a variety of ways.
The Circuito Maya race will probably be held in August in Isla Mujeres, and is one of a series of four races held annually in four Pueblos Magicos in Q.Roo and Yucatan, named after the four elements. The race in Isla Mujeres is the "Air" (Iik') and the others are Fire (K'aak'), Earth (Lu'um), and Water (Ha'), for the races held in Tulum, Bacalar, and Valladolid.
Sources for Weather Information:
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
LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres
LINK to NHC