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The Origin of Mexican Chillies

Christopher Columbus is most commonly credited with aiding the spread of chillies (and their popularity) across the globe, but did you know that these spicy little plants originated in Mesoamerica? Particularly in ancient Mexico. Long before Columbus ever reached the “New World” the ancient Aztecs and Maya had domesticated the chilli plant; archaeologists can trace them as far back as 5000 BC in the Tehuacán Valley! The word chilli comes from Nahuatl (an Aztec language from which many modern terms and words are derived). The plant itself had many uses beyond spicing up food and drinks; it was used for medicinal purposes and for the fumigation of homes in certain cultures!   So you see, the chilli has been popular for a very long time! Mexico, el país de los 64 chiles 🌶 si no pica no sabe 😅 . . . . #mexico #gastronomia #chiles #tijuana #tijuanamakesmehungry #visitmexico #bajacalifornia #tjtq #chilemexicano #raices #mexicanos #elpecadogastronomico #youtube #youtubers #youtuber #blogger #turismo #🇲🇽 #mercado #mercadoelpopo #mercadomexicano #mercados #centrotijuana #tijuana #enchilados A post shared by Carlos Amarillas (@carlosamarillas84) …

El Tuito Day Trip from Puerto Vallarta

Have you ever wondered what lies beyond Mismaloya and Boca de Tomatlan? Well, the answer is a whole lot; beyond these places there are beaches, coves, and islands to be discovered throughout Banderas Bay, and a whole world of mountain life beyond this bay in the Sierra Madre mountains. If you head south of Puerto Vallarta for around 45 minutes, however, you can begin your exploration with the quaint and traditional town of El Tuito. Divine Place In Nahua (the Aztecan language) El Tuito means “the Divine Place,”  and if you take the time to see it you will know why it has received such high praise! El Tuito is a 500 year old town which houses only 3,600 people (mainly farmers and small business owners), though soon it may have its first bank! Though this town is moving forward in terms of technology and health care it is still very traditional; recently this town was named a Pueblo Mágico by the Mexican Federal Government. Pueblo Mágico means “magical village.” In 2001 the government launched …

Isla Mujeres Day Trips

Isla Mujeres, named for the small female figurines discovered by the Spanish during their arrival in the 16th century, is a tiny islet stationed a 20 minute ferry ride off the eastern coast of Mexico. Home to sugary white sand beaches and some of the most scenic snorkeling sites on the planet, Isla Mujeres has become a popular day trip from Cancun, attracting a global complement of visitors yearly.   While splashing in the island’s cerulean waters or passing a lazy afternoon in a breezy hammock on the beach is a perfectly good way to spend the day, the island is also home to a small but thriving town with an array of attractions. The island measures less than 5 miles across, making it extremely easy to get around on foot. However, golf carts and scooters are other widely used methods of transportation on the island, and are readily available to rent. Inland from the shore is a network of artisan vendors offering one of a kind souvenirs such as colorful hand blown glassware and …

Summertime Scuba Diving in Cancun

Every summer, scuba divers from all over the world flock to Cancun to experience its legendary dive sites. Club Caribe members who enjoy diving can take advantage of Cancun’s coral reefs, and experience an unforgettable adventure swimming with sharks, rays, sea turtles and more. Unique Diving Sites Cancun and the nearby areas are famous for having every kind of diving you could want. There are several shipwrecks, underwater caves, lagoons and cenotes, each one containing different varieties of marine life. There is also the Underwater Museum of Art (MUSA) which features over 500 life-sized and monumental-sized underwater sculptures in the shape of human beings, animals, houses, cars and other objects. These sculptures were made out of material that is designed to promote regeneration of the coral reefs. MUSA is one of the largest underwater art attractions in the world, and is definitely a must-see for divers. Villa Del Palmar Cancun’s tour agency can coordinate tours and dives to the various sites for Club Caribe members.   Swimming with Whale Sharks In the summertime, pods of …

Understanding Los Cabos

With the opening of Garza Blanca Los Cabos just around the corner, we want to share some information about the area, for those who might not be familiar. The term “Los Cabos” refers to the area of the southern Baja California Peninsula that includes Cabo San Lucas, San Jose Del Cabo and the corridor in between the two cities. Cabo San Lucas is at the southernmost tip of the peninsula. It is the largest city in the Los Cabos area, and perhaps the well-known city in the area. Swimmable beaches, water activities, entertainment and nightlife can be found here. Medano Beach is the main beach in Cabo San Lucas. You can go parasailing, jet skiing, paddleboarding and kayaking off Medano Beach. The Marina and Downtown are walkable areas full of shops, restaurants and bars. You can indulge in high-end luxury shopping at stores such as Louis Vuitton,  Coach and Rolex Luxury Avenue in the Marina, and Plaza Puerto Paraiso downtown. You can take high-end charter boat rides and glass bottom boat rides from the Marina. …

Puerto Vallarta for Art and Galleries

Puerto Vallarta has long been a go-to vacation destination for sun worshippers, water sports enthusiasts, and luxury seekers of the world, but did you know that it is also one of the best places in Mexico to come to if you’re an art lover, or have an interest in art works of any kind. The galleries here are all unique, and each have a specialization in what they exhibit and display. In Puerto Vallarta everything from ceramics to glasswork and paintings can be found with ease. Whether you consider yourself a real connoisseur of art, or have just a passing interest you should really consider looking around when you’re in Puerto Vallarta; there are few better places in the country to get acquainted with Mexican art. Here are the highlights of the art scene in Puerto Vallarta:   Galeria Uno Morelos 561, Centro A true cornerstone in Puerto Vallarta’s art scene, Galeria Uno specializes in works which are colorful and vibrant, no matter their style. Omar Alonzo Leona Vicario 249, Centro Omar Alonzo is a …

Protecting Turtles in Mexico

The sea turtle is one of the most beloved and charming of all the animals that grace Mexico’s shores and beaches each year! In fact, the beaches and coves of Mexico provide nesting grounds for loggerhead, green, and hawksbill turtles every single year! Nesting Turtles Female turtles are driven by pure instinct to return to the beaches on which they themselves hatched. The journey can be arduous and reach around 1000 miles in total, but it is an essential part of the survival of this lovely species! These gestating females are driven by pure instinct from their feeding grounds to the nesting sites where they drag their heavy bodies ashore and dig a secure nest before laying their eggs and beginning the long journey home. How Turtles are Being Protected in Mexico It is a sad fact that all sea turtle species are now classified as endangered, but you will be glad to learn that measures are in place along Mexico’s coastlines to ensure they have the best possible chance of survival. In fact, it …

Cabo Wobo-ling in Los Cabos

Former Van Halen frontman and all-round rockstar, Sammy Hagar first fell in love with Los Cabos in the early 1980s when he visited the town. At this point Cabo San Lucas was little more than a sleepy fishing village with amazing scenery and very little development on the go. Nonetheless, Sammy envisioned opening a tequila bar with a small stage in the sunny Baja California town So, how is it that this rockers’ dream of Cabo Wabo went from a mere idea to a nightlife legend and tequila legacy in Los Cabos? Read on… The Cabo Wabo Cantina Thanks to Hagar’s vision, and a financial partnership with his Van Halen bandmates, the Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas opened its doors in 1990 to plenty of excitement and buzz! Despite its popularity, Cabo Wabo struggled financially in the early days due to mismanagement, and Hagar ended up buying his bandmates’ shares to keep the dream alive. Once in full control he hired a management team that fit his vision and business model, and the …

Safety for Tourists in Cancun

Wherever you travel in the world, there are some basic tips that you should keep in mind when it comes to ensuring your safety. Vacations to top destinations in Mexico, such as Cancun, are no different. While any stay in Cancun is more likely than not to be a safe and fun trip, there are still somethings that you should do to be on the safe side.   Here’s how to travel safely in Cancun and any city in the world:   Money and ATM Safety Withdraw money from ATMs during the day. Choose ATMs inside, or outside, of banks rather than standalones or machines in convenience stores. Avoid going to the ATM alone. Cover the keys when entering your pin. Put away all cash before leaving the ATM. Put your passport away before leaving an exchange bureau. Have small bills readily available in a separate location for tips so you don’t have to show all your money when tipping. Carry spare change; never take out your wallet to give money to beggars. Only carry …

Whale Shark Season Almost Upon Us

Summer is well on its way, and that means that the whale sharks, too, are coming to the warm water of the Mexican Caribbean in search of fresh feeding grounds. Whale sharks migrate to the waters near Cozumel and Cancun each year in order to feed in the warm shallow waters of the Caribbean Sea. They are fascinating creatures, and a sighting will be the highlight of any summer vacation in Cancun, of that we are sure! Whale season runs from June to mid September; this gives visitors plenty of opportunity to swim with these magnificent and gentle beasts. Whale Sharks are the largest fish species in the ocean, and despite weighing in at 20 tons with an average length of 18 to 32 feet they are gentle, docile creatures that have proven to be non-dangerous to humans. Their slow speed, around 3mph, and their preferred diet of plankton make them the perfect subject for snorkeling and diving. Whale sharks are one of only three known shark species which filter-feed, meaning they filter food through …