Hidden Beach, aka Beach of Love, reopens

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Sep 012016
 
Hidden Beach, aka Beach of Love, reopens

Mexico’s famed Hidden Beach (Playa Escondida), aka as the Beach of Love (Playa del Amor), has reopened for limited tourism following a three month closure  for cleaning and restoration work. The beach is on one of the small, uninhabited Marieta Islands, in the Marieta Islands National Park, off the west coast of Mexico, and relatively […]

Plans afoot for several mini-refineries in Mexico

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Aug 292016
 
Plans afoot for several mini-refineries in Mexico

State-owned Pemex currently has six oil refineries in Mexico, which process around 1.05 million barrels/day (b/d) of crude. The company has now shelved plans to add a $10-billion refinery at Tula (Hidalgo) owing to doubts about its long-term viability. It does seem that it is unlikely to be needed since Mexico’s energy reforms have led […]

Video of the Sea of Cortés (Gulf of California)

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Aug 232016
 
Video of the Sea of Cortés (Gulf of California)

This PostandFly video explores the islands of San Jose, San Francisco and Espiritu Santo. The Sea of Cortés (Gulf of California) is the body of water that separates the Baja California Peninsula from the Mexican mainland. The Sea of Cortés is thought to be one of the most diverse seas on the planet, and is […]

Mexico City declares public markets to be Intangible Cultural Heritage

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Aug 222016
 
Mexico City declares public markets to be Intangible Cultural Heritage

Mexico has some of the finest markets in the world. The variety of produce and other items sold in markets is staggering. But not all Mexican markets are the same. The two major groups are the permanent markets (mercados), usually housed in a purpose-built structure and open for business every day, and the street market […]

Aug 182016
 
Mexico's tourism logo: the basis for colored tourism signs

Despite having seen this tourist promotion logo thousands of times, I had never thought about its colors and their significance until recently. It turns out that the colors (despite what you may see on your monitor) are actually meant to be: M – brown = archaeology and archaeological sites (historical tourism) é – pink = […]

Aug 152016
 
Mexico rises to 2nd on Happy Planet Index

Avid Geo-Mexico readers will know that we included a few paragraphs about the Happy Planet Index in our 2010 book, which we later quoted in this 2013 post, Mexico and the Happy Planet Index. The latest (2016) Happy Planet Index (HPI), which uses slightly modified criteria, shows that Mexico has risen to 2nd place in […]

Which states grew fastest in 2015?

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Aug 112016
 
Which states grew fastest in 2015?

The map shows the percentage change in each state’s GDP during 2015. (Data from the National Statistics Agency, INEGI). The fastest growing states in 2015 were Hidalgo (6.3%), Chihuahua (6.2%) and Nuevo León (5.9%). While the economy of most northern Mexico states grew at a respectable rate during 2015, the economies of three Gulf coast […]

The continuing revitalization of Acapulco

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Aug 082016
 
The continuing revitalization of Acapulco

Acapulco is busy re-invigorating its tourist industry. In recent months, we’ve looked at the city’s improved public transit system known as Acabús and reported the news that Acapulco International Airport is getting a new, state-of-the-art, 18,800-square feet terminal building. The airport’s operator, Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro-Norte (GACN) says the 30-million-dollar terminal will be capable of […]

Index page: Mexico’s indigenous peoples

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Aug 042016
 
Index page: Mexico's indigenous peoples

As the site continues to grow, in content and readership, we are adding the occasional index page to help new readers find articles of interest. According to the 2010 census, 6,000,000 Mexicans over the age of five speak at least one indigenous language. Another 3,000,000 Mexicans consider themselves indigenous but no longer speak any indigenous […]

Aug 012016
 
The pattern of household incomes in Mexico, 2015

The National Statistics Agency’s (INEGI’s) 2015 Survey of Socioeconomic Conditions includes data for average household incomes in Mexico, on a state-by-state basis. The national average household income (for a three month period) is $45,887 (pesos) . The map below shows how each state’s average household income compares to the national average. The state with the […]

Instant poverty reduction – just change the baseline

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Jul 282016
 

The latest report on poverty from the National Statistics Agency, INEGI, looks like good news for Mexico’s poorest people but, sadly, this is only a mirage, based on a change in the measurement methods used. The 2015 edition of INEGI’s Survey of Socioeconomic Conditions showed an overall real increase of 11.9% in household earnings, with […]

23 July: Happy Geographers’ Day! – ¡Feliz Día del Geógrafo de México!

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Jul 232016
 
23 July: Happy Geographers' Day! - ¡Feliz Día del Geógrafo de México!

Today, 23 July, is Día del Geógrafo de México or Mexican Geographers’ Day. See this earlier post for a brief history of why 23 July came to be chosen. The community of geographers in Mexico has always been strong, and geographers are held in higher esteem in Mexico than in most countries. Online, for those […]

Photos of Mexico’s indigenous peoples

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Jul 212016
 

Mexican photographer Diego Huerta has spent the past four years on a quest to photograph all of the indigenous groups in the country. He publishes select images on his website and on his instagram account and the collection of images makes for compelling viewing, hence articles about him in the press, including one entitled “Photographer […]

Jul 182016
 
Lagunas de Montebello: the Montebello Lakes National park in Chiapas

The Montebello Lakes National Park (Parque Nacional Lagunas de Montebello) in Chiapas is a 6040-hectare expanse of rainforest, at elevations ranging from 1500 to 1800 metres (5000-6000 ft) above sea level, near the border with Guatemala. The park has 59 small and mid-sized lakes of varying colors. The variations in color include several tones of […]

Mexican business association tries to counter rhetoric of U.S. political campaigns

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Jul 142016
 

Mexico’s Business Coordination Council (Consejo Coordinador Empresarial, CCE) has launched a publicity drive to counter the disinformation and anti-Mexican rhetoric emerging in U.S. political campaigns. The details of the publicity drive remain unclear. Juan Pablo Castañón, CCE’s president, says the aim is to emphasize the true strength and importance of good Mexico-U.S. relations. In particular, […]

World’s smallest porpoise on brink of extinction

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Jul 112016
 
World's smallest porpoise on brink of extinction

One year on from when we last reported on the desperate plight of Mexico’s “little sea cow”, the endangered vaquita marina, where are we now? According to the World Wildlife Fund, “The vaquita is at the edge of extinction”. The latest population estimate suggests that the number of vaquita in the wild has fallen from […]

Acapulco airport to get a new terminal building

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Jul 072016
 
Acapulco airport to get a new terminal building

Acapulco international airport (ACA), in Guerrero state, currently handles about 800,000 passenger movements each year. The airport is operated by Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro-Norte (GACN), which also manages airports in another 12 cities. With suitable fanfare in 2014, GACN announced plans to replace the terminal building. Last month, GACN reiterated it is investing $30.5 million […]

Clean energy revolution in Mexico

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Jul 042016
 

A recent Bloomberg analysis highlights Mexico’s “Clean Energy Revolution”. The analysis of Mexico’s electricity sector finds that total energy demand will rise 72% over the next 25 years, from 305,000 GWh in 2015 to 512,000 GWh in 2040, while installed capacity will triple, to around 247 GW. Fossil fuels are currently the source of 78% […]

All Pemex refineries now making clean fuel

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Jun 302016
 
All Pemex refineries now making clean fuel

Pemex has concluded a round of upgrades to its refineries which means that all fuels made in Mexico are now “clean” (ultra-low-sulfur). Pemex refineries produce 420,000 barrels of vehicle fuels a day, but national demand is for 800,000 barrels a day. Imported fuels, which come mainly from refineries in Texas, already meet ultra-low-sulfur standards. The […]

Yet another tourism megaproject, this time in Nayarit

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Jun 272016
 
Yet another tourism megaproject, this time in Nayarit

Despite some recent setbacks to hotel projects planned for the Caribbean side of Mexico, hotel building continues to gather pace elsewhere in the country, seemingly regardless of the long-term advantages and ecological value of retaining an undisturbed, or minimally-disturbed, coastline In April, at Mexico’s major tourism trade fair, the Tianguis Turistico, in Guadalajara, authorities announced […]

Jun 232016
 
Chinese look to invest in southern Mexico

At the Mexico-China Forum for Cooperation in Mexico City in May 2016, authorities from China’s Guangdong Province met with Mexican officials and discussed plans to invest in Mexico’s recently-established Special Economic Zones. These zones offer tax benefits and support services to investors in order to generate new sources of employment in southern Mexico (Guerrero, Oaxaca, […]

Jun 202016
 
The geography of silver mining in Mexico

Mexico is the world’s leading producer of silver and has occupied top spot for several years. Mexico’s output of silver rose 2.0% in 2015 to 5,372 metric tons (189.5 million ounces). Mexico is responsible for 21% of global production, followed by Peru (15%), China (12%) and Australia and Russia (each 6%). About 70% of silver […]

Acapulco’s ACAbus system finally begins operations

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Jun 162016
 
Acapulco's ACAbus system finally begins operations

On 21 June, the public transit system known as ACAbús will finally officially begin operations in the resort city of Acapulco in Guerrero. ACAbús began trial operations on 31 May, following several years of delays. The service employs 135 Dina buses of various kinds, all equipped with state-of-the-art technology to reduce emissions, save fuel and […]

Jun 132016
 
Mexico's main power stations

Mexico’s national electrical system serves about 97% of all Mexicans. In recent years electrical generation has not been able to keep pace with demand for electricity, which is increasing at about 6% to 7% per year. Attempts to increase private sector investment in energy as a means to keep up with surging demand have met […]

Migration and remittances: an index page

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Jun 092016
 

Remittances (the funds sent by migrant workers back to their families) are a major international financial flow into Mexico. Remittances brought more than 24 billion dollars a year into the economy in 2015, an amount equivalent to about 2.5% of Mexico’s GDP. For an introduction, with links to some of the key pages on this […]

Good news for Mexico’s marine turtles and terrestrial tortoises

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Jun 062016
 
Good news for Mexico's marine turtles and terrestrial tortoises

On Mexico’s Pacific coast, the endemic Green Turtle or tortuga verde (Chelonia mydas) has been taken off the “endangered” list and had its status reclassified as “threatened”. Despite the success of conservation efforts in Mexico, green turtle remains on the worldwide endangered list, to which it was first added in 1978. For details of Mexico’s […]

How was Playa Escondida (“Hidden Beach”) formed?

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Jun 022016
 
How was Playa Escondida ("Hidden Beach") formed?

Following on from our look at the potentially disastrous environmental consequences of publicizing Playa Escondida (“Hidden Beach”), one of Mexico’s most beautiful small beaches, we take a look at how this extraordinary beach was formed. Playa Escondida is on one of the small, uninhabited Marieta Islands, in the Marieta Islands National Park, off the west […]

Novelist Charles Fleming Embree, an honorary geographer

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May 302016
 
Novelist Charles Fleming Embree, an honorary geographer

American author Charles Fleming Embree‘s A dream of a throne, the story of a Mexican revolt, published in 1900, is, I believe, the earliest novel in any language about the Lake Chapala area. It is an historical novel, set in the area during the nineteenth century, but Embree reveals an extraordinary depth of knowledge, not […]

Grupo México plans to mine copper in Monarch Butterfly reserve

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May 262016
 
Grupo México plans to mine copper in Monarch Butterfly reserve

Mexico’s largest mining company, Grupo México plans to mine copper from its mine in Angangueo, Michoacán, according to the town’s mayor, Leonel Martínez Maya, who says it would revitalize the local economy. Large-scale mining in the town declined after a serious accident in 1953, said to have been attributable to the company’s then-foreign management in […]