jueves, 25 de junio de 2015


Although there is poverty in Mexico, there is also a large percentage of Mexicans who hold graduate degrees and there are many very wealthy Mexicans. There is also a middle class, which is a level quickly disappearing in the United States and other countries internationally. The uneducated and poorer class of Mexicans live mainly in the very rural areas of the country.
While living in Mexico, you will experience an atmosphere reminiscent of post-WWII in North America, when the all family members lived together or next door to one another. The elders are always revered and cared for, with grandparents being an integral part of the lives of their grandchildren.
Mexican families still invest in family business. Family members work hard and put in long hours. The Mexican people are resourceful and enterprising, taking great pride in their work.
If you value a traditional lifestyle, and enjoy a vacation style living, you’ll love living, working or retiring in Mexico.

Source: mexicolivingnow.com

martes, 23 de junio de 2015



Simplification of your lifestyle is a prerequisite of sustainability, because complexity is expensive and puts a strain on your limited resources.
As stresses of complex living situations become more apparent, some people are exploring the notion that less really could offer more, and Mexico is proving to be a popular destination for people seeking to engage in simpler, more wholesome lifestyles.
Americans, Canadians and Europeans are considering living in Mexico as an integral element of a change in their lifestyles; this is already demonstrated with the significant (and growing) influx of foreign residents, and particularly those of ‘baby boomer’ age, living here full or part-time.
Places off-the-beaten-track in Mexico, which were unheard of just a decade or two ago, are beginning to emerge as desirable destinations for people seeking an alternative to the constant go-go living styles apparent in their home countries.  The middle-aged, those in their early fifties and even those of working age whose professions give them the flexibility to move now, are actively considering their options.
Locations in Mexico which are promising to be potential hot-spots for foreigners seeking simplified, sustainable living choices in the years and decades ahead include: Morelia and Pátzcuaro in the state of Michoacán; San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas, Merida in Yucatan, Veracruz and Campeche on the Gulf Coast, Mazatlan and Manzanillo on the shores of the Pacific, Guanajuato, Queretaro and Aguascalientes in the colonial heartland, and San Felipe, Loreto and La Paz on the Baja peninsula.

All these places offer rural or semi-rural settings with excellent road and/or air connections. Although they are some distance away from the urban sprawl of Mexico’s three big cities, they still offer key services expats seek, like healthcare, hospitals, and communications infrastructure; as well as proffering easy access to modern amenities.
Sustainable living is not about moving back into caves.  It is not about giving up innovation or technology; nor is it about living in poverty.  It is about living materially simply and taking responsibility for how we lead our lives and implement our lifestyles; taking into account our consumption and recycling practices; and how we plow back value from our selves into the local communities where we live and become more respectful to the environments which provide for our well-being.
We predict that Mexico will become one of the world’s top destinations for people seeking ways and means to simplify their lives and lifestyles, moving here to live well, but live simply.  The trends we are seeing in terms of the questions we get by email, the guides people are reading and the eBooks people are downloading already point to this.
Source: https://amarfriendsfoundation.wordpress.com/2014/10/18/sustainable-living-in-mexico/

lunes, 22 de junio de 2015

Lugares secretos de México que no te puedes perder

Los Cabos

 Cascada Velo de Novia
 Sótano de las Golondrinas

 Puente de Dios

 Cuevas Naica

Riviera Maya



jueves, 18 de junio de 2015

Dream Works Amusement Park to be Built in Riviera Maya

The Foundation for Investment in the Riviera Maya confirmed that there is a breakthrough in negotiations to build in Punta Maroma, an amusement park designed by the famous American animation studio DreamWorks.
Wilbert Gutierrez Alvarez, head of the agency, said that the information we have so far is that the park will be developed in an area of ​​10 hectares, close to the recently built Cirque Du Soleil theater.
“An important group of Mexican investors, such as Carlos Peralta, Fernando Chico Pardo and Angel Rodriguez, among other will take part in the project” he said.
According to sources in the United States, the park planned for the Riviera Maya has similarity to the indoor park, near New York, with attractions based on blockbusters productions such as Shrek , Antz, Shark Tale, Puss in Boots, How to Train Your Dragon and Madagascar, among others.
The project allegedly includes a Water Park, theaters, restaurants and shopping areas. Both restaurants and shopping centers would be thematic as well.
Still not official
Alvarez Gutierrez said that while investors are booking much project information is almost certain that this is announced in the coming months.
Locally, several printed and online publications have denied that the project has the permission of the state government and even the federal government, specifically the Secretary of Tourism, Claudia Ruiz Massieu, who would be the first to know, and to have contact with Jeffrey Katzenberg , producer and founder of the animation firm.
Unofficial reports speak of amounts ranging from 100 to 500 million dollars in investment, although Alvarez Gutierrez said the park Riviera Maya will not be as great as those the company currently have in Dubai or Russia, where the estates exceed 100 acres .
The director of the Trust for the Promotion of the Riviera Maya, Dario Flota Ocampo, said the eventual arrival of such investments to the area would diversify the tourism offer.
Finally, Carlos Constandse, CEO of Experience Xcaret, said that these are the kind of investments  which the Mexican Caribbean requires, instead of casinos.

martes, 16 de junio de 2015

7 must-visit attractions on Mexico's Riviera Maya!

For your next trip to Le Rêve Hotel & Spa, Playa del Carmen , Riviera Maya here are the top 7 must visit attractions on Mexico´s Riviera Maya,  So Now you know where to go when you stay with us!
Located along a scenic stretch of coastline from Cancun to Tulum, Mexico's "Riviera Maya" is a Pre-Columbian wonderland brimming with wild jungles, colorful sea life and ancient ruins. 
This Yucatan treasure is one of the hottest travel destinations at the moment, which means it's best to go now, before more mega-resorts sprout up and the last Mayan monuments are off limits for hands-on exploration. 
1. Akumal

  • Gayot.com
    Akumal means “place of the turtles,” and these large creatures are one of the main attractions in this protected bay. Snorkeling here is the draw, as the waters are usually glassy and calm and you are almost guaranteed to spot a giant 500-pound turtle munching sea grass and popping up for air. A bit farther out beckons the reef, teeming with gorgeous tropical fish of all colors. Snorkel gear can be obtained at the Akumal Dive Center. Akumal also has one of our favorite restaurants for fresh seafood and margaritas, La Cueva del Pescador. If you catch something while fishing, they’ll even cook it for you.
  • 2. Cenotes

    There are an estimated 7,000 cenotes on the Yucatan Peninsula. Depending on their particular formations, these natural sinkholes can be explored via wading, swimming, snorkeling and cave diving. Be prepared for a magical water world of bizarre rock formations, stalactites, stalagmites and other gorgeous natural features. These subterranean caves range from cheap and small family-run operations at the side of the road to more extravagant situations with snack bars, showers and gardens. The agony of choice is daunting as each one offers its very own kind of beauty. Our favorites, as recommended by locals, are Dos Ojos and the Gran Cenote.
  • 3. Chichen Itza

    A trip to Chichen Itza is a must. Avoid guided tours with their crowded buses that leave you stuck there all day in the baking heat, and instead rent a car and shop for unique gifts like Mayan dream catchers on the way. The Yucatan’s grandest archaeological site gets hot and overrun every day, but do not let that deter you. The famous El Castillo Pyramid alone is worth the trek. Unfortunately, it can no longer be climbed, but just standing in the shadow of this massive miracle (as of 2007 it is one of the new seven wonders of the world) is an experience. Take your time with the rest of this ancient Mayan city with fantastic ruins and reliefs at every turn, including many temples and the Juego de Pelota. Lots of vendors here sell cool stuff like handmade Mayan masks, so bring cash.
  • 4. Coba

    More Mayan ruins? Yes, this time in the middle of the jungle and featuring a rugged climbable pyramid to boot. A lot of structures at this marvelous site are not excavated yet, but the ones that have been are incredible. You will find smaller pyramids, a ball court and stelae (stone shafts), as well as a shaded jungle setting boasting cannibal and incense trees. Walking the area in the cooler morning hours is very doable, but we prefer renting a tricycle and whizzing through the jungle with a local guide sharing Mayan secrets, then being dropped off at the picture-perfect Nohuch Mul pyramid at Coba, the tallest Mayan structure in the Yucatan. Scaling it is no piece of flan; the steps are large and uneven and there’s merely a wobbly rope for assistance. But the views on top are priceless.
  • 5. Mesoamerican Reef

    This 600-mile-long barrier reef is the second longest coral reef in the world. Also known as the Belize Reef or Great Mayan Reef, it is a dream for snorkelers and scuba divers. Its incredible biodiversity features over 60 types of coral and more than 500 species of fish. There are around 100 dive sites at your disposal including Puerto Morelos, Cozumel and Playa del Carmen. Find a dive center and get ready to explore conch, gorgeous coral, sea turtles, sea horses and more amid a reef only second to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
  • 6. Tulum Ruins

    Thousands of travelers flock to this ancient walled Mayan city perched on the Caribbean coast. And so should you. These well-preserved ancient structures dating from between 1200 and 1500 A.D. are a stunning stone testament built by an incredible culture. Go early in the cooler morning hours, as there’s hardly any shade, and meander amid the silent, stoic monuments, columns and temples dotted by sunbathing iguanas. The most impressive and photographed ruin is the Castillo hovering on the limestone cliff. Just below lies the most idyllic sandy beach for swimming and immaculate Instagram opportunities.
  • 7. Valladolid

    Beach siestas, ancient ruins, Caribbean water play and endless margaritas could keep you occupied forever, but you’d miss out on an important piece of history in this authentic colonial city. Dubbed Sultaness of the East, it offers a true glimpse into Yucatan life with locals still dressed in traditional garb such as embroidered white peasant dresses. Park your rental, stroll the bustling zocalo, Calzada de los Frailes, and the Convent of San Bernardino de Siena, and explore the colorful façades and beautiful colonial-style architecture. An absolute must is a stop at the luxe Coqui Coqui perfumery. Our favorite bottle: dry rose. All your Vogue-reading, jet-setting friends will envy you. It can only be purchased in Mexico.
  • This information was obtained from gayot.com

miércoles, 3 de junio de 2015

The World's 10 Most Expensive Plane Tickets

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Just joined the nouveau riche with an unexpected lottery win? Perhaps you've hit it big on some forgotten sports bet? Or were there a few more dimes in that piggy bank than you expected? Maybe you're just curious how the rich and famous fly when money is no object and luxury has no limits.
Whatever your reason for being here, Hopper's selection of 10 flights and their matching figures will do well to inspire a gasp. They are loaded with luxurious add-ons and bespoke services, brimming with champagne and caviar. But most of all, they have a great big whopping price tag to match.
10. New York to Singapore with Singapore Airlines for upwards of $14,000
For a whopping $14,000 or more, passengers from New York's JFK airport can now experience Singapore Airlines' all-new first class suites. Forget those old reclining booth chairs, because these babies are the real deal, with sliding cabin doors that enclose travelers in their own room, complete with a standalone bed, dining table and 23-inch LCD entertainment system. Naturally, there's also a fully-fledged gourmet food service and a wine list to die for.
9. Los Angeles to Melbourne with Qantas, starting at $14,974
For first class suite passengers on this Qantas connection from LAX to Melbourne, the luxury begins in the airport, where the airline's all new International Business Lounge offers up plush leather seats and an open fireplace. Once on board, the fully reclining six-foot bed and its luxurious sheepskin mattress, A380's massive touch-screen entertainment systems, endless array of bubbling champagnes and Australian reds and whites and top-chef Neil Perry's selection of à la carte dishes take center stage.
8. Los Angeles to Tokyo on Japan Airlines for $16,078 round trip
For just $16,000 return passengers can now get their hands on one of Japan Airlines' all-new first class suites; a partitioned space of leather upholstery, reclining mattress beds, 23-inch flat screen TVs and concealed storage spaces, all served with an à la carte offering of Western dishes and Japanese sushi and sashimi plates. Drinks-wise, there's also a wide selection of reds, whites and sparkling champagnes to be had, along with the finest array of sake rice wines, complete with big name brands like Kamoshibito Kuheiji, Iso Jima and the famous Moriizou.
7. New York to Hong Kong with Virgin Atlantic for upwards of $19,000
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The dimly lit, swish and stylish matte black booths of Virgin Atlantic's so-called upper class really do live up to their name. Complete with fully-reclining seat beds and private entertainment screens, they're a particular favorite among traveling businesspeople, who can make use of the built-in swivel technology to conduct in-flight meetings. Perhaps the most expensive route on the roster with Virgin Atlantic is this one from JFK to Hong Kong, which comes in at upwards of a whopping $21,000 round-trip (but includes a chauffeur -- nice).
6. New York to Singapore with SWISS for $22,265 round trip
We found this heart-stopping $22,000 ticket for travel between the two metropolises in late July, including a stopover in the SWISS hub of Zurich International. Touted by the airline as "your home above the clouds," the first class offering from the flagship carrier is nothing short of regal, with a culinary selection fielded by Michelin-starred chef Dominique Gauthier, bespoke toiletry packs from leading international brands and full-length mattress beds. No wonder they keep winning awards!
5. Hong Kong to New York with Cathay Pacific for $26,572 round trip
Aboard Cathay Pacific's Boeing 777-300ER on the 14-hour connection from Hong Kong to New York's JFK, jet set passengers are treated to an award-winning first class service that makes use of a unique 1-1-1 orientation in three rows. This roomy cabin layout means guests are free to enjoy their wide berth beds and flat screen TVs in peace, as the cabin crew serve the carrier's trademark array of Hong Kong dishes, a wide selection of international wines and caviar breakfasts. All that for just $26,572!
4. New York to Beijing with Korean Air, for upwards of $27,000
If Korean Air's trademark First Class Kosmo Sleeper Seats sound high-tech and fancy, that's because they are! Boasting 100% reclining abilities controlled by one-touch pads and partitioning that encloses passengers in a timber-panelled enclave of real luxury, they are among the most coveted in the skies. What's more the Mercury Award-winning in-flight food service comes complete with oriental dishes to die for, not to mention a wealth of well-known worldly wine labels. Round-trip tickets on the route from New York's JFK to Beijing will cost anything upwards of $27,000.
3. San Francisco to Abu Dhabi with Etihad Airways for $28,090 round trip
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Travelers making their way to the oil-rich capital of the UAE would do well to prepare themselves for the famed luxury of the city's new palatial hotels. And what better way than with a first-class ticket into town with the nation's flagship carrier Etihad Airways, who offer up their partitioned suites complete with 23-inch cinema screens, private mini bars, Middle Eastern infused al a carte menus and upholstered leather furnishings to boot. The catch? It may just cost you $29,000 round-trip!
2. Los Angeles to Dubai with Emirates for upwards of $30,000
It's perhaps no wonder that this 16-hour direct connection from LAX to Dubai hits the higher rungs of this list, what with all the fashionistas, A-listers, VIP businessmen and Hollywood locals that no doubt make the trip regularly. That said, there's no question that Emirates' first class offering is good, in fact it's nothing short of legendary -- with most A380s, A340-500s and 777s now coming complete with fully partitioned private suites, individual mini bars, flat laying mattress beds, vanity tables and even on-flight spa facilities!
1. New York to Hong Kong with Lufthansa for $43,535 round trip
So, what does $43,000 get you in the skies these days? Well, Germany's flagship carrier thinks their on-ground personal assistants, standalone seat and bed setup, in-flight air humidifiers, bespoke toiletry kits, Markus Del Monego-selected wine list and Michelin-starred culinary offering hits the mark, and with their five-star Skytrax rating and a place in 2014's top 10 worldwide carrier table, they may just be right. You can expect to pay for the luxury of finding out, though!
This article originally appeared on Hopper.com, the app that tells you when is the best time to fly and buy.