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By Judy Newell

Mexico Travel News

Mercado Roma

Mexico City’s new Mercado Roma, a three-level space on a previously forlorn block in the rapidly gentrifying Roma neighborhood, has become the city’s latest culinary hub. Akin to Eataly in New York, the market is a labyrinth of stalls where you can graze on pork belly canapés and duck sashimi alongside stylish locals. Stop by Tlaxcalli Amantolli for classic antojitos, Oli to try Basque-Mexican tapas, and Lactography for a range of Mexico cheeses.

Aeromexico announces new route Mexico City-Panama City

Aeromexico announced that starting on May 14, 2015, it will be offering flights between Mexico City and Panama City, making Panama its 16th destination in Latin America. This new service will connect Aeromexico flights from cities in Mexico to Panama, a dynamic focus of trade and business that also boasts a great many tourist attractions.

Taxco, the Silver City

Located in the state of Guerrero, Taxco is part of the “Sun Triangle” of Acapulco, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo and Taxco. It was declared a National Historic Monument because of its stunning colonial architecture, cobblestone streets and its parish of Santa Prisca, a 250-year-old baroque-style church made of pink stone.

Taxco is also known as the Silver City for the silver mining, which began in pre-Columbian days. There are hundred of silver jewelry shops and Saturday is silver-market day.

When in Taxco, you must visit the caves of Cacahuamilpa. Winding subterranean pathways lead explorers through 20 different caverns with centuries-old stalactites and stalagmites. The park is open daily and tours are offered and recommended.

For museum and jewelry admirers, there is the William Spratling Museum, named after the American who founded the town’s first silver shop. The museum features his collection of artwork and his personal jewelry designs.

Taxco offers plenty when it comes to festivities. The Festival del Jumil happens the first Monday after the town’s “Day of the Dead” celebrations in November. The jumil is a beetle considered to be a delicacy in Taxco. Locals scour the mountains to collect the beetles, which are believed to give them energy and life for another year.

If you’re looking for boutique hotel stays and family homes turned into hotels, Taxco is the ideal fit. But if you want a name brand when it comes to lodgings, the Best Western Taxco is located in the city-center.

International News

Tourism returns to Haiti

GAdventures is set on being the first tour operator to run tours into post-earthquake Haiti. The company recently rolled out a series of five departures of a new escorted tour to Haiti beginning in February 2015. The adventure operator is positioning Haiti as a cultural destination with natural attractions and opportunities for adventure.

Highlights included Citadelle Laferrière, a UNESCO-designated mountaintop fortress at Cap-Haïtien; a tour of a rum distillery; lessons in making the local kasav flat bread; a meeting with a voodoo priest; shopping for voodoo artifacts at the Iron Market; a visit to the Art Creation Foundation for Children, which helps at-risk youth learn artistic skills; swimming at the Bassin-Bleu pools; and caving in the Marie-Jeanne cave.

Cruise News

Carnival sets spring 2015 concert schedule

Styx, Smokey Robinson, Rascal Flatts and Journey are among the starts performing live aboard Carnival Cruise Lines’ ships in spring 2015. The Carnival LIVE Concert series books big-name acts to perform in the main theaters of cruise ships, which are venues of 900 to 1,300 seats.

Ticket prices range from US$35 to US$60 for general admission, while US$125-US$250 VIP tickets include seating if the first four rows, a souvenir photo with the artist, and a commemorative concert pass.

The concerts are held on 10 ships departing from Miami, Port Canaveral, Tampa and Jacksonville, Florida, Charleston, South Carolina; and Galveston, Texas.

New cruise line starting up in Iceland

The new Iceland ProCruises plans to begin operating voyages to Iceland and Greenland starting in June. Itineraries include 10-day circumnavigations of Iceland in June, July and August, priced fro US$2,050 per person double occupancy. Air and hotel packages also are available in combination with the cruises.

The voyaged will be operated by the 224-passenger Ocean Diamond, previously known as Song of Flower when it operated for Radisson (now Regent) Seven Seas Cruises, and Le Diamant, as part of the Compagnie du Ponant fleet.

The ship has an ice-strengthened hull, two stabilizers and Zodiac boats for shore excursions. The 109 staterooms and suites all have outside views, en-suite bathrooms and flat-screen televisions with DVD players. The ship also has six triple-occupancy staterooms.

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Judy Newell heads the travel company Perfect Journeys, which specializes designing independent tours, cruises and travel for discerning travelers. Please contact Judy for reservations or further information on any of the Travel News topics; cell phone 415-111-8765, email, or view the latest travel specials on the website where you can book your hotels, tours and cruises online.

Sources: Condé Nast Traveler, Aeromexico, Recommend, Vacation Agent, GAdventures, Carnival Cruise Lines, Iceland ProCruises, CTS Tours


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