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Fall Events in Mexico

Seeing the Serpent

September 22 is the fall equinox this year, and that means that visitors to Chichen Itza during this time will witness a rare sight: the form of Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent, formed by a shadow on the stairs of a pyramid. More than 70,000 travelers are expected to gather for this memorable occasion.

Music and Culture

In October is the International Cervantino Festival, during which the city of Guanajuato stages performances ranging from opera and contemporary dance to theater, as well as workshops, exhibits, and conferences. The festival is a good opportunity to see several noteworthy attractions in the city, since events take place in three major theaters—the Juárez, Principal, and Cervantes—as well as in outdoor plazas and historic buildings and churches.

In addition, some of Mexico’s finest musicians head to Morelia November 11–27, when the International Music Festival of Morelia takes place.

Gourmet Gatherings

Food lovers may want to head to Mazatlan October 27–30, when the Culinary Roots Festival allows local chefs and restaurateurs to showcase their tastiest creations.

Additionally, November 12–20 the annual Festival Gourmet International takes place in Vallarta Nayarit. Chefs from around the region and the country will gather in Puerto Vallarta, the Riviera Nayarit, and Tepic for several mouthwatering days of food tastings, dine-around events at top restaurants, and live entertainment.

Up in the Air

For a peaceful and incredible scenic experience, you can head to León November 18–21 for the International Balloon Festival—one of the very few such ballooning events in the world. Some 200 balloons will take to the skies during the four-day festival, and visitors can also join excursions that include hiking, mountain biking, rappelling, fishing, and camping.

Day of the Dead

Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is one of Mexico’s most legendary traditions, and it’s easy for visitors to partake in and learn about this fascinating pre-Hispanic tradition. The Festival de Calaveras (Festival of the Skulls) is celebrated in the state of Aguascalientes during the last week of October and first week of November, and it’s a time for Mexicans to remember deceased loved ones. Visitors can attend musical and theatrical performances, movie screenings, art and design exhibitions, workshops, culinary tastings, and other local celebrations—including, the skeleton  parade.

Cruise News

It’s Cheaper to Live on a Cruise Ship

Cruise lovers, rejoice! It’s actually cheaper to cruise nonstop for an entire year than to pay rent and live in many major US cities. That’s the latest finding of a study by cruise search engine

According to the study, citizens of Honolulu would save US$7,518 per person each year if they went on continuous cruises in 2017. San Francisco residents would save US$7,154, Los Angelenos, US$2,058, and Stamford, Connecticut residents, US$3,878. New Yorkers topped the list with a savings of US$10,430 for traveling the high seas nonstop.

Words of the Wise and Well-traveled

“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” –Diane Ackerman

Deal of the Week

Book by July 31 for up to US US$4,000 Off

Now is a great time to start planning your 2017 river cruise. Booking early has many advantages and can go a long way in helping you to get the itinerary, ship, stateroom category, and departure date of your choice. And, to make it even easier, here’s a limited-time early booking reward.

Reserve your cruise by July 31 and receive up to US$4,000 off per stateroom on select 14-night cruises and up to US$2,000 off per stateroom on select 7-night cruises in 2017. Choose from the 2017 departures listed below. Prices are per person in USD.

Magnificent Europe, 14-nights Budapest to Amsterdam or reverse: May 1, June 1, August 24. Rates from US$4,399.

Taste of Bordeaux, seven nights round-trip Bordeaux: June 8, August 3, November 9. Rates from US$2,099.

Paris & Normandy, seven nights round-trip Paris: April 13, 27; July 27; August 17, 31; October 12. Rates from US$2,299.

Provence & Spain, seven nights Lyon to Arles or reverse: July 6, August 24, October 19. Rates from US$2,499.

Tulip Time Cruise, seven nights round-trip Amsterdam: March 23, 27. Rates from US$1,499.

Melodies of the Danube, seven nights Budapest to Vilshofen or reverse: March 22, April 12, 26; June 7, August 9, 14; November 1. Rates from US$1,499.

The Romantic Danube, seven nights Regensburg to Budapest or reverse: April 6, 19; August 28; November 1. Rates from US$1,699.

The Legendary Danube, seven nights Nuremberg to Budapest: April 20, June 29, November 2. Rates from US$1,999.

Blue Danube Discovery, seven nights Budapest to Nuremberg: May 22, June 8, August 17, October 12. Rates from US$2,399.

Gems of Southeast Europe, seven nights Rousse to Budapest or reverse: July 17, August 7, September 4. Rates from US$2,299.

The Enchanting Rhine, seven nights Amsterdam to Basel or reverse: April 29; May 27; June 29; July 6, 15, 29; August 3, 10, 19; October 14; November 4. Rates from US$1,999.

Europe’s Rivers & Castles, seven nights from Luxembourg to Nuremberg or reverse: August 24, October 19. Rates from US$2,299.

In addition to this special offer, AmaWaterways is also offering an Early Booking Discount on all other 2017 cruises.


Judy Newell, an international travel consultant for over 40 years, heads Perfect Journeys and specializes in unique travel experiences to destinations around the world. She designs journeys that are tailored to suit a client’s interests, abilities, and budget. Please contact Judy for reservations or further information on any Travel News topics; cell phone 415 111 8765; Vonage 949 300 3682; email Her office is in Rancho Los Labradores, Car. a Dolores Hidalgo; hours Mon–Fri, 11am–4pm. View the latest travel specials on the website

Sources: Travel Pulse, The Huffington Post, Avalon Waterways, Hurtigruten


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