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By Judy Newell

Mexico Travel News

XTASEA Comes to Acapulco

Headed to Acapulco this summer? There’s a new game in town. A mile-plus game to be exact.

XTASEA is an over-water zip line that stretches across Puerto Marquez Bay, 328 feet above the ocean. This super zip line is the largest over-water zip line in the world and is only for the brave.

Those who dare will reach speeds of up to 75 miles per hour as they fly down one of four parallel lines in a Superman-style descent for what is likely to be the most thrilling minutes of their lives.

Experiencing the thrill will cost 1,000 pesos per person.

Guides provide participants with safety equipment and tips to make the experience more enjoyable and safe. To take part in this death-defying adventure, participants must be at least 4 feet 3 inches tall, weigh between 99 and 299 pounds, and meet several health criteria.

The zip line was constructed to meet the international quality standards. With an investment of

USD$2 million, XTASEA debuted as a part of a billion-dollar “Master Plan” by Grupo Autofin, one of Mexico’s most important investment groups. The plan features 20 projects spread throughout Acapulco that are expected to be completed by 2022 and will generate more than 10,000 new jobs.


International News

Thoughts on the Paris Climate Accord

I received this on June 3 from Sven-Olof Lindblad, the President of Lindblad Expeditions and one of the most respected executives in the travel industry. I felt it expressed my personal feelings so well that I wanted to share it with you, my fellow world travelers. Judy


“Dear Traveler,

This week, I believe, has been a very sad one as the United States declared our exit from the Paris Climate Accord.

Many of you know and have seen firsthand the effects globally of climate change. I certainly have over 40 years of travel: from Inuits in the Arctic, whose winter hunts are becoming fewer and more dangerous because of thinning sea ice; to farmers in Ecuador’s highlands, where crops are wiped out with increasing heavy rainfall; to Pacific islanders whose low atolls have become increasingly more flooded by stronger storms and rising sea levels; to witnessing massive destabilization of Antarctic ice shelves.

These and countless other events around the world are not theory—they are fact. Science is not red or blue; it is rooted in fact. Many argue, and I am in agreement, that climate change is the greatest threat mankind faces.

And now we stand with Syria and Nicaragua as the only nations in the world who are not part of the Paris Climate Accord.

How can this possibly be? How could we, the United States of America, isolate ourselves from what clearly is a global call for essential change? And what should we do about this?

I firmly believe that travelers represent some of the most powerful voices—people who venture out into the world, see things firsthand—the wonder, the beauty, but also the changes. People who talk with others different from themselves and hear their stories…

Our relationship as humans with our environment has been so radically altered in the past 50 years that we will not be able to live up to the most important single promise our children deserve and have a right to: a world without diminished opportunity.

It’s really far more than climate change in isolation. If we are really honest, we must conclude that the world’s natural systems have been and continue to be under major assault. Nature in reasonable balance now only exists in pockets, national parks, marine protected areas, and reserves of one kind or another.

And while many of these assaults on natural systems are to some degree, or at least feel to some degree, regional, climate change is truly global.

Our behavior in Beijing, London, Tokyo, New York, and everywhere profoundly effects islanders you will never know in Kiribati, Inuits on the remote shores of Greenland, and nomadic tribesmen in Kenya. They have so little power, so little voice, yet they know about change, and they deeply fear for their children’s future. This cannot be considered fair. Just as the reckless abandonment of global leadership cannot be considered fair.

Thank you for reading… All the best, Sven Lindblad

P.S. I sincerely hope that this in no way sounds political. I, like you, am a traveler, and I feel a deep appreciation for what our environment has provided all of us. We need our natural systems to be healthy, alive and vibrant, no matter what our political beliefs may be.”


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Words of the Wise and Well-traveled

“The first place in which to go looking for the world is not outside us but in ourselves.” –Thomas Merton, theologian

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 your interests, abilities and budget. Please contact Judy for reservations or further information on Travel News topics; cell phone 415 111 8765; Vonage 949-300-3682; email Her office is in Rancho Los Labradores, Car. a Dolores Hidalgo. View the latest travel specials on the website

Sources: Travel Pulse, Lindblad Expeditions, Scenic Luxury Cruises


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