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By Judy Newell

Mexico Travel News

Quintana Roo Tourism Investments US $800 Million

Three new major state tourism projects will be in the state of Quintana Roo, home of tourist favorites Cancun and Tulum. The Secretaria de Turismo (Sectur) has said that the projects will begin at the end of the year.

One of the largest projects, Laguna Holbox, will be the first to get underway. This sustainable tourism development project “aims to create a new space for the coexistence and harmony between nature, human activity, and Mayan culture.”

The property will cover 10,980 hectares of space at Santa Alicia, a municipality northwest of Cancun, and adjoin the federal zone of the lagoon of Yalahau. According to Sectur, the project is a US $400 million investment.

Blue Lagoon is the second project announced. Located at Laguna de Bacalar, the property will be a retirement home for those over 50 with assistance needs. There will be residential buildings with permanent personal services including heath care and health services, as well as recreation facilities. Blue Lagoon will be an investment of US $360 million.

Also planned is Sea World, located on the island of Cozumel in Chankanaab Park. Fifty-six million US is being invested, and it is expected that this project will be an integral tourist part of the park. The aquarium will be housed in a multi-level building that will showcase reefs, sea species, and a pond of nocturnal sea animals.

There are no dates set for any of the projects. Sectur announced the total investment for Quintana Roo will be US $816 million.

International News

Plan a Memorable Milestone Birthday Celebration

Are you celebrating a milestone this year? An adventure trip could be the perfect way to transition from one decade to another and to remind yourself that getting old is just a state of mind. Here are a variety of curated trips for every special celebration, from out-of-the-way itineraries to deep dives into culture and cuisine.

Forty years old: Go big for the 4-0 and celebrate with a climb up Kilimanjaro. Follow a less frequented route that allows for better acclimatization and follows up the climb with a trip to the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti.

Fifty years old: Camping on Masai land on safari is one way to make turning 50 special and those booking the Serengeti Wildlife Safari have the chance to do just that. Staying with the Masai provides unique opportunities for travelers. There are fewer restrictions than on national park land, paving the way for game walks, night drives, and experiences not undertaken from a four-wheel-drive vehicle.

Sixty years old: Head to the Galapagos to ring in your 60s. The Ultimate Galapagos journey is 15 days of snorkeling, sea kayaking, and sailing through the islands while taking in penguins, iguanas, sea lions, and tortoises. It’s ideal for multigenerational travel and perfect for a real family affair.

Seventy years old: Celebrate 70 with a cruise to Antarctica. Guests can undertake an expedition-like experience in the Southern Ocean. The small-ship cruise is 20-days of sailing, calling in the South Shetland Islands, South Georgia Island, the Antarctic Peninsula, the Falkland Islands, and more.


Cruise News

Royal Caribbean to Host Zumba cruise

The cruise where you spend your days doing dance-infused workouts is back. Global fitness company Zumba announced it’s teaming with Royal Caribbean to hold a third official Zumba Cruise in early 2018.

The five-day sailing on Royal Caribbean’s 3,114-passenger Navigator of the Seas will kick off April 8, 2018, in Miami and feature daily themed classes led by 50 of the top Zumba instructors from around the world.

The cruise will include a visit to Costa Maya, Mexico, and the Cayman Islands. Fares for the Zumba cruise start at USD$885 per person, based on double occupancy.

Practiced by millions of people around the world, Zumba incorporates dance elements of hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, and mambo.

Words of the Wise and Well-traveled

“This wasn’t a strange place; it was a new one.”—Paolo Coelho

Deal of the Week

Morocco from Casablanca to Marrakech

Travel to Morocco and visit the best of the country’s attractions from Casablanca to Marrakech. From the snow-capped Atlas Mountains to the endless sands of the Sahara, and from the medieval old town of Fes to the spice markets of Marrakech, the rich history and natural beauty of Morocco await.

Observe the vibrant collision between old and new expressed in architecture and artwork. Learn about fallen cities and cross paths with nomadic tribes. Jump in and discover the many mysteries and legends concealed within this moody, ever-changing landscape.


From just US $1300 per person, you will:

  • Visit the grand Mosque of Hassan II in Casablanca, one of the most impressive temples in Morocco, before exploring the sights of the country’s first imperial city of Meknes;
  • Feel like you’ve traveled back to the Middle Ages in the labyrinthine medina of Fes,
  • Trek through scenic countryside and traditional villages in the Atlas Mountains. Stay in a traditional Berber home to better understand the culture and traditions;
  • For many people, their dream of Morocco is a camel trek through the dramatic red dunes of the Sahara Desert. On this trip, you’ll do just that—or if you’d prefer to walk, that’s fine, too;
  • Go behind the scenes of Game of Thrones and Gladiator in Ait Benhaddou. This fortified red city was once an important stop on the caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech—now it’s a film-maker’s heaven;
  • Kick back in the coastal town of Essaouira, enjoying a fresh seafood BBQ on the waterfront;
  • Take a guided tour through Marrakech’s lively medina and join the nightly carnival of fortune-tellers, dancers, and medicine men in Jemaa el-Fna square.

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 Agent Central, Wilderness Travel, Royal Caribbean, Intrepid Travel


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