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By Judy Newell


Mexico Travel News

Luxury Camping on Mexico’s Sea of Cortez

Camp Cecil, a glamping campground operated by family-owned Todos Santos Eco-Adventures (TOSEA) on Isla Espiritu Santo, is located in a national park just off the coast of Baja California Sur along the Sea of Cortez.

On the isolated island, guests voluntarily leave wireless signals, electricity, and indoor plumbing back on the mainland; nature has their full attention. Apart from a grouping of eight tents, the surrounding foliage is dense and undisturbed, and the little human interaction is from a friendly wave to a far-off fisherman’s boat.

Each of the eight tents at Camp Cecil is lined with a mosquito net and features either two twin or one queen-size bed topped with brightly colored throw pillows and soft linens underneath a flickering, battery-operated chandelier. Two tents are large enough to accommodate a family of four.

The camp has a couple of outdoor sun showers and a fully equipped kitchen in addition to a shaded dining area, a couch and reading nook, and a library stocked with games and guidebooks.

Schedules are flexible and based on island time. Time is spent stargazing, relaxing on the beach, snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters, or taking out a paddleboard or a kayak with one of five local naturalist guides.

Hiking and bird-watching excursions allow you to explore on foot while swimming excursions bring you face-to-face with whale sharks and playful baby sea lions. The Sea of Cortez is home to 39 percent of the world’s total number of marine mammal species and 891 species of fish.

TOSEA’s 2018 rates for this all-inclusive experience are US $350 per person per night, for a minimum of two nights. The camp operates from late October through June to bypass the rainy season.


Experience Escaramuza Charra at Xcaret

If you’re looking for something unique, you may want to check out the Escaramuza Charra. Rich in history, culture, and color, this is a sure sight when visiting Xcaret.

Escaramuza Charra is a Mexican sport consisting of ladies in big beautiful dresses riding horses. The sport represents the time in history during the beginning of the Revolution when women were able to stand at the front of battle in their traditional dress.

These women riders have trained their horses to dance to the rhythms of traditional Mexican music, and all the team is dressed exactly alike.


Airlines to Codeshare on Flights

Alaska Airlines and Singapore Airlines began to codeshare flights on September 27, allowing Singapore to extend across Mexico and US travel markets.

Singapore Airlines will add its “SQ” designator code to flights operated by Alaska Airlines, which will be traveling routes serving 18 different destinations within the US and Mexico. The codeshare agreement also extends to existing codeshare flights operated by Virgin America on routes serving 19 destinations within the US as Virgin America was acquired by Alaska Air Group in 2016.

International News

Trump Replaces Expiring Travel Ban

Citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen will encounter new restrictions on travel to the United States under a proclamation recently signed by President Donald Trump, replacing the expiring temporary ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority countries.

The Department of Homeland Security says the restrictions target countries that lack the proper security precautions or that don’t share adequate data with the US.


Cruise News

After Hurricanes, NCL Modifies Cruises

Due to ongoing recovery efforts on Caribbean islands affected by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria, Norwegian Cruise Line has announced it will modify all of Norwegian Escape’s eastern Caribbean cruises to a western Caribbean itinerary for the remainder of 2017.

The new ports of call are Cozumel, Mexico; Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras; Costa Maya, Mexico; and Harvest Caye, Belize.

Norwegian Cruise Line reports that its ports of call, Tortola in the British Virgin Island; St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands; and St. Maarten were particularly hard-hit by the storm. The line is also working with local partners to assess any potential damages in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


Words from the Wise and Well-traveled

“The perfect journey is never finished; the goal is always just across the next river, round the shoulder of the next mountain. There is always one more track to follow, one more mirage to explore.”—Rosita Forbes


Deal of the Week

Christmas Time in Costa Rica

On December 23‒30, 2017, take an eight-day vacation to exotic Costa Rica, the ecotourism capital of the world. The two-destination itinerary gives you a chance to settle in at your hotel so you can have more time for touring Costa Rica’s rainforests, cloud forests, volcanoes, coffee plantations, and hot springs. Plus, your visit aids in the long-term efforts to protect sea turtles in Tortuguero.

This tour is ideal for those not fond of checking in and out of hotels. Enjoy boat exploration and a hiking tour in Tortuguero National Park that is suitable for everyone. If you’ve never been to Costa Rica before, this tour is for you!

In addition to visiting Tortuguero National Park, a real rainforest jungle odyssey, enjoy day trips from San Jose to the Arenal Volcano and the amazing Tabacon Hot Springs, plus a city tour of San Jose. Take a cruise tour to Tortuga Island’s white sand beach or Doka Estates Coffee Plantation, Poas Volcano, and the amazing La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

From US $1,088 per person, land only. Included are deluxe and superior first-class hotel accommodations, 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners, entrance fees, all transportation within Costa Rica, transfers and baggage handling, and more.

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 Age West, Travel Pulse, Travel Agent Central, The Associated Press, Norwegian Cruise Line, SunnyLand Tours



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