Want to Find Treasure in the Sierra Madres?

Do you remember the 1927 novel, “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre”, which was about a couple of down-and-out Americans that joined up with a crusty old timer to prospect for gold in Mexico? It was later adapted into a film by John Huston in 1948, who returned to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in 1964 to film “Night of the Iguana”. The Sierra Madres have been and continue to be rich in mineral wealth containing vast deposits of gold, silver, lead,

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Puerto Vallarta & Lake Tahoe–The Best of Both Worlds

Upon retiring 25 years ago, we spent a great deal of time traveling the world in search for the perfect retirement haven. Twenty two years ago we selected Puerto Vallarta, Mexico as the location for our main retirement residence. Vallarta, located on the Mexican Riviera and only two to four hours from most major cities in the US, offers all of the modern day conveniences, numerous activities for retirees, fine dining and social life, and perfect weather for almost eight

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The Truth about Hurricanes in Mexico

As 22 year residents of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, it never ceases to amaze us when reading the negative and often blatantly dishonest publicity pertaining to Mexican resort areas. It usually has to do with drug related violence in one of the border cities. A couple of years ago, when cruise boats avoided the Mexican Riviera for more than 10 weeks, it was associated with the virtually nonexistent swine flu, and most recently, hurricane Jova, which was hyped as potentially wiping

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What Makes Banderas Bay So Special?

Some say that Banderas Bay was formed from a volcano; that it is so deep that no instruments have ever been able to accurately detect its depth. Others claim it to be two miles deep. They are all incorrect as it’s merely an extension of a canyon running from the Banderas Valley or Ameca Valley with its deepest point near Cabo Corrientes, measured at 900 meters or approximately 3,000 feet. Many of the local residents and many of the previously

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What Do Mecca, Mandalay, and Puerto Vallarta Have in Common?

Mecca, Saudi Arabia has been one of the most important cities on the Arabian Peninsula for over 4,000 years. Being the birthplace of Muhammad in 570AD and the home of the largest mosque in the world, the Grand Mosque, Mecca is considered by Muslims to be the holiest site of Islam. Since the 7th century AD, Mecca has hosted millions of Muslim pilgrims from all over the world on their way to Hajj. During the time period around 630AD, Muhammad

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Stranded in the Third World?

When we made Puerto Vallarta, Mexico our permanent residence 22 years ago, our friends back in the States frequently asked if we felt stranded in the Third World. The answer was no; perhaps the Second World! Prior to the demise of the USSR, the Second World consisted of the communist bloc countries. Since the collapse of the iron curtain, there are no longer any Second World countries, so perhaps we can promote Mexico to the New Second World! Actually, Mexico

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Escape From America Without Leaving America

As we all know, Christopher Columbus, while searching for China, first discovered the Americas when he arrived in San Salvador in 1492. On his second voyage, he landed in the Caribbean Islands, and on his last voyage in 1498, he arrived in the area of Venezuela. In 1497, the Italian sailor Giovanni Caboto (John Cabot), exploring on behalf of England, landed in Labrador and Newfoundland. Unfortunately, neither of these sailors was very well educated nor inclined to thoroughly document their

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How Do You Get to Paradise?

Paradise, as defined by some dictionaries and religions, is heaven or any environment that is ultimately pleasurable. We can’t help you get to heaven; however we can give you some good tips on getting to a place that’s almost ultimately pleasurable! It’s difficult to imagine that one of the routes to such a place is through central Mexico, a drive that we first made in the late 70´s. What an experience; a nightmare that we’ll never forget and surely never

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Don’t Like the Poverty in Mexico?

Mexico! Just remembering your first trip across the border to Tijuana, Mexicali, Nogales, Juarez, Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa, Matamoros or any other border town probably conjures up thoughts of poverty. Our first introduction to extreme poverty was 40 years ago near the outskirts of Mexico City and we’ll never forget it. Although poverty still exists in Mexico, it is nothing like it was due to the stable peso and the Mexican economy booming for the past couple of decades. Furthermore, comparing

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Effect of the Union en Cuale Company on Puerto Vallarta

Silver is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Mexico, but perhaps it should be. After all, Mexico has been the world’s leader in the production of silver since the 1500´s and continued to be the number one producer through 2003. The Tran-Volcanic Axis range of mountains that traverse Mexico from Veracruz at the eastern side to Cabo Corrientes on Banderas Bay near Puerto Vallarta at the western side are extremely rich with mineral

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