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Mayan Cave Paintings Discovered in Yucatan

It is the most important cave found so far in Yucatan: it has figures of birds, mammals, a cross, geometric figures, human forms, a warrior and hands. The paintings seem to show extinct animals, daily practices of the warriors and rituals of their Mayan ancestors (EFE) In the middle of the jungle , about 12…
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Fiesta de La Peñita - 2018

This years Fiesta de la Peñita, features parades and celebrations from all 9 Colonias. One by one for 9 days, the parades and celebrations continue. By police escort, the parades start in the colonias and finish at the plaza and church in La Peñita. They are timed to arrive in time for a church service, during which everyone is welcome…
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Of Doctors and Computers

Of Doctors and Computers Scottish Wife and I have been in Guayabitos for three weeks now. Rincon, as it's also known, lies about an hour north of Puerto Vallarta and considerably further south of the fog bound Comox Valley. Please don’t think I’m being smug here: smug is a term more properly applied to our fellow hotel…
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Resident Documents Advice

Obtaining a Mexican resident card is not a simple one day task; rather, it is a multi-step process that begins at a Mexican Consulate in your home country and ends (sometimes months later) when you finally pick up your resident card at an immigration office in Mexico. Once you finally get your resident card (temporary or permanent),…
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Exchange Rates and Capital Gains taxes in Mexico

Exchange Rates and Capital Gains on Your Mexican Home With the shifts in the currency exchange rate between the US dollar and the Mexican peso, one of the ‘hidden’ costs of selling your Mexican home might lay in the US dollar amount used to calculate the property’s value. In many towns and cities across Mexico, house…
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Capital Gains Tax On the Sale of Homes In Mexico

Capital Gains Tax on the Sale of Homes in Mexico If you are selling your home in Mexico it is of the utmost importance to know, before you sign an agreement or offer to sell, how much you are going to pay in Capital Gains Tax (ISR) because this amount is going to be deducted from the price of sale. Before signing a private sales contact…
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Mexico's Frequent Traveler Pet Program

México has just recently introduced a new “Frequent Traveler Program for Pets” called Programa Mascota Viajero Frecuente.  The aim of the program is to speed up the entry process into México for frequent visitors with pets. For now, it appears as though that only dogs and cats are eligible for the program and it is only for…
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Military Checkpoints! To Be concerned or not?

Among the most prominent differences between traveling in Mexico and the USA and Canada are the military checkpoints set up throughout the country. For a first time traveler, the sight of freshly graduated soldiers with military rifles can be quite unnerving. Military Checkpoints have been built and manned as an effort to stem the…
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6 Month Tourist Visas Are Just That - Please Read

INM Continues to Increase Enforcement of Restrictions on 6 Month “Tourist” Visas For people who do not track multiple expat forums from around Mexico, there are some real-world updates from around Mexico that are worth noting. Since their 2012 rule changes, INM has been gradually cracking down on foreigners' abuses of "tourist"…
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Temporary Vehicle Import Permits Regulations Are Updated

Temporary Import Permit regulations are being changed again. Sept. 10, 2017 Aduana agents at various US-Mexico border crossings are shifting their stance on whether the US state registration paper is sufficient to get a Temporary Import Permit for US-plated vehicles.  In the past, US state registration paperwork was sufficient,…
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Hand Gestures Part II (Non-Verbal Communications)

 This is one that most of us know about. It gets used more than we would like to admit. It is used to describe someone that is cheap in their bargaining tactics, spending habits and / or tipping tendencies. Yes, we all know someone that probably deserves and receives this gesture, but doesn't get the message. Just rub your elbow…
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Mexican Hand Gestures

Mexican Hand Gestures Here is something I have been meaning to do for a vary long time and I hope you all find it amusing, interesting and of some value as you stroll the streets of Mexico. While Mexican hand gestures can be strange and intimidating, they are also very utilitarian.I will start out with this very familiar one to…
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A Different Perspective on Waiting For Our Hosts

Thanks to Susannah Rigg from the BBC for this interesting and creative article. When I first stepped foot on Mexican soil, I spoke relatively good Spanish. I was by no means fluent, but I could hold a conversation. So when I asked a local ice-cream seller in downtown Guadalajara when he expected a new delivery of chocolate ice cream,…