By Antonia Cundy Mexico’s capital — the oldest capital city in the Americas — sprawls over some 1,500 square kilometres, 2,240 metres above sea level. Voted the number one travel destination for 2019 by National Geographic, the city has an economic strength, cultural traditions and access to the natural world that are good reasons to move here permanently. Design destination Originally built on an island by Aztecs, the city was the political, administrative and economic centre of the Spanish empire in the Americas. Today, Mexico City has a mix of Aztec, Mayan and European heritage that has created an exciting range of architectural design — from the pyramids at Teotihuacán just north-east of the city to 16th-century Catedral Metropolitana and the modernist murals of Diego Rivera. Attractions such as the artist Frida Kahlo’s Blue House, now a museum, and the strikingly modern Museo Soumaya appeal to designers across the world, so much so that the … [Read more...] about Five reasons to live in Mexico City
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Accroding to the report made by the Mexico's Civil Protection Ministry, a record 33,341 people were murdered in Mexico in 2018, making it the bloodiest year in over two decades. Sputnik has discussed the issue with Parker James Asmann, a journalist from Chicago, reporting on LatAm crime and security for InSightCrime. Sputnik: Mexico’s current murder rate is 25.8 per 100,000 up from 22.5 in 2017 and 16.2 in 2016. It is even more than in 2011 during the peak of Mexico’s drug cartel-stoked violence. What is the reason for such a spike in numbers? © REUTERS / Veronica Monroy/Diario PlazaDeath Toll From Oil Pipeline Blast in Central Mexico Rises to 114Parker James Asmann: We can't attribute the spike in violence in Mexico to any single cause. However, the country's criminal landscape has been fracturing in recent years, and this has impacted levels of violence. … [Read more...] about ‘Monumental Task’: Political Will Needed to Stop Drug Wars in Mexico
Mexico has everything you could want for a dreamy family break. Think white sand beaches, crystal clear blue waters, lush green landscapes and heaps of history and culture. Whether you're looking to explore the all-inclusive resorts in bustling Cancun, discover history and culture in Mexico City or step back in a time with a visit to Chichen Itza, there are plenty of incredible places to discover. While Mexico doesn't have a reputation for being the cheapest of destinations, there are ways to find cheap packages and holidays where you get the best value for your money. To give you a helping hand, we've put together a guide on the best places to go looking for deals, as well as general top tips if you are planning to travel. Check out our top tips below... Best websites for Mexico holidays First Choice: If it's an all-inclusive stay you're after, then First Choice should be on your radar. The website has plenty of all-inclusive offerings, from Cancun to Puerto Vallarta, and often … [Read more...] about Top tips for finding cheap Mexico holidays for 2019 and all-inclusive deals
Christmas is unmistakably coming, and adverts are filling children’s heads up with gleeful anticipation of owning more stuff and eating anything spiced-fruit-filled. If you have already had quite enough of unbridled joy thank-you-very-much, then you’re in for a thoroughly sobering treat, because we need to talk about grief. Last Friday, the musician Stephen Manderson – better known as Professor Green – started a petition to ask the government to create a National Grief Awareness Day. The petition is backed by Cruse Bereavement Care, a national charity that “offers support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies and works to enhance society’s care of bereaved people”, and at the time of writing it is very much in need of signatures. Grief and mourning in this country are often treated as very private things, perhaps largely because death itself is treated as a very private thing. On a day-to-day basis, we … [Read more...] about ‘Awkward and stoic, we Brits are terrible at dealing with death – but in Mexico and Iran the grief is shared’
DAY of the Dead celebrations began today in Mexico, with millions of revellers painting their faces and constructing altars to honour their lost loved ones. But what happens during the annual festival, how long does it last, and where did it come from? What is the Day of the Dead? In a number of different cultures, there is a dedicated celebration made especially to remember the lives of family and friends who have passed away. The Mexican Day of the Dead festival is a time where revellers are encouraged to pray for lost loved ones, to help them through their journey in the afterlife. Mexico City's Day of Dead parade honours quake rescuers On the Dia de Muertos, revellers often construct their own private altars, where they honour the dead with a number of different gifts. Sugar skulls and marigolds are among the offerings given up, as well as the favourite food and drinks of the departed. When is Day of the Dead taking place? The colourful festival takes place between October 31 and … [Read more...] about Day Of The Dead 2018 – how long does the festival last, is it only celebrated in Mexico and what’s it all about?