Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Tropical Storm Carlotta

Tropical Storm Carlotta is expected to become a hurricane by Friday and impact the Mexican coast near Acapulco. Tropical Storm Carlotta is the 3rd tropical storm this season.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Camping In The Copper Canyon




Thinking of doing something outrageous? How about a hiking and camping trip to  Barranca del Cobre or Copper Canyon.  Situated in Northwest Mexico, Copper Canyon was formed by six rivers that empty into the Rio Fuerte, which flows to the Sea of Cortez. Inside Copper Canyon you will find canyons as deep or deeper than the Grand Canyon in Arizona, waterfalls (two of the highest in Mexico) and vegetation that varies from the tropical mango and avocado trees in the low spots to pine and oak forests in the higher elevations.

Copper Canyon is easily accessible by riding the Ferrocarril Chihuahua al Pacífico, or ChePe, Railroad. The train ride can be the entire 405 miles and passes over 37 mountain bridges or you can stop at popular hiker destinations, including El Divisadero, the Continental Divide. By purchasing a first-class ticket, you can get on and off the train at any or all of the 7 stops before its final destination. Bring a tent for camping and spend a night or two there while your explore the local area. You can hike the rim of Copper Canyon.  It is a 38-mile loop that has a 20,000-foot elevation gain.

When camping, remember you are a guest and using a camping tent site without asking is trespassing.  You can camp in Creel and Urique, however, many hikers prefer to find their own camp site along the way.  Just remember to go up to a rancher or farmers house and ask permission perhaps offering a small payment.

The best time for Copper Canyon is after the heat and rain of July through September.  In the fall, you’ll see full rivers, and the second-highest waterfall located in Candameña Canyon. You can also hike to Copper Canyon landmarks like Cuarenta Casas, which features 15 adobe houses from the 13th century featuring “T” shaped doorways.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Some Nice Words About PV

Kathleen Peddicord has some wonderful things to say about Puerto Vallerta in An Affordable and Sophisticated Retirement Haven.
Many expats and retirees living full-time in Puerto Vallarta came first on vacation, fell in love, and decided to return more permanently. Perhaps one of the biggest reasons for the region’s still-expanding popularity is that life here isn’t all about the beach. Yes, the sea is an ever-present feature, and the ocean breezes cool Puerto Vallarta in the hot and humid summers.