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The Los Cabos Experience

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History

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Mariachis

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Pirates Ahoy!

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Tequila

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Climate

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Wines from la Baja

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Flora and Fauna

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Mexican Food

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The most awaited traveler

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Chile, the king of Mexican cuisine

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Cabo San Lucas

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Restaurants

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San JosĂŠ del Cabo

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Buying Groceries

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Beaches

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Nightlife

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Fishing

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Transportation

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Golf

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Currency

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Diving and Snorkeling

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Communications

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Cruises

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Health and Security

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All-Terrain

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Holidays

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Horses

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Dictionary

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Surfing

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Maps

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THE LOS CABOS EXPERIENCE THIS COULD BE YOUR FIRST VISIT TO LOS CABOS, OR MAYBE YOU'VE BEEN CAPTIVATED BY ITS CHARM BEFORE. ENJOY YOUR UNIQUE CABO EXPERIENCE. ou are at the tip of the Baja California peninsula, where the land ends in a dramatic rock formation known as El Arco (The Arch) and the rough waters of the Pacific Ocean meet the Sea of Cortés. San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, the two main cities, are connected

by a 33-kilometer highway, known as the Tourist Corridor. The Tourist Corridor stretches along golf courses and beaches with crystal-clear waters, and offers a variety of restaurants, resorts and all the activities that will make your trip to Los Cabos an unforgettable holiday.

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HISTORY A BRIEF HISTORICAL OVERVIEW WILL SHOW YOU HOW PRIMITIVE PEOPLE MOSAIC

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LIVED IN THE BEGINNING OF LOS CABOS.


he primitive inhabitants of this region were the Pericués, who were organized in families of the polygamous type. Men were generally engaged in hunting, while women were in charge of fishing, fruit and seed picking and firewood gathering. Faced with an aggressive nature, their culture was not as developed as that of the Mayas or Aztecs. However, journal entries of the missionaries that settled in San José del Cabo two centuries later reveal a more sophisticated civilization, des-

pite the Pericués' barbaric nature. The arrival of the Spaniards in 1535 with Hernán Cortés transformed these lands into a safe haven for the Manila Galleons that sailed from the Philippines bound for Acapulco, where they traded porcelain, silk and cotton fabrics, tapestries, gunpowder and many other products from Asia. In 1730, Jesuit Priest Nicolás Tamaral founded the mission Estero de las Palmas de San José del Cabo Añuiti, which now is known as San José del Cabo.

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PIRATES AHOY! THERE ARE PLENTY OF STORIES OF BATTLES AND TREASURES IN THE SEA OF CORTES. MAYBE YOU'LL FIND THE MAP THAT WILL GUIDE YOU TO LONG-LOST TREASURE.

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empted by the vast riches carried by the Manila Galleons, English pirates and buccaneers made a permanent target of Los Cabos.Nevertheless,during the almost 250 years this route remained active, only four galleons were seized by pirates. The two most famous pirates who sailed these waters were Thomas Cavendish, who seized the Santa Ana galleon in 1587, and Woods Rogers, who captured the Encarnaci贸n in 1709. In that same trip, Rogers rescued Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish sailor who had spent four years on an island off the Chilean coast and who inspired Daniel Defoe's novel, Robinson Crusoe.


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f you are a sun seeker, Los Cabos is the place to be. The climate on the tip of this peninsula is characterized by its warmth, especially that of its inhabitants. In winter, there only is a 5 percent chance of having a cloudy day. Except for the occasional summer rains that fall on the

mountains, forming mighty streams that flow into the sea, the climate is perfect. It is for this reason that Los Cabos has become one of the most popular tourist destinations. In winter, the temperature ranges between 54 and 74 degrees Fahrenheit and in summer between 73 and 93 degrees Fahrenheit.


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LOS C ABOS IS A DE SERT SURROUNDED BY THE SEA, A REAL TROPICAL PARADISE.

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he Baja peninsula was formed some 10 million years ago by tremors that occurred in the San

Andreas Fault and which created an area where volcanic rocks and granite prevail. As a result, Baja is a desert surrounded by sea. The vegetation of the area is made up of species that have adapted to desert life,such as the card贸n, the majestic giant cactus that is seen all along the Tourist Corridor. This type of cactus is the tallest in the world, reaching heights of up to 60

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FLORA AND FAUNA


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feet. Another example is the Pitahaya, an exotic fruit of the cactus family on which the PericuĂŠ tribe fed. You will also find Palo Fierro, a typical tree of the region used for craftwork; Palo Blanco, Manzanilla and Damiana, a plant reputed to have aphrodisiacal properties. The area's best-known fauna is its submarine fauna. There is an impres-

sive variety of fish, making of Los Cabos a mecca for sport fishermen, divers and seafood lovers alike. The marlin, with its amazing speed and movements, is the fish that performs acrobatics when attempts are made to catch it. You will also find dorado, tuna, snapper and sea bass among the more typical species. Sea turtles are also


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famous here because female turtles bury their eggs in the beaches surrounding Los Cabos. Fauna in Los Cabos is not limited to its marine life. There also is a wide variety of birds. The pelican, for example, rises high over the sea to detect its prey and then dives to depths of up to 30 feet to catch it. The tijereta (scissor-bird) and the


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THE MOST AWAITED TRAVELER THE GRAY WHALE MAKES A LONG TRIP TO REACH OUR BEACHES.

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very year, during the months of January, February and March, the migration of the gray whales can be observed from the Los Cabos coast.

These whales, which can be presently found in the Pacific Ocean, travel a distance of 6,000 miles from the northern area of the Bering Sea up to the northern bays of Mexico, where they arrive to give birth to their calves. Adult gray whales are about 15 meters


above the surface and slap it against the water; and "breaching," which is when they make their extraordinary jump out of the water.The best way to have a close encounter with the whales is a whale watching tour. If your schedule allows it, 180 miles away from Los Cabos, you will find Magdalena Bay, one of the Baja bays the whales choose to breed, birth and nurse their calves, a unique show of nature you cannot miss. FOR MORE INFORMATION OR RESERVATIONS CALL YOUR CONCIERGE.

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long, and their skin, which displays a black, gray and white mottling pattern, is covered by crustaceans. As compared with their closest relatives, who look for deep waters, the gray whales prefer shallow coastal waters. As they feed on invertebrates living at the sea bottom, they usually swim in such shallow waters that their abdomen can rest at the bottom. For that reason, the gray whales can be seen from the Los Cabos coasts making all their movements, namely, "spouting," which is when they clear their breathing orifices and throw water steam; "tail lobbing," which is when they raise their tail


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THIS IS LOS CABOS' HEART AND YOU WILL FEEL ITS BEAT. A WALKING TOUR THROUGH THE STREETS WILL MAKE YOU DISCOVER THE CITY'S CHARM.


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abo San Lucas is the epicenter of Los Cabos. Here you will see and feel the intense rhythm that makes this city Mexico's most exclusive tourist destination. Although most activities are related to the sea and to fishing


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and golfing, the streets of Cabo San Lucas, although not as colonial as those of San José, provide a colorful and picturesque setting that will impress you. Start off your walk on the main avenue, from Lázaro Cárdenas, right across from Puerto Paraíso shopping mall. If you want to get a taste of the local life in Cabo San Lucas, head to the town's two main streets, Leona Vicario and José María Morelos. Continue along Lázaro Cárdenas up to the point where it branches off and gives rise to

Boulevard Marina. This boulevard will take you along artisans' stalls, gift shops, exclusive jewelry stores, bars and restaurants. Don't rush. Just take it easy and go into all the stores you find attractive. When you reach Miguel Hidalgo street, turn right and go two blocks, where you will find Amelia Wilkes square, a haven of peace in the midst of Cabo's frenzy. Located in this square, surrounded by cafés and restaurants, is the small Museo de las Californias (Museum of the Californias), which shows the history of Los Cabos


this section of Lรกzaro Cรกrdenas you will find many stalls with craftwork of the Huichol indians, Talavera ceramics and colorful glasses, plates and vases of blown glass. When you return to the point where you started off your walk on Boulevard Marina, cross the avenue in the direction of the bay. Stroll along the marina. This is the last part of your walking tour. Choose your favorite bar and while you enjoy the lovely view of the marina indulge in a chilled margarita, you've earned it.

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from its fossils and paleontological remains to the tools and utensils used by early settlers. At the entrance you will see a restored skeleton of a gray whale. Diagonally across the square,on Cabo San Lucas Street,is the city's humble church. Resume your walk on Madero street until you reach Vicente Guerrero street. Here you will find art galleries and decoration stores. If you go on walking down this street until you reach Lรกzaro Cรกrdenas street, you will walk past the famous Cabo Wabo.Now turn right.On


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IF YOU COMPARE IT WITH THE CRAZINESS OF ITS SISTER, SAN JOSE IS AN OASIS OF TRANQUILITY. WALK ITS STREETS AND FIND THE HIDDEN SECRETS OF THE CITY.

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maller, more colonial and more peaceful than its sister city, Cabo San Lucas, San José exudes a truly Mexican character. Walk around downtown San José del Cabo and admire its traditional architecture and buildings in adobe and brick. Start your tour at Mijares Square, on


The Indian laurels on this square are two centuries old and offer their shade to all those who wish to rest on any of the square's benches or at the gazebo located right in its center. It is here where all the city's festivities take place. Find out if there will be any traditional festivals going on during your

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the intersection of Zaragoza Street and Mijares Boulevard. This square was named after Mexican Navy Officer JosĂŠ Antonio Mijares to commemorate his victory at this port in 1848 against the North American forces commanded by Lieutenant Charles Haywood.


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stay at Los Cabos. Normally, during the nights of these festive occasions the city streets are flooded with people, colors, music and the aroma of Mexico's many fiery flavors. Across the square you will see the Church of San José built in 1940 on the same site where Jesuit Priest Tamaral originally established the San José del Cabo Mission in 1730. One of the

mosaics of this church with twin belfries represents the uprising of the Pericués, the original inhabitants of the area, who opposed Father Tamaral's adoption of a law against polygamy. The City Hall on Boulevard Mijares is a colonial-style building that stands out for the clock in its tower. This building, built in 1891 and recently refurbished, is the seat of Los Cabos' government and is home to a collection of paintings that depict early life in the cities of the municipality.


sents to take back home. If you continue walking toward the sea, you will get to Cacti Mundo,a botanical garden with an amazing collection of cacti and desert plants. One block before you reach Paseo Malecón San José, the boulevard that runs all along the hotel area, you will see the colorful cemetery with its views of the golf course and the sea. Here is where Mexican families gather on November 1 and 2 to celebrate the Day of the Dead with music and plenty of food.

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Lose yourself in the winding streets of downtown San José. Right behind the church, on Alvaro Obregón street, you will find small art galleries, and on José María Morelos street, open-air restaurants will awaken your appetite. Ignacio Zaragoza and Manuel Doblado are the two main streets, both of which are full of shops and businesses. Along Boulevard Mijares are restaurants, bars, jewelry stores, boutiques and gift shops in which to find pre-


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BUSY BEACHES OR LONELY BAYS, LOS CABOS HAS A BEACH FOR EVERY PERSONALITY.

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he great variety of beaches you’ll find in Los Cabos is more than you ever dreamed. If you plan to swim, go for a romantic stroll along the seashore at dusk, ride the waves on your surfboard, explore the


Playa El Médano

Playa El Médano (The Dune Beach) El Médano is the main beach in Cabo San Lucas. Located very close to the city center, the access to this beach is available by going around the marina or through Paseo del Pescador, where an alley will lead you to the heart of

the beach. Here is where people meet at bars to enjoy traditional margaritas, colored daiquiris or a chilled beer. It is a sizable beach where swimming is safe and where children can play and have fun at ease. You'll find all water sports on this beach: wave runners, parasailing, water skiing, diving and banana boats for the young in age and at heart. Being the main beach in Los Cabos, El Médano attracts peddlers who offer hats,T-shirts, silver jewelry, henna tattoos, craftwork and anything else you can possibly imagine. So be ready to

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fascinating underwater world behind your mask, ride a wave runner, take a look from the sky on a parasail, or simply relax under the shade of a palm tree, the great variety of beaches you'll find in Los Cabos is exceptional.


Playa del Amor

repeat, "No, gracias" (no thank you) time and time again.

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Playa del Amor (Lovers’ Beach) It is just behind El Arco (The Arch), the trademark of Los Cabos. Protected by the imposing rock formations that surround it, it is the only beach where you can dip your toes in the Pacific Ocean on one side and the Sea of Cortés on the other. However, only the Sea of Cortés side of this beach, the one closest to the marina,is safe for swimming and snorkeling because of the small bay formed by

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the rocks. Watch out for heavy tourist boat traffic. The way to access this beach and discover its secrets is by means of a water taxi or a glass bottom boat, or renting a wave runner or a kayak if you are willing to exercise. Any of these options you will find at Playa El Médano or the marina. Playa Barco Varado (Shipwreck Beach) This beach was named after a Japanese vessel that ran aground in 1964 and is characterized by its


Playa Las Viudas

Playa Las Viudas (Widows’Beach) Enjoy the peace of this lovely beach,

with its small coves that form natural pools for swimming and snorkeling. Clear your mind and enjoy the colors of nature displayed by the Sea of CortĂŠs, the sound of the waves breaking against the volcanic rocks and the foam that vanishes in the air. This oasis on the coast of Baja's desert is approximately at Km. 11 of the Tourist Corridor. Follow the signs on the highway and then the dirt road will guide you. You won't regret having come all the way to this beautiful spot! 35 MOSAIC

incomparable clear waters and rock formations. Be very cautious when bathing in the sea because currents and countercurrents are very strong. The water pools formed by tides in between the rocks are ideal places for snorkeling. Its surf break makes it a great place for savvy surfers. Access to this beach is at Km. 11, through Cabo del Sol, right next to the Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course.


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Playa Santa María (Santa María Beach) This beautiful horseshoe-shaped bay with transparent waters is located at Km. 12 of the Tourist Corridor. To enter this beach, look for the access sign on the road.A dirt road will lead you to the parking area (if you arrive by car) and then it's a very short walk to the beach. Enclosed by two hills that make their way into the depths of the Sea of Cortés, this beach is ideal for relaxation. The sand here is coarser. Actually, when taking a handful of it you'll realize it is made up of particles of shells, coral and

Playa Bahía Chileno

rock eroded by the water and time.The two ends of the bay are ideal for snorkeling and for swimming among the colorful fish that live in these waters.You can feed the fish with bread, but don't be frightened if in just a few seconds hundreds of fish surround you wanting to steal the bread out of your hand! Playa Bahía Chileno (Chilean Bay Beach) This bay with turquoise water and rock reefs on both ends is also ideal for those who love snorkeling and diving. Varied marine life inhabits


Playa Palmilla

Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach) Here the blue sea contrasts with the

green lawns of the golf course, and the humble fishermen's pangas mingle with the luxury homes of the area. Located just outside of San JosĂŠ, Palmilla is a safe beach to swim and snorkel. However, watch out for the tides and for fishermen's boats that go out in the evening in search of their catch. Access to this beach is at Km. 27 of the highway.Enter the Palmilla development and follow the signs until you

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these reefs, in which colorful fish, sea turtles and starfish reside. Enjoy this unforgettable experience with your family. Located at Km. 14 of the transpeninsular highway, its access is very easy to find because of the signs of Playa Publica (Public Beach) at Chileno Bay development.


reach the arroyo, or dry river bed, next to the taxi stop. Playa Acapulquito (Old Man’s Beach) Playa Acapulquito is one of the best spots to surf in Los Cabos, with longride waves ideal for longboarders or for those who wish to take their first steps in this exciting sport. This small beach, remote from the crowds of Cabo San Lucas, is not recommended for swimming because of its swell and rocky bottom.It is located at Km.28 of the Tourist Corridor right in front of Querencia golf course.The access is easy;just follow the "beach access" signs on your right.

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Playa Costa Azul (Blue Coast Beach) This is another ideal beach for surf lovers, with two surf breaks known as La Roca (The Rock) and Zippers, which are a major challenge for intermediates and

experts.Enjoy the long and quick waves brought by the swell to these coasts from mid March to November. Access to this beach is right under Costa Azul bridge, at Km. 28.5 of the highway. Playa Hotelera (Hotel zone beaches) This beach stretches from Costa Azul to the estuary and is the closest beach to downtown San José. In the same way that San José is quieter than Cabo San Lucas, this beach is exactly the opposite of the party atmosphere that characterizes Médano Beach in Cabo. It is long and wide, ideal for walks or horseback riding. Enjoy its peace, as there are few peddlers and, therefore, not too many "No, gracias" will be needed. This beach has many accesses. Along Paseo Malecón de San José, the avenue that stretches alongside the hotel zone you will find the "beach access" signs, normally placed beside the hotels.


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BEACH ADVICE


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FISHING WELCOME TO THE MARLIN CAPITAL OF THE WORLD!

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n its origins, Cabo San Lucas was a humble fishermen's village. In 1917, abundant tuna resources attracted commercial fishing boats from San Diego and,by 1930,a cannery had alre-

ady been established. Fishing was the main source of income until a hurricane destroyed the cannery in 1941 and Cabo was abandoned to its fate. In 1950, recreational fishermen started to arrive and soon the word was passed that this was a paradise for deep sea sport fishing. The town started to grow until it became one of the prime fishing destinations worldwide.


The majority of deep-sea fishing trips depart from the Cabo San Lucas Marina, although pangas, or simple wooden boats with outboard motors, leave daily from Palmilla and the village of La Playita,which are very close to San José. As San José does not yet have a marina, larger boats are anchored just off the coast and can be reached by panga.

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The Sea of Cortés, with its marine canyons and warm waters, is considered one of the planet's richest seas for its marine fauna diversity. The variety and quantity of fish, which year after year are caught and released in Los Cabos, is found nowhere else in the world. Dorado (mahi-mahi), yellowfin tuna, wahoo and marlin abound, ensuring an unforgettable experience.


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Usually, a day of fishing begins at day break, at around 7 a.m., and ends around 2 p.m. Get ready for a long day full of excitement. If luck is on your side and a marlin bites, sit down on the fighting chair, feel the adrenaline flowing down your veins and start to enjoy the great show your catch provides as it leaps, runs, plunges into the water and recoils on its own tail. Marlin are great fighters and will try hard to break loose. If it is a striped marlin, get ready for a fight that could last one hour, but if it is a blue marlin, the fight may last considerably longer. Remember it is advisable to release your catch to preserve the species. You may keep your tuna, dorado and wahoo catches. There are companies that clean, filet, smoke and freeze fish for you to take home. But don't forget to leave some fresh filets to be cooked by your

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1. Book your tour ahead of time. 2. Check that the price includes the fishing license. 3. Do not trust people who approach you at the dock or around the town offering fishing tours. 4. Respect and release all endangered billfish, namely the marlin. In so doing, you will secure the continuity of this sport for generations. 5. Remember to pack your own lunch box and to carry plenty of water,unless you order a box lunch and a cooler of beverages from your fishing fleet. 6. If you get seasick, take Dramamine one hour before your tour. It is sold at all local drugstores. 7. Remember to take sunscreen, sunglasses, towels and a camera. 8. Pack your bag the night before and ask for a wake-up call.

Flags If you walk around the Cabo San Lucas Marina, take a look at the flags han-


Tournaments Fishing is an addictive sport. Once you start, you can't stop. Especially when the tournament involves a million-dollar jackpot. The Bisbee's Black & Blue Marlin Jackpot Tournament, awards the biggest tournament purse worldwide, having awarded a record prize of $2.4 million in 2000, and daily jackpots of more than $550,000. This high-stakes event attracts fishermen from all over the world.

The Los Cabos Billfish Tournament, sponsored by the Los Cabos Hotel Association, is a younger tournament that is gradually gaining recognition from fans of this sport.This tournament has been a leader in conservation by being the first tournament to award teams large cash prizes for releasing fish in the base division and the optional daily release jackpot division. These two tournaments attract fishermen from all over the world and are held in October, the high season for marlin in Los Cabos.

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ging from boat outriggers to find out the luck of fishermen that day. A red triangular flag is a sign that a marlin was caught and released. A blue flag means a marlin was caught but could not be returned to sea. If the flag is white, tuna has been the catch of the day. Dorado (mahi-mahi) is represented by a yellow flag. If you see a red flag, that means fishermen caught wahoo.


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LOS CABOS, DESCRIBED BY GOLF DIGEST AS LATIN AMERICA'S PREMIER GOLF DESTINATION, IS A DREAM COME TRUE FOR GOLFERS. LOS CABOS HAS GOLF COURSES DESIGNED BY ELITE GOLFERS LIKE JACK NICKLAUS AND TOM WEISKOPF. ARE YOU READY FOR YOUR HOLE IN ONE?


Mayan Palace Golf Los Cabos This golf course was developed by FONATUR (Fondo Nacional de Fomento al Turismo - National Fund for Tourism Promotion) and prior to its acquisition by Mayan Palace the course was known as the San José del Cabo Municipal Golf Course. It is located in downtown San José del Cabo, surrounded by residential neighborhoods and lavish vegetation. Its nine holes are a great challenge for beginners and intermediate golfers and an excellent alternative for advanced golfers who have already played the other courses. Course Par Value: 35 Course Yardage: 3,141

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Club Campestre San José Golf With its spectacular views of the Sea of Cortez, canyons and mountains, this Nicklaus designed golf course, nestled in the foothills of the Sierras,

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invites you to enjoy the incredible panoramic views, dramatic elevation changes, and undulating championship greens. Course Par value: 71 Course Yardage: 7,055

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Querencia Golf Course At this private golf club, Tom Fazio created an indescribable golf course with its own unique identity incorporating the rugged desert and infusing it with lush, oasis like features. The course has all the shot values and a balance of holes to keep all playing abilities wanting more. With dramatic views of the Sea of CortĂŠs, elevation changes, rolling fairways and sculpted bunkers, golfers will want to incorporate some strategy if they desire a good score. Course Par Value: 72 Course Yardage: 7,070


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Palmilla Golf Course This was the first golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus in Los Cabos. Its 27 holes are divided into three sectors: the Arroyo Nine, Mountain Nine and Ocean Nine pose challenges for players of all levels. Try to keep focused because you may get distracted with the beauty of the views of the Sea of CortĂŠs. Palmilla Golf Club has been rated as one of the top 100 golf resorts in the world by the board of Great Golf Resorts of the World. Ocean Nine Course Par Value: 36

CSL Country Club

Course Yardage: 3,434 Mountain Nine Course Par Value: 36 Course Yardage: 3,602 Arroyo Nine Course Par Value: 36 Course Yardage: 3,337 Cabo del Sol The Ocean Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus in 1994, put Los Cabos on the golf map, and it remains the crown jewel of Los Cabos golf. This masterpiece is the only course in Mexico ranked in Golf Magazine's "Top 100 Courses in the World", and with seven


holes along the ocean, puts an emphasis on shot-making ability through small arroyos and sculpted fairways. Nicklaus praised the course for having the "three finest finishing holes in all of golf." Course Par Value: 72 Course Yardage: 7,103 The Desert Course, designed by Tom Weiskopf, features mesmerizing views of the Sea of CortĂŠs from every hole, and incorporates traditional bunkering, expansive greens, wide fairways, multiple tee areas, and natural desert landscape to ensure an enjoyable golf

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experience for players of all levels. This local secret is spreading quickly, and many feel that visiting Cabo without playing the Desert Course is certainly an opportunity missed. Course Par Value: 72 Course Yardage: 7,097 Cabo San Lucas Country Club Designed by Dye Corporation, this golf course is located right on the highway to Cabo San Lucas. Carved out of Cabo's natural mountain and desert terrain, this challenging course features expansive fairways, nine sparkling lakes and a lush landscape

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of torote trees, card贸n cacti and palo blancos. The Raven is a great test for all golfers. It is a long and complex course in addition to having one of the most affordable green fees in the area. Course Par Value: 72 Course Yardage: 7,220

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Cabo Real Golf Course At this golf course, designed by Robert Trent Jones II,every hole offers a view of the sparkling Sea of Cort茅s and the desert sun produces an intensity of light and shadow that sometimes distorts perception and creates a mirage effect. This course was honored with two PGA Senior Slams (1996 & 1999) and is frequented by locals. Its level of difficulty makes it very attractive for low handicap golfers and an enjoyable course for experienced players. Course Par Value: 72 Course Yardage: 6,988

El Dorado Golf Course Another pearl for golf fans designed by Jack Nicklaus, where you will play surrounded by colorful canyons, rock formations and waves that contrast with the green setting. The hand of its master can be seen on every unique fairway, dog leg, bunker and water challenge. The course makes two dramatic passes along the oceanfront with three spectacular holes on each. In addition, El Dorado has been closed to the public since 2005 to allow construction to take place around it and opened as a private golf and beach community. Course Par Value: 72 Course Yardage: 7,050

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR RESERVATIONS CALL YOUR CONCIERGE.


DIVING AND SNORKELING JACQUES COUSTEAU MARVELED AT THE VARIETY OF SEA LIFE HE FOUND IN THE SEA OF CORTES AND DESCRIBED IT AS "THE WORLD'S RICHEST SEA." lunge into a new world full of mysteries and secrets. Experience a completely new way of moving in a clear and bright marine environment. Discover new forms of life,

swim among them and even touch them. Nothing compares to the adventure of diving or snorkeling in the Sea of CortĂŠs, one of the world's richest marine ecosystems. In sum-

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mer, especially, it will dazzle you with a visibility of 100 feet, which in winter ranges between 30 and 50 feet. Snorkeling is an excellent way to discover this fascinating marine experience. The best beaches for snorkeling are Lovers' Beach, Santa MarĂ­a and Chileno. (For more information, check the section on Beaches in this guide). If you wish to go a step further, you may take an introductory

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course and become open water diver to get first-hand experience of the wonders that are awaiting at the bottom of the sea. Explore the caves, reefs, sunken ships and sand falls. The following is a list of the main diving sites in Los Cabos: Pelican Rock: Located in the bay of Cabo San Lucas, this is a great place for beginners. Wander around the rock walls and slopes covered


manta ray and turtles can be observed here. The largest of two famous sand falls begins here at 100 feet, reaching a depth of 1,200 feet. La Anegada: Located in front of Pelican Rock, right on the edge of the canyon that forms the bay of Cabo San Lucas. Depths reach 90 feet, you will see not only small tropical fish but also bigger fish and rays. On the rock walls discover sea

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with sea fans and mingle with the tropical fish, eels, angelfish and parrotfish. Depths start at 20 feet and, at some points, reach up to 80 feet. Neptune's Finger: This interesting site is located beside Lovers' Beach. A rock wall covered by coral, gorgonians, sea fans and sponges descends to a depth of 100 feet. Octopus, abundant tropical fish, schools of barracuda, tuna, shark,


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fans and gorgonians. Excellent night dive. The Point: This is Land's End, the point where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortés. Dive among sea lions, manta rays, morays and turtles in depths of 60 feet. Cabo Pulmo: Declared a national marine park, this sanctuary is home to the only live coral reef in the Sea of Cortés. A significant portion of this reef is close to the shore, making it very accessible. Rich in marine fauna, this bay is ideal for beginners, although it also has spectacular spots with depths ranging from 30 to 70 feet for more experienced divers. Cabo Pulmo is on the East Cape, a two-hour drive from Cabo San Lucas. Gordo Banks: Located seven miles off the coast of San José del Cabo, this site is recommended only to savvier divers because of its depth and currents.The summit of this sea-

mount is at a depth of 110 feet. Here you will find schools of hammerheads, whirlpools of jacks, manta rays and solitary bull sharks. Even huge whale sharks can be encountered by fortunate divers. SOME ADVICE

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1. Book your tour ahead of time. 2. Do not drink alcoholic beverages during the 24-hour period prior to immersion. 3. Remember to take sunscreen, sunglasses, towels and a camera. 4. Pack your bag the night before and ask for a wake-up call. Most tours start off very early. 5. Coral is extremely fragile and delicate. Avoid touching it. 6. Remember that it is forbidden to take starfish or any other souvenir from the sea bottom.

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CRUISES SPEND A DIFFERENT KIND OF DAY. ENJOY THE WONDERFUL VIEWS AND THE SEA BREEZE ON BOARD OF THE CRUISES THAT SAIL FROM THE MARINA. ishing, diving or surfing are not the only ways to view Los Cabos from a different angle. Don't miss the opportunity to sail the waters of the Sea of Cortés, experience the bay of

Cabo San Lucas, get close to the Arch, reach the tip of the peninsula where the Sea of Cortés meets the Pacific Ocean and observe the sea lions. Sail the boundless Pacific Ocean and

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enjoy a romantic sunset, with its palette of colors that change as the sun disappears on the horizon.The bays of Santa MarĂ­a and Chileno, with their crystal-clear waters, are a show you can't miss. Several options of boats are available for cruises, depending on whether you are vacationing with your family, on a romantic trip with your partner or on a fun-seeking outing with friends. If you wish to spend a quiet and relaxed evening with your partner, sunset on the Pacific is the best option. Some cruises offer dinner on

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board and live dance shows. Other simpler options just include drinks and snacks. For families with children, sailing on an old pirate ship with its crew dressed as real corsairs, will evoke legends of battles and hidden treasures that date back to 1500. And if it's just you and your friends, a booze cruise is ideal: music, margaritas and rock'n'roll till the sun goes down. FOR MORE INFORMATION OR RESERVATIONS CALL YOUR CONCIERGE.


Remember to dress appropriately. We recommend long trousers and sneakers. The rental company will furnish you with helmet and protective eyewear. Do not arrange a dinner date right after this tour. You won't want to show up all covered with dirt. Set aside some time to get back to the hotel for a refreshing bath.

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xplore the desert of Los Cabos on an ATV, a Jeep or a Hummer. Drive along roads, streams and dry river basins. Admire the Sea of CortĂŠs from the mountains and canyons. This adventure will provide you with an opportunity to discover the desert ecosystem and learn about its flora and fauna.

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nother way to discover the landscape of Los Cabos is on horseback. Take advantage of this wonderful experience that is fit for all ages and will make you feel like a real cowboy! You can either ride along the beach at sunset to enjoy this quiet time of day, or along the arid desert of Baja to discover the amazing rock formations and the flora and fauna that is characteristic

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of this paradise. Remember to wear appropriate clothing. We recommend long trousers, sneakers and a hat for sun protection. FOR MORE INFORMATION OR RESERVATIONS CALL YOUR CONCIERGE. Courtesy of Costa Azul Surf Shop

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urf is a way of life for some, and all fans of this amazing sport know Los Cabos is a destination that cannot be overlooked. No matter the time of year, within a range of 100 kilometers you will find waves so good they'll make you quiver. If you have no experience riding waves and want to discover the surfer within, there also are special beaches where you can get started. Here we will guide you through the main breaks. Have fun!

Costa Azul The two breaks La Roca/The Rock and Zippers are a great challenge for intermediates and experts. From mid March until November, the swell brings long, quick waves to these coasts. Viewed by many as the best waves in Los Cabos, both breaks are powerful rights.Access to this beach is right below the Costa Azul bridge at Km. 28.5 of the highway. Acapulquito These long-ride waves are ideal for


bottom inhabited by sea urchins. Located at Km. 6.5 of the Tourist Corridor, very near Cabo San Lucas. Nine Palms This point on the Sea of CortĂŠs offers well-shaped, long rights. Located on the East Cape, approximately 30 km. away from San JosĂŠ del Cabo.

Monumento A powerful left, only for experts.Waves are usually higher than seven feet. Be extremely careful with the rock

Los Cerritos On the Pacific side, at Km. 65 of the highway that connects Cabo San Lucas and Todos Santos. An extensive beach with sandy bottom and a break extending from left to right, this beach is very popular with surf lovers and is excellent for beginners. The best months are November through April. FOR MORE INFORMATION OR RESERVATIONS CALL YOUR CONCIERGE.

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longboarders or for those who want to get started in this fascinating sport. A smooth, gentle right washes up on a rock bottom at the shore, so watch out when getting into and out of the water. Located at Km. 28 of the Tourist Corridor, right across from Querencia Golf Course. Follow the "Beach Access" signs on your right.


FOR THE YOUNGER TOURISTS FUN THINGS AND A PIRATES TALE TO SHARE WITH THE LITTLE ONES.

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here are lots of fun activities you can share with your kids in Los Cabos. Play on the beach, build sand castles, look for shells, discover buried crab nippers, ride a banana boat, jump with the waves that cross your way or watch thousands of colored fish at the bottom of the sea from a glass-bottom boat. Or you can even become a corsair and sail the waters on board a pirate ship. This can be arranged as a snorkeling tour or as an outing to watch the sunset on the Pacific. Any of these options will include drinks, snacks and lots of fun. At Recórcholis! on the last floor of the Puerto Paraíso mall, you will find enter-

tainment for all ages: moonwalks and a giant maze for smaller children, video games, flight simulators, car races, a skating rink and professional bowling lanes for older children. The mall also has 10 modern theatres with digital sound and THX. Most films are in English with Spanish subtitles. Films for smaller children will probably be dubbed into Spanish. Just in case, always check at the box office before buying your tickets. Alternatively find out if your child is shaping up to be the future Tiger Woods in a round of 18-hole mini golf at Rusty Putter Bar & Grill, in the heart of San José's hotel area.


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Todos Santos (All Saints) Only 50 miles north of Cabo San Lucas, is this fascinating town that seems to awaken the creativity of its visitors. Known as "the Carmel of Baja" or "Bohemian Baja," Todos Santos has become the home of writers, painters and artisans from all over the world, most of whom have


Todos Santos is a small colonial town. Wander about its cobblestore streets, absorb the history that exudes from its adobe buildings more than a century old, visit the art galleries and enjoy Mexican rustic art. Don't miss visiting Nuestra Señora del Pilar, a church built in 1733; the House of Culture, with its collection of historic objects; and the Hotel California, where legend has it that The Eagles composed their famous song. To get here, you can either rent a car or take a group tour.

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Cabo del Este (East Cape) Hidden coves that embrace the Sea of Cortés and beaches that only show the tracks of seagulls on the sand…this is the East Cape. Only three miles away from San José del Cabo, crossing the estero, or estuary, is the town of La Playa, or La Playita, as many call it. Until recently,this was a peaceful fishermen's

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village with pangas, humble wooden boats with outboard engines, resting on the beach till their next trip. Now, this peace has been replaced by a marina and real estate development project that will surely make this town a new tourist attraction in Los Cabos. La Playita is the starting point of the coastal road, a deteriorated dirt road that will take you to La Ribera through the desert,skirting around the coasts of the Sea of Cortés.This 55-mile drive can take you up to four hours or more, depending on the condition of the road, but for those who love to explore, it's well worth the effort! On your way, you will drive past Zaca-


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MARIACHIS THIS STYLE OF MUSIC IDENTIFIES MEXICAN PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD. LEARN THE ORIGINS OF THE WORD "MARIACHI."

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he word mariachi immediately evokes a multitude of thoughts: the charro outfit, the big hats, the trumpets, the magic of violins and their sweet romantic tunes. Several theories have attempted to explain the origin of the word mariachi. The popular theory sustains that during the French intervention in Mexico (1862 to 1865), a group of French soldiers arrived at a settlement in Jalisco where a party was going on, and were struck by the prominent role of musicians, who were organized in a small group that played guitar, violin, vihuela and harp. When they asked

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titos, La Fortuna and Bahía Los Frailes until you arrive at Cabo Pulmo, a marine park that is a paradise for snorkeling and diving fans.Cabo Pulmo is home to the only live coral reef in all of the Sea of Cortés. Further along this road, about five miles north of Cabo Pulmo you'll be crossing the Tropic of Cancer. La Ribera is only 10 miles away from that point. From Punta Arena to Punta Pescadero, on the northern tip of Cabo del Este is Bahía Las Palmas, a 20-mile bay considered a windsurfer's mecca and a wellkept sportfishing secret. Highway 1 is a good alternative if you are not too fond of dirt roads.You can either drive up to La Ribera and then go down to Cabo Pulmo, or go directly to Los Barriles on Bahía La Palmas.


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about that party, somebody answered it was a wedding or "marriage" in French, which, in time, transformed into mariachi. Several researchers, who alleged that the name actually had a native origin, dismissed this theory. This version did not have sufficient evidence to support it until 1981 when a letter written by father Cosme Santa Anna in 1848 was found in the archives of a church. The letter was addressed to the archbishop of the priest's diocese and reported the commotion caused in his town by the mariachis. The origin of the term can thus be traced back to the Coca people, in Cocollan, a settlement, which, after several transformations and relocations, would become what is now known as the town of Cocula, Jalisco. During their evangelization, the Indians of Cocula started to

adore the Virgin Mary, whom they called "María del Río," and created a song to extol her. In one of its paragraphs the phrase "María ce son" can be read which, according to experts, means "the Song of Mary." When pronouncing "María ce…," it sounded as if they were saying "María Shi" or "María She" which, if pronounced quickly, sounds like mariachi. Mariachis are now a registered trademark that identifies the Mexican culture all over the world. The great artists that will always be linked to their popular music are Jorge Negrete, Pedro Infante, Lola Beltrán, Chavela Vargas, Vicente Fernández, Pedro Vargas and Irma Vila.


GET TO KNOW THE HISTORY OF TEQUILA, HOW IT IS MADE AND THE TRADITIONAL WAY TO DRINK IT.

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he Mexicas, better known as Aztecs, could not possibly imagine that the honey of the agave, which they considered a staple, would become a drink called tequila that would transcend the country's borders to become a

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world-renown drink. For the Náhuatl culture, the agave or maguey was a divine creation that represented Mayahuel, the goddess that symbolized earth's fecundity and had 400 breasts to feed her 400 children. The Indian tribes found multiple uses for the agave. Among other things they used it as food, thread, needles to sew, footwear, roofing, clothes and nails. The Mexicas learned how to cook the hearts of the agave plant, and the starches they obtained became aguamiel (maguey juice.) During the Spanish conquest, the Ticuila or Tiquilinos Indians prepared an eau-de-vie from the agave plant, which they drank at religious festivities and ceremonies. When the Spaniards tasted it, they were conquered by Mayahuel and acquired the custom to drink it out

of the tip of a cow's horn, later known as caballito, which gave way to the tequilero vessel, nowadays made of glass. Tequila Manufacturing Believe it or not, the agave is not a cactus, but rather a plant of the Amaryllidaceae family. Only its piña (large heart) is used to prepare the liquors identified with the generic name of mezcal, which adopt as surname the name of the population where they originate. The most famous is the mezcal of tequila, or just tequila. Of all agave species, however, the only variety whose use has been authorized to manufacture tequila is the blue variety of the Weber Tequilana agave plant. To manufacture tequila, piñas are ground and boiled in stills. The juice that is extracted from this


Tequila, salt and lime The custom of drinking tequila with salt and lime dates back to the origins of this drink. The traditional process employed in early 1800 to obtain the eau-de-vie produced a liquor that had a very high content of alcohol and of distillation products, making it very aggressive when tasted. To soften it, two auxiliary elements were brought into play: salt and lime. Salt increases salivation, which softens the burning impact of the drink, and the citric juice in lime alleviates the burning sensation that is felt in the throat. Cheers!

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process is allowed to ferment with yeast. The fermented liquid is then allowed to rest in wooden vats. The second distillation takes place in copper rectifying stills from which tequila is obtained and which should always have a 55 percent alcohol content. White tequila, which is transparent like water, is the result of simple distillation. Many prefer it because of its purer taste. Reposado tequila, which has undergone the settling process, is kept during two or three months in oak or holm oak barrels. Its color tends to be slightly similar to that of the wood where it has been kept and its taste is slightly softer than white tequila. A単ejo tequila is kept for more than a year in wooden barrels from where it gets its dark amber color and stronger wood tones.


WINES FROM LA BAJA DISCOVER BAJA CALIFORNIA'S PREMIER WINERIES.

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he color tones that can be seen against the light, the primary aromas that remain trapped within the glass, the complex and elegant body that slips like tears down the crystal walls and the flavors and qualities that are released in our mouth…all this is

part of the ritual of drinking good wine. Baja California, often referred to as "Mexico's Napa Valley," is Mexico's prime wine-producing region. Its climate, characterized by scarce rainfall and steady sea breezes, provides opti-


Monte Xanic Monte Xanic was founded in 1987 by five partners who shared the love of wine, and whose main objective has been to set the guidelines for Mexican viticulture by making high quality wines, having a distinct "Baja California" character. This winery is located in Valle de Guadalupe (Guadalupe Valley), 400 meters above sea level and 15 kilome-

ters from the Pacific coast. Among other wines, it produces Viùa Kristel, a dry light white wine with excellent body. With respect to red wines, the perfect combination of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes produces a wine of intense aroma and taste. Gran Ricardo, combines complex aromas of wild berries and raspberries in the foreground and a background of cedar, chocolate and anise. Château Camou This young winery was founded in 1995 with the design to afford maximum expression to the fruits of the grapevine. Its vineyards, made up of Bordeaux varieties, are located in the heart of Valle de Guadalupe and follow the French cultivation model. Among other wines it produces Gran Vino Tinto Zinfandel, a very intense red wine with a deep ruby color and aromas of flowers, ripe red berries,

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mal conditions for growing most of the noble grapevine stocks.The wineries in this region produce most of the wine that is consumed in Mexico. If the Mexican viticulture industry is compared with that of other international markets, any Mexican winery would be considered small, however, they have produced excellent wines that have been highly acknowledged in several international contests. The main Mexican "casas" (wineries) are:


black currant, coffee, tobacco, chocolate, spices and fine wood; and Gran Vino Blanco, a greenish yellow white wine with a magnificent presence, aromas of fine woods, tropical fruits, guava, peach and a subtle touch of pineapple.

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L. A. Cetto Considered one of the most important wineries, and renowned for the quality of its grapes, L. A. Cetto was founded in 1975 right in the Valle de Guadalupe, preserving its family tradition to date. The prominent wines of this winery are Nebbiolo Reserva, a ruby red wine with deep red reflections, with an aroma and taste of red berries, roses, vanilla and wood; and Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, an elegant and velvety, vivid ruby red wine, with an aroma of black currant, blackberry, vanilla and a characteristic touch of pepper.


A MEXICAN FOOD GLOSSARY THAT WILL HELP YOU TO UNDERSTAND MEXICO'S FLAVORS AND ITS TRADITIONS.

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ne of the elements of Mexico's rich tradition is its immense variety of food and beverages. Mexican food is intimately linked to its history, culture and people. Food is an art that combines the subtlety of aromas, colors and the pleasures of tastes.

One can get to know Mexico through its dishes. The following is a map that will guide you in a trip around true Mexican cuisine. Birria: Jalisco's barbecue specialty. Usually made from lamb or goat, or a combination of both. Burrito: Pretty much anything rolled up in a big flour tortilla. Carnitas: A Mexican food specialty of Michoacรกn. Pork simmered in fruit juices and used in tacos and burritos. Ceviche: Raw fish marinated in Mexican limejuice and mixed with

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tomatoes, onions, chiles and spices. Served as an appetizer. Chilaquiles: Fried tortilla pieces topped with mild red or green sauce and cheese. Served as an appetizer or for breakfast. Chiles rellenos: Ancho or Anaheim chiles, with skins removed, dipped in batter, stuffed with cheese or meat and covered with lightly spiced red sauce. Chipotle: Dried, smoked jalape単o chile. Enchilada: Lightly fried corn tortilla dipped in red sauce and stuffed with cheese or shredded chicken or beef. Flauta: Long corn tortilla filled with beef or chicken and deep-fried. Guacamole: Dip of mashed avocado with onions, chiles, tomatoes, limejuice and spices, served with tortilla chips. Mole: Complex dark sauce with chiles, nuts, spices, fruits, vegetables, chocolate and seasonings.

Nopal: Prickly pear cactus leaves chopped into pieces. Tender cactus. Pozole: Robust, medium spicy soup with pork or chicken, hominy, onions and spices. Also called posole. Quesadillas: A flour tortilla folded over sliced cheese and grilled. It also may be filled with chicken, mushrooms or anything else imaginable. Taco: Corn or flour tortilla, folded in half and filled with meat, cheese, tomatoes, lettuce and salsa. Can also be served filled with a variety of ingredientes. Tamal: Corn tortilla dough filled with meat, vegetables or fruit, wrapped up in a cornhusk and steamed. Torta: Mexican-style sandwich on a bolillo, or small baguette. Tortilla: Flat, thin, circular unleavened bread made of masa for corn tortillas or harina for flour tortillas. Most important item in Mexican cooking. Totopos: Tortilla chips.


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THIS IS A BASIC ELEMENT OF MEXICAN FOOD. LEARN THE DIFFERENT TYPES AND DISCOVER THE CHILES THAT ARE HOT AND EVEN HOTTER.


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hiles have been grown and used in Mexico since before Prehispanic times and they were known at that time as chilli or tzilli in Náhuatl, the Aztec language. When Spaniards arrived and tasted this fruit, which until then was unknown to them, they related its spicy taste with that of pepper and, in an attempt to give Spanish names to all their discoveries, they called it aji, axi (word of Haitian origin), bell pepper and pepper of the Indies. Chiles were taken from Mexico to the old continent. However, many of the spicy properties of chiles were lost, creating new varieties of sweet chiles. A Mexican dish without chiles is inconceivable.Even children's tidbits take chiles! In Mexico alone there are twenty different varieties of chiles. According to their use, chiles are classified into two major categories: dried and fresh.

Dried chiles: They are grown in arid areas and are generally sun-dried on the ground. The hottest varieties include the chipotle chile, mora chile, morita chile, chile de árbol, pasilla de Oaxaca chile and piquín chile. The milder varieties include the mulato chile, guajillo chile, northern dry chile and chilhuacle chile. Fresh chiles: Fresh chiles can be very hot depending on the region in which they are grown, the climate and the amount of sun and water they get during their growth. The hottest varieties include the habanero and manzano chiles, followed by the jalapeño, serrano, chile de árbol, chile de agua and chilaca chiles. The milder varieties include the poblano and the northern green chiles. The only really mild chile, which even has a sweet taste, is the sweet chile. Small chiles are generally hotter than the bigger varieties.


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CHEFS FROM DIFFERENT CULTURES MEET IN LOS CABOS TO CREATE A UNIQUE ARRAY OF FLAVORS.

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he wide range of gastronomic options offered in Los Cabos has grown hand in hand with its tourism development. N ow, alternatives are not limited to just the classic seafood or Mexican food restau-

rants. With the arrival of renowned chefs from all over the world, the variety of options has expanded to countless culinary experiences. Enjoy the innovation of a sushi bar; the exotic aromas of Thai cuisine; a true Italian pasta; eclectic French flavors; Mexican, Latin or European fusion or a tasty Argentine steak. FOR MORE INFORMATION OR RESERVATIONS CALL YOUR CONCIERGE.

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BUYING GROCERIES IF YOU WANT TO FIX YOUR OWN MEALS OR SIMPLY STOCK UP ON SPIRITS, LOS CABOS OFFERS A WIDE VARIETY OF PLACES TO SHOP.

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he small family stores known as "tiendas de abarrotes," carry basic products. Prices probably will not be too convenient, but you'll always find one nearby. Super Plaza Aramburo is a well-stocked supermarket that carries many imported products from the United States. Prices are not too competitive either, but it is conveniently located in downtown Cabo San Lucas. You will find another one in San José on the road to the airport. If you are looking for price, Soriana and C.C.C. hypermarkets are the pla-

ces to go. Only a five-minute drive down the highway that connects Cabo San Lucas and Todos Santos, you will find a wide assortment of low-priced products. San José's Soriana offers a wide selection of foods and household goods at lower prices, and it's conveniently located on Highway 1 just outside of downtown San José. Comercial Mexicana, another shopping option, is located in front of San José's yellow FONATUR monument. If your intention is to purchase large quantities, Costco opened in Los Cabos at Km. 4.5 of the Transpeninsular Highway. Another option for these types of purchases is the new City Club in downtown Cabo San Lucas, owned by the same group as Soriana hypermarket.


A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT CABO APPEARS WHEN THE SUN SETS.

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hat happens in Cabo stays in Cabo.This phrase clearly describes what happens as the sun starts to set. Of the two cities, Cabo San Lucas is

where you will find the action. Start off your evening with a stop at any of the bars along the marina. It is at the marina where everybody meets for a drink and to be seen.After midnight,it´s time to party at the discos: El Squid Roe,with its three floors, goes wild with the vibrant rhythm of its music; the Giggling Marlin, with live audience-

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participation shows, salsa music and plenty of alcohol, is a combination that will leave you literally hanging from your feet; Cabo Wabo is Cabo's rock cathedral owned by Sammy Hagar, Van Halen´s vocalist. If you are lucky, you might see him play with his band, The Waboritas. Other venues at which you will surely have a wonderful time are the Hard Rock Café, Mandala, Pink Kitty and Nikki Beach & Passion. San José can be quieter, but its lights

don't go off early. At Tropicana, locals and tourists come together to enjoy live music and international shows. Shooter's is a rooftop bar with an amazing view of the historical city hall, where you can shoot pool and watch your favorite sports while having a beer.At Havana,right across from Costa Azul, you will find the flavors of Cuba. Enjoy a mojito to the sound of live jazz and Latin music. Baja Brewing Company and The Corner's Bar are two other colorful alternatives.


EXPLORE DIFFERENT LANDSCAPES IN THE TRANSPORTATION OF YOUR CHOICE.

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f you are the type who does not like to spend the entire holiday on the same beach or pool but prefers to got out and explore the wonderful attractions of Los Cabos, there are several options for moving around. Buses: SuburCabos and Interbaja are the two bus companies that connect the cities of Cabo San Lucas and San JosĂŠ del Cabo.They are both equipped with modern vehicles that operate with a frequency every half a hour,from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. There are stops all along the Tourist Corridor.You can take any of these buses to go to the beach or to visit either of the cities. However, if you

are heading to a specific destination,let the driver know and he will drop you off as close as possible to it. If you can manage to let the driver know your destination in Spanish, all the better. If not, don't worry. Most drivers understand English although they may not have the command of the language required to answer in English.This is an inexpensive way to travel. A one-way trip from one city to the other costed about 25 pesos at the time of print. Taxis: Taxis are distributed throughout strategically located sites in both cites and the Tourist Corridor.They normally are modern vans that seat six passengers or more. Remember that rates charged by taxis in Los Cabos can vary, so it's best to check with your hotel concierge beforehand. Rickshaw taxi: This fun way of traveling is only available in downtown

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Cabo San Lucas.Enjoy a fresh evening on board a bicycle-drawn cart. An excellent option for short distances. Give it a try! Water Taxi: If you are heading from Playa El MĂŠdano to the marina or to Lovers' Beach, you can take a water taxi. Don't worry about finding them.You will surely hear drivers offering their services with loud shouts on the beach. Car rentals: All major car rental companies have offices in both cities and at the Los Cabos International Airport. To rent a car in Mexico you must be over 21 and hold a valid driver's license as well as a credit card.Please bear in mind that car rental rates in Los Cabos are higher than in the United States.

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Rent a motorcycle: If you like to feel the wind blowing on your face as you drive, perhaps renting a motorcycle will be the best option. There are several companies that rent scooters. Remem-

ber that wearing helmet is mandatory and that policemen will take advantage of every opportunity to remind you about this requirement. SOME ADVICE

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If you decide to drive in Los Cabos, bear in mind the following recommendations: 1. Respect traffic signs and speed limits. 2. Parking on the streets of any of the cities may prove an arduous task.Be patient and prepare to make many turns. Respect curb colors: when painted white parking is allowed, red indicates parking is forbidden, and green indicates reserved parking. 3. On the highway that connects Cabo San Lucas and San JosĂŠ, stay in the right lane and only use the left lane to pass. 4. Intersections along this highway are sometimes located at places where the vehicles coming from the opposite direction cannot be seen correctly.When in doubt, wait. 5. Roads to La Paz and Todos Santos are narrow two-lane roads. Drive with caution because you can encounter animals crossing the road. 6. PEMEX service stations do not accept credit cards and, sometimes, not even dollars. Always carry enough pesos to buy gas.


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Bureaux de Change There are many Bureaux de Change in both cities that are generally open during long hours and offer a more agile service than banks.Walk around and do your own market research to get the best deal!

Banks All local banks exchange dollars. They are open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Although they offer convenient rates of exchange,you will often encounter long queues of

ATM With your credit or debit card you can withdraw Mexican Pesos from ATMs. Bear in mind that your bank may charge a transaction fee. Credit Cards Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted almost everywhere in Los Cabos. It is often convenient to pay with credit card since your purchase will be charged in pesos and converted to dollars at the official exchange rate.

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he legal tender is the Mexican Peso, although in Los Cabos everybody accepts U.S. Dollars. You can exchange dollars at your hotel. If you have to pay in pesos and only have dollars, ask beforehand for the exchange rate. Hotels and exchange booths normally offer slightly lower rates than the one offered by banks. As an alternative, use your ATM card to withdraw pesos from your bank account at the nearest ATM.The conversion rate often is much better than at local establishments.


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Telephones Telmex is the Mexican company that renders telecommunications services in the country. Telephone booths are available everywhere in both cities. Some of the phone booths take Mexican peso coins.However,to avoid the hassle of finding change, it is advisable to buy Ladatel cards, available at all stores for different values. Local and international calls in Mexico are significantly more expensive than in the United States. If you are planning to make a call from a public telephone, make sure it is a telephone that bears the Telmex sign, because there are other telephone booths that charge even higher rates. Mexico's country code is 52 and the code of Los Cabos 624. If you want to make a call through

IDD, dial 00 followed by the country code, state code and the telephone number you are calling (e.g. 001-916555-7575), or you can place the call through the international operator by dialing 090 from any telephone. Important Numbers:

. Tourist Security: 01-800-903-9200 . Emergencies: 066 . Fire Station: Cabo 143-3577 / San JosĂŠ 142-2466 . Red Cross: 065 / Cabo 143-3300 / San JosĂŠ 142-0316 . Police: 146-1240 / 146-1241 . International Operator: 090 . Telephone Information: 040 . American Consulate: 143-3566 . Canadian Consulate: 142-4262 Cellular Phones Telcel, Movistar and Nextel are some of the cellular phone companies in Los Cabos. Check about roaming agree-


Internet All over Los Cabos you will find Internet cafés where you will be able to navigate the Web and check your e-mails. Rates will vary depending on the connection speed and the computers used. Walk around and find which one works best for you. Post Office The Mexican post office is extremely reliable and inexpensive, although somewhat slow. It offers different mailing options, including the basic service and delivery tracking. In San José del Cabo the post office is on Boulevard Antonio Mijares 1924 and

in Cabo San Lucas on Lázaro Cárdenas 22. Another option is to visit the local UPS Store or DHL center to send everything from postcards to packages to the United States or Canada on a slightly faster time frame.

HEALTH AND SECURITY

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os Cabos is a very safe tourist destination. Nevertheless, exercise the same precaution you would as if you were traveling in your own country. Avoid taking valuables to the beach. Always keep your belongings within reach. Pay attention to your handbag and wallet. Do not leave belongings in your vehicle. Make sure you lock your vehicle. In the cities, you will see many policemen doing their rounds and guaranteeing the security of Los Cabos.

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ments with your cell phone company. To call a local number in Los Cabos,only dial the number.If you wish to call another cell phone, dial the prefix 044, then 624 for Los Cabos and the seven-digit cell phone number you want to reach.


Water The water supply in Los Cabos is from Sierra de la Laguna, a 151,000hectare biosphere reserve located north of the region, which receives abundant rainfall. Water is fit for human use and local residents drink it. However, hotels and condominium complexes are required to have their own desalinization plants and provide purified water from the tap. Most restaurants also serve purified tap water. If in doubt, ask for bottled mineral water. In restaurants, ice is also made with purified water.

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Food It's only logical that you will want to know and get a taste of the culture of the country you are visiting by trying its food and drinks. However, if you are not used to the heavy, seasoned and spicy food typical of

Mexico, it is advisable for you to go slow. Let your system get used to the change. One of the most common causes of sickness is the excessive intake of margaritas, tequila and Mexican food during the first days of the stay. Take it easy! The point is to enjoy your vacation. Montezuma's Revenge Legend has it that foreigners visiting Mexico will be cursed with the revenge of the Aztec emperor Montezuma. The revenge consists of a stomach ailment that actually affects few tourists who visit the country. Symptoms of this ailment, also known as Traveler's Diarrhea, include diarrhea and nausea, accompanied on occasions by fever. In adults it poses no danger. Special care should be taken with children because it may lead to dehydration.


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1. When in doubt, drink bottled water. 2. Do not eat fruit unless you peel it or wash it in an antibacterial solution. 3. Do not buy food from street vendors. 4. Eat cooked warm meals since the heat kills bacteria. 5. Check that children do not take strange

of body water. The symptoms of dehydration are flushed face, profuse perspiration, headache, giddiness and fatigue. In the presence of any of these symptoms, stay away from the sun and drink liquid to replenish the water and salts your system requires. Gatorade is a good option.

objects to their mouths.

Dehydration Prolonged exposure to the sun can also cause dehydration. When sweating, the body is trying to regulate its temperature. However, when sweating is excessive, the body is losing water and minerals and the system becomes dehydrated. Avoid dehydration by drinking abundant water, nonalcoholic beverages and beverages without caffeine. Alcohol and caffeine promote urination, increasing the loss

Sunburns Sunburns are common when vacationing at a seaside resort like Los Cabos. Everyone likes to show-off a nice tan when returning home, but bear in mind that the sun in these latitudes is very strong and the lack of adequate protection can result in severe sunburn. Contrary to other burns, sunburns are not immediately perceived. Once the skin starts to turn red, the damage has already been inflicted and the pain gets worse within six to 48 hours after the exposure. Sunburns are easier to pre-

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6. Wash your hands with soap frequently.


vent than to cure.Always wear sunscreen with a minimum 25 SPF. SOME ADVICE

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1. Apply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before sun exposure and re-apply every three hours. 2. Apply sunscreen generously and evenly on all body parts that will be exposed to the

Hospital) of Cabo San Lucas is equipped with a decompression chamber in the event of SCUBA diving injuries. There also are several companies that offer emergency air evacuation services. The following are some useful numbers in case of an emergency:

sun. Do not forget your hands, the upper part of your feet, and the front and back of your neck. 3. It is advisable to use extra protection in the more sensitive parts such as face, shoulders, chest and lips. 4. When drying yourself with a towel, the sunscreen is removed so apply again after you've finished drying yourself. 5. Sunscreen is essential for children.

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Medical Assistance You will find modern hospital facilities and good medical assistance in both cities of Los Cabos. The Hospital de Especialidades (Specialties

Emergency Numbers: Tourist Security: 01-800-903-9200 Emergencies: 066 Red Cross: 065 / Cabo 143-3300 / San JosĂŠ 142-0316 Police: 146-1240 / 146-1241 American Consulate: 143-3566 Canadian Consulate: 142-4262 Hospital de Especialidades: Cabo 148-5757 International Insurance: 143-1212 Amerimed: 143-9670

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CELEBRATE MEXICO'S MOST TRADITIONAL FESTIVALS.

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ny occasion is good to celebrate in Mexico. Should you be visiting Los Cabos on any of these holidays, make sure you don't miss the true Mexican festivals that are organi-

zed on cities' streets and squares. Be ready to see lots of people on the streets, colored-lights, flags decorating the city, regional music shows, parades, fireworks, lots of food, plenty to drink and happiness all over. January 1 - New Year's Day 6 - Three Kings Day, commemorates

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the visit of the three kings who brought gifts for the newborn Jesus. On this day, children are given gifts and it is a tradition to eat Rosca de Reyes, a large ring-shaped fruit bread.

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February 5 - Constitution Day. On February 5, 1917, the Mexican Constitution was signed in the City of Querétaro. 24 - Day of the Mexican Flag. Carnival - This popular festivity that precedes Lent takes place towards

the end of February or early March. March 19 - Saint Joseph's Day. During this week, a traditional festivity is held in San José del Cabo. 21 - Anniversary of the birth of Benito Juárez, great Mexican leader of Indian origin, president of Mexico from 1858 to 1863. April Holy Week - It is the week before


May 1- Labor Day - Celebrated according to the European tradition. (In

the United States, it is celebrated on the first Monday of September.) 5 - On May 5, 1862, the Mexican army stopped the French invasion at the Battle of Puebla. 10 - Mother's Day June 1 - Navy's Day Father's Day - Third Sunday of June. September 16 - Independence Day. Comme-

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Easter, third week of April. The custom is to crack on the heads of relatives and friends the empty shells of eggs that have been previously emptied and cleaned, painted with colors on the outside and stuffed with confetti. The Easter bunny is not part of the local tradition.


morates the independence from Spain in 1821. Celebrations start on the night of the 15th, when cities throughout Mexico are decked out for the occasion and the cry of "Viva MĂŠxico" is heard all over. October 12 - Columbus Day - Mexico celebrates the moment when the crossbreeding of Spaniards and local Indians gave rise to the Mexican people. Annual Los Cabos Billfish Tournament. AutoExotica-Bisbee's Black & Blue Marlin Jackpot Tournament

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November 1 - Day of the Dead. This lively celebration that goes on until November 2 is very important in Mexico. Numerous offerings are made, especially of food, beverages and flowers, to honor deceased relatives and to provide them with

supplies for their long journey in the afterlife. 20 - Revolution's Day - Celebrates the anniversary of the popular uprising against the dictatorship of Porfirio DĂ­az. Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata were the leaders of the revolution. December 12 - Day of our Lady of Guadalupe. The Virgin of Guadalupe is the patron saint of Mexico. The origin of this devotion dates back to 1531, when the Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Diego, an Indian, and transmitted to him in his own native language. Her wish was to have a temple built where people could adore her. 24 - Christmas Eve 25 - Christmas Day 31 - New Year's Eve


Basics Yes No Please Thank you Thank you very much You're welcome Excuse me I'm sorry Hello, Hi Goodbye, bye Good morning Good afternoon Good evening How are you? Fine And you? I don't speak Spanish I don't understand Can you repeat it? Slowly, please

Si No Por favor Gracias Muchas gracias De nada Perdón Lo siento Hola Adiós Buenos días Buenas tardes Buenas noches ¿Cómo está? Muy bien ¿Y usted? No hablo Español No entiendo ¿Puede repetirlo? Más despacio, por favor

Do you speak English? How do you say? Good Bad More Less Large Small Quick Slowly Difficult Easy

¿Habla Inglés? ¿Cómo se dice? Bueno Malo Más Menos Grande Pequeño Rápido Despacio Difícil Fácil

Days & Time Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Today Yesterday Tomorrow Day Week

Domingo Lunes Martes Miércoles Jueves Viernes Sábado Hoy Ayer Mañana Día Semana

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Month Year What time is it? One o'clock Ten past one 10:00 a.m. 10:00 p.m.

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Terms of address I You (informal) You (formal) He She We / Us You (plural) They / Them (male) They / Them (female) Sir Mrs. / Madam Miss / Young lady Husband Wife

Mes Año ¿Qué hora es? La una Las una y diez Las diez de la mañana Las diez de la noche

Yo Tú Usted El Ella Nosotros Ustedes Ellos Ellas Señor Señora Señorita Esposo Esposa

Friend Father Mother Son Daughter Brother Sister

Amigo (male) Amiga (female) Padre Madre Hijo Hija Hermano Hermana

Getting around Street Road Highway Block Kilometer Mile Where is...? How far? From To Straight Ahead To the right To the left

Calle Camino Carretera Cuadra Kilómetro Milla ¿Dónde está...? ¿Cuán lejos? Desde Hasta Derecho Adelante A la derecha A la izquierda

Transportation Airport

Aeropuerto


Puerto Parada del autobús / camión One ticket to... Un boleto a... How much is it? ¿Cuánto es? I want to get off at... Quiero bajar en… Here, please Aquí, por favor Traffic light Semáforo Traffic sign Señal de tránsito Car Carro Gasoline Gasolina Gas station Gasolinera Full tank please Lleno, por favor My car is broken Mi carro se down descompuso Oil Aceite Water Agua Shopping How much is it? Expensive Too expensive Cheap Cheaper Can I see...? Can I try…?

¿Cuánto cuesta? Caro Muy caro Barato Más barato ¿Puedo ver...? ¿Puedo probar…?

Exchange rate Do you accept credit cards? Cash Traveler's checks

Tipo de cambio ¿Aceptan tarjetas de crédito? Efectivo Cheques de viajero

Restaurants & Food Breakfast Desayuno Lunch Almuerzo Dinner Cena Menu Lista / menú May I see ¿Puedo ver el the menu? menú? Fork Tenedor Knife Cuchillo Spoon Cuchara Napkin Servilleta Water Agua Soft drink Refresco Ice Hielo Coffee Café Tea Te Milk Leche Sugar Azúcar Bread Pan

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Harbour Bus stop


Beer Wine Cheers Juice Fruits Apple Orange Banana Beef Meat Fish Chicken Egg Seafood The check, please

Change The restrooms?

Cerveza Vino Salud Jugo Fruta Manzana Naranja Plátano Carne de res Carne Pescado Pollo Huevo Mariscos La cuenta, por favor ¿Aceptan tarjetas de crédito? Cambio ¿Los baños?

Numbers 0 1 2 3

Cero Uno Dos Tres

Do you accept credit cards?

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4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100

Cuatro Cinco Seis Siete Ocho Nueve Diez Once Doce Trece Catorce Quince Dieciseis Diecisiete Dieciocho Diecinueve Veinte Treinta Cuarenta Cincuenta Sesenta Setenta Ochenta Noventa Cien


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