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Jalisco Breaks World Record for Largest Tequila Tasting
Mexico News Daily
United by a special fondness for Mexico's national drink, a crowd of 1,486 people gathered in Guadalajara's Plaza Liberación on Sunday, March 24, 2019 to taste three different varieties of tequila and beat the Guinness World Record for the largest tequila tasting ever held.
Inventor Uses Seaweed to Build Low-Income Homes
Sargassum, the stinky brown seaweed that's washing up on Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, is driving away the tourists who provide an economic lifeline for many communities. Now, one man may have found a solution to the problem - by building houses with the unwanted water plants.
Mexico Launches New Plan to Save Vaquita Marina
In an effort to save the world's most endangered marine mammal, the Mexican government plans to use buoys to mark the vaquita marina reserve in the upper Gulf of California. Environmentalists say that more urgent measures are needed to save the species from extinction.
Holland America 2019-2020 Mexican Riviera Cruises
Holland America Line is offering 20 Mexican Riviera cruises aboard three ships between October 2019 and April 2020. A 7-day series of itineraries will be offered aboard the Oosterdam and Eurodam, while the Maasdam's EXC In-Depth Voyages expand to Mexico in 2020.
Tanya Tucker Launches New Tequila Brand, 'Cosa Salvaje'
Country music icon Tanya Tucker has conquered the music industry for more than five decades. She is now adding a new credit to her resume by launching Cosa Salvaje Tequila, a silver spirit produced by the family-owned Partida Distillery in Amatitan, Jalisco, Mexico.
Jalisco Tequila Tasting Aims for Guinness World Record
A week-long celebration in the State of Jalisco marked Mexico's first-ever National Day of Tequila on March 16th - but the party's not over! This Sunday, the city of Guadalajara will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the world's largest tequila tasting.
Little Time Left to Save Mexico's Vanishing Vaquita
New York Times
The latest report on the number of vaquita marina left in Mexico's Gulf of California raises concerns over the survival of the world's smallest porpoise. Without a strictly enforced ban on even possessing gillnets, the species will soon go extinct in the wild.
Mexican Lawmakers Launch Marijuana Reform Process
Top lawmakers from Mexico's leading political parties joined together last week to kick off what could be a lengthy process to formally decriminalize marijuana in line with recent court rulings. There is no immediate timeline for when reform could become law.
Mérida to Host Tianguis Turístico México in 2020
Mexican officials announced on March 14, 2019 that Mérida will host the 2020 edition of the Tianguis Turistico, Mexico's largest tourism showcase. This annual event brings hundreds of national exhibitors and thousands of international buyers to the host city every year.
Mexico Ships Inmates Out of Last Island Penal Colony
In February, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced that he would close the infamous Isla Marias prison, and convert it into a cultural and environmental education center. Mexico announced on Monday that all the island's prisoners have been moved to mainland jails.
Guadalajara Film Fest's Animation Competitions Go Global
In a year of change and growth for the Guadalajara International Film Festival, the revamped animation competitions, godfathered by Guadalajara native Guillermo del Toro, stood out as examples of diversity in cinema and building bridges between Mexico and the world.
March 18 a Mexican Holiday Celebrating Benito Juárez
Banderas News Team
March 18 is a National Holiday, with banks, government offices and many businesses closed as Mexico celebrates Benito Juárez, who rose from humble origins to occupy the Presidency of the Republic on several occasions during the turbulent second half of the 19th century.
Jalisco Health Dept. Reports 23 Deaths from Influenza
According to the Jalisco Health Secretariat, from March 3 to 9, 2019, seven new cases of influenza were reported in the state, five of them of type AH1N1, one of type AH3N2 and one of type A. Three flu-related deaths were also reported, bringing this season's total to 23.
Mexico Imposes Temporary Ban on Pacific Coast Shrimping
CONAPESCA has published an agreement establishing a temporary ban on fishing for all species of shrimp in waters under federal jurisdiction in Baja California Sur, Sonora, Sinaloa, Nayarit, Jalisco and Colima, Mexico, which goes into effect on March 15, 2019.
Mexico's First National Tequila Day a 7 Day Celebration
There's a party going on in the State of Jalisco this week as Mexico celebrates the first-ever National Day of Tequila with tastings, distillery tours, cocktail contests, and more, in honor of the iconic drink that has become the country's 'ambassador par excellence.'
Trove of Maya Artifacts Found Beneath Chichén Itzá
Mexican archaeologists announced last week that they discovered more than 200 Maya artifacts beneath the ancient city of Chichén Itzá on Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. The artifacts, which date back to 1000 AD, include ceramic incense holders, decorated plates, and other items.
Mexico Doesn't 'Spring Forward' Until April 7, 2019
While Americans will be turning their clocks ahead for daylight-saving time on Sunday, March 10th, in Mexico we won't 'spring forward' until the first Sunday of April. So make a note if you'll be traveling to Vallarta this month - there will be an extra hour difference in time.