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TAR is arriving to Rocky Point July 21 Thursdays and Sundays

Well the arrival of TAR Airlines is just around the corner according to the press release that they just sent out.  I certainly hope that people here will use them so that we can keep them and probably also get more carriers to fly here.  You will find posted also all the other cities in the US and Mexico that can now be accessed via TAR and other carriers.  They are running promotional flights so check their web page www.TARMexico.com (it is just in Spanish)  or call their toll free number 01-552-629-5272. Their customer service department is very cordial in both English and Spanish.  They offer several levels of service at excellent prices.  You can also call Puerto-Penasco.com at 1-800-997-9431 to get questions answered but they can not make a reservation for you.

You can fly round trip from PPE(Puerto Peñasco) to  TIJ(Tijuana) for $2102.55 Pesos or aprx $108 USD.  Fly from PPE(Puerto Peñasco ) to HMO(Hermosillo) for $2228.60 Pesos or aprx. $120.00 USD or PPE(Puerto Peñasco to CJS(Cuidad Juarez) for $2519.59 Pesos or aprx $136.00 USD.  At the price of fuel in Mexico, you can’t afford not to fly.  They also offer Senior Discounts.

Map Tar Flights

The information provided previously will remain the same as far as flying out of Tijuana.  If you are coming from Southern California or anywhere on the West Coast, fly into San Diego and take a shuttle down or you can park your vehicle at the border and pay the $14 to walk across the walkway and end up right in the terminal for TAR.  Check out www.CrossBorderEpress.com for all the details.  This will certainly make it easier for visitors and business people come to Puerto Peñasco.

Here is the flight schedule:

Flight #        ORIGENATION – DESTINATION   DEPARTURE TIME    ARRIVAL TIME
819                   CJS – PPE                                   10:00 am                        10:45 am
822                  PPE – TIJ                                     11:10  am                        12:15 pm
823                  TIJ – PPE                                      12:40 pm                          1:40 pm
826                 PPE – HMO                                     2:05  pm                          3:05 pm
827                 HMO – PPE                                     3:45  pm                           4:45 pm
818                 PPE – CJS                                       5:10  pm                           6:45 pm

* Note all departure and arrival times are in local time.

Coming from Tijuana/ San Diego or live or work in Puerto Peñasco and want to take a vacation.  With TAR Airlines and its connections you can fly to several destinations in Mexico. Below is the list of places you can go to and on  what connecting airlines.

AIRLINE / DESTINATION

Aeromexico – (MEX) Mexico City
Copa Airlines – (MEX) Mexico City
Air France – (MEX) Mexico City
AVIANCA – (MEX) Mexico City
KLM – (MEX) Mexico City
Volaris – (DGO) Durango
VivaAerobus – (Mex) Mexico City
Volaris – (MLM) Morelia
Volaris – (GDL) Guadalajara
AeroMexico – (MTY) Monterrey
Volaris – (CLQ) Colima
Interjet – (GDL) Guadalajara
Interjet – (MEX) Mexico City
Iberia – (MEX) Mexico City
Volaris – (GDL) Guadalajara
Aeromexico – (GDL) Guadalajara
Interjet – (CUL) Culiacan
Volaris – (MTY) Monterrey
Volaris – (OAX) Oaxaca
Volaris – (BJX) Leon/Guanajuato
Dana Airlines – (GDL) Guadalajara
Aero Calafia – (LAP) La Paz (Baja)
Aero Calafia – (LTO) Loreto (Baja)

From Puerto Peñasco to Hermosillo here is the list to fly out of Hermosillo including flying to Phoenix.

AIRLINE/ DESTINATION
AeroMexico – (CUU) Chihuahua
AeroMexico – (CUL) Culiacan
Volaris – (TIJ) Tijuana
Volaris – (MTY) Monterrey
Interjet – (MEX) Mexico City
AeroMexico – (MTY) Monterrey
AmeriFlight – (PHX) Phoenix
AeroMexico – (MEX) Mexico City
Air France – (MEX) Mexico City
AVIANCA – (MEX) Mexico City
Dana Airlines – (GDL) Guadalajara
VivaAerobus – (GDL) Guadalajara
Aero Calafia – (CEN) Ciudad Obregon
Aero Calafia – (LAP) La Paz

This certainly has been an exciting turn of events for Puerto Peñasco and combined with the Home Port project will once again put us on the road to growth and success.

We invite you come down and be part of our growth.  Puerto Peñasco is Paradise and so close  so come and visit for a week and stay for the rest of your life.

Read more about Flights to Rocky Point in our Previous Posts:
TAR Airlines Schedule and Fares
TAR Airlines to begin flights to Puerto Peñasco
How to Book a Flight to Rocky Point, Mexico

Schedule and Prices
*price in pesos

Soap Box Derby in Rocky Point, Mexico

Want to have some fun in July?  Come on and sign up for our  1st annual Rocky Point Charanga Derby also known as a Soap Box Derby.  The event will be held July 23 at 5 p.m.  on the Hill to “El Mirador” so get your cars ready for a good time.  Registration starts July 2nd at Casa Hogar Jose Davalos and is only $400 pesos or about $22 USD plus your car parts.. All proceeds go to Casa Hogar Jose Davalos (home for the elderly).

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To register you can call 638-384-6166 to find out where to sign up. Teams will consist of the car  built by a 5 member team.  There are no engines in these cars but then again it is all down hill. There will trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place as well as prizes and certificates donated by local restaurants, bars and merchants.
This is sure to be the event of the summer here in Puerto Peñasco . Get started today building your car and if you don’t remember where Mirador Hill is, it is up the hill on the way to Baja Cantina (Campeche Street).  Needless to say this is quite a steep hill.

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Get your creative juices flowing and you may win a prize for being the most creative.  Pretend you are back in Boys Scouts and get that drawing board out. Although they already have over 15 sponsors, I am sure they will not turn anyone down.  If you have any questions you may contact us or call the number I listed above.  We at Puerto-Penasco.com can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

CEDO.. A place for fun and to learn

CEDO Logo Rocky Point

Have you ever driven through Las Conchas here in Puerto Peñasco Mexico  and about half way through noticed a huge Fin Whale Skelton on a hill side?  Well welcome to CEDO, the  Intercutural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans.  CEDO is now over 35 years old and growing.  It was started as a non profit collaboration between the University of Arizona Tucson Ecology and Evolutionary Department and the University of Sonora in Hermosillo.  It was designed for research, education and adventure and it is the place to learn about where the desert t meets the Sea of Cortez eco system.

Rocky Point Bird Island

It offers Tide Pool walks, Kayak tours in the Estuary Morua, boat trips to Bird Island as well as El Pinacate Biosphere reserve tours.  One of the next big events will be the “Wet Feet Camp” for children July 2 – 6.  Please check the CEDO calendar to sign up.  CEDO also has adult programs as well.

Vaquita Marina in Rocky Point, Mexico
Vaquita Marina

In 2007 CEDO won Mexico’s National Conservation of Nature award for their 27 years of effort to protect the Gulf Of California as it is also referred to.  It has been instrumental in the “Saving the Vaquita” an endangered specie that now numbers way below 50. They have also been instrumental in helping the Sea Turtle survive when they come here to lay their eggs and to make certain they are not disturbed.  CEDO has many educational programs and exhibits and promotes sustainable and conservation use of our natural resources.  One of its goals is to  create thriving coastal communities that are self sustainable while maintaining a healthy eco system.  They have also have been instrumental in saving the Totoaba an endangered fish.

Totoaba in Rocky Point
Totoaba

This brings me back to the Fin Whale.  The Fin Whale is one of a couple that visit the Puerto Peñasco area.  They generally arrive in February and hang around for a few days.  The past few years they have arrived in January and have stayed for up to a month.  They seem to like the view as much as the residents do!  You can go out on Whale watching tours during those times and do remember to bring your camera.  Many times they can be seen just a few hundred yards off shore from the Sandy Beach resorts.  The Fin Whale at CEDO is about 55′ and was a youngster when it met its demise.  Adult Fins can grow up to 75′ long.  Sadly we have had over the time I have been coming here, seeing them washed up on shore south of town.  While in Cabo San Lucas years ago I asked our fishing captain why do we have them wash up beside the extreme high Tide changes that Rocky Point has?  His explanation was simply that if a Whale gets sick on it’s journey from Alaska, they think that if they get into warmer waters that they will get better!  Makes sense as the are very smart mammals.  But unfortunately they don’t make it.  If you should ever come up one that has just arrived, please notify CEDO.  Do not remove any part of the animal and DO NOT try taking it or any Turtle pieces back across the border with you.

Take the time and visit CEDO and tour the “Earthship”.  In 1992 Jeanette Clifton visited Taos, New Mexico and learned about the construction of these buildings out of old tires and cans.  In the Taos area you will see them dotting the hillsides.  It started with 240 tires.  It features an 18′ dome made out of aluminum cans and a cement type mixture that is like Adobe.  It is self sustaining.  She devoted her tireless efforts to see this project evolve.  There are 2 sections to this complex as well as a place where students stay on field trips.

Cedo at Las Conchas

The “Earthship” houses the gift shop and store.  Here you will find many books about the area and probably one of the best book stores in Rocky Point as well as CEDO Tide Calendars, shirts and other apparel , “Save The Vaquita” shirts and earrings. It is here where you can also purchase the famous Mata Ortiz Pottery as well as items including indigenous crafts and art from Oaxaca,  Chiapas and Chihuahua.  There also baskets from Tarahumara and pottery.  If you want you can also purchase a hand painted tile to donate to the CEDO walls with your names or children or grand children’s names.

If you have any questions about anything, please let us know and we will make sure you get the info you need to visit this wonderful attraction.

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Summer is Beach Time in Rocky Point, Mexico

Soon the schools here in Mexico will be out and Puerto Peñasco will be inundated with families from all over the northern part of Mexico and Baja.  It is always humorous to see people who live in Rocky Point head to Ensenada, Baja California for the summer and the families from Tijuana and Mexicali head east to enjoy the warm waters of the Sea of Cortez.  Here we also get many tourists from the State of Chihuahua, Sinaloa, Nayarit, Jalisco, Michocan and others.  For many of the these states we are the closest Sea Port to them.  Puerto Peñasco welcomes you all.  Also school will soon be out in our neighbors to the north being Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas.  The city will be bursting at the seams with license plates from all over.  A word to the wise… make your reservations today to get the best views at your favorite condo or beach front home.

Wild life in Sonoran Desert

There are many activities in Puerto Peñasco for families to do such as walking in the tide pools, beach combing for shells, going to Cholla Bay looking for Sand Dollars, going to CEDO (which is an effort from the US and Mexico to let people know about the area and how it was formed and the sea life that lives in the Sea of Cortez).  It is at CEDO where you will also find a full size whale reconstructed.) Next stop is  the Pinacate Biosphere  Reserve, which is located north of Puerto PeñascoIf you are not familiar with this area, as you are coming south at aprox KM 50 you will see a huge mountain range off to your right  just after you have crossed the twin bridges.  It is here where you will find Prong Horn Sheep, deer and a multitude of wild life.  Do your family a favor and stop and visit the visitor center  as it is for all ages.  You can also go out on the Banana boats or take the family fishing.  The Sonoran Sea has a store where you can rent boogie boards, snorkeling gear or take scuba lessons and much more.  A must to do is to go out to Bird Island on the Eco Tour Boat to swim with the Sea Lions and Dolphins.  The whole family will enjoy a sunset cruise aboard the Pirate Ship.

Banana Boat Riding in Rocky Point, Mexico

When you come in the months of July, August or September, be prepared for heat and humidity.  But for the ladies out there, remember the humidity is great for your skin.  Be careful in July as the Jelly Fish will be here as well and were actually sighted this past weekend, but they are a much smaller specie and the tentacles surround the jelly part and do no go out like long fish lines. You can recognize them as they are usually dark blue in color.  Word to the wise…bring ammonia or meat tenderizer with you as that will help take the sting away.

Sunset Cruise Pirate Ship in rocky point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Bare in mind that in summer many of the restaurants and bars that you normally go to may be closed mid week, so plan  your food ahead of time.  We have Sam’s Club and LEY’s to shop at for food and beverages.  Right now we are getting in some great green grapes from Caborca.  Fresh fruit and vegetables abound all year around here, so no need to haul food across the border.

One more little item. If you are renting a condo, most do not allow your little dogs and cats.  Check before making your reservations.  We do have 2 places that will board you furry family members so not to worry and one of them is in a vet’s office.  All resorts, bars and most coffee shops have Wi-Fi (if you can’t live with out it).

So as I say ” Life is a Journey.. Not a Destination and the Journey Begins in Puerto Peñasco”.  Come and have fun and enjoy our piece of PARADISE.

Puerto Peñasco "A Happening Place "

Memorial Day 2016 is but a glimpse in the rear view mirror.  The little city of Rocky Point was flooded with people from all over  AZ, CA, Baja and more.  It seems that the 4 mile back up coming into Mexico and several hours wait to get back into the US is not deterring people.  The count was over 35,000 people who came and spent money at restaurants, bars, condos, hotels, beach front homes and vendors and shops.  There were wait lists at many of the rental companies so that is great news.  There were no reports of serious accidents which is also wonderful news, considering the way the quad and rhino drivers were driving.  To all of our visitors, we say Thank You and we hope you will come back again to Puerto Peñasco.

So you are asking yourselves, what are the locals going to do now that summer is upon us.  Let me give you a run down of upcoming events and one that is currently going on.

Marine Festival started May 27 and ends June 5th.    It is a tribute to the fisherman who have been the back bone of this city.  Every day there are events going on and you can look at the attached schedule to see what you would like to do.  The harbor was bustling with boats and music yesterday and the queen that was crowned presides over the events. If you haven’t attended this event, plan to do it next year.  Flags are flying by the Navy Base.  Mexico has a beautiful flag, but unlike the U.S., it only flies on certain holidays, so it was nice to see the one down by the Plaza de Governors in the Old Port flying proudly.

Festival de la Marina Puerto Penasco

While I am speaking about flags, PLEASE when you come from the US, DO NOT fly the American Flag on your sand rail unless you fly the Mexican Flag with it. If you fly one at your home, make sure the Mexican Flag is on top.  Simple courtesy and no different from the U.S.

Now for upcoming events in Puerto Peñasco.  The weekend of June 9th will be filled with bands from all over and at almost every bar and it is also the Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers concert.  Please check the schedule below as there will be events at Banditos, J.J.’s Cantina in Cholla Bay, Capone’s Seafood and Pizzeria as well as a few others.  We are getting more musical groups coming down from the U.S. and the turnout for these events is great.  If you don’t have reservations… go to Puerto-Penasco.com and let them help you.

circus Mexicus in Rocky Point, Mexico

Coming June 12th is The Great Rubber Ducky Race on Sandy Beach.  Those elusive little yellow ducks can be purchased for $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00.  Monies go to charity from this event.  There are some great prizes including a weekend stay at one of the Sonoran Resorts, a weekend at Las Palomas Resort, a round of golf for 2 at Las Palomas Golf Resort, spa treatments and so much more.  You can call Barb at 602-324-9529 or in Mexico at 383-4693 to purchase your ducks or maybe you would like to volunteer to keep all those little guys in line or you can email her at RPBarbO@gmail.com.

Charities in Rocky Point

Don’t forget the every day events going on here such as horseback riding on the beach, kayaking on the Sea of Cortez, fly in an ultra-light and take pictures of the happenings below, fishing, golfing at one of our 3 golf courses and don’t forget about taking a sunset cruise.  Need numbers for reservations, please contact me and I’ll get you more information than you probably want.

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TAR Airlines Schedule and Fares to Rocky Point, Mexico

Rocky Point Airport

Well the Great news is that the TAR Airlines Schedule is out. The bad news is that their web page is totally in Spanish and a bit more difficult to navigate than most of us might be used to.  But as time goes on, I am sure this will change as well.  But their PROMO fares are SUPER. I have done a couple of spot checks on fares for some one over 60 and they are very reasonable. They offer 4 different classes of service.  It appears the maiden voyage will be July 21th, so don’t bother to check for an earlier flight.  If they open earlier, we will let you know.
Puerto Peñasco to Tijuana : $933.20 pesos ($50 us dollars aprox.)
Round Trip: $2012.56 pesos ($108 us dollars aprox.)
Puerto Peñasco to Hermosillo: $1,020.80 pesos ($55 us dollars aprox.)
Round Trip: $2,228.60 pesos ($120 us dollars aprox.)
Puerto Peñasco to Cd. Juarez: $1,132.88 pesos ($61 us dollars aprox.)
Round Trip: $2,519.59 pesos ($136 us dollars aprox.)
All these flights are only Thursdays and Sundays both ways.

Go to www.tarmexico.com. If you want they have a toll free number of 01-552-629-5272 where they do have very pleasant English speaking people.  We will be showing you via screen shots fares and how to book a ticket.  The example we will be using is for a Senior (someone 59 or older) and flying from Tijuana (TJ) to Puerto Peñasco (PPE) Also don’t forget if you are coming across the border at Tijuana (TJ) go to www.crossborderxpress.com to check on your ticket to walk across the newly opened Cross Border Bridge that I recently wrote about.  As of my last writing the ticket is $14 USD and you walk about 400 yards over the border and will be right in the terminal for your flight to Puerto Peñasco. 

RESERVATION DIRECTIONS: This blog will give you fare information and the following on how to make a reservation.

TAR Airline

And if you are looking for Hotels & Resorts in Rocky Point, Mexico visit this site: www.Puerto-Penasco.com

Memorial Day Weekend and Beyond in Rocky Point, Mexico

Memorial day is fast approaching, so I hope you have your hotel or condo reservations already.  If not try Puerto-Penasco.com and let them try to help you.

Rocky Point Bird Island

The weather and the water are great with daytime weather being in the mid 80’s.  There are plenty of water activities to par take in such as trips to Bird Island via Eco Tours, fishing on the About Time, fishing with Captain Adolpho Perez , sunset cruises on the ever popular El Rey del Mar aka The Pirate Ship, fun for all ages and take a sunset cruise on the Senorita Rita (the newest of the sunset boats).  The Seniorita Rita features an open bar as well as  Mai Tai’s, Margarita’s and cold draft beer.  Rocky Point is the place to celebrate Memorial Day, but don’t forget the meaning of it either.

Boat Sunset Cruise

Don’t like being on the water … can’t imagine why, but you can always go horse back riding on the beach. Don’t forget the ever popular Banana boats.  The water should be great for kayaking or snorkeling as well.   Bring your beach chairs down and just hang out on the beach and people watch or read a good book, while listening to the tide roll in and out.

Banana Boat in Rocky Point

If your thing is riding in the desert, there are plenty of places to rent those rhino’s and Quads.  Just be careful on them and don’t drive them through the neighborhoods, kicking up as much dust as you can.  Drive responsibly and don’t be a statistic.

Atv in Rocky Point

There will be live music at most of the cantinas on the Malecon and near the Sonoran resorts as well.
The Mermaid Market will be at the Sonoran SPA on Saturday the 28th from 10 am – 3 pm.  Looking for a special gift or something for your self, this is the place to shop.
One more thing is that the Marine Festival starts today and runs through June 5.  Many events behind the stadium as well as near the Old Port. This is always a fun filled event. In Spanish it is called Dia de la Marina.

Some tips when you come down, plan on long lines coming into Mexico on Friday and remember those same people will be going back when you do on Sunday, so be prepared to wait. You can go to www.bwt.cbp.gov to check on the crossing wait times. If you can go back late on Monday you should avoid some of the traffic.  Remember we have Sam’s Club here, so no need to haul meats and a lot of food that is now prohibited across the border.

Stop by any of our local produce places or out of the back of a truck and get the sweetest watermelons in the world.  It is also Mango and Pineapple time.  Speaking of Pineapples, try one from the green truck on the corner of Calle 13 and Plutarco Elias Calle.

When you come into Puerto Peñasco from the north, the new overpass is open if you haven’t been here in awhile and makes that intersection that goes to El Golfo/Mayan Palace so much nicer.

Biker Rocky Point Rally 2015

As you get near the old airport, notice the huge billboard advertising our biggest event of the year, the 2016 Rocky Point Bike Rally.  It will be held November 10th – 13th.  Make your plans early as hotels are filling up already.  You can now register on line for $20 at www.rockypointrally.com and pick up your package when you arrive here at the registration area by Barklin Gas Station/Circle K.  Easy to find, parking lot is filled with bikes.  Last year it is estimated we had 8500 bikers from all over the US, Canada and Mexico.  Shortly after Memorial Day we will be posting the list of entertainment and tentative schedule of events.

So I invite you to come visit our home city and say to you “Welcome Home”.  Have fun and be safe.

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News FLASH: TAR Airlines to begin flights to Puerto Peñasco

In a meeting today with Fernando Antillon/General Director of Mar de Cortes International Airport and Alonso Dominguez/Administrator of Mar de Cortes International Airport I received the word that TAR Airlines which is based out of Queretaro will begin 3 new flights 2 times a week into Puerto Peñasco starting July 21st. TAR will be flying 50 passenger jets from Juarez to Puerto Peñasco direct then to Tijuana then to Puerto Peñasco then  to Hermosillo then to Puerto Peñasco then to Juarez.  As soon as I see the exact route, I will post it here.They will fly here on Thursdays and Sundays.

Airport in Puerto Penasco

For all the exciting details, please go to CrossBorderXpress.com to see the details. This process to build the crossing bridge which  is located in the State of Baja California Norte has been in the works for over 40 years according to Sr. Antillon and finally has become a reality. To our knowledge, this is the only one like it in the world.  It will serve both the Tijuana as well as the San Diego Airport.  This will make travel so much easier for people from the US to fly out of Tijuana into Mexico.  Once you land in San Diego, they are several modes of transportation to get to the border or if you are driving you can park right near the crossing bridge from what I am told.
This flight program has the financial backing of the OCV, State of Sonora and Mexican government for the funding and promotions of it.
Because these flights are coming out of México they are considered Domestic flights and not International, thus not having the International fees attached to the fare. The schedule of the fares should be available on the TAR website starting the end of May. Please go to www.TARMexico.com to follow the progress.
This is so exciting for us here in Puerto Peñasco as it opens the door for us to fly all over México. TAR has been mainly in the central and eastern part of México. It means we will no longer have to take a 7 hour bus ride to either Tijuana or Hermosillo to catch other flights to other major destinations.

TAR Airline in Puerto Penasco

The other flights will start in Juarez and come to Puerto Peñasco and then to Tijuana and Hermosillo.
If you live in Southern California and are flying out of Tijuana, you will be able to check in and get your boarding pass and then walk over the bridge and be directly in the Tijuana Airport. The fee to do this is $15 USD each way and there will be a ticket counter set up on the US side to facilitate this.
We will keep you updated every step of the way on this. If you are wondering, TAR mean Transportes Aéreos Regionales and is a fairly young airline but aggressive and forward thinking airline.
TAR Airlines... welcome to Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, México

TOMA COLOR Puerto Peñasco


For the 3rd year Puerto Peñasco will host TOMA COLOR.  The event will take place April 24 starting at the Plaza of the Governors on the Malecón. Come and join us for a 5K or 10K run or walk.
TOMA COLOR  is a race inspired by the Color Run that started in the United States in 2012 and soon spread across the World.  This has come as an idea from the Hindu tradition where Spring is celebrated with showers of color upon one another.  The promotion of health, happiness and individuality is the main goal of this race.

Color run MExico
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

In 2014 the race was brought to Puerto Peñasco by a civic minded young group of business people with the idea of giving back to the community by raising funds for our local charities.  It was a huge success with 800 people registered for the 1st race.  Last year we had nearly 1000 runners and walkers.   There were people of all ages and even little ones being pushed in strollers by their parents.  In 2014 it supported the Hemodialysis Center that received $120,000 pesos to further its’ progress.  In 2015 CAM La Montaña received $230,000 pesos for the construction of new bathrooms for the students.  CAM la Montana is a school for children with special education needs.
This year we will  distribute the funds in a different fashion.  Funds that are destined to support Social Projects here in Puerto Peñasco that will make a difference to the well being of our city will be evaluated and chosen by a  panel of local business people.  If you are a part of a charity that has on going needs, please ask for an application to be submitted to the panel.
Color Run Mexico
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

With the support of the city of Puerto Peñasco we will embark on our 3rd year of doing this.  Again both the 5K and 10K will begin at the Plaza of the Governors on the Malecón.  You may pre-register either as an individual or a group between March 9th and April 9th and save money.  Between these dates and individual is $250.00 pesos ( $15.00 USD) or for a group of 10 it will be $200.oo pesos  ( $12.00 USD) per person.  Between the 10th of April and April 19th the cost will be $300.00 pesos ( $ 18.00 USD) per person or $250.00 pesos ($15 USD) per person for a group of 10 or more.  You will receive a TOMA COLOR shirt and goodie bag as well as the comradeship of being a part of this great community.

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Want to be a TOMA COLOR sponsor?  Email me and I will get you the information.  The sponsorships of this event are so crucial to being able to give more  money to the charities that are chosen.  If you can’t run or walk, being a sponsor is a way to help.  To learn more about TOMA COLOR and how you can join and have a fun day go to www.TomaColorPuertoPenasco.org.
Come out and JOIN the FUN.. sign up today.
Remember “Life Is A Journey.. Not A Destination and the Journey begins in Puerto Peñasco”.
Toma Color 2015

Toma Color 2014

Easter Holy Week in Mexico (Semana Santa)

I would like to introduce you to a bit of tradition in Mexico.  Easter is steeped with tradition and especially here in the States of Sonora and Sinaloa.  If you have spent any time here, you will see that starting on Ash Wednesday the Fariseo’s arrive from the south of Sonora and the north of Sinaloa.  They are dressed in masks made of usually deer or rabbit skin and adorned with feathers.  They also have leg bracelets made of shells.  They walk around  Puerto Peñasco and you can hear them coming for blocks away as the shells make a clicking sound and they always have drums and rattles.

Fariseos dancers

On a recent trip, they came up our street and my husband happened to be up on our roof top patio, so he leaned over and they saw him and started to preform.  Once he tossed money to them, they must have danced for 20 minutes.  It is  interesting that they never ask for food nor money, but people provide for them when they come through the neighborhoods.  If they are hungry, they can motion to their mouths and it is then you know that they are asking for food or water.
The unique thing about this ritual is that they never speak when they are traveling through out the cities.  I have read that many times they have a small wooden cross in their mouths, to remind them of why they are here.  They usually travel in pairs and this year we seem to have 2 groups here.
There are two groups of Fariseos, the Mayo – Yoreme  that come from the towns along the Mayo River in Sonora  and the Yaqui – Yoreme that come from the small towns along the Yaqui River in Sinaloa.  I refer to them as Yoreme (the ones that respect) whereas if you see the term Yori, it means they do not respect.

Fariseos

It is said that when a little boy gets sick, the parents promise that if he does not die he will be a Fariseo.  Normally it is for 2 or 3 years, but depending how deep the religion is,  it can be a life long commitment.   There about 10 little town along these rivers and the Fariseo’s go to the home of the Yoreme and take down the cross of Jesus.  This is done on Thursday before Easter.  Thursday is referred to as Holy Thursday or I have it seen it called Black Thursday.  It is on this day they do Corretear el Viejito (the persecution of Jesus). They dance around the yards just as they do here on the streets.  This ritual is called Conti and it is very important on Friday.  On Holy Friday the rituals go all through the nights at the little churches in the villages and on Saturday comes the resurrection.  It is interesting that on Good Friday, it is a very quiet day, no music or drinking or parties.  Unlike here once the Posada (the carrying of Jesus on the cross) to the mountain top is over, it is PARTY time.  On Saturday it is called Cantan Gloria and now the parties begin and go all night with music everywhere.

Deer Dancer and fariseos

Sunday is the day that masks are removed and burned and as they burn they put flowers on them.  It is here where the God Mother and God Father present scarves to the new  Christian.

yaqui dancer statue
Yaqui Deer Dancer in the South of Sonora, Largest Statue in Latin America

There is something else to note, that you will also see what is called Deer dancers.  These young men do not cover their faces but wear beautifully crafted head dresses and costumes.  They are the people who are invited to preform at parties along with bandas (bands) and it is not so much a religious feast.  You will see pictures of both of  the people mentioned in the above story.

deer Dancer

We invited you to come to Puerto Peñasco to spend Easter with your  family and friends, but ask that you be respectful to the people that live here.  If you go to the beach, pick up after yourselves.  If you should feel the need to rent Quads or Rhinos, remember do not fly up the dirt streets without regard for the people that live here.  We have had to many fatal accidents over my years of being here due to careless  driving of  these vehicles … make sure you are not one of them.  Come and have fun and be safe.
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