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Bacanora vs. Tequila.. there is a difference Part 2

Fields
This gives you an idea of what the Blue Agave plant looks like.

Jimadors at work
Jimadors at work

Tequila Fields Forever
Tequila Fields Forever

Now for a lesson on Tequila.  The one thing both Bacanora and Tequila have in common is that they are a distilled alcoholic drink.  The main difference is that in order for Tequila to be called Tequila is that it must be made from the Blue Agave.  Tequila is also a regional drink but is highly promoted world wide.  Again the main difference in Bacanora and Tequila is with Tequila you won’t get that smoky taste.

Mezcal Chart
From Blue Agave to the Mescals

Welcome
The first thing you see when driving into Tequila

Tequila
Tequila Town Square


Tequila comes from the city that bears it’s name and it is located in the State of Jalisco which is  about an hour drive north of Guadalajara.  As you travel along the highway, you will see fields, as far as you can see, of the Blue Agave and they are in all stages of growth. The first Tequila was produced in the 16th century in the town of Tequila.  The Cuervo family was the first licensed distillery and the Sauza family was the first to start exporting.  Over 300,000 plants are harvested annual.  The town of Tequila is a quaint little town with cobblestone streets and not far off the toll road.  You can see the larger distilleries as you enter the town.  As you drive through the streets you will be greeted on every block by stores selling and tasting Tequila.  The joy of doing this is that you will be able to see all the beautifully decorated bottles in all shapes and sizes.  Recently we have seen some of these earthen vessels at COSTCO and TOTAL WINE in the Phoenix area.  Below are some of the various bottle you can find in the United States as well as some great brand names in pretty bottles here in Puerto Peñasco.

Stunning bottle
If you are lucky check out The Tequila Factory for this one.

Tequila
You can find several brands in Rocky Point at Sam’s Club and LEY’S

Collectibles
You can find these in some liquors stores in Rocky Point

Unusual bottles
Unique Cactus shaped bottle

Tequila
Cobblestone streets.

The soil around Tequila is that of red volcanic rock which is great for drainage.  There are 2 regions where the plants are grown and are know as the lowlands (which produce smaller plants, 150 lbs that give off an herbaceous taste) and the highlands will grow plants that can reach 240 lbs and they have a sweeter flavor.  In the area there are over 100 distilleries that produce over 900 labels.   The men that tend these Blue Agave from the planting to the harvesting are called Jimadors and they  are the ones to say when a plant is ready to be harvested.
If you go to Guadalajara you can take the Tequila Train to the town of Tequila while sitting  back and sipping while taking in the country side. If you have time, spend a few days there relaxing as you tour the various factories. There is lodging, golf and some great food along the way. Transcend yourself into thinking how this all started so many years ago..  Maybe if you are lucky, you can help break open a pina at one of the factories.
Ride the train
Take the Tequila Train from Guadalajara.

The process is very similar to Bacanora.  Once harvested and the leaves stripped away,  they are put in ovens and baked.  From there the are either mashed or shredded.  The juice is then put into either stainless steel or wooden tanks where they will ferment for 3 -7 days.  Like Bacanora, Tequila is distilled twice and then either bottled or put into wooden barrels for further aging in order to give it that wonderful amber color and lovely flavor.  Unlike wine that gets better with aging in the bottles, it does not change in the bottles.  They say it is best to drink tequila within the first 2 years after opening it due to oxidation.

Distillery
Distillery at Herradura

Distillation
Another look at the Copper Distillery process.

There are now 4 categories of tequila.  1) Blanco or Silver ages less than 2 months in stainless, 2) Resposado(rested) means it is aged from 2 months to 1 year in small oak barrels, 3) Anejo must be aged from 1 year to 3 years in small oak barrels and 4) Extra Anejo (this category just started in 2006) and it must  rest 3 years in barrels.

By Mexican law, as I said, Tequila can be only produced in Jalisco, however now they have added certain cities with the States of Guanajuato, Michoacán,Nayarit and Tamaulipas.  Also by law all Tequila has to be 38% but to ship to the United States it must be 40% or 80 proof.

When shopping for Tequila in Puerto Peñasco, check out The Tequila Factory, which is located on Benito Juarez near the railroad crossing.  Here you find Manny’s Beach Club tequila and it is produced only for them in Jalisco.  The have all 4 of the categories as well as many delicious flavored ones.  Have Fernando tell you the story of how  it started  before he starts giving you samples.  He will make up some great concoctions for you.

Whether you try Bacanora or Tequila, sit back, sip and enjoy them.  Watch our blogs and you can plan a trip down during a Bacanora and Tequila Festival.

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Research came from Wikipedia and The Tequila Factory.

Valle de Guadalupe's Wine Country, Baja Mexico Part 2

In my previous blog, I covered the first two days of wine tasting in the Valle de Guadalupe. Here you will find part 2 of our wine tasting adventure there.   This region is only 20 miles northeast of Ensenada Mexico and is nestled in a fertile valley surrounded by high mountains.  It receives fog in the morning and nights but warm sunny days.  Grapes are grown in this area but also they source grapes from the regions of San Vicente and Oso Negros.  Due to the drought the past 7 years, most growers are using irrigation but many are still dry farming.  From what we learned, land is very reasonable, but it is all about water rights.

This region also holds many wine tasting events with the biggest one coming up July 26 – August 19.  It is called “Fiesta de la Vendimia”.  There are wine and food events  held at many wineries as well as gourmet wine dinners.  You will also find events held in Tijuana as well as Ensenada.  It will showcase some  70 wineries from the region.

Vendimia Festival
The 28th Festival de la Vendimia

WInes
Ultra modern Alexima winery.

Day 3 found us starting out at ALEXIMA WINERY.  It is not only a winery but a restaurant and the building is very modernistic.  I was first introduced to their wines at El Tapeo Wine and Tapas in Puerto Peñasco at a wine dinner.  They were featuring 4 of their wines for tasting and they were very nice.

WInery
Located high on the hill is Las Nubes

Adobe Guadalupe
Coming down from Las Nubes through the vineyards on the way to Adobe Guadalupe

Our next stop through the back roads was LAS NUBES which is nestled into the side of a mountain.  This winery is not only built first class, so are their wines.  It was a Saturday when we were there and it was packed but the patio is large and people just joined others at the tables.  It offers a sweeping view of the Valle de Guadalupe to see while tasting the scrumptious wines.  Here we settled on the 2015 Syrah to add to our growing collection.  The young man behind the tasting bar asked if we would like the presentation in English or Spanish and we had to say English.  Even though it was very busy, he took the time to explain about the wines.

Here you will find whites and roses’, young reds, reserves that are mainly 2011 -2012 and a wonderful blends with names like Cumulus and Nimbes,  Syrah, Petite Sirah and Nebbiolo.  Any of them will make a great addition to your wine cellar.

Bineyards
High mountains and vineyards

Adobe Guadalupe
Court yard of the Adobe Guadalupe Winery

Adobe Guadaljupe
Just one of many of their fine wines.only

About 1 hour later we were back on the dirt road in search of ADOBE GUADALUPE.  The tasting room is in an old  Mission style building with several tasting areas.  Although packed with people, the tasting people did a very nice job of explaining things.  As we entered the tasting room there was a Food Truck parked next to it and the food looked so good.. but we were there to taste wine.  After sampling 6 wines we decided on the Jardin Secreto and a blend called Uriel Rosado.  We could not have been more happy with our purchases.

La Frannes
A beautiful setting at Vina de Frannes in the foothills

After making a couple of wrong turns we finally found VINA de FRANNES.  I had previously learned  that an old co-worker of mine was bringing people from Tucson, Arizona to see the region and so we agreed to meet them at 3.  Despite us making a few wrong turns we got there just ahead of them.  They did a tasting with one of the marketing people while we did our tasting by a great guy and Catalina Martinez, who is in sales and marketing.  All of the wines were excellent, so we decided to have lunch there and enjoy the Chardonnay while over looking the vineyards and learning about the history of the winery.  Step into the tasting area where you can choose from 8 wines to purchase such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Rosato and an array of reds, as well as olives and olive oils.

My husband Bill choose pasta and shrimp and it was delicious.  I saw Pizza on the menu and it had my name written all over it.  It was done in a wood fired oven, so a nice char on the crust. It was served on a wooden board that had been dressed with Balsamic, so as you picked it up the glaze stayed on the bottom of the crust.  I also ordered a small salad and the dressing had Balsamic and coffee in it and I must say it is the first time I ever finished a salad.  Lastly, I could not resist the Basil ice crèam and it did not disappoint me.

The day ended with the fog rolling in, so we drove back to Quinta Estrella B & B and opened a bottle of wine before getting ready for our last day of tasting.

Clos de Tres Cantos
Lovely glass of Clos de Tres Cantos

Trfes Cantos
Very nice wines here along with a couple of cute casitas

Grape clusters
Within 5 miles the difference in the clusters is noticeable

Olives and Grapes
As seen from Tres de la Cantos

On day 4 we started out the day again with a great breakfast of fresh fruit, chiliquiles, pastories and fresh bread.  Our first stop was CLOS de TRES CANTOS.  It is an eclectic array of buildings and a lot of common areas outside.  It was very foggy and quiet cold, but the young lady in the tasting room made us feel right at home. They do the tasting sitting down at long wooden tables.    We enjoyed all of the wines but the one that we purchased was called Hoja en Blanco and was a crisp white blend.  The vineyard is surrounds also by Olive trees as a great deal of Olive Oil is produced in that region.  They also have 2 Casitas for rent and the view is very nice.  The winery and casitas sit up on a slight hilltop.

L.A.Cetto
Tasting L.A. CETTO wine under the big trees with Alejandro.

L.A. CETTO
This building houses the wines for sale along with merchandise, cheeses and Olive Oil

Next we decided to go to L.A.CETTO, even though it is very large just to say we saw it.  When we arrived after following a tour bus down a long dirt road and past several vineyards, they had a booth set up to pay for the tastings.  I choose the Premium one .. $100 pesos per person so I bought 2, no more sharing.  We only get the less expensive L.A. Cetto here at our local Sam’s Club, so you can imagine our surprise when we found they make some really good wine for the price under the Don Luis label.  They had a Viognier, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and a Merlot.  We purchased the 2 whites and the Merlot.  As were walking around we saw a man carrying a case of Chambruele  Champagne, which we did not know it was made by them.  So that completed our case of wine.  Alejandro, our young man pouring the tastes also had been to Puerto Peñasco and loved it.  They also have a more expensive tasting that includes more, but we were very pleased with ours.  We also found some found some local cheese that had black olives in it and some Olive Oil, all of which are very good.  So glad we gave it a shot.

Magoni Winery
A pleasant tasting room at Magoni Winery

Olive Oil
This is the Balsamic Vinegar barrel Room for Magoni.

Magoni wines
The Magoni line of wines.

Our next winery of the day was a real sleeper called MAGONI.  Beautiful grounds surrounded the tasting room and were greeted promptly as we arrived.  We learned a lot from the gentleman in the tasting room including the fact that they are making Balsamic Vinegar that is being aged for 18 years.  They have it in a barrel room that smelled so good when we walked in.  It is pricey for every day use, however to just have with some crusty bread would be wonderful.  We loved their 2017 Cab and Chardonnay so that was our next purchase. This was the only winery we found, that like California, when you pay for the tasting, you keep the glass. Plus for my birthday Bill bought me a shirt that says  SAVE WATER .. DRINK WINE!  I couldn’t agree more!!!

Cava Maciel
Wine maker Jorge Maciel

Cava Maciel
Just some of the wines at Cava Maciel

Cava Maciel
The entrance to Cava Maciel and the wine dog.

Cava Maciel
Lovely Barrel Room at Cava Maciel

Next stop was to CAVA MACIEL.  We had met the winemaker Jorge Maciel several years ago at a wine dinner and tasting at El Tapeo in Rocky Point.  He was surprised that I had kept his card all this time.  It was so nice to have the tasting done with him personally as he is an excellent wine maker. If you decide to travel to this wine area, make sure you mark this winery as one to stop at.  He does a lot of traveling around Mexico and the United States to promote his wine and the region.  We bought a bottle of Vino Luna and can’t wait to have it.  Next time we will get more reds than we did this trip.  His winery overlooks several vineyards and is very comfortable.  The front opens to the mountains and vines and there are tables out in front for larger groups.

By this time the fog was rolling back in so he headed back to La Doble T for our sausage sandwich which was outstanding.  Fresh bread and the sausage was better than a Wisconsin brat.  Next time we’ll bring some of those back with us.

We can’t wait to go back again to this wonderful region of Mexico and hopefully spend more time and have the chance to go into Ensenada to try out the micro breweries of which there are many. So Monday morning, we got up and had fruit, bread and coffee before packing up the JEEP and saying adios Valle de Guadalupe.  See you soon.

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Valle de Guadalupe's Wine Country, Baja, Mexico Part 1

Vineyards
Young vineyards in the Valle de Guadalupe.

 I normally don’t do blogs on areas other than Puerto Peñasco, but over several years of doing this, I get asked a lot by tourists who winter here, what can I do to see Mexico.  Many of the Rv’ers love wine and have never heard of the Valle de Guadalupe’s Wine Country. So we decided to take an adventure and headed over to see what it looks like.

On May 17th we left Puerto Peñasco and headed over by ourselves and without a map!  If you don’t get off the toll roads it is anywhere from a 5 1/2 – 6 hour drive.  It is 3 1/2 hours to Mexicali and the rest of the trip takes you over La Rumorosa (which is windy step climb) it resembles Highway 8 between El Centro and the Tecate turn off.  This part of the road is called 2D and it is not for the faint of heart or people that have a fear of heights.  As the driver, you can’t enjoy looking around as the bus lines use it and they do fly. Seeing the vineyards, makes the trip worth it. Once you arrive in Tecate, you take Mexico 3 towards Ensenada which will take you through the Valle de Guadalupe.  It is indeed beautiful to see all the green vineyards and the stunning wineries up on the hillsides.

Kruger Winery
From shipping containers to a winery.

Our first stop was to meet our friend and winemaker Iker Turcott (KRUGER VINEYARDS) who also has a cute little sandwich shop (La Doble T) next to the winery and he has some great gourmet sandwiches.  He prepared a couple of the sandwiches, while we relaxed with a glass of Chardonnay and checked out the winery.  He is doing an outstanding job with his new Chardonnay and also does some wonderful reds.  We had time for one more winery before checking into Quinta Estrella B & B, so Iker suggested RETORNO  Vinicola.  The young man in the tasting room was very knowledgeable and helpful.  They were in the process of doing some labeling and it was all by hand.  Here we purchased a bottle of red called Palabra.  Nice wines at reasonable prices.  Most of the small wineries that we went to, do under 2,000 cases and we prefer them to the large wineries.  However, we did find a couple of the large ones that were a treat.  We checked into Quinta Estrella  and were greeted by the hostess Patricia (Beba) Sanchez Dias.  After we unpacked we sat outside with our purchase from RETORNO and some cheese and sausage.  The evenings and mornings were cool and foggy but the daytime was beautiful.  Beba’s husband Benito joined us that evening and we learned a lot  about the area.  He is Director General of Abulones Cultivados in Ensenada.  It is there that they farm raise Abalone.  We learned that an Abalone grows at the rate of 1″ per year.  No wonder they are so expensive!  It was at this winery we ran into a couple from Sonoyta which is the crossing most people use to enter Mexico and he is an architect. She invited us to stop by and say hi when we pass through.
Bruno
Bruno the wine dog at Kruger, eyeing up my dinner.

Kruger Wines
Iker Turcott explains the making of his wine at Kruger Wines

Vineyards
The view from Rancho Velasco

Day 2 of our adventure began with a wonderful breakfast with fresh fruit, pastries from Ensenada, eggs any way we liked and coffee.  Our first stop was a small winery close to the B & B called Rancho Velasco.  When we arrived , we learned that Sr. Velasco had been hospitalized but the winemaker Acessio Bellafiore, took us down to the winery.  It is located in what appeared to once be a basement to the very old Misiones de California and was constructed of thick Adobe walls that had been plastered over.  As we sampled the wines we talked about the area and he explained he had come from Italy a few years ago and was also making some of his own wines there. We purchased 3 bottles of  Misiones de California Vino Tinto Blend. He graciously poured one of his wines out of the barrel and even though it had only been in the barrel about 8 months you could tell how good it is going to be.

Rancho Velasco
Rancho Velasco

Rancho Velasco
Winemaker at Rancho Velasco explaining the process.

Valle de Guadalupe Vineyard

These little grape clusters at Vinisterra will become wine come fall.
These little grape clusters at Vinisterra will become wine come fall.

Wine
Baby grape clusters will be wine come fall.

Our next stop was VINISTERRA that started in 2002.  The young man in the tasting room, Omar, was very pleasant and knowledgeable about his product.  Here we ran into a Canadian fella with a small group, who had been to Puerto Peñasco and was telling them how beautiful it was there.  Ironically the Canadian had taken a wine making class with the girl friend of Iker Turcott and they are splitting a barrel … small world.  After doing the tasting, we decided to sit on the patio and enjoy a bottle of Domino Rosado, while taking in the vineyards and winery. We purchased  both Domino Rosado and Domino Blanco as the warm summer will soon be upon us, making us not drink our favorite reds.  Here again the white wines and Rose’s of the Valle De Guadalupe have come along way and although we are red wine drinkers, really enjoyed the weather, wine and cheese and crackers.  Next stop was TRES VALLES, a 1/2 mile down the road (as the crow flies).  Here were met again by a nice young man in the tasting room, who knew his wines and also knew Rocky PointWe tasted all of their wines and purchased 2 bottles of a red blend called Jada Rosada and Jada Blanco.  My husband and I have spent many years wine tasting in Paso Robles and Lodi, California and if there is one thing we finally learned is that you split tasting or by the end of the day they all taste good.  We did the same in the Valle as it is especially important when you are not familiar with an area.

Tres Valles
Very knowledgeable young man in the tasting room at Tres Valles.

Please see Part 2 to learn about the rest of our mini wine vacation.  I hope you enjoy this and the photos.  It was amazing to see at one winery the tiny fruit had just begun and 5 miles down the road they were about the size of peas.

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Whale Watching in Puerto Peñasco..Part 2

We recently did a blog about Whale Watching in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico and suggestions on which boats do Whale Watching tours.  I included in that information things about  fishing charters and sunset cruises that these 3 companies do. By all means these are not all the boats that do sunset cruises or fishing trips.  There is the Big Momma, they also do fishing charters and  The About Time.

Pancho Villa guns drawn
Photo by Ole

This past week we had the opportunity to go along the owners of the Pancho Villa as it was the owners birthday.  We boarded the boat at 11:30 and took of at noon on a beautiful sunny day (of which we have many) and headed out of the harbor.  As soon as we boarded the boat, we  got to make new friends.  One couple lived not far from where I came from in Wausau, Wisconsin, several others also live here full time, so lot’s of story telling about how we have seen this sleepy little fishing village evolve.  We went along at a comfortable pace and the Pancho Villa is a very comfortable vessel.  Several years ago it had the back of the boat extended so there is ample room to move around as well as sit in some comfy Adirondack style chairs or go on the deck or sit with the captain.

Whale Watching
Guests on the Pancho VIlla searching for Whales

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa is made for whale watching sunset cruises or fishing.
(Photo by Mike N Samantha Bosnick)

We were out 5 miles when the cry “there she blows” came and sure enough just ahead was a huge whale. She seemed to almost be circling us as it would dive down and then come up again.  It is breath taking to see these giant creatures of the sea and this one seemed to love to play hide and seek.  Look closely and you can see the Pinacate Range in the back ground.

Whale watching
Amazing the grace of somethin this large

Whale Watching
“There she blows” and there was the elusive huge whale.

Whale watching
Some of the Shrimp boats that bring in our precious shrimp

Our next venture was on the Sol Chaser with is owned by the same folks that have Eco Tours. The Sol Chaser came from Mazatlán and is a 54′ catamaran which has been retrofitted with a new bathroom that has easy access to it.  There is comfortable  seating on the side, on the bow and with the captain that is covered.  It featured an open bar as well as chips/salsa and a vegetable platter.  On this trip we did not see the elusive whale nor did any others that were out.  However, at about 9 miles out, we got to be a part of the dolphin show.  There were at least 30 or more and they decided to entertain us.  Everyone was trying to get photos and videos as they played and jumped in front of us with sometime 5 jumping out of the water together. On this trip we met people from Kansas and Michigan(but now reside in Prescott. You never know where your partners on the boat  come from to see Puerto Peñasco community.  It is always our pleasure to when asked, be able to give them accurate information on the town and places to go and things to do and see.

Whale watching
The Sol Chaser is the newest arrival to the Eco Tours boats

Sol Chaser
Barb and Bob from Kansas enjoying the Sol Chaser

Sol Chaser
Jeff and Lisa enjoying the trip. From Michigan and now Arizona

Dolphins
Dolphin Time.. what a show that went on forever.

Dolphin watching
Dolphin entertainment as seen from the Sol Chaser

I hope you enjoy some of the photos of the people having a great time enjoying the weather and the water as well as watching  the whale and dolphins.  Hopefully they will hang around longer if the water and temperatures start to warm up.  The whales come into the Sea of Cortez because of the warm water so they have not been as plentiful as other years.  On February 14, they were again spotted, so we know they are here.  Call one of the companies doing the tours and make your reservation as they do fill up fast.  Even if you don’t see anything, it is so nice to be out on the water and making new friends.

Whale Watching in Rocky Point vs. San Diego!  Rocky Point is a mere 3 1/2 – 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson where as San Diego is a 6 hour drive.  Rocky Point has little or no congestion on the roads … you know the freeways in San Diego.  But the best part is that you can go out on small  intimate boats vs boats carrying 150 people.  So it is a win for all, short drive, no heavy traffic and everyone can see the whales up close and personal. So don’t let whale watching pass you by in 2018.

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Important information for U.S. citizens!

Smart traveler enrollment program logo

Recently the U.S. Consul General from Nogales, Virginia Staab and the Consular Section Chief, J. Michael Harvey  put on a presentation for all U.S. citizens living in Puerto Peñasco.  They covered a lot of issues that were of concern to many in the crowd such a Bank Trusts and buying property in Mexico.  They also stated that they are going to try to have meetings every 3 months.

One of the most important things they informed the group about is a program called STEP or Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.  This is a free service and your information will not be shared with anyone other branch of the United States government such as the IRS, etc.  What this program does is to let the U.S. Consulate know that you are either living or visiting abroad by registering at the nearest U.S. Consulate. By registering you will receive important travel warnings and other safety conditions in your destination country in order to help you make informed decisions about your travel plans.  It will help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether it is a natural disaster, civil unrest or a family emergency.  It will also help family and friends get in touch with you in case of an emergency.

In all areas of Mexico where there is a large population of American’s living you will find people that are volunteers for the U.S. Consulate and they are referred to as Wardens.  The job of these volunteers is to help you or a loved one in case of emergency.  For example if your child who might be here on “Spring Break” should get hurt and is taken to the hospital or clinic, the U.S. Consulate will notify the warden who then goes to see what the person needs.  They will be asked to sign a Privacy Act form, so that the warden can give you as a parent all the info on the injured person.  This can relate to auto accidents or anything effecting a tourist or resident in Mexico. In Rocky Point there are 2 people to contact, one being Rick Busa and the other is myself Beverly Arrowood.  Although we have not had to be called on very often, know that we are here to help when needed.

To register simply go to https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/go/step.html/ or for a specific country like Mexico go to https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/mexico.html/.  It is very simple to do and only takes a couple of minutes.  You can register individuals or groups traveling to Mexico.

You can also reach the U.S. Consulate General in Nogales during business hours (8 am to 5 pm) by dialing 01-81-8047-3145 from Mexico or 011-52-81-8047-3145 if calling from the U.S.  For emergencies out side of the normal business hours or weekends the number to call from Mexico is 001-619-841-3203 and if calling from the U.S. 1-619-841-3203.

If you would like information on the services provided by the U.S. Consulate General in Nogales you can reach them at https://mx.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/nogales/.

Sunset
Stunning winter sunsets in Puerto Peñasco, Mexicocase of

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TAP Bus Suspends Service to Puerto Peñasco

This blog is meant to be informative for all of you who have inquired about using TAP ROYAL bus service between Phoenix and Puerto Peñasco. Thanks to the people who used it and loved the convenience of it.  Due to no fault of the bus line, service, schedules or anything, service has been suspended. Currently we don’t know if it is permanent or temporary.  The issue is that Omnibus de Mexico which is a part of Grupo Toluca which is a conglomerate of bus companies is in the midst of purchasing Transportes y Autobuses del Pacifico (TAP) and although TAP Royal has its own ownership structure, it is still an affiliate with TAP and it will now be in the hands of Omnibus de Mexico.

TAP ROYAL Bus Service Phoenix to Rocky Point

Needless to say this is a blow to people wanting to use TAP to commute between Puerto Peñasco and Phoenix and now especially at Christmas time. It offered affordable transportation as well as a fairly good schedule.

If you feel as strongly as I do, that we need to have this service running, let me know. Perhaps if enough people feel the same way, our sentiments can be delivered to the new owners. I think we all agree that the service should be daily and consistent and perhaps the trip from here to Phoenix should leave in the morning for those who want to rent a car to shop or catch a plane and these are things that can be tweaked. We have had too many airlines come and go, so this is a let down to our community in my opinion. Feel free to send me your thoughts or concerns and I will pass them on. Hopefully, Omnibus will see the value of this service to us and will resume the service soon.

TAP ROYAL Bus Service Phoenix to Rocky Point
Riders waiting to depart on TAP

Over the years we have had I believe 3 airlines start up service only to prove they are not in it for the long haul.  Any entity planning to offer service need to listen to the communities they are serving so that it not only cost effective for both the passenger but the companies themselves.  It is understandable with the airlines as you need to fill a plane. Rocky Point, however has always been a drive to city.  Even though on many holiday weekends our visitors can experience lengthy delays coming into Mexico but also returning to the USA. People don’t want to drive all over Phoenix to find a small airport and then wait and clear customs, etc.  So driving has been the answer and now many of the visitors either come a day early and may leave on a Monday or even a Tuesday to avoid the delays.

However, with a reliable bus service that has convenient schedules, it would be economical for people coming here for a holiday, dentist visit or just to sit on the beach for a day or 2.  With the proper promotion, they could probably attract Spring Breakers and senior citizens from the R.V. Resorts in the Sun City areas of the West Valley of Phoenix as well as those in the Chandler/Gilbert/Mesa areas.  In the days before people were told it was unsafe to go to Puerto Peñasco, there were tour buses that would fill up with these Senior Citizens and  they would come down and spend a few days and spend money in the community.  These tour groups had a huge financial impact on businesses of all sizes.

Hopefully Omnibus will look at what happened previously and take into consideration not only the financial impact on our community but the convenience of leaving the driving to someone else.  If you have ever thought of traveling to Mexico by bus, I would love to hear from you.

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.

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TAP ROYAL Bus Service Phoenix to Rocky Point

If you aren’t aware there is a new way to get to Puerto Peñasco from Phoenix.  It is called TAP ROYAL.  It is a bus ride that will give you 1st class service not only while traveling on the bus but while waiting for the bus to depart as well.  The cost is a bargain at only  $70 round trip.  The bus leaves the Phoenix terminal Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Monday at 10:00 a.m. and arrives in Puerto Penasco a little after 2:00 p.m.  It leaves the Peñasco del Sol Hotel in Puerto Penasco bound for Phoenix at 4:00 p.m. and arrives around 8:30 p.m.  Looking to make a reservation, you can call 602-272-3030 or in Mexico at 01-800-0011 827 or the Hotel Penasco del Sol Kiosk at 638-128-2685.  You can also go to www.taproyal.com and book your tickets as well.  Tickets can be purchased up to just before departure time as of this writing.

Recently the new ultra modern terminal opened at 2707 W. McDowell road in Phoenix, AZ for people traveling to and from California, Nevada, Arizona and Mexico.  This 5500 sq. ft facility is not only comfortable for the passengers who ride it but for the drivers as well.  The upstairs features dorm style sleeping quarters, kitchen and shower facilities.  Many of you probably have not ridden a bus in Mexico and do not know but the  back-up driver sleeps in one of the compartments below the seat area.

TAP ROYAL Bus Service Phoenix to Rocky Point

The  terminal, which opened in 2015,  is not in a part of Phoenix where one  would expect to se such a beautiful modern building.  The project was funded  directly from foreign investment for both the purchase of the land and the construction of the building as well.  Keith Rosenblum a consultant for Mexico based Transportes y Autobuses de Pacifico or TAP ROYAL stated recently that you will never receive inferior service on a TAP bus or at the terminal. The terminal will  be a luxurious place to await your trip.

TAP ROYAL Bus Service Phoenix to Rocky Point

If you have ever traveled in Mexico, you probably know that bus ridership in Mexico is still the dominant form of transportation.  TAP is using late model Volvo 9700 luxury coaches with panoramic windows 34 Amaya seats, bathroom, professional sound system, Wi-Fi and flat screen movie monitors.  TAP is also very safety conscious and the buses have a 3 point seat belt for your protection as well as highly professional drivers.  They currently operate 30 buses in the United States and over 300 run through the country of Mexico.

TAP ROYAL Bus Service Phoenix to Rocky Point

Current US destinations are Phoenix, Tucson, Nogales, Las Vegas, Huntington Park, CA and they are now exploring entering the market in El Paso.   In Mexico they service such cities as Puerto Peñasco (aka Rocky Point),Obregon, Hermosillo, Navajoa, Los Mochis, Mazatlán, Tepic, Guaymas , Guadalajara and more.  With so many destinations, you can traverse Mexico for very little money and in comfort.  You can sit back, relax and read a book or watch movies.  With the price of gas in Mexico being so high plus the cost of the toll roads this is indeed one of the best ways to travel and it allows you to see the beautiful country side of Mexico.

TAP ROYAL Bus Service Phoenix to Rocky Point

Although TUFESA Bus Line out of Obregon has been doing Mexico – USA for over 10 years, they have not run any buses to Rocky Point.  TAP ROYAL has been around for some time, it is the first to do the route to and from Puerto Peñasco.

TAP ROYAL Bus Service Phoenix to Rocky Point

If you are thinking about travel in Mexico, start with a trip to Rocky Point aboard TAP so that you get a feel for the experience.  I know you will not be disappointed.  Come down and spend a weekend or a week with out breaking your piggy bank.  Hotel / bus packages are available so no need to drive, just sit back and dream of the beach.  Put together a group of friends or your family and experience the easy of travel on a TAP ROYAL bus.

TAP ROYAL Bus Service Phoenix to Rocky Point

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour ride from Phoenix or Tucson.

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Rocky Point Rally 2017 is almost here November 9-12

If you have not been to the largest motorcycle fiesta south of the border now is the time to come on down to Puerto Peñasco.  If you don’t have a reservation, better start looking around as almost everything is full.  It is expected to bring about 8,000 bikes from all over Mexico and the United States, Canada as well as Europe.

Rocky Point Rally
The crowd waiting to register

Registeration is only $25.00 USD or $750 pesos per person and this will get you onto the “Pirate Ship” on one of 2 days for a harbor cruise as well as it show your support for the charities of Rocky Point.  This is where you get your goodie bag filled with official patch, pin, koozie cup, pens and more.  This is also where you can buy your official tee shirts etc.
Sunset Cruise Pirate Ship in rocky point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

The charities that your donation go to are:
1) DIF  Puerto Peñasco and DIF Sonoyta ( this is a family service agency)
2) Cruz Rojo (Red Cross) of Puesto Peñasco
3) The Bomberos (fire department)
4) George Papanicolau Group (which teaches women’s cancer awareness)
6) CAM La Montana ( school for special needs children)
7) Casa Hogar (home for the elderly)

Registration goes from 9-5 11/9 and 11/10 at the Barklin Circle K which is just south of the overpass north of town.  Here you can also buy your Poker Run cards($10 USD) and get your pin.  Don’t just drive… by stop and say hi and register.  Don’t forget to bring a new toy or stuffed animal which will be passed out on King’s Day in January.  You can donate money and we will buy something if you don’t want to bring it down.

MAlecon Toys Rocky Point Rally Toy Drive
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Thursday:

Registration from 9-5

Southside Jillz from 6-9 enjoy The Wild Pack “Blues Against Hunger”, The “Kick Off Party” begins at Banditos  from 7 pm to 1 am listen to the music of Darci Carlson (7 -9), Black Moods(9-11) and The Summer(11-1 am).  Boo Bar will feature DDO from 8-11 and Wrecked at the Reef will have Matt Farris from 6-9

Rocky Point Rally
Great paint jobs

Friday:
Registration is from 9-5
9:30 am meet up at Barklin for the Desert Ride to the Shuk Toal Visitor Center at the Ride leave sharply at 10 am.
11:30 am if you have a wristband meet at Balboa’s Restaurant for the Rey del Mar Pirate Ship cruise. It is free with the wristband.
Entertainment continues at Playa Bonita for the Annual Beach Fiesta from 5-8 pm featuring Matt Farris.
Tekila Bar will host Los Ponchos from 1-4 and 8-11, The Satisfied Frog will have Richard Scott  from 5-8, Wrecked at the Reef will have DL Marble form 6-9 and La Merca from 9:30 until closing, Boo Bar has Moonshine Voo Doo from 6-9 and the Black Moods form 9-12, Banditos will have Darcie Carlson, Black Moods and  Summer, La Cantina at the Sonoran SKY will present Revolvente from 7-12, Southside Jillz will have Los Ponchos at 11:00

Rocky Point Rally 2017 Wrecked at the ReefThe Fiesta continues on both Calle 12 and Calle 13 featuring Los Tolerados starting after 7 pm and sponsored by Barklin Circl K and  the Rocky Point Riders.

Biker Rally Mexico
Photo By Berverly Arrowood

Saturday the 11th will start at Capone’s from 8-11, followed by the line up for the City Parade at 11:30.  The Fiesta will continue all day on the Malecon in the Old Port.  Enjoy your favorite bands at Tekila Bar (Moonshine VooDoo and Los Ponchos), Playa Bonita (Matt Farris), The Satisfied Frog (Randy-Mike and Daniel), Banditos (Darci Carlosn, Analog Outlaws, Black Moods and Summer), Wrecked at the Reef (La Merca and The Crown King, Boo Bar (Moonshine VooDoo), Southside Jillz (Los Ponchos), PK2 (Black Bottom Lighers)
Rocky Point 2015
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Biker Rocky Point Rally

The Fiesta will continue on Calle 12 and Calle 13 again with a band after 7 pm.
Sunday the 12th we bid you farewell until 2018 with the Blessing of the Bikes at Plaza de Madre which is  across from the Tiburones Baseball Stadium.  Still in town… go over to Rey del Mar cruise (Pirate Ship) free with wristband harbor tour at 11:30.  Music will continue at Boo Bar, Banditos, Southside Jillz and Wrecked at the Reef.
We hope you have a fun trip as the committee has tried to provide something for everyone.  We pray you have a safe trip home and that you come back next year.

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.

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2017 PERRUN …1st Annual Dog Run 2017

1st Annual Dog Run will be held October 29th starting at 9:00 am on the Malecon in the Old Port of Puerto Peñasco.  The funds from this event will go to the local Pet Rescue Centers in Rocky Point.  As with many cities in Mexico, Rocky Point, is not immune to an over population of dogs and cats.  The rescue centers are hit hard especially in summer when all the mom’s have their babies.  There are always campaigns to spay or neuter your cat or dog, but it is a very difficult task to accomplish.   Now days the children are being better educated in the schools about how to take care of your forever friend, but old habits are hard to break.

Perrun Dog Run 2017

The event will be #1 a 5K run and #2 a walk.  When you enroll to participate in the run you will be looking to win either 1st, 2nd or 3rd place.  If you and your dog are not into running, sign up for the walk and this will be a short walk around the area.  The cost to register is $250.00 pesos and that is for the owner and 1 or 2 dogs.  The day of the event only cash will be accepted. If you just want to donate cash, you may take your donation to Rocky Vet before the day of the event and Dr. Adrian Sixto will make sure it goes where it is needed.  You may also donate dog or cat food, cat liter or toys at the event.

Rocky Point Bike rally 2016
Miss Sadie adopted at the Rocky Point Rally by Rick Busa November 2016

There are several ways to register for the events.  You can go directly to either Rocky Vet or Rocky Pet Hotel and Spa.  They are located about 4 blocks south of Numeros or you can take the road north of the rail road tracks left off Sinaloa and follow the signs.    Registration can also be done the day of the event on the Malecon.  It is important that you can show proof of current vaccinations in order to enter.  If you dog has anxiety or can become nervous, they ask that you have muzzles or e-collars for them.   The organizers do ask that you be on time in order to hear the schedule and you will also receive some gifts.

You can also go to the following sites to receive further information.
https://www.facebook.com/RockyPetHotelSpa
https://www.facebook.com/RockyVet
638 127 7669 (WhatsApp)
Dog Rescue Refugee in Rocky Point
Rescue puppies waiting for their forever home.

No pet… no problem.  You can still enter to walk with other pets and their owners.  This a great way to learn about the dogs and socialize with them.  There is a 2 dog limit per person as to not over run anyone.  All dogs must be on leashes and not be aggressive.  The staff will have bags for accidents and they will pick the bags up.  There will be qualified staff members and local vets on site to talk to.

Need a Pet Sitter?
Register for the PERRUN here.

This type of event is so important to bring up the level of awareness in the dog and cat over population.  When dogs and cats are taken in by the various rescue centers, they are spayed and neutered before being adopted and have their first sets of shots.  This is the only way to stop this epidemic of pets being allowed to breed day in and day out.  One of the local pet rescues will have received well over 1000 dogs this year and is working with a group that takes the puppies to Canada for adoption.  All of these puppies and “Senior” dogs have clean bill’s of health for crossing into the United States.

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.

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17th Annual Motorcycle Fiesta Puerto Peñasco

Once again Puerto Peñasco is preparing for the 17th Annual Bike Rally. The rally is billed as “The Greatest Motorcycle Fiesta South of the Border.” We have bikers coming from all over the states in the USA, several Canadians and bikers from all over Mexico.

rocky Point Bike rally 2016
Law Tigers Inflatable.

This year the rally kicks of with registration at Barklin Circle K, just as you come off the overpass.  Look for the big Law Tiger inflatable and come in and register for the events and receive your OFFICAL rally package which will consist of your official pin, bandana, koozie, patch, wrist bands for you(and the bike), program and Passport book (not a US Passport) for discounts from many local merchants, bars and restaurants.  Registration is only $25.00 USD or $450.00 pesos. Buy your Poker Run cards here for only $10.00 USD.  Here you can also buy your OFFICIAL BIKE APPARREL.  If you want, you can pre-register by going to www.rockypointrally.com.  The cost is $20.00 USD per person.  You can add your Poker Run card of $10.00.  You will also be  given tickets for  food and beverage.  This will also be the collection location for the toy drop off for the 4th Annual January King’s Day Toy Run.  Registration is on the left hand side of the Circle K and the gas pumps.

Rocky Point Motorcycle Fiesta.
The best Motorcycle Fiesta just South of the Border.

Hundres of children await their toys.
King’s Day Toy Run

King's Day Toy Run
Rocky Point Bike Clubs collect the toys to be distributed.

The poker run which in previous years started in the USA and ended at Playa Bonita, will be changed.  It will be a local resort run only.  At registration is where you will buy your poker run card and then proceed to the locations listed to get stamped and then you will take your card to Playa Bonita on Friday the 10th at 5:00 – 6:00 to draw your cards with winners to be announced at 7:00 p.m.  Unlike previous years, the prizes will be cash with 1st price being $3000 pesos and 2nd prize being $1500.00 pesos.

Amongst the entertainment at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday night at Bandito’s opening party will be  SUMMER and THE BLACK MOODS.   There will also be the Fiesta on Calle  12 and 13.   Check at registration as there may be a discounted price for the “Sunset Cruise” on the Pirate Ship.

On Friday the 10th, registration will again be from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  At 9:30 the line up for the Desert Ride to the Pinacate Visitor Center will be.   Meet near the registration area at 9:30  and depart at 10:00 a.m. sharp.  If you have not gone out there, it is a must see while you are in Rocky Point.   The Pirate Ship again is offering a free cruise with your wristband, be there at 11:30 for a noon departure. The Rey Del Mar will sell drinks on board.  Also on Friday the 10th will be the BEACH FIESTA at Playa Bonita from 4-7.  This is also the last stop on the Poker Run where you turn in your cards from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. While you are at Playa Bonita, enjoy the music of Matt Farris from the Lake Havasu/Parker area.  Matt has been playing here for many years and is indeed popular.  The FIESTA on Calle 12 & 13 continue in the evening.

One of our many sunset boats
Rey Del Mar (The Pirate Ship)

On Saturday the 11th is the Biker Breakfast special “The “Big Tuna Saluna” at Capone’s and it  goes from 8:00 – 11:30 a.m.  Just in time for you to get over to the parade with line up starting at 11:30 and it leaves at noon from the Red Cross and ends in the Malecon.

On Saturday from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. enjoy the music of the BLACK MOODS on the Tecate stage and from 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 listen to the great sounds of Mogollon.  You can listen to this great music while you are either entering your bike in the “Bike Show” which will at the Plaza of the Governors overlooking the Sea of Cortez.  Bike Show registration is from 1:00 p.m.- 2 p.m. with the show going from 2:00 p.m. – 3:p.m.  There will be 9 categories plus the people’s Choice, Judges Choice and Best of Show. The 9 categories are Best of Show, Chopper, Vintage, Sport, Bagger, Metric, Custom, Paint and Ingenuity.

Picture yourself here!
Puerto Peñasco Sunset

Finally it is time for our beautiful city to say adios until 2018 to everyone attending.  On Sunday the 12th there will be a Blessing of the Bikes from 7:00 a.m – 9: a.m. at the Plaza de Madre next to the Tiburones Baseball Stadium on the corner of No Reelección and Benito Juarez.  For those of you staying over, the Pirate Ship will give you another FREE cruise staring at noon so be there at 11:30 and the Fiesta will continue on the Malecon.

In addition to the 2017 Bike Weekend, we will have a separate group of riders that are part of the IRON BUTT RIDE on Nov ember 10th which will bring riders from several areas including a group of 30 riders from Indonesia.  These guys will ride for 1000 miles and start in Rocky Point then onto San Felipe, Ensenada, Rosarito, by pass Tijuana, on to Mexicali,  Santa Ana, Caborca and back to Puerto Peñasco all in under 20 hours.

If you do not yet have your lodging reservations, I would suggest doing so ASAP as many hotels are sold out.  Check with www.Puerto-Peñasco.com, Playa Bonita or Laos Mar Hotel.
Drive safely on your journey home to wherever that maybe and come back to see us soon.  No need to wait until the 2018 Rally, we’ll welcome you any time.  Comments or questions, send me an email.

Rocky Point Rally 2017