Travel Weeklys Mexico E-letter: May 10, 2006

IMMIGRATION IS A HOT TOPIC, and one San Francisco-based company is offering a four-day tour to the U.S.-Mexico border for travelers who want to explore the immigration debate up-close. Global Exchange is a human rights organization that has been offering reality tours to such politically charged countries as Cuba, Mexico, Nicaragua, China and Iran since 1989. Its U.S.-Mexico Border tour includes visits to a foreign-owned factory and migrant shelter; meetings with womens rights groups and border patrol agents; and discussions with academics about the impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement on the Mexican economy and immigration. Upcoming tours are scheduled for June 16 to 19 and Sept. 1 to 4. Tours cost $750 per person, double, and include two daily meals, transportation to all program activities, reading materials, a guide and trip leader and the services of a translator. Air fare and airport transfers are extra. For information or reservations, call (800) 497-1994 or visit www.globalexchange.org.

UNITED VACATIONS is offering savings of up to $350 on packages to Cancun and the Riviera Maya departing from Chicago aboard United or Ted. The promotion is valid for bookings made by May 31 for customers traveling from July 1 to Dec. 15. Discounts start at $50 per person on packages priced from $850 to $1,599 per person, double, and climb to $350 off on packages costing $5,000 or more. At the Crown Paradise Club in Cancun, for example, a seven-night package costs from $899, with up to three kids age 12 and younger staying and eating for free. All packages include roundtrip air fare on United or Ted from Chicago and airport transfers. For package details or reservations, call (800) 328-6877 or visit www.vaxvacationaccess.com.

LA CASA QUE CANTA, the upscale, 25-suite resort in Zihuatanejo, launched summer discounts, including rates that are 22% below high-season prices, and a spa package. The Summer Spa Package includes two 50-minute massages, one manicure and one pedicure per room. Prices start at $2,606, single or double, for a four-night package in a grand suite or $3,522 for a master suite. The resort is also offering discounted villa rates this summer. Prices include airport transfers; complimentary minibar stocked with beer, sodas and water; and a bowl of fresh fruit replenished daily. The resort does not accept guests under 16 years old. All summer promotions are in effect from June 1 to Oct. 15. For information or reservations, call (888) 523-5050 or visit www.lacasaquecanta.com.

THE HOTEL MARINA EL CID RIVIERA MAYA launched all-inclusive packages starting at $99.50 per person, double, in a junior suite for spring and summer travel. Platinum Club Level Service, which includes butler service, dedicated check-in areas and turndown service with hors doeuvres, among other extras, costs $40 more a night. All prices included unlimited food and drinks as well as use of all resort facilities and water sports. For information or reservations, call (800) 525-1925 or visit www.elcid.com.

SOL MELIAS PARADISUS BRAND launched a concierge program for families that includes amenities such as children-size slippers, towels and bathrobes and Sony PlayStation video games and equipment. The service also includes walkie-talkies for parents to communicate with the concierge as well as milk and juice for the minibar. For more info or to book, visit www.solmelia.com/solNew/home/jsp/C_Home_Paradisus.jsp.

Mexico E-Letter Editor:

Jorge Sidron

Phone: (973) 898-0011

[email protected]

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