PLEASANT HOLIDAYS is offering companion airline
tickets at half price from San Francisco to Cancun, effective Aug.
23 to Sept. 27. The promotion is valid for flights on ATA Airlines
every Saturday during the travel period. Flights depart from San
Francisco at 7:30 a.m. and arrive in Cancun at 2:30 p.m. The return
flight leaves Cancun at 4:10 p.m. and arrives in San Francisco at
7:46 p.m. Meanwhile, Pleasant Holidays said its fall ValuPak
promotion to Cancun will be in effect through Dec. 22. The
promotion features discounts on meals, shopping and excursions in
Cancun and Playa del Carmen. For information or reservations, call
US AIRWAYS is expanding its service to Cozumel.
The airline will launch flights from Philadelphia to Cozumel on
Saturdays starting Dec. 13. In addition, beginning Feb. 14, US
Airways will expand its nonstop service from Charlotte, N.C., to
Cozumel to seven flights a week. The Charlotte and Philadelphia
flights will operate year-round aboard 120-seat Airbus A319
FOODIES in search of an authentic Mexican
culinary experience might want to consider a trip to Oaxaca during
the Food of the Gods Festival, Oct. 4 to 11. Oaxaca's cuisine is
considered to be one of the finest and elaborate in all of Mexico.
Oaxaca is known as the "land of the seven moles," because of its
seven distinct multispiced mole sauces. Oaxaca is also famous for
its cheeses and meat dishes. The weeklong festival offers a number
of hands-on cooking opportunities taught by four local chefs. Other
events include wine-tasting, chocolate-making, a coffee mill tour,
Mezcal (an alcoholic drink derived from the maguey cactus) tasting,
nature walks, archeological tours and trips to craft villages and
markets. Travel 360 is marketing a package priced from $598 per
person, double, excluding air fare. Accommodations range from the
intimate Hotel Victoria Oaxaca to the five-star Camino Real Oaxaca.
For information or reservations, call (800) 241-5429 or visit the
Web at www.travel360.com.
SPEAKING OF OAXACA, a team of archaeologists
from Chicago's Field Museum discovered a 1,500-year-old underground
tomb while excavating a Zapotec residential complex in Oaxaca. The
Zapotec was one of the most important cultures at the time of the
Maya. The team found the remains of three persons, including one
who was interred seated and wearing a single green stone bead, both
signs that the occupants of the complex were privileged and that
those interred in the tomb held high status. The tomb included
three wall niches filled with ceramic vessels. Twenty-five vessels
dating to the latter part of the Classic period (AD 500-700) also
were found. A brief report of the tomb's discovery will be
published in the September/October issue of Archaeology
CORRECTION: Avalon Resorts owns and operates
five resorts in Mexico and Panama -- the Avalon Grand and Avalon
Baccara resorts in Cancun, the Avalon Excalibur in Acapulco, the
Avalon Reef Club on Isla Mujeres, and the Avalon Grand in Panama.
An item last week about Avalon's fifth-night-free promotion
(extended through Dec. 23) left out the Avalon Baccara in Cancun
and Avalon Grand in Panama. For more information and to make
reservations, call (800) 261-5014 or visit www.avalonvacations.com.