Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: January 14, 2004

MOVE OVER New York and London. The colonial city of Puebla introduced its own double-decker tour bus operation this month. Puebla, one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites, joins Mexico City as the only cities in Mexico to offer this type of tour service. The red, roofless, double-decker Turibus makes several stops along its route, giving passengers the opportunity to get on and off at museums, cathedrals and other tourist attractions. All passengers receive complimentary earphones to listen to pre-recorded information about Puebla in a choice of five languages. A daylong pass costs about $8. The Turibus departs daily from the city's convention center at half-hour intervals from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, contact Turibus at (011) 5255-5566-0919.

HOPING TO BOOST winter business, the Viva Wyndham Vallarta launched a half-off sale for a second person through March. Under the promotion, clients who book a minimum two-night stay before Jan. 31 will receive 50% off the cost of a companion's all-inclusive package through March 31. Rates at the Viva Wyndham Vallarta include accommodations, meals, water sports, kids club and resort activities. Nightly rates start at $96 per person, double, including taxes and gratuity. In addition, kids 12 and younger stay, eat and play for free when sharing a room with their parents. For information or reservations, call (800) WYNDHAM or visit the Web at www.vivawyndhamresorts.com.

THE CAMINO REAL CANCUN is featuring reduced rates for Pleasant Holidays customers who travel Jan. 3 through April 10 and stay in select room types. A minimum stay of seven nights is required for clients who travel through Jan. 31, a peak month for Cancun. No minimum stay is required for guests traveling Feb. 1 to April 10. Four-night, land-only packages after Jan. 31 start at $297 per person, double, reflecting a savings of $184 per room. Prices include roundtrip airport transfers, accommodations with a beachfront view and all hotel taxes and surcharges. For information or reservations, call (800) 448-3333 or visit the Web at www.pleasantagent.com.

AVALON RESORTS, a collection of five properties in Mexico and Panama, is offering travelers a fourth night free when staying a minimum of three nights through April 26. Under the promotion, guests pay for three nights and get the fourth night free when travel is booked by Jan. 31. Avalon Resorts' Mexico properties are Avalon Excalibur in Acapulco; Avalon Grand Cancun; Avalon Reef Club Isla Mujeres; and the Baccara Cancun. For information or reservations, call (800) 261-5014 or visit the Web at www.avalonvacations.com.

ATA AIRLINES is touting its "Honest Value Sale" through Jan. 19, with one-way fares starting at $59, based on a roundtrip purchase. Tickets are good for travel from Jan. 27 to May 23. From Indianapolis to Cancun, one-way fares are $129, while Minneapolis to Cancun fares start at $189.

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