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Aeromexico Increases Service Between Tijuana and Los Cabos

Aeromexico adds a fourth weekly flight between the two premier destinations on the Baja California peninsula

TIJUANA, Mexico, Aug. 24, 2016 — In a meeting held to report on the progress of the local tourism sector, State Governor Francisco “Kiko” Vega de Lamadrid and the Secretary of Tourism (SECTURE) announced that in the month of August, Aeromexico, Mexico’s global airline, added a fourth weekly flight from Tijuana to Los Cabos.

Aeromexico increases service

Aeromexico is adding flights between Tijuana and Los Cabos.

The carrier also improved its weekly seat offering in the market by adding its Embraer 190 jet airliner with increased seat capacity for 99 passengers -11 in Clase Premier, Aeromexico’s Business Class Cabin-, with the following flight schedules:

Los Cabos – Tijuana* Tijuana – Los Cabos*
AM2104 1:20 p.m. 2:29 p.m. Tues*, Thu, Sat, Sun AM2105 9:50 a.m. 12:52 p.m. Tues*, Thu, Sat, Sun

*Times are published in local time and are subject to changes without notice. *New service.

Aeromexico’s Corporate Sales Director, Jorge Goytortua, said “We continue to strengthen our presence in Tijuana, a major destination for the airline because of its geographic location, by increasing our weekly seat capacity to Los Cabos by more than 50%.”

“Passengers from Los Cabos can now connect directly from Tijuana to seven domestic destinations across the nation and toShanghai in China, and use the new binational Cross Border Xpress (CBX) that reduces border crossing times to San Diego from two hours to just 15 minutes,” added Goytortua.

According to Baja California Secretary of Tourism Oscar Escobedo: “Air traffic flows through the Tijuana International Airport were up 26% in July alone, compared to July 2015.” He added that “Tijuana is a city that offers great connectivity options as reflected in the numbers, and we continue promoting actions to help boost our touristic offer.”

The airline and the state agency continue working to provide more and better travel options from Baja California to Mexico Cityand the world, through an extensive route network offering great flight connections.

About Grupo Aeromexico

Grupo Aeromexico, S.A.B. de C.V. is a holding company whose subsidiaries provide commercial aviation services and promote passenger loyalty programs in Mexico. Aeromexico, Mexico’s global airline, operates more than 600 daily flights from its main hub in Terminal 2 at the Mexico City International Airport. Its route network spans more than 80 cities on three continents including 45 in Mexico, 17 in the United States, 15 in Latin America, four in Europe, three in Canada, and two in Asia.

Grupo Aeromexico’s fleet of close to 130 aircraft is comprised of the Boeing 787, 777 and 737 jet airliners and next generation Embraer 190, 175, 170, and 145 models. In 2012, the airline announced the most significant investment strategy in aviation history in Mexico, to purchase 100 Boeing aircraft including 90 MAX 737 airliners and ten 787-9 Dreamliners.

As a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance, Aeromexico offers customers more than 1,000 destinations in 177 countries served by its top 20 airline partners rewarding passengers with benefits including access to 672  premium airport lounges around the world. Aeromexico also offers travel options with its code share partners Delta Air Lines, Alaska Airlines, Avianca, Copa Airlines, and WestJet with extensive connectivity in countries like the United States, Brazil, Canada, Chile,Colombia, and Peru. www.aeromexico.com and www.skyteam.com.

 

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Aeromexico Adds New Direct Flights from Tijuana to Los Cabos

Carrier boosts its on-board capacity from Tijuana by more than 2,000 seats per week

TIJUANA, Mexico, March 16, 2016 — Aeromexico, Mexico’s global airline, is set to consolidate its presence in Tijuana by launching two new direct flights from the city, as well as expanding another. The carrier will begin operating four weekly flights to Chihuahua and three weekly flights to Los Cabos, as well as adding a second daily flight to Hermosillo, for a total increase in capacity of 2,000 seats per week from the border city.

The new routes will be operated using Embraer 145 and 170 aircraft with 50 and 76 passenger seats respectively, with the following schedules:

Hermosillo – Tijuana* Tijuana – Hermosillo*
AM2884 11:15 a.m. 12:40 p.m. Daily AM2339 01:41 p.m. 03:33 p.m. Daily
AM2100** 06:40 p.m. 08:07 p.m. Daily AM2101** 08:30 p.m. 09:54 p.m. Daily
Chihuahua – Tijuana* Tijuana – Chihuahua*
AM2102 01:20 p.m. 02:35 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday AM2103 09:50 a.m. 12:53 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
Los Cabos – Tijuana* Tijuana – Los Cabos*
AM2104 01:20 p.m. 02:29 p.m. Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday AM2105 09:50 a.m. 12:52 p.m. Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday
*Times are published in local time and are subject to changes without notice.
**New service

On announcing the new services, Aeromexico’s Corporate Sales Director Jorge Goytortua, said, “As a major city on the Mexican side of the border, Tijuana is a key destination for the airline that enhances connectivity throughoutSouthern California on account of its geographical location and the availability of direct service with our carrier to eight destinations in Mexico and to Shanghai, China, allowing us to cater to leisure and business customers alike.”

Speaking on behalf of the State of Baja California, Secretary of Tourism Oscar Escobedo, explained that the state is ranked as the second best destination in terms of air connectivity in Mexico, having reported 5% year-over-year growth in 2015.

Aeromexico Adds Direct Flights from Tijuana to Los Cabos

“With the opening of the new Cross-Border Express Bridge at Tijuana airport, we are looking to attract new routes in association with our main partners such as Aeromexico to enhance the state’s reputation as a tourist destination that offers world-class food, wine, accommodations, and eco and adventure tourism, plus many other services.”

With this service expansion, Aeromexico continues to consolidate its position in Tijuana, offering enhanced connectivity throughout the region, Mexico and the world, as it looks to provide passengers with more and better travel options.

About Grupo Aeroméxico

Grupo Aeroméxico, S.A.B. de C.V. is a holding company whose subsidiaries provide commercial aviation services, and promote passenger loyalty programs in Mexico. Aeromexico, Mexico’s global airline, operates more than 600 daily flights from its main hub in Terminal 2 at the Mexico City International Airport. Its route network includes 80 cities on three continents with 46 in Mexico, 16 in the United States, 16 in Latin America, three in Canada, four inEurope, and two in Asia.

Grupo Aeromexico’s fleet of close to 130 aircraft is comprised of the Boeing 787, 777 and 737 jet airliners and next generation Embraer 190, 175, 170, and 145 models. In 2012, the airline announced the most significant investment strategy in aviation history in Mexico, to purchase 100 Boeing aircraft including 90 MAX 737 airliners and ten 787-9 Dreamliners.

As a founding member of the SkyTeam airline alliance, Aeromexico offers customers more than 1,000 destinations in 178 countries served by the 20 SkyTeam airline partners rewarding passengers with benefits including access to 636 premium airport lounges around the world. Aeromexico also offers travel options with its code share partners Delta Air Lines, Alaska Airlines, Avianca, Copa Airlines, and WestJet with extensive connectivity in countries like the United States, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia and Peru.  www.aeromexico.com and www.skyteam.com.

 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas. We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

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Border Psycho Craft Beer Now Available in California

Border Psycho Jumps the  Border

Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico – Today, Border Psycho launches distribution of their award winning beers in California. Often called the rebel brewery of the border, but known for their sincere and passionate focus on producing incredible beers, Border Psycho aims to create a unique experience for craft beer enthusiasts.

“This is an exciting day for Border Psycho and we want to thank our friends in the United States that have supported our growing brewery along the way and helped to make this possible,” says co-founder and CEO Roberto Albarran.

Border Psycho

Photo courtesy of Lilia Hernández and San Diego Red.

Border Psycho’s core beers to be distributed in California include: Imperial Psycho Ale, a double pale ale, La Pervesa (translates to “the wicked one”) a double IPA, La Belga Sicotica (translates to “the Belgian psycho”) a black saison, Brutal Imperial Stout, and Cream Ale. Collaboration beers and seasonal brews will also be available.

“Our focus is to make really great beer. We also like to enjoy life and have fun. Work hard, play hard,” says Albarran, “Hopefully our branding reflects this approach. We really are crazy about great beer.”

Border Psycho was started in 2010 in Tijuana and is distributed in major markets across Mexico. Border Psycho is working with Newport Beach, CA based GRDLOC Partners LLC to import its products and coordinate distribution.

About Border Psycho Brewery
The brewery is located in the Colonia Libertad neighborhood and the tasting room is located in the Zona Rio neighborhood of Tijuana, BC, Mexico. Brothers Roberto and Javier Albarran founded the brewery in 2010. To learn more visit: www.borderpsychobrewery.com/

About GRDLOC
GRDLOC imports and wholesales craft beer and fine wine, with an emphasis on products from Mexico. To learn more visit www.grdloc.com or contact by email: jay@grdloc.com or phone: 949) 229.3994.

 

 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas. We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

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10 Things to Do in Tijuana (That Don’t Involve Tequila)

by Katherine Belarmino

10 Things to Do in Tijuana

Historically Tijuana has been a drinking mecca.  Its proximity to Southern California cities like San Diego and Los Angeles and its legal drinking age of 18 meant Tijuana was a popular place for the under 21 crowd to come for drinking and clubbing.  Tourism from the United States to Tijuana dried up for years when stories of crime and drug wars filled the news.  Now Tijuana is a safe place to visit again, and the implementation of a passport requirement means the demographic of the traveler looking for a day trip or weekend trip to Tijuana has shifted.  Tijuana’s streets are no longer overwhelmed with rowdy underage drinkers.  Now they are being strolled by couples and families looking for things to do that celebrate Tijuana’s beauty and culture.

Tijuana Cultural Center

10 Things to Do in Tijuana

The Tijuana Cultural Center is the most important center for culture in northwest Mexico.  Founded in 1982, the Tijuana Cultural Center portrays the culture of Mexico close to the border.  The center has art galleries, a botanical garden, an aquarium, an IMAX theater, a performance hall, and an outdoor area that is a great place for events, festivals, and outdoor exhibits.  There is constantly something going on at the Tijuana Cultural Center.  The center hosts concerts, theatrical productions, movies, documentaries, and many other events, some of which are free to the public and others which require paid tickets.

10 Things to Do in Tijuana

During our visit, the Tijuana Cultural Center was featuring a beautiful exhibit of the works of Massimo Listri, a photographer of interior spaces like libraries, churches, and palaces, some of which you may recognize from your own travels.  The Museum of the Californias is a permanent exhibit covering different times in the history of the Baja peninsula including European explorers, missions and missionaries, the Mexican Revolution, and more recent history.  Did you know Tijuana had an airplane factory in the 1920s?  We also visited an exhibit featuring the work of local Baja artists.

Plaza Saint Cecilia

10 Things to Do in Tijuana

Saint Cecilia is the patron saint of music, and music is what can be found in Plaza Saint Cecilia.  This is where the locals go to hire mariachi bands for their parties.  While we were walking through we got to see two young people performing the Mexican hat dance for a large crowd.

Plaza Saint Cecilia is a colorful reminder of old Tijuana.  In addition to the music, this pedestrian street, the oldest street in Tijuana, also has a number of restaurants, bars, and shopping kiosks.  We had a wonderful breakfast at Restaurante La Tradicion.  La Tradicion is a family-owned restaurant opened in 1997 which prides itself in being a restaurant of the people.  La Tradicion’s owner Martín Muñoz is also the president of Tijuana’s restaurant association.

10 Things to Do in Tijuana

I was introduced to a new dish for me, and La Tradicion’s signature dish, molcajete.  Molcajete is named after the vessel in which it is served.  A molcajete is a Mexican stone tool similar to a mortar and pestle.  In this sizzling dish, there is chicken, tender beef, tequila shrimp, chorizo, cactus, queso fresco, and all sorts of other delicious ingredients that blend together to make a dish bursting with flavor.

Mercado El Popo

10 Things to Do in Tijuana

Near Plaza Saint Cecilia is the Mercado el Popo, a traditional market located within the alleys of a downtown Tijuana block.  Here you can buy fruits, vegetables, cheese, herbs, spices, piñatas, prayer candles, and anything else you might desire.

Pasaje Rodríguez

10 Things to Do in Tijuana

A block away from the Mercado El Popo is the Pasaje Rodríguez.  While Plaza Saint Lucia is old Tijuana, Pasaje Rodríguez is new Tijuana.  The new generation took over this alley and filled it with art and trendy shops selling records, clothing, and books.  Pasaje Rodríguez really took me by surprise and I hope to see more places like this in Tijuana.

Downtown Tijuana Shopping

10 Things to Do in Tijuana

When walking around downtown Tijuana it is guaranteed that you’ll be approached by ten different men selling the exact same silver necklace for a dollar, a necklace that is sure to turn your neck green while in the process of falling apart.  But there is some good shopping that can be done in Tijuana.  An example is the Hand Art Store, a store that has been around since 1955 and sells items handmade in Mexico in the traditional ways.  When shopping in downtown Tijuana, keep on the lookout for stickers in the window pronouncing the shop as being on the Outstanding Host list created by CeturMex and the Baja Secretary of Tourism.  These shops have been around for decades and provide honesty, quality, and service.  If you are looking for a silver necklace, the Emporium Plateria and The Silver Mine are on the Outstanding Host list, as well as other shops selling leather goods, wine, chocolates, and more.

Caesar’s Restaurante Bar

10 Things to Do in Tijuana

Caesar’s Restaurante Bar is a downtown Tijuana institution which has been around since 1927.  Did you know the Caesar salad was invented in Tijuana?  Well it was, and this is the restaurant where it was invented.  There are conflicting stories of exactly when and how the Caesar salad was invented and who invented it.  But there is no dispute that Caesar’s is the home of the Caesar salad, and you can still order it prepared table-side.

10 Things to Do in Tijuana

While Caesar’s is an institution, it is also a modern fine dining establishment.  Caesar’s has been owned by the Plascencias, Tijuana’s famous culinary family, since 2010.  This means the restaurant is both historic and really, really good.  In addition to the Caesar salad, we had roasted beef marrow and a Mexican combination plate of grilled beef tenderloin, cheese enchiladas, and Chile Relleno.  Caesar’s also brews their own pale ale.

Playas de Tijuana

Playas de Tijuana is an area I only explored for a couple hours but would love to explore in more depth.  These are the beaches of Tijuana.  Playas de Tijuana is not full of sun-worshiping tourists but is rather mostly filled with middle-class people of Tijuana out for some family fun.  The beach can be reached by multiple staircases that lead down from the street and a wooden boardwalk provides a walkway to stroll along the sand.  Between the street and the boardwalk are multi-storied buildings, some housing restaurants and bars selling cold beers and fresh seafood, some housing private homes, and some vacant and ramshackle. Along both the street and boardwalk are colorful examples of street art.

At the northernmost point of Playas de Tijuana is where fun and relaxing beach community turns into sad dose of reality.  Here is where you can see the colorful fence that separates Mexico from the United States, which extends 300 feet into the Pacific Ocean.  This area is called Friendship Park / El Parque de la Amistad, a meeting place where families, friends, and loved ones come to meet, separated by a fence.  It was heart wrenching to witness these tearful meetings

GSalinas Vinos de Mexico

10 Things to Do in Tijuana

If you’re having a weekend getaway to Tijuana, enjoy wine, but won’t have a chance to get down to the Valle de Guadalupe, you can taste some of Baja’s great wines at GSalinas Vinos de Mexico.  This little shop carries some of the best wines the Valle de Guadalupe has to offer.  In addition to Mexican wine, the shop also sells mezcal and Baja craft beers.  GSalinas is family owned, having been started by the patriarch of the family 50 years ago, and is both a shop and tasting room.

Caliente Casino

I’m not much for gambling, but if you like hitting the tables or the machines, Caliente Casino is a large casino catering to all of a gambler’s needs.  The casino also holds Greyhound races every night and they are currently building a soccer stadium.  There is also a good restaurant and bar in the casino, Mujeres Divinas Restaurant Bar.  (While this article is about the Tijuana that doesn’t involve tequila, Caliente Casino’s restaurant does serve one of Tijuana’s weirdest shots of tequila.)

El Trompo

10 Things to Do in Tijuana

El Trompo is something to do in Tijuana only if you have little kids. But for the kids this is a fun museum to visit with six interactive rooms that allow kids to both have fun and learn.  Kids can play with bubbles, look at animals, learn about plasma, play learning games, create things in workshops, and do lots of other fun stuff.

Where to Stay in Tijuana

A visit to Tijuana can be either a weekend trip or day trip from San Diego.  It’s always fun to be able to take a two-nation vacation.  If you decide to overnight in Tijuana, be aware that Tijuana is not a city of luxury hotels.  The accommodations in Tijuana are not as luxurious as those we had during our Ensenada weekend getaway or at the historic Rosarito Beach Hotel.   However, one option for a safe, clean, and comfortable Tijuana hotel is Hotel Palacio Azteca.  The hotel is a short nine-minute drive to downtown Tijuana and an 11-minute drive to the San Ysidro border.  Hotel Palacio Azteca has a pool, a restaurant whose head chef was amongst the first graduating class of Tijuana’s Culinary Art School, and a bar. They will also book tours for guests, including whale watching, culinary, and wine tours.

I remember the years, long ago, when it wasn’t unusual for families to cross the border on a whim for shopping and dining in Tijuana.  Happily those days are back and there are plenty of things to do in Tijuana to keep friends, couples, and families entertained for the day or the entire weekend.

Thank you to Descubre Tijuana for hosting our weekend getaway to Tijuana and making this post possible.  As always, all opinions are my own.

Katherine BelarminoKatherine Belarmino lives in San Diego just miles away from the border.  She works full-time but travels as much as possible with her husband Romeo, including weekend trips to Baja.  Katherine is author of Travel the World, a travel blog to help others get the most out of their limited vacation time by sharing the best experiences to have at each destination.  She is also co-author of Passports & Cocktails, a travel/alcohol blog featuring local breweries, wineries, distilleries, and the best places to enjoy a cocktail while traveling.

 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas. We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

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