TABLE OF CONTENTS
Second Issue, 2015
Isla Mujeres Charities:
Wish Lists, Drop offs, Volunteering, Benefits, Links
Information about 15 groups helping those in need in the Isla Mujeres community.
If your charity would like its information added or updated, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
1.Remembering Ramon Bravo: Olympic Athlete, Environmentalist, & Oceanographer
Ramon Bravo Prieto was a leading oceanographer and conservationist, who founded the first environmental protection group in the state, in 1965, in Isla Mujeres. The statue at the traffic circle by the entrance to Sac Bajo, near Mundaca Hacienda, commemorates him. Read more...
2.Isla Women's Beading Cooperative
by Karen Rosenberg
When you are on Isla, be sure to visit the Isla Women's Beading Cooperative in La Gloria. This group of amazing artists (~57 women) create one of a kind handcrafted beaded jewelry ... necklaces, earrings, bracelets, purses and more. Read more.....
3.Islaholics, Expats & 9 Signs You're 'Mexicanized'
Foreigners who've fallen head over heels with this island have been calling themselves "Islaholics" for years. A recently created Facebook group by this name acquired nearly 3000 members in a matter of months. There's ~4500 members in that group, now that it's ~a year old. There's also an Islaholicos group with ~1200 members and an Islaholics of Isla Mujeres group with ~1300 members.
Islaholics start planning their next trip as soon as they return home, but they aren't just dreaming; they're comparing fares & updating their "countdown app". They've got visions of seaside living when they buy lottery tickets, & they've checked out some properties for sale, just in case. Read more.....
4.A Trip Report From 1876
with excerpts & photos by Augustus & Alice le Plongeon
Isla Mujeres was founded in 1850 by people fleeing the Caste War, who were given permission by the Mexican government to settle on the isle, provided they farmed the land for six years, built their own roads and infrastructure, and expected no protection or services from the federal government.
In 1876, Augustus le Plongeon, 50 year old eccentric, visited Isla Mujeres with a 25 year old beauty he had married in London two years earlier. Augustus hadn't mentioned the war to Alice, nor the yellow fever epidemics that left them quarantined on the boat in many of the port cities. Among other observations, Alice described the pirate Mundaca and commented about the towers left behind by the pirate Lafitte. Read more....
5. Whale sharks, Turtles, & Rays, Oh My!
From ~May 15 to ~September 15, whale shark tour boats take people to swim with these gentle giants, who are the largest fish in the world. They visit the Isla Mujeres area to eat plankton & fish eggs.
Large groups of rays visit the blue waters of the whale shark tour area (Aguas Azules), since they are also filter feeders with similar diets.
Turtle eggs take ~60 days to hatch & in Isla Mujeres, and the majority are from Green turtles, while the second most common are from Loggerheads, and least number are Hawksbills. In 2013, 165,000 eggs were protected at the Tortugranja. Read more...
By Rob Herrin (beentravelin) & Lynda Lock (Notes From Paradise)
Green Iguanas (flippantly known as bamboo chicken) are attracted to bright colours such as red, orange and yellow. From personal experience I'd say that this bit of trivia found on a website dedicated to the care and feeding of pet iguanas is correct. We have had iguanas munch on our yellow hose nozzle, attack the orange handle on the rake, or beg for treats when I wear my red gardening gloves. Read more....
7.Videos of Isla Mujeres
By Rob Herrin (beentravelin) & others
A picture is worth a thousand words....what can I say? Isla is very photogenic!
8. Little Matadors & Little Bulls: A Really Big Show!
By Becky ("Life's a Beach") & Lynda ("Notes From Paradise")
It all started when Craig and I noticed these posters cropping up all over the island on utility poles. Los Enanitos Toreros de Mexico. Before long, a large group of us had plans to meet at the Plaza de Toros on Tuesday afternoon to see the bullfighters of small stature. After all, how many times would we have the opportunity to view an event like that! Read more......
9. Boats of Isla Mujeres
A photo essay of the endless variety of fishing boats, ferries, sailboats, yachts, balseros, and other vessels you'll find around the isle. See more...
10. Birds of Isla Mujeres & Isla Contoy
The Reserve of Isla Contoy is a sanctuary to many tropical marine birds, and approximately 152 species have been counted. Half of the species are residents of the island and the others are migratory species from the north. Read more....
11. The "Isla Effect"
...Your pace is likely to slow down as you try to take in the incredibly diverse and very foreign images that surround you, moving from the hot chaos of afternoon streets full of tourists chattering in a dozen different languages, to balmy evenings with tranquil sounds of waves rising and falling. You'll find yourself spending long moments watching sunlight sparkling like diamonds across the sea, and remembering that happiness comes from small pleasures, like watching an iguana run across the hot sand.... Read more...