25 Fascinating Facts About Mexico You Should Know

1. Mexico means “In the navel of the Moon” and comes from Nahuatl “Metztli” (moon) and “xictli” (navel).
2. We have a population of 122.3 million inhabitants. 48% are men, 52% are women, in a surface of 1.973 million km² (741,3161 million miles²). It borders to the north with the United States, to the south with Guatemala and Belize, to the east it borders with the Gulf of Mexico and to the west with the Pacific Ocean.
3. We have all types of weather.
4. We are the 4th country with the greatest biological diversity in the world and we have 9 of the 11 types of ecosystems.


5. Three of the 37 wilderness areas on the planet are here.
6. We have 26,000 different species of flora.
7. We have 17 million hectares of natural protected areas.
8. 12% of the planet’s species are here.
9. Our human capital already reaches, for example, 110,000 engineers and technologists a year.
10. In 10 years, our working-age population will experience its highest figure: 84.2 million.
11. We have 31.4 million people between 15 and 29 years old … That’s why it’s important that we inspire those who are the hope of the future.
12. We are the biggest exporter of:
• Avocado
• Tomato
• Papaya
• Guava
• Mango
• Beer
• Tequila
13. We have an Invaluable Cultural Wealth.
– 7 million Mexicans speak indigenous languages. Amongst those are: Mayan, Nahuatl, Mixteco, Tzeltal, Zapoteco, Tzotzil, Otomi.
– We are the 2nd country with more knowledge in herbal and medicinal plants.
14. Mexico City has the most museums in the world.
15. We are the #1 Country in the American Continent with places declared “World Natural Heritage”.
16. We have 176 Natural Protected Areas.
17. We have 27 Sites that are “Cultural Heritage of Humanity”.
18. The Mexican Gastronomy is considered “Cultural Patrimony of the Humanity”
19. 25% of our electricity is produced by renewable energy.
20. We are the first investment destination for the aerospace industry.
21. We are the first exporter of flat screens in the world.
22. We are the 4th provider of information technology services.
23. We are 4th exporter of vehicles worldwide.
24. We are the 6th exporter of video-games software, animation and digital content.
25. 24 million tourists come every year. 80% of those tourists return to Mexico to enjoy our beaches, culture, archeological zones, cities, music, food, art, dance, joy and way of life.

Mexico is the chocolate cradle of the world. The Mayans called it “chacahuaa”, but the word comes from “Xocolatl” a nahuatl word meaning “bitter water.” It was used as a trade coin.
The “Happy Planet Index”, places Mexico as the 2nd happiest country in the world, due to our family structure and way of life.

If you haven’t already, come visit us, don’t miss the opportunity. If you have, come visit us again, you will LOVE IT!


Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

INAPAM: Mexico’s Discount Card for Seniors

I get a lot of newsletters and emails from certain websites and publications concerning life in Mexico.  I got this one the other day from Mexperience about the senior discount card here in Mexico.  I know several retirees here who have this card, and they are always raving about it, and how much they save.  If you are considering retiring in Mahahual or the Mexican Caribbean, you might want to read this article.

INAPAM: Mexico’s Discount Card

for Seniors

INAPAM Seniors Discount Program Mexico

One of the most popular programs that senior citizens in Mexico enroll for is the INAPAM (Instituto Nacional para las Personas Adultas Mayores) discount card. This is offered to all Mexicans and foreign residents who are 60 years of age or older and enables them to enjoy worthwhile discounts on a whole range of goods and services including food, medicines, transport, clothing, as well as recreation and leisure activities.

Increasing numbers of firms and businesses are actively advertising the fact that they offer discounts to INAPAM card holders, and even those who don’t may well give a discount on goods and services you buy if you present your card to them.  Many organizations in Mexico are pleased to give seniors a discount, and this card is the means by which prove your residency and age qualification status.

Once enrolled you receive a plastic card that you can present at thousands of stores, businesses, and government service agencies across Mexico to claim discounts of between 10% and 50% on goods and services you buy. Some municipalities are also offering discounts on property taxes and water bills to senior citizens with this card.

Here are some examples of the services that offer discounts:

Healthcare: Many pharmacies give discounts on medications (medicines are already much less expensive in Mexico than the US, and these discounts are in addition to the lower prices Americans enjoy here), and some dentists and doctors and other medical specialists will also give seniors a discount when they present the card;

Public Transportation: Bus companies, airlines, and some local taxi firms offer discounts on fares;

Food and Groceries: Local food stores, convenience stores, and specialist food emporiums offer discounts on your grocery shopping, saving you more money on your basic living costs;

Leisure: Many hotels and travel agencies in Mexico offer discounts to senior citizens who present the card. If you plan a party, many of the festivity halls (salon de fiestas) offer a discount on rentals to seniors booking the facilities;

Eating Out: Many cafes and diners, including the big-name national diner chains, offer discounts to INAPAM card holders;

Culture: Many museums, archaeology parks, art galleries, and bookstores offer discounts to card holders;

Miscellany: A whole raft of businesses offer seniors a discount when they present their card, for example: legal firms, art & craft stores, car service and repair centers, computer sales and repair stores, clothing and apparel stores, accountants, construction firms, hardware stores, florists, printers, locksmiths, jewelry stores, beauty salons, home DIY centers, stationers, plumbers, electricians, dry cleaners, veterinary services, etc.

Discount on Property Taxes and Water Bills: Some municipalities are offering seniors a discount on their annual property taxes (Predial) and their water bills.  Discounts, where offered, vary by municipality—check locally for details in your area.

How to Apply for the Card

The INAPAM card is available to all seniors who are 60 years or older. It’s simple and free to apply for the card.

You will need to present some official identification, like a passport or driver’s license, your birth certificate and, as a foreigner, you will also need to present your old FM3/FM2 or your new Residente Temporal or Residente Permanente residency permit.  You will also be asked for a utility bill or some other document that shows your current address in Mexico. Most people use their telephone bill.

You take these documents (as well as 2 photocopies of each) along with three passport-sized photographs of yourself to your local government office dealing with INAPAM applications (check locally where you live) and, when the application is completed, you will be presented with a card that you can use to obtain the discounts.

The government also staffs a helpline that is open from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekdays to answer questions you may have. The call is free from inside Mexico, dial 01 800 007 3705.

You can find additional information online about the program and the application process on the INAPAM web site (see link above). The page is in Spanish, and you can use the Google page translation feature if you need to.

Basic living costs in Mexico are already lower than those in the US, Canada and Europe. With the INAPAM card, seniors can enjoy additional discounts, and thus help to make their fixed incomes stretch further in retirement.


Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

The Best Compliment I Could Get in Mahahual

I got this compliment the other day from a Mexican woman here in Mahahual.  She commented on a post I did.  I will do it in Spanish first and then translate to English.

“Stewart Rogers le doy gracias a Dios por tenerte en nuestro Pais, Gracias por defender a mi Pais, como lo haces tan acaloradamente, mientras otros se arrastran ante trump como mi presidente Pena Nieto que de ser posible, le hubiera besado los pies. Eres mas Mexicano que Pena Nieto”

Now in English what she said.
“Stewart Rogers I thank God for having you in our country, Thank you for defending my country, as you do so hotly, while others crawl before trump like my president Pena Nieto that if possible, had kissed his feet. You are more Mexican than Pena Gris”.

Pretty cool, and thanks for the compliment.

The other day I was eating lunch on the malecon. This parrot from one of the stores just walked over and jumped on my shoe, and crawled up my leg, and sat there while I ate lunch.

The other day I was eating lunch on the malecon. This parrot from one of the stores just walked over and jumped on my shoe, and crawled up my leg, and sat there while I ate lunch.

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina



Pharma Cares and Vero Save Me Again

Pharma Cares in New Mahahual.

Pharma Cares in New Mahahual.

As some of you readers may know, I had some stomach problems last week.  For the last year or so I have been having stomach acid problems, and it has been getting worse. Every three or four months lately I have been getting nausea spells and get real sick to my stomach, and I would vomit stomach acid. When this happens it puts me out of commission for a couple of days.  I have also been getting bad heartburn and acid reflux when I ride my bike around or do exercise.   These spells would come and go, and then I would be fine again.

For a long time I thought it was my diet, and I tried to adjust, and it seemed to help some, but not totally.  Well last week I had a real bad relapse, and it hit me pretty hard.  I woke up late Saturday night with a burning sensation in my chest, I thought I might be having a heart attack.  It was stomach acid again, and I was sick to my stomach all day the next Sunday, and spent all day in bed vomiting.  I did not even watch one play of one single NFL game that day, something I have never done before.

The next day was Monday, and there was a ship in town, so I felt a little better, and I went into town.  I had a light lunch of soup and salad, and I got sick again.  I had my bike with me, and I was so nausea, I could not even get on my bike.  I tried to take a cab home, but no cab would take me and my bike.  I was sitting on the side of the road in agony, trying to figure out how I was going to get home.

Just then the guy that delivers water to everybody comes by on his motorcycle, towing a bunch of empty 20 liter water bottles.  I asked him if I paid him 20 pesos would he take me and my bike back to Barrio 55.  He said sure, so I loaded my bike and myself into the trailer with the water bottles, and I laid down while he took me back to the K’ay Kook hotel.

I went straight to bed, and was there until Tuesday night. Tuesday night I started to feel a little better, and I was thinking, I had a big Thanksgiving meal coming up on Thursday, and I did not want to miss that, so I had to find some kind of solution to my problem.  So I got to thinking, maybe somebody else out there might I have the same problem as I do.  I went on Facebook and posted, “Does any other old people out there have stomach acid problems”?  Half of my high school graduating class must have responded.  I was surprised at how many stomach problems my fellow classmates had.

I heard all kinds of stories and examples from people my age and their problems, and what they take for it.  I got a bunch of suggestions, and names of some prescription drugs that might help me.  I was surprised that so many people who I know, had the same problem as me.  So I wrote all the suggestions down, and all the different names of the drugs.

The next morning I was at Pharma Cares when they opened with a list for Vero.  I had some names for some prescriptions in English, and I wanted to see if she carried any of these prescriptions for my stomach.  There was names like Nexium and Prilosec, I think, common medicines in the USA.

To make a long story short, Vero gave me the Mexican drugs equivalent to what all my friends suggested I take.  She hooked me up with everything I needed, and I went on my way.

Vero Bermundez, owner and operator of Pharma Cares

Vero Bermundez, owner and operator of Pharma Cares.

So I took the medicine she suggested, and I starting feeling a lot better.  The next day was Thursday, Thanksgiving, and I felt so good, I even made my Thanksgiving dinner.  I ate as much as usual, and since then I have had no problems.  I even rode my bike from the malecon all the way to Alan and Nancy’s house with no acid relux, or any discomfort.

I have been taking the medication so far now for about a week, and I feel a lot better.  I have been riding my bike everywhere and getting around pretty good.  I have not had much heartburn or any other burning sensations, so I am very happy.  I am also going to start watching my diet better, because I think fried foods may be bad for my stomach.  I have found out that cerviche is good for my stomach.

So thanks to my high school classmates with all their stomach aliments, and Vero at Pharma Cares, I am back to my usual self, just in time for the holidays.

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina


Solofish Sunday BBQ

My BBQ plate on Sunday, took it home to watch NFL football. Ribs, bratwurst, steak, chorizo, and baked potato.

My BBQ plate on Sunday, took it home to watch NFL football. Ribs, bratwurst, steak, chorizo, and baked potato.

Solofish in New Mahahual now has Sunday afternoon BBQ.  Sundays from 12-4pm you can get fresh BBQ ribs, steak, bratwurst, and chorizo at Solofish, right on the corner at Matrin’s Super.

On the corner at Martin's Super in New Mahahual.

On the corner at Martin’s Super in New Mahahual.

Solofish has been doing BBQ on Sundays for the last month or so, and it is becoming quite popular.  I stopped by yesterday to get some to take to watch during the Panther’s game.  When I was there people were coming by and picking up BBQ to take home.

Family plate for 200 pesos, includes ribs, bratwurst, steak, chorizo, baked potato. beans, and tortillas.

Family plate for 200 pesos, includes ribs, bratwurst, steak, chorizo, baked potato. beans, and tortillas.

I kind of enjoyed sitting there waiting on my order, watching the meat being cooked, reminded me of Sunday afternoon BBQs back home.

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So if you are wanting some BBQ on Sundays to watch football with, stop by Solofish and pick you up a BBQ plate.  There are three sizes, 120 pesos for the individual, 200 pesos for the family pack, and 380 pesos for the grande, or jumbo platter.  All orders come with baked potato, BBQ bratwurst, ribs, steak, beans, tortillas, and several sauces.


Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

Cost of having Diabetes in Costa Maya, Mexico

Costa Maya Mahahual

CostaMed clinic in Mahahual. CostaMed clinic in Mahahual.

I thought I would post this before I forgot about it. Yesterday I went to the local drug store here to get my monthly supply of diabetes medications. I have to take Metfomina and Glibenclanida daily to control my glucose levels in my blood.

I usually go to the Simalares drug stores because they have generic drugs, and are cheaper than the other drug stores here in Mexico. On Mondays they have 25% off on all medications, so I go on Mondays to take advantage of that. There are Simalares drug stores all over Quintana Roo, and I have used them in Chetumal and here in Playa del Carmen, and they are everywhere here in Quintana Roo.

So I was standing there yesterday waiting on the girl at the drug store to get my medications, and I looked over and I saw that there is also…

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