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9 Articles of the Mexican Constitution Worth Learning About

Sophia Boccard

tips for romantic weekend in mazatlan

On February 5, 1917, the Mexican Constitutional Congress approved and signed into effect the Mexican Constitution that today, still stands exactly as it did 101 years ago. What started as a social and cultural movement led to a violent Revolution that claimed many lives. Today, the date the Constitution went into effect is celebrated with many businesses, government offices, postal services, and schools closing-down for a three-day holiday weekend that includes festivals and street celebrations. We’ve called out some of the most significant Articles that helped frame the social and political backdrop for Mexico today. Let’s get your Mexican history on!

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Articles

Article 1 can be summed as giving the rights that are listed in the Constitution, outlawing slavery and protection from all types of discrimination, to every single Individual in Mexico. 

Article 3 is a long one, but it’s one of the most important elements that helped shape the Mexican government to allow for education to be church-free. The standard of education shall allow that education be “maintained entirely apart from any religious doctrine and, based on the results of scientific progress, shall strive against ignorance and its effects, servitudes, fanaticism, and prejudices.”

A fair trial is a requirement under Article 14 that lists “No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, property, possessions, or rights without a trial by a duly created court in which the essential formalities of procedure are observed and in accordance with laws issued prior to the act.”

Relatos e Historias de Mexico

Relatos e Historias de Mexico

Cruel and unusual punishment is prohibited, according to Article 22. Specifically, penalties of death, mutilation, infamy, marks, physical punishments, torments, excessive fines, and even confiscation of assets are all abolished.

As long as each person does not constitute an offense punishable by law, Article 24 states that every individual is “free to embrace the religion of his choice and to practice all ceremonies, devotions, or observances of his respective faith, either in places of public worship or at home”. 

Uniquely a Mexican right, Article 27 states that the government has the right to seize property for the good of the nation. This led to the creation of ejidos, a piece of land farmed communally under a system supported by the state, and thus allowing individual community members to farm and own said land.

100 Aniversario de la Promulgación de la Constitución Política de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos

100 Aniversario de la Promulgación de la Constitución Política de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos

In order to be elected minister of the Supreme Court of Justice, according to Article 95, the individual must be a Mexican citizen by birth and not be over 65 or less than 35 at the time of his or her election.

Article 123 gave workers the right to strike, receive a day’s rest per week, work a maximum of eight-hours each day, and be given the right to equal pay for equal work, regardless of sex or nationality.  

Article 130 helped separate church and state, and restricts churches from having any kind of legal status. It denies individual ministers and the church from any right to vote or freedom of speech, preventing the religious entities from criticizing the law or government.

A Coastal Affair: Tips for a Romantic Weekend in Mazatlan

Sophia Boccard

tips for romantic weekend in mazatlan

We like to call Mazatlan the Paris of Mexico because we consider it the “Mexican City of Love.” Beauty stems from the beaches and the colonial historical center; our gastronomy, ‘Cuisine Mazatleca’ and fresh produces farmed right outside the city; to the people and the malecon (boardwalk). With live music every night, laughter, dancing, singing and a bit of romance, it’s easy to see why Mazatlan is the Paris of Mexico.

If a romantic getaway is something that is on your mind, and Paris is too far away, look no further than Mazatlan and check out some of our suggestions for creating your romantic getaway.

romance in mazatlan

If a romantic getaway is something that is on your mind, and Paris is too far away, look no further than Mazatlan and check out some of our suggestions for creating your romantic getaway.

Photo:  Casa 46

Photo: Casa 46

EATING: Mazatlan’s gastronomy is an understated aspect of our culture. Noted with having some of the best seafood and beef in all of Mexico, it’s easy to see why dining out is a must-do when in town. Splurge at El Presidio and get a fabulous steak in the beautiful courtyard area, or visit Lucila’s Restaurant for a delicious dinner for two with an order of ceviche de la casa and a bottle of wine, or head to La Bahia for a relaxed vibe in a very small, yet intimate courtyard and share some shrimps dishes.

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ACTIVITIES: Enjoy a romantic picnic at any of the beaches located along Mazatlan’s 20 k.m. of coastline. From Olas Altas to Nuevo Mazatlan, there’s bound to be an area of beach that fits your needs. Interested in a more heart-pumping, adrenaline-filled outing? Go zip-lining at Huana Coa, or visit the Golden Zone for parasailing lessons.

mazatlan boardwalk

SCENERY: Take a stroll on the malecon, the longest boardwalk in all of Latin America spanning 8 k.m. Not up for the entire length? Take a pulmonia to a specific section and walk back to your original location.  If you want a more relaxing atmosphere, head to Casa Lucila’s infinity pool and catch the mesmerizing sunrise  sunset while wading in the pool by your partner’s side.

Our Top 5 Favorite Instagram Accounts To Follow in Mazatlan

Sophia Boccard

With so many Instagram accounts to check out (as of May 2017 there are over 700 million monthly active Instagrammers), it’s so easy to get lost on the best Instagram accounts to follow when trying to follow local businesses in a new city. Here in Mazatlan we have countless of businesses that we want to call out and feature but we decided to dwindle it down to our top five faves. Check our friends out and make sure to give them a follow! 

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14 Monumental Events from Mexico’s Revolutionary War

Sophia Boccard

Revolution Day in Mexico is celebrated every year on November 20 to commemorate the official start of the Revolutionary War to overthrow dictator Porfirio Diaz. The revolution itself spanned 10 years, from 1910 to 1920, and led to the signing in of the Constitution in 1917. The Revolution of 1910-1920 helped shape Mexico’s fundamental direction as a country and her government. It’s important to note 17 of the most significant events that took place during this time that led to its conclusion.

1. General Porfirio Díaz had been in power for more than 30 years (1876-1911) and was known to lead with an iron fist. During his tenure, Mexico grew railroads, increased foreign capital, and maintained political stability. However, peasants and labor workers began to fight back, and soon, there was political unrest.

2. Ricardo Flores Magon created the Mexican Liberal Party on September 28, 1905 to help defend the two sectors.

3. A particular strike of miners on June 1, 1906 in the Cananea mine in Sonora became known as the Cananea Massacre after conflicts between the miners and many American cavalry caused 22 fatalities.

4. Francisco I. Madero, born from a wealthy family from Coahuila, founded the Anti Reelectionist Party 1909 and was selected to run for President during the elections of 1910.

5. On June 6, 1909, Francisco I. Madero was imprisoned for “inciting rebellion and offending the authorities,” and taken to a prison in San Luis Potosi.

6. On November 20, 1910 Madero fled from prison and called for a National Insurrection, declaring the electoral process in which Diaz won again, invalid and fraudulent.

7. Puebla, Coahuila, Chihuahua and Sonora were the first states to lead the uprising.

8. Francisco “Pancho” Villa led the charge in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua with Pascual Orozco. Here, Madero set up his provisional government. Porfirio Diaz resigned and fled the country.

Pancho Villa. By Bain News Service, publisher. Photographer is unknown. Public domain.

Pancho Villa. By Bain News Service, publisher. Photographer is unknown. Public domain.

9. New elections took place in 1911 with Francisco Madero becoming the newly elected President of Mexico. 

10. Victoriano Huerta, appointed by former Porfirist generals to lead a military coup at the Mexican capital, participated in the Ten Tragic Days – a series of events that took place over ten days from the coup d’état to the assassination of Madero and his Vice President Jose Maria Pino Suarez on February 22, 1913.

11. Huerta led Mexico as a reported self-serving dictator for only a short time. Prior to his exile, revolutionary armies continued to grow their movement with Emiliano Zapata, Pancho Villa, Alvaro Obregon and Venustiano Carranza leading their respective charges.

12. With the promulgation of a new revolutionary Mexican Constitution in 1917, Venustiano Carranza was elected president, serving from 1917 to 1920.

Emiliano Zapata.  Wikipedia

Emiliano Zapata. Wikipedia

13. The Constitutionalist Army was renamed the Mexican National Army with the first order of business to eliminate threats, particularly Emiliano Zapata, who was assassinated in 1919.

14. As Carranza’s appointed commander of the revolutionary forces and his minister of war, Alvaro Obregón betrayed Carranza and launched a revolt against him leading to his assassination; he won the subsequent election with overwhelming support and was President of Mexico from 1920-1924, by which time the Revolutionary War had already ended.

Sun Country Airlines Offering Nonstop Service to Mazatlán from Denver

Sophia Boccard

mazatlan to denver flights

Sun Country Airlines has just announced a new seasonal nonstop service from Denver to Mazatlan, Mexico starting January 24, 2018 through March 7, 2018.

This will be a new international destination for Denver International Airport (DEN) into Mexico.

The new seasonal service will operate once a week on Wednesdays. Mazatlan ranks as DEN’s second-largest unserved market in Mexico with 6,000 annual passengers. Flights are available now for booking. Go to Visitsuncountry.com to make your plans today!

Spotlight: When Did Mazatlan Become So French?

Sophia Boccard

Most people who know of and think about traveling to Mazatlán do so because the city has a reputation of being an affordable, resort-friendly destination with beaches, a handful of outdoor water activities, and eating an average meal at your all-inclusive resort. We personally see Mazatlan as so much more than just a stop-over for a cruise heading towards the ports of Puerta Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas.

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43rd Annual Tianguis in Mazatlan Will Be Best Yet

Sophia Boccard

The single most important event of the tourism sector in Mexico, Tianguis Turistico, will be held in Mazatlan for the first time next year. Tianguis Turistico is the location where individuals of the tourist industry such as travel agents, meeting planners, hoteliers, tour operators, and specialized media and in-bound operators from 80+ countries in the world gather together to learn about all the destinations Mexico has to offer. 

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How to Spend 36 Hours in Mazatlan

Sophia Boccard

We’ve got a secret to share with you: we love reading The New York Times travel section – it’s our little indulgence. Thus, the theme for this post pays tribute to the Times’ “36 Hours” series. 

Mazatlan began as a simple fishing and hunting destination in the early 1930s in the area known today as the Historic Center. This was a time when the likes of John Wayne, Ernest Hemingway, Rock Hudson, Robert Mitchum, Tony Curtis and many more were visiting the inconspicuous town. The Hotel Belmar, built in 1896, was a staple for years before the deep water fishing lovers of Hollywood began to make their way south of the border from Los Angeles.  Over by Mazatlan’s Golden Zone, known as the Zona Dorada, her first resort, Hotel Playa, opened its doors in 1955. But it wasn’t until the 1970’s when more and more resorts were being built that Mazatlan got the tourism boost that lasted well into the early 1990’s.  

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6 Ways Mazatlan Will Steal Your Heart (And Make You Relocate)

Sophia Boccard

Of all of the resort beach towns Mexico is known for, we’re looking at you Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, and Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan is authentically Mexican.  We have kept up traditions since the late 1700's and our local community is made up of families that have remained in town for hundreds of years (not an easy feat in this day and age). With hundreds of festivals, parties, events, and shows, sometimes even nightly, Mazatlan knows how to show both locals and visitors alike a good time. Any traveler who has ventured to Mazatlan knows that it’s a coastal town that offers so much it makes it difficult to ever want to leave.

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