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Cancun, Mexico

Cancun, Mexico

Most of you, of course, have been to Cancun Mexico, but many people fall into these things that if known in advance, it will save you money and time. Here are the things that you do and don’t do in Cancun once you land.

  1. Don’t take 1st offer as final.

As soon as you get your luggage, you will see people approaching you to offer a cab with jacked up prices. Depending on where you going it should be no more than $25-$30 going from airport to downtown area. Also it is better to arrange your pick up through the hotel, it will be way cheaper.

  1. Double check on menu prices before you eat in restaurant tourist areas.

Speaking of service, Can I say Horrible? YESSS!! I ordered 3 mini-tacos and 1 drink for $17. Now am not cheap but that was very expensive comparing Mexico VS USA with price and portion, also took 30 minutes to deliver dish from time of taking order. And not to be mean, tacos were horrible, I got charged extra for cheese.

  1. Do not buy tour packages online.

If you are looking to buy tour packages online, prices are triple what you can pay if you walk around and purchase from a legit agent in a kiosk that has a business card, cellphone and location. I wanted to buy tour for 4 activities online, price was $365 vs $60 with the same tour. $305 is lots of money to do with in Mexico. Coconut water was $10 in Cancun VS $4 in Puerto Rico. That is a rip off.

  1. Keep your immigration paper entrance.

When you go through customs, they give you a red paper that has a number once you enter the country. DO NOT THROW IT IN TRASH! I had to pay $30 to get another one because I didn’t know I had to keep it, and of course NO ONE TOLD ME. DUH!

  1. Airport Terminals

Read you tickets carefully and make sure you will be dropped off in the right terminal. My ticket said Air-Mexico and in small letters beneath said operated by Delta airline. My taxi driver dropped me on a terminal where Air Mexico operates but wrong terminal, so I had to pay $15 for another cab to drive me from one terminal to my actual terminal so I won’t miss my plane. Luckily I made it on time. I guess my mistake but I was PISSED!

  1. Drones

Do not use drones in tourist areas like I DID!! I had to run away once I got caught. HEHE!! Watch videos below

Click >> Drone Video Click >> RUN AWAY

  1. Do not drink tap water, buy sunscreen from the where you coming from as sunscreen is triple what you pay for in Mexico. Keep cash money at all times. You will need Pesos. Make sure that when you exchange currency, the rates are good. Also buy OFF spray to keep mosquitos away. OH BOY!! those bites are no fun. Hydrate at all times, because the sun will get you.

Cancun was a great experience. There is so much to do there. Tulum, Coba, Cenote, Snorkeling, Museum under water and Cancun beach are small portion that I got to do in 3 days. Do not waste your time in clubs and drinking, I mean you can drink but not excessively because it will drain your energy and you will miss the real fun adventure. JUST SAYING!

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Salsa Dancers!

Most new salsa dancers are making huge mistakes. But Wait!! Before you start judging, please read till the end.

We always love to have new dancers joining the community, and I am talking about the Latin dancing scene such as salsa and bachata etc. I have been dancing for the last 10 years going on 11. I traveled many countries, danced and performed in many congresses but that does not give me a superior title to be one of the best. In fact, I consider myself a non-stop learner who always willing to learn and no matter what level I am. Here are the common mistakes:

  1. BE HUMBLE

Most New dancers think that they got it all! They think by learning a routine and performing, they made it to the top. For instance, I asked a girl to dance which she is only been dancing for 6 months, her reply was “oh, I have a line.” Now I don’t want to go with details because she end up dancing with me BECAUSE THERE WAS NO LINE. WOW!! Alien Ramirez will kindly tell you that someone asked before and will love to dance after. Ladies take notes.

  1. TRAIN VS CLASS

Most dancers think that only classes is going to get them better. YES and NO. Yes, a class will give you a great kick start, but if you want to make it to the top, you have to TRAIN. Do you think Emily and Junior, or Karen and Ricardo made it to the top because they took classes? They train 8-9h/day. NO JOKE!!

  1. Cross-training

Salsa is not only one kind of dance, it is a combination of many dances put together. Take different kind of dancing lessons and learn different styles. This will help a lot to enhance your body movement. Franklin Diaz trained afro-Cuban, jazz, ballet, mambo and list can go on for 15 years to become the dancer he is today. Oh, not to mention his performances in flamenco. He learned from the best to be the best.

  1. Social Dancing

Most common mistake at congresses is that same city or studio dancers dance with each other. Now why would I want to dance with someone I dance with on daily basis?  Think about it for a second. Dance with people you don’t know, you will learn different moves, styles, leads, follow, and will be more interesting. Dancers don’t take it personal.

     5. Workshops

Most dancers at the workshops complain they are tired and sleepy. Main reason is because.. of course… partying and drinking till 6am. If you are serious about dancing, you will manage your time properly, excluding some exceptions.

 Dancing is all about having fun, do it from your heart. Feel free to comment in the box.

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Salsa Ambassador “Albert Torres”

 Albert Torres/Salsa Ambassador/father of many dancers

Many of you in the salsa community know Albert Torres who passed away not too long ago, was the biggest and most influential salsa and dancing promoter and father figure to many champions around the world. I can write a book on what Albert Torres has done for the community.

I met Albert Torres personally in 2009 at the Houston Salsa Congress. I was much honored to meet such a great, humble, and talented person. After I started digging deep into his work, he is not only a guy that goes on stage and announce the dancers. I found out that he is like a father for all the dancers around the world. He helped so many children around the world with scholarships and donations to keep out of the streets and give them a purpose and hope to fight and strive for the best in life. These talented amazing dancers look up to him and follow his advice. He was such a great inspiration for many champions and pushed them to the extreme limits so they make it to top. Many of these dancers travel from all over the world and compete in Miami Florida for the World Latin Cup dance (WLDC) every year. I was very lucky to be part of his presence and events for the past 8 years in different parts of the world. I remember him saying at the Houston Salsa Congress 2017: ‘there are many people came today to see you on stage, have fun, put on a good show, and dance from your heart” with his final famous ending “UNA BUUYAAAA.”

Albert Torres emphasized not only on dancing, but also to know all the different components of dancing, such as productions, singers, writers and musicians. He wanted us to learn and be more competent about the music so we can advance and dance better. One of his favorite workshops was to have meet and greet to talk about music and history of salsa with the singers that come and perform at the congress. Albert Torres was a well experienced man who traveled, connected, and created big healthy communities all over the world. He made salsa globally known. I wrote this blog in his honor, as because people like him should always be remembered. Our mission is to keep his message  and continue to spread love, harmony, teamwork, knowledge, peace and happiness around the world.

UNA BUUYAAAA!!!

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Albert Torres Giving his Speech Before Shows

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