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 August 10, 2012



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Kimberly King - Executive Director
Looking forward to a Healthy and
Prosperous New Year!

Feliz Ano Nuevo!!!

I look forward to bringing you all the happenings in our community, and share with you, the joy of living in San Pancho.

Please feel free to post your comments, share your photos, and report any news about San Pancho on our  Facebook page. 

You can contact me directly at, if you would like to talk about advertising or submit a written article. 


I look forward to talking to you about San Pancho and encourage you to come by the office, at #50 Tercer Mundo. 






Kimberly King is a community website for the village of SanPancho, Nayarit, Mexico 

La Patrona Polo Club

New Years Eve Celebration!
 Make reservations now!
311 258 4378 
Come and enjoy our fine Mexican Cuisine, 
Polo Matches, Equestrian Shows, Spanish Dressage    

                        entr amigos                        

San Pancho Beach and Town Clean up... all week long! 

The Federal Department of the Environment (SEMARNAT) once again has elected
San Pancho and entreamigos to receive funds for temporary employment program (PET) to help keep our beautiful town clean and many people working. 

This week and next, a great group of hard working locals are cleaning the beach and estuary, giving proper maintenance to green areas and doing
much needed work in our recycling center.

We want to thank everyone involved and to congratulate all participants!

Entreamigos Spanish School

Our second block of the season begins January 7th. Sign up today at entreamigos.
Get a jump on the language this year and drastically improve your Spanish! Classes are available in different levels from beginning to advanced. Classes are taught by July Aquino, Certified Spanish Teacher, University of Cambridge.
$1900p (Materials included)
18 hours class instruction
18 hours optional grammar and conversation classes
36 total hours of instruction... (Only 53p per hour!)

Every class is focused to teach you the skills you need in everyday life in San Pancho. You will feel more comfortable speaking and understanding each and every day. Below you will find detailed information about each level. Click to take the placement test or stop by entreamigos.
Remember, when you take spanish classes at entreamigos you are not
only improving your communication skills but you are also contributing to further the work of entreamigos in the community.

Orchid & Bird watching Tours!

2 extraordinary experiences you will only find in San Pancho!! 
Reservations are required. Sign up at entreamigos today.
Thursday, January 3rd, January 17th and 31st, 2PM. $300p 
Visit the amazing orchid farm & hidden gem in the jungle. Take a walking trip through one of the most complete collections of wild orchids in Mexico. Please bring comfortable clothes, walking shoes & water. 

Saturday, December 29th & January 12 th. 7AM $300p
An incredible tour of local birds in their natural environment. Bring comfortable clothes, walking shoes & prepare yourself to see multitudes of bird species that inhabit the estuary and jungle surrounding San Pancho.

Magical Italy 2012 by Hilloah Rohr
Friday January 18th. 5-6PM
Photographer and European Hiking & Cultural Guide Hilloah Rohr will share an hour photo-journey of enticing visuals and stories from her 2012 tour to Magical Italy!  Great for all ages plus you will help support the Children's Scholarship at the same time!

Viva San Pancho
Views from a Mexican Village. Book presentation and launch party.

Monday January 21st. 7-8:30PM
Please join us to celebrate the publication of ¡Viva San Pancho!: Views from a Mexican Village, a newly published book where Nancy Brown, Channing Enders, Ellen Greene & Carolyn Kingson, paint a collective picture, vivid as a San Pancho sunset, of what is soul-satisfying, charming-and frustrating-about a place they have come to love. The book is a compilation of essays about friends and neighbors, homes and gardens, and a daily life that is never dull.
Refreshments will be served & books will be available for purchase.

Programa de limpieza de la playa y el pueblo...toda la semana!!
La Secretaria de Medio Ambiente (SEMARNAT) ha elegido una vez mas a San Pancho y entreamigos para recibir el PET (Programa de Empleo Temporal) para ayudar a mantener nuestro pueblo limpio y lindo asi como generar fuentes trabajo.
Un gran grupo de excelentes trabajadores de la localidad se encargan de limpiar la playa y el estero, dando mantenimiento a las áreas verdes y llevando a cabo labores muy necesarias en nuestro centro de reciclaje.
¡Queremos agradecer a todos los involucrados y felicitar a todos los participantes!

Tours de Orquídeas y Observación de Aves

2 experiencias extraordinarias que solo podrás vivir en San Pancho!!
Reservaciones requeridas. Aparta tu lugar hoy en entreamigos.

Jueves 3, 17 y 31 de Enero, 2PM $300p
Partiremos de entreamigos hacia un increíble orquideario escondido en medio de la jungla. Pasearemos a través de una de las más completas e impresionantes colecciones de orquídeas salvajes en México. Por favor trae zapatos y ropa cómoda, así como agua para tomar.

Sábados 29 de Diciembre y 12 de Enero, 7AM $300p
Saldremos de entreamigos hacia un sorprendente recorrido, donde podremos observar aves locales en su hábitat natural. Trae ropa y zapatos cómodos y prepárate para observar a las multitudes de especies de hermosas aves que habitan en el estero y las selvas que rodean a
San Pancho.  

Italia Mágica por Hilloah Rohr
Viernes 18 de Enero. 5-6PM
Hilloah Rohr, fotografa y guia cultural compartira con nosotros una Aventura fotografica de entretenidas imagenes e historias de su mágico viaje a Italia en 2012! Una actividad interesante para todas las edades  que además colabarara con el programa de becas de entreamigos.

Viva San Pancho: Views . Presentación y Fiesta delanzamiento del libro.
Lunes 21 de Enero. 7-8:30PM
Celebra con nosotros la publicación de ¡Viva San Pancho!: Views of a Mexican Village, un nuevo libro en el cual Nancy Brown, Channing Enders, Ellen Greene & Carolyn Kingson, dibujan una imagen colectiva, tan vivida como un atardecer en San Pancho, de lo que satisfice su alma, les seduce y les frustra de un lugar que han llegado a amar. Este libro es una compilación de ensayos acerca de amigos y vecinos, casas y jardines y su día a día, que es todo menos aburrido.
Habrá canapés y libros a la venta.   
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Back From The Brink
December is always such a bittersweet time for Grupo Ecologico. The nesting season is over and as the volunteers go home one by one our hearts are heavy from having to say goodbye to the people who have become such dear friends over the past few months.  These people who were strangers when they first arrived are now parts of our lives forever.  We are turtle bonded.  And with almost everyone gone, it is so quiet at turtle camp   But the sadness is tempered by the knowledge that what we have all worked so hard for this season has been successful and amazing. 
Fifteen years ago 125 turtle nests were recorded in San Pancho.  This year we recorded 1,409 nests.  That is an incredible 1027% increase.  It's a good feeling to know that thanks to so many people working together that the turtles of San Pancho which were so close to being lost forever are making a comeback.  Our deepest gratitude for all the people who work to save the turtles-not just Grupo Eco, but also, the teachers who educate the children about conservation, the volunteers who work day and night to dig up the eggs, the restaurants who don't sell eggs or turtle meat, the fishermen who no longer catch turtles, the beach walkers who tell us about nests and pick up trash, the visitors who share in the beauty of watching the hatchlings go out, the people who give donations and buy t-shirts to keep us funded, and the people who care about the sea.  It takes all of us doing what we do to make it happen, and we can ALL be happy knowing that because of all us 104,000 more Olive Ridley turtles are swimming in the sea this year.  Happy New Year and Turtle Love to All.

For more information about the turtle program, visit our website: 

Or you can see our day to day work on Facebook at: San Pancho Turtles 

Diciembre es siempre un momento agridulce para el Grupo Ecológico. La temporada de anidación es una y que los voluntarios van a casa uno por uno nuestros corazones apesadumbrados de tener que decir adiós a las personas que han llegado a ser tan amigos queridos durante los últimos meses. Estas personas que fueron desconocidos cuando llegaron por primera vez ahora son partes de nuestras vidas para siempre. Estamos unidos tortuga. Y con casi todo el mundo ha ido, es tan tranquilo en el campamento de tortugas, pero la tristeza se ve atenuado por el conocimiento de que lo que hemos trabajado tan duro para esta temporada ha sido un éxito y sorprendente. Hace quince años, 125 nidos de tortuga se registraron en San Pancho. Este año se registraron 1.409 nidos. Eso es un aumento increíble 1027%. Es una buena sensación saber que gracias a tanta gente trabajando juntos que las tortugas de San Pancho, que eran tan cerca de ser perdido para siempre están haciendo una reaparición. Nuestro más profundo agradecimiento a todas las personas que trabajan para salvar a las tortugas, no solo Grupo Eco, sino también, a los maestros que educan a los niños acerca de la conservación, los voluntarios que trabajan día y noche para desenterrar los huevos, los restaurantes que no lo hacen vender huevos o carne de tortuga, los pescadores que ya no cazan tortugas, los caminantes de playa que nos dicen acerca de los nidos y recoger la basura, los visitantes que comparten la belleza de ver a las crías salen, las personas que dan donaciones y comprar t-camisas para mantenernos financiado, y las personas que se preocupan por el mar. Se necesita de todos nosotros hacer lo que hacemos para que esto ocurra, y todos podemos ser felices sabiendo que debido a todos nosotros, más 104.000 tortugas golfinas están nadando en el mar este año. Feliz Año Nuevo y Turtle amor a todos.  
Para obtener más información sobre el programa de tortuga, visite nuestro sitio web:  


O usted puede ver nuestro trabajo del día a día en Facebook en: San Pancho Tortugas 
                                   Get the Healthy Momentum Going! 


Let's ride waves of healthy inspiration into 2013!  The holidays are a wonderful time to maximize on nourishment.  Clearly, tasty treats are plentiful, but in this newsletter I'd like to focus on nourishment from everything that doesn't go in your mouth. Family, friends, fun, these are all unique kinds of nourishment that are essential for your nourishment equation.  Check out the 5 keys to holistic nourishment below. Let these waves of healthy inspiration carry you into 2013!  


2013: Your Healthiest Year Ever!  


Why not take control and make 2013 your healthiest year ever?


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Want to conquer sugar cravings?

Send your energy soaring?

Find your inspiration?

Let's do it! Check out my nutrition programs and be sure to schedule your free nutritional epiphany session.  

A Gift! $1500 Scholarship to the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

By Tamara Jacobi

Ready to get your health back on track? Check out my

free guide to start listening to your body.   

Tamara Jacobi
Jungle Lodge Manager & Holistic Health Coach
San Pancho, Nayarit, Mexico
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                                              Birding With Luis
San Pancho is a pretty special place for birds and birders. Here´s a testimony from a avid SPBO supporter an San Pancho resident:

"Last nite, a group of friends came to San Pancho for dinner at La Playa. They were enthralled by the birds at sunset, as I am each time I go there, and as I tell all my guests about. Last night the herons were clearly visible along with the egrets (and what are those black birds called?) It was glorious, as was the sunset they enriched by their beautiful, musical presence.... they had never see a blue jay! Imagine, I see them all the time..."

San Pancho es un lugar muy especial para las aves y las personas que gustan de admirarlas. Aquí les comparto un testimonio de una fiel aliada del OASP y residente de San Pancho: "Anoche, un grupo de amigos estabamos cenando en la Playa en San Pancho. Ellos estaban fascinados por las aves al atardecer, al igual que yo lo estoy cada vez que voy allá; mientras les decía a mis huéspedes. Anoche los garzones estaban claramente visibles garcetas (y ¿como se llaman esas aves negras?) Fue glorioso, al igual que el atardecer que las aves enriquecieron con su hermosa prescencia musical.... mis huespedes nunca habían visto una urraca, imagínate, yo las veo todo el tiempo"

To learn more visit SPBO´s website

Luis Morales
Observatorio de Aves de San Pancho/ San Pancho Bird Observatory

Mobile: (52-1) 322 - 139 7242 

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Spotlight On Rentals

Hacienda Del Mar 

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for your Next Vacation!


Hacienda del Mar is an incredible BRAND NEW vacation retreat estate located in the town of San Francisco/San Pancho. The estate resides just across the street from the beach and just steps away from  

Playa Azul and the fine-dining restaurant Mar Plata. 


The grand entrance to Hacienda del Mar is through two remote-controlled gates and up a cobblestoned drive to covered parking. Guests will immediately notice the large swimming pool and lounging area with palapa-shaded spaces on the cantera tiled deck and terrace.


The inside of Hacienda del Mar is as grand as the exterior with marble floors, indirect lighting, floating staircases along with tasteful decorations and furniture. The incredibly large kitchen with service bar is fully stocked for either the chef in your group or for having authentic meals prepared for you by the house's staff.


Each of the bedrooms has its own bath plus a private terrace area. Privacy, tranquility, and peacefulness are assured to all guests staying at Hacienda del Mar. Attention to detail is extraordinary throughout the entire estate.



For more information click here: 

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to advertise your home and start receiving more reservations than ever before.  


Kimberly King

Executive Director   


Contacte con nosotros para anunciar su casa y empezar a recibirmás reservas que nunca antes.  

Kimberly King
director Ejecutivo

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New Immigration Information (Just in Case You Missed This)

Mexico - Following up on the ongoing consultations with Chapala immigration office chief Juan Carlos Galvan, this week we delve into the different permit categories, referred to in the law as Condiciones de Estancia.

But first, let's reiterate the official's admonition to scrap outdated terminology. Once the Ley de Migracion went on the books in May 2011, the National Immigration Institute (INM) eliminated no-inmigrante, inmigrante and inmigrado status as we know them. The FM2, FM3 and FMT permits of yesteryear no longer exist.

Galvan gave the following run down of the new document scheme:


Like the former tourist visa, the Visitante permit is appropriate for anyone wanting to visit or reside in Mexico for a maximum period of 180 days. The permit cannot be renewed or extended beyond the allowed six-month period.

There are six different classes of Visitante permits, issued depending upon the purpose for coming to Mexico: non-working visits (tourists), working visits, short-term non-working visits in the border zone, working visits in the border zone, visits permitted for humanitarian reasons, and visits to carry out adoptions.

Citizens and permanent residents of the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Japan, and most European nations do have to obtain a visa prior to coming into Mexico as tourists. In general they are only required to present a valid passport and completed visitor form at any port of entry. (See for complete list of nationalities exempt from pre-approved visa requirement.)

Galvan underlines one significant difference in the new law: persons entering as visitors are no longer allowed to apply for a switch to resident status from inside the country, except under special circumstances cited in the statutes. They must leave before the permit expires and start the procedure for a new condition at a Mexican consulate abroad.

Residente Temporal

Temporary Resident is the status of choice for people who want to remain in Mexico for up to four years, with permission to travel in and out of the country as often as they like.

After that time lapse the holder must leave the country, with the option of initiating application for a new temporary resident or permanent resident permit through a consulate abroad. (Again, exceptions may apply under special circumstances.)

Temporary residents have the right to apply for work permits, obtain the same status for immediate family members, and bring a load of household belongings into the country.

Retirees and pensioners who will live by their own means are required to prove economic solvency.

First-time applicants are required to initiate the permit procedure outside the country through a Mexican consulate. Those who meet requirements will be issued a visa to enter Mexico under the stipulation that they appear at an INM office within 30 days of crossing the border to obtain their immigration status cards.

Galvan says that individuals who already live in Mexico with legal status as temporary residents (i.e. admitted prior to November 9th under no-inmigrante or inmigrante documents) do not immediately start from square one. They are allowed to apply for renewals at the Chapala office without leaving the country until the full four-year period of the original permit ends.

He also points out that higher income requirements now in effect are only taken into consideration in reviewing cases of individuals whose status is irregular, such as those whose documents have expired within the previous 60 days.

There is a separate temporary resident category for persons who intend to pursue academic studies, research, and training in Mexico.

Residente Permanente

The permanent resident permit is geared for persons who want to settle in Mexico indefinitely. It has the advantages of freeing the holder from renewal procedures. Permanent residents are granted rights to freely engage in lucrative activities, obtain the same status for immediate family members, and bring in a household load. They are allowed to leave and return to Mexico at will and the new law does not put limitations on the length of their absences. They are required to notify INM of any change of address, marital status, employment or nationality.

Since there is no expiration date for persons previously granted inmigrado status, they are automatically in the door as permanent residents. They will eventually have to exchange their original IMN booklets or identity cards for new ones, but no deadline has been set for that as yet.

Family Ties

One important aspect of the Ley de Migracion is its focus on guarantees for family unity. Galvan observes that while a specific status for dependents no longer exists, the new law allows anyone whose residency permits are in order to request papers for his or her spouse or common law mate, children, and parents without each one of the applicants needing to meet individual income requirements. Foreigners who are spouses or parents of Mexican nationals also enjoy certain privileges, including ability to initiate application for temporary or permanent residency condition inside Mexico's borders.


The requirements and allowances to qualify for each type of IMN visa or permit are spelled out in the Ley de Migración, the complementary Reglamento (rules) and Lineamientos (procedural guidelines) published in the Diario Oficial de la Federacion (federal diary.)

Some online sources to find relatively concise, reliable and updated information in English on dealing with INM:





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Thanks for reading.  Please let us know your opinions, suggestions, complaints or anything else you feel will help make San Pancho a better place in which to live and vacation.


Kimberly King

Executive Director  

San Pancho Life
Calle Tercer Mundo #50
San Pancho, 63732