A little about Playa Zipolite, The Beach of the Dead . . .

Playa Zipolite, Oaxaca, Southern Mexico, on the Pacific Ocean. A little bit about my favorite little get-away on this small world of ours.

Zipolite, a sweaty 30-minute walk west from Puerto Angel, brings you to Playa Zipolite and another world. The feeling here is 1970's - Led Zep, Marley, and scruffy gringos.

A long, long time ago, Zipolite beach was usually visited by the Zapotecans...who made it a magical place. They came to visit Zipolite to meditate, or just to rest.

Recently, this beach has begun to receive day-trippers from Puerto Angel and Puerto Escondido, giving it a more TOURISTY feel than before.

Most people come here for the novelty of the nude beach, yoga, turtles, seafood, surf, meditation, vegetarians, discos, party, to get burnt by the sun, or to see how long they can stretch their skinny budget.

I post WWW Oaxaca, Mexico, Zipolite and areas nearby information. Also general budget, backpacker, surfer, off the beaten path, Mexico and beyond, information.

REMEMBER: Everyone is welcome at Zipolite.



Sunday, December 11, 2016

Oaxaca highway to be reactivated in January Empresas ICA is out; National Infrastructure Fund to take over the project

Oaxaca highway to be reactivated in January

Empresas ICA is out; National Infrastructure Fund to take over the project

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Mexico’s biggest construction company is no longer involved in a massive highway project in the state of Oaxaca.
Empresas ICA, which has fallen on hard times due to a heavy debt load and government restraint, has lost the concession for the Barranca Larga-Ventanilla freeway linking the city of Oaxaca to the tourist destination of Puerto Escondido.
CNN Expansión reported this week that the concession for the 104-kilometer highway through the southern sierra will remain in the hands of the National Infrastructure Fund, which will reactivate the project in January.
Completion will take 12 months, said Infrastructure Undersecretary Oscar Callejo of the federal Communications and Transportation Secretariat.
According to ICA’s figures, 5.255 billion pesos have been invested so far and as of September the project was 84% complete. Last month, Oaxaca governor-elect Alejandro Murat said federal approval had been given to spend another 3 billion pesos to finish it.
In addition to Empresas ICA’s own financial problems were construction delays caused by disputes with indigenous communities over compensation for expropriation of their lands. One company executive said off the record nearly two years ago that ICA employees were being kidnapped as disputes flared.
The contract to build the highway was first awarded in 2008 to the Mexican construction firm Omega, but it had to bow out due to financial difficulties. The concession was granted to ICA in 2012.
Callejo said ICA would receive no compensation for the loss of the project. A reconciliation of the accounts showed there was close to a zero balance, he said.
The firm ran into trouble last year as government-funded infrastructure projects dried up due to spending cuts. The peso’s decline against the dollar and the company’s large debt didn’t help.
While ICA may be down it is not out. The company joined forces with entrepreneur Carlos Slim and a Spanish firm to make a proposal this week for construction of the terminal building for Mexico City’s new airport.
Source: CNN Expansión (sp)
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