It is that serpentine road that is often traveled, in order to land us in Mexico whether temporarily or permanently, and ours certainly had its roadblocks. Our initial attorney, referred by some expats and with good reviews online ended up costing us thousands of dollars and months of delays including a huge misstep on his part – not filing documents on time. If it hadn’t been for good fortune, while seated at an unrecognizable computer, sifting through illegible corporate logs, that attorney Maria de Lourdes Ancona Diaz de Leon sat next to us, we would never have been able to stay in Mexico. Seeing us struggle, she offered her assistance in English and we never looked back. Shortly after arriving in Playa, she started A & C Soluciones Legales Internacionales S.C. and although she is a corporate lawyer dealing in bank trust, foreign investment, trademark, contracts and creating companies, she has an in-house colleague who handles all forms of immigration services. Here is her background.
Maria de Lourdes Ancona Diaz de Leon
Where are you originally from?
I am from Merida, but came to Cancun in 1986.
How did you arrive in Playa?
I moved to Playa del Carmen in 2006 to help my family with our beautiful Aktun-Chen Nature Park. It is located near Tulum and has cenotes, ziplines, small zoo and cave explorations.
Why is Mexico so special?
The culture, the culinary variety and taste of Mexican food, the color of the country, the friendliness of the people. We have a rich heritage, Mayan, Aztec, Olmecs, and such a variety of animals here on the Yucatan Peninsula, like jaguar, deers, toucans, monkeys and others that are native to this area.
What would you like the rest of the world to know about Mexico?
Mexico is a great country, with a huge history and full of magical towns, tourism is welcome any time, the people are friendly and we always try to help the tourists. The Mexican culture is rich in so many things including rituals, regional colorful costumes, food and tradition.