Travel Journalist Peter Greenberg Joins President Felipe Calderon for ‘Mexico – The Royal Tour’

President Felipe Calderon and Peter Greenberg walking on beach in Cozumel while filming Mexico the Royal Tour, Photo credit: Robert Landau

What I had anticipated since first being teased with a video demonstration back in June 2011, is now coming to life (public television rather). Needless to say, this Mexico-enthusiast is very excited about the news.

Emmy Award-winning travel journalist Peter Greenberg hosts ‘Mexico – The Royal Tour’- a one-hour tour documentary with Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon that showcases the country’s natural beauty and resources through activity and adventure.

The show is set to premiere on Sept. 22 in the U.S. and Sept 23 in Mexico with English narration and Spanish subtitles. (Check your local PBS listings – for Southern Cal here)

In ‘Mexico – The Royal Tour,’ Greenberg takes viewers deep into Mexico by presenting iconic and historic sites and states in Mexico and explores many of Mexico’s unique and lesser-known areas, all of which are accessible to travelers.

According to a press release issued by WNET, Peter Greenberg states, “We’ve been given extraordinary access to both a country and its leader during a pivotal time in Mexico’s history. While we explore many of the little-known gems of this country, President Calderón also takes me inside his state-of-the-art, top-secret security bunker and discusses the drug battle and what it really means to travelers. It’s an eye-opening, once-in-a-lifetime experience I get to share with viewers.

Presdient Calderon and Peter Greenberg wave goodbye to friends and family before descent while filming Mexico The Royal Tour at Sonata de los Golondrinas prior to descent; Photo credit: Robert Landau

Cultural Sites, States and Places Visited by Host Peter Greenberg and President Felipe Calderón on ‘Mexico: The Royal Tour’

Los Pinos

The official residence and office of the president


Home to Palenque, the most sublime city in the Mayan civilization, where thousands of structures are still yet to be discovered in the jungle. The two travel through a secret stairway to observe ancient Mayan carvings within a hidden chamber.

The village of Metzabok

Home to the Lacandon people, the descendants of the ancient Mayans. The Lacandon have clung to tradition for five centuries, but recently signed an agreement with the government to preserve the rainforest and develop eco-tourism.


The site of the legendary ruins of Chichen Itza, the most important place of the Mayan civilization and the best-preserved Mayan site. The temple of Kukulkan at Chichen Itza is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Together, the president and Peter Greenberg climb the 91 steps to the top of the structure.

Cenotes Dos Ojos

A sinkhole in Yucatan that is the legendary gateway to the underworld and one of many entrances to a 42-mile long underground river system. The president dives into this dark labyrinth where ancient Mayan skeletons have been discovered.

Puerto Vallarta

Port and popular tourist destination, Puerto Vallarta, located in the Mexican state of Jalisco, is home to a variety of beautiful beaches, award-winning restaurants, a thriving cultural scene and filled with natural activities such as turtle release programs, whale watching,  zip lining and much more.


The site of the renowned Mariposa Biosphere Reserve where millions of monarch butterflies migrate each year.


The President’s hometown. The two meet the President’s mother and siblings in his childhood home, and visit the secondary school the President attended. Established in 1541, Morelia is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Lagoon at Ojo de Liebre in Baja California

Every year thousands of gray whales migrate here to breed. Around 800 baby whales are born in this lagoon each year. The president observes the whales from a distance, until the sound of his children singing brings the giant creatures next to the boat.

Sotano de las Golondrinas or “Cave of the Swallows”

A pit large enough to hold New York’s Chrysler Building. Peter Greenberg, the President, and the President’s son rappel straight down the treacherous pit.


Location of the town of Tequila, where generations of families have produced Mexico’s most famous spirit in the traditional way.

The ancient city of Teotihuacan north of Mexico City:

A UNESCO World Heritage Site,  the ruins include the famous Pyramid of the Sun. It is one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico.

Peter Greenberg is America’s most recognized, honored and respected front-line travel news journalist. He is Travel Editor for CBS News and appears on The Early Show and across many CBS broadcast platforms.

Greenberg is the consummate insider when it comes to reporting the travel business as news. An Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter and producer, Peter was named one of the most influential people in the travel by Travel Weekly, along with Al Gore, Bill Marriott and Richard Branson.

Peter is also host of the nationally syndicated Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio show, broadcast each week from a different remote location around the world. He is heard on more than 150 stations, Sirius/XM radio and Armed Forces Radio. For more information on Peter Greenberg, visit

Additional photos can be found on PBS Thirteen.

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Susie Albin-Najera is the creator and editor of The Mexico Report, an award winning travel blog showcasing news, deals and resources for the modern traveler. Najera is a writer, author, travel blogger, marketing and public relations specialist and producer. Najera serves on the host committee for Maestro Cares, founded by singer Marc Anthony and producer Henry Cardenas; and on the advisory board for Corazon de Vida, providing aid to children in Mexico. She is also the creator of 'The Real Heroes of Mexico' showcasing community heroes in Mexico and producer of Latino Thought Makers. Najera has been recognized by the Mexican Consulate and Mexico Tourism Board for fostering positive relations between countries and her dedication to showcasing Mexico as a premiere destination. She can be reached at

3 comments for “Travel Journalist Peter Greenberg Joins President Felipe Calderon for ‘Mexico – The Royal Tour’

  1. Daniel Cardenas
    2011-08-22 at 7:33 am

    HI Susie, thanks… The Maya culture thrived for thousands of years and disappeared 500 ago. How can their ANCESTORS still be around? This is an enigma for any geneticist or historian. Best regards, D

    • Susie Albin-Najera
      2011-08-22 at 9:10 am

      Thanks for all of your comments Daniel. They are greatly appreciated!

  2. Daniel Cardenas
    2011-08-21 at 11:01 am

    Dear Susie, It’s always nice to read positive lines in these times… You have a sincere interest in my country, and I thank you. Sincerely, Daniel

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