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Peso problems have sent middle-class Mexicans flying to Cuba . . . for vacation. With a dollar costing six times as many pesos this January as a year ago, and with air fare more than doubled in December, the US has become simply too expensive for many Mexicans. Resorts such as Vail in Colorado - where Mexicans have vacationed and invested in real estate - note a drop in spending from south-of-the- border visitors.

And many Mexican hotels raised their prices 70 percent last month, prompting the flight to Cuba for winter vacations, Cubana de Aviacion officials told the Mexico City News.

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The airline has put together low-cost tours ranging from five to eight days, and allowing Mexicans to pay in pesos. The average package is less than a Mexican would pay at a resort in his own country, the officials said.m

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