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Mexico Attempts to Lure Tourism Back With 230 Foot Enchilada

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A group from Iztapalapa, a borough in the eastern part of Mexico City, has set a new Guinness world record by cooking up a 230ft-long, 3,144 lb. enchilada.

The record-setting dish was filled with 165 pounds of corn, 602 pounds of white onion, 269 pounds of serrano chilis, 331 pounds of cheese and 33 gallons of cream.

Mexico City tourism secretary Alejandro Rojas said 'With this Guinness record we are showing the world that Iztapalapa is a high-level tourist destination.'

Mexico is struggling to boost its tourism sector, what with drug-fueled violence keeping many visitors away.

But, if the world's largest enchilada doesn't tempt you to take a trip south of the border, Mexican medical tourism groups are hoping that low prices on hospital procedures will.

“The expectation is that medical tourism is one of the most promising sectors in Baja California,” said Patrick Osio, vice president of the Baja California Medical Tourism Association, a San Diego-based nonprofit that promotes south-of-the-border medical services to Southern Californians. “(Practitioners) just haven’t known how to promote themselves.”

Fees for services such as dentistry, laser eye surgery, plastic surgery, cancer treatment and bariatric weight-loss procedures generally run 40% to 70% lower than in the U.S. A hip replacement costing $50,000  in the States can be had for a mere $13,000 in Mexico.

And just think--when your hip is back up to speed, you can walk over to Iztapalapa and help yourself to a few hundred pounds of enchilada.
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