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President Enrique Peña Nieto ended his tour of Yucatán yesterday with a tour of the House of the Indigenous Child in Maxcanú, a town about 62 km south of Mérida.

And when he flew back home to Mexico City, he took three local women with him for a quick tour of his official residence, Los Pinos.

Fatima, Laigxa and Leticia had never seen the nation’s capital, and appeared thrilled to see the DF by air. They then were guided through the grounds of the mansion in the Chapultepec Forest in central Mexico City, which has been the presidential seat since 1934.

The tour capped off a festive ceremony in Yucatán, at a shelter that houses and trains young indigenous people.

Pristine after a 5 million peso expansion, the Casa del Niño Indígena is one of three built in a government-private sector partnership. Coca-Cola de Mexico Foundation and the National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples underwrite training and housing for 200 children hammock-making and baking, and other skills.

The event included singer Miguel Bosé, along with the Yucatán Gov. Rolando Zapata Bello; Energy Secretary Pedro Joaquin Coldwell; Tourism Secretary Enrique de la Madrid Cordero; and Nuvia Mayorga, Director General of the Commission for Development of Indigenous Peoples, among other local officials.

Bosé, is chairman of the MX Indigenous Heritage Foundation a nonprofit that works to contribute to the welfare of indigenous peoples and communities. Bosé sang “Like a Wolf,” accompanied by a choir of 40 children, in the Mayan language.

Earlier in the week, the president attended a ribbon-cutting for an expansion of Cancun airport’s Terminal 3, and then spent the night in Mérida before heading south to Maxcanú.

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