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Mexico on $5 a day, revisited

Mexico on $5 a day, revisited

In the early 1960’s, John Wilcock spent months traveling across Mexico on the cheap, sleeping in hammocks on beaches and busing from one far-flung side of the country to the other, researching what would become a classic of south of the border travel. Writing for Arthur Frommer, who helped create modern tourism by encouraging people...

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Daytripping in Michoacan

Daytripping in Michoacan

Uruapan, Michoacan, is a short three hour trip from Zihuatanejo and in addition to being a great place to visit in itself, the surrounding villages offer a wide variety of fascinating daytrips. Many visitors have come to Uruapan and using it as a base, have hired a bi-lingual taxi driver to take in the local...

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Uruapan, Michoacán – Pearl on the Rio Cupatitzio (Part 1)

Uruapan, Michoacán – Pearl on the Rio Cupatitzio (Part 1)

Uruapan, Michoacán was founded in 1547 by Fry Juan de San Miguel. The sixteenth century city results from the amalgamation of nine barrios. Today, there are six, since San Lorenzo dropped out many years ago. The barrios are; La Trinidad, San Francisco, San Juan Evangelista, San Pedro, Santa Maria Magdalena and San Miguel. Each barrio...

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Semana Santa in Uruapan

Semana Santa in Uruapan

  For 55 years the artisans of Michoacán have come to Uruapan for the largest event of its kind in Mexico.  This year more than 300 came from forty-seven pueblos. Michoacán handcrafts and folk art is a Mexican regional tradition centered in the state of Michoacán, in central/western Mexico. Its origins traced back to the...

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2013 Record Year for Canadian tourists in Mexico

2013 Record Year for Canadian tourists in Mexico

For the ninth consecutive year, Mexico welcomed a record number of Canadian tourists during 2013, with the number of visitors totaling 1,599,409. Mexico has now become the world’s tourist destination most visited by Canadians after the U.S. According to the Mexican Tourism Board’s (CPTM) Integrated System of Tourism Markets, last year the five most visited...

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Aeromexico gets a Dreamliner!

Aeromexico gets a Dreamliner!


Photos courtesy of Boeing, Aeromexico and airplanephotos.net This week Aeromexico took delivery of their 1st Boeing 787 Dreamliner, amid fanfare and celebration.   Boeing´s much anticipated, technologically advanced new 787 aircraft has been rolling out commercially since 2011 and despite a few glitches and literal bumps, it represents the most successful launch in commercial aviation...

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The Bookstores of Donceles Street, Mexico City

The Bookstores of Donceles Street, Mexico City

Step into any one of the dozen or so bookstores on Donceles Street in Mexico City´s historic center and you might find yourself in a predicament similar to the following: Do you stick to the game plan, zeroing in on that novel about the Mexican Revolution that you haven’t been able to find anywhere else,...

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Fredrick Catherwood’s Lasting Legacy

Fredrick Catherwood’s Lasting Legacy

In  the early 1840’s, two haggard men on mules emerged from Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula telling stories of a lost civilization discovered and unknown cities explored, long before the days when Nikon cameras and National Geographic magazine told us of these things. Between the years of 1839-1842, American John Lloyd Stephens and Englishman Frederick Catherwood, spent...

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Alebrijes from Oaxaca

Alebrijes from Oaxaca

Beautiful and Whimsical Mexican Art Sculptures Made from Copal Wood


The valley surrounding Oaxaca is known for archaeological sites and a variety of artistic handicrafts. The most stunning are the intricately painted wooden alebrijes. Tourists have no trouble finding reason to visit Mexico’s southern state of Oaxaca. Wildlife, archaeological wonders, unique handicrafts and a mixed culture resistant to modernization draw visitors from around the world....

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Magic Carpets, Oaxaca’s Master Weaver Preserves a Zapotec Tradition

Magic Carpets, Oaxaca’s Master Weaver Preserves a Zapotec Tradition

When you enter The-Bug-in-the-Rug store in Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca, you are greeted by the master weaver himself, Isaac Vasquez, a friendly, soft-spoken man with salt and pepper hair. He invites you into his workshop, housed in the sunny courtyard of his family compound. Your eyes are immediately drawn to the carpets on the adobe...

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Wouldn’t You Love to Ride a Train to the Beach … or Mayan Pyramids?

Many Americans and Canadians love riding trains. While the use of practical trains for commuting is returning, far more interesting are the tour trains that run through picturesque locations with beautiful scenery and stopping at interesting little towns. Why We Love Trains So Much For myself, I remember riding a train through the countryside back...

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Museo Dolores Olmedo

Museo Dolores Olmedo

Tranquillity in the Big City


You can travel thirty-two kilometers from the zocalo (town square) to the quaint canals of Xochimilco and still be in Mexico City. Just short of this is a retreat, the sixteenth century monastery/hacienda/Museo Dolores Olmedo, home to the largest private collection of original Diego Rivera paintings, Frida Kahlo works and the largest private collection of...

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