Touring All Over
A Day in Colonial Morelia
Morelia, the state capital of Michoacan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a colonial masterpiece. Only a few hours from Guadalajara and Mexico City, this vibrant, cultured, and well-preserved city is not on many foreign tourists destination maps. However, it really should be!
Beautiful "Small Towns" in Mexico Book Review
"One Hundred and One Beautiful Small Towns in Mexico" is a coffee table book that provides a journey in words and gorgeous pictures of Mexico's "hidden" and not so hidden "off-the-beaten-track" and not so off-the-beaten-track touristic gems and "treasures."
Bernal a Magic Town Vortex or Not
San Sebastian Bernal is one of 83 communities in Mexico that have been selected to be a part of the country's Magic Towns Program. Site of the world's third tallest monolith, charming and colonial Bernal is decidedly not a tourist "trap" but rather is a genuine, albeit touristy, tourist "find."
Chartered Bus Trips in Mexico
Throughout much of Mexico traveling by chartered bus to religious sites and or to secular attractions and events is a very popular activity, be it day trips or multiple day excursions.
Impressions of Naturally Harmonious Tapalpa
The small Alpine mountain town of Tapalpa, Jalisco is deservedly one of Mexico's Magic Towns. All of its "architecture," be it manmade or natural, is in total harmony with one another. If you could only visit one community in Mexico, colonial and natural Tapalpa might just be the place for you!
Is Mexico Part of North America?
Situated in the Western Hemisphere Mexico has multiple identities:North American;Middle American;Latin American. However, is it ever appropriate to refer to Mexico as the "other" North America?
Mazamitla My Mountain Town Retreat
The pictureque mountain town of Mazamitla, Jalisco is deservedly one of Mexico's "Magic Towns." Referred to as the "Mexican Switzerland," it is the one place in Mexico that I go yearly for my version of an active yet contemplative retreat.
Mexico's Mostly Non-Hyped Magic Towns Program
In 2001, the Mexican Department of Tourism established the Magic Towns Program. Today, there are 83 Pueblos Magicos spread throughout the country. Each one has something special to offer its visitors. Come and experience those communities that maintain their traditional cultural and historical roots
Mexico's UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Reflecting the wealth, magnificence, grandieur, and diversity of Mexico's cultural and natural heritage, the country is home to 31 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Mexico is so very much more than just the stereotypical "sun and sand" destinations.
Regions of Mexico
Mexico is a heterogenous nation. It is much more than solely tropical beach resorts (or endless desert or sprawling metropolitan areas or rustic villages or steamy jungles or border crossings). It is the sum of its diverse parts. This article lists its nine regions, its states, and capital cities.
San Blas a Laid Back Tropical Coastal Village
Located in between Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan, San Blas, Nayarit is a laid back and affordable tropical beach, ocean, mangrove, and river community that has much to offer its visitors. "No-see-ums" or not, San Blas and its environs are well worth exploring.
San Miguel de Allende a U.S. Expatriate Enclave
Colonial San Miguel de Allende, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008, has one of the largest expatriate "communities" in Mexico, particularly composed of those individuals from the U.S. that have retired or choose to snow bird in that lovely Central Mexican city. Why is that the case?
Tequisquiapan a Colonial Bougainvillea Ville
Colorful bougainvilleas flowing on narrow, winding cobblestoned streets. Colonial ambiance with a zocalo featuring a "pink" church surrounded by portales. Three traditional marketplaces. Excellent cheeses and wines. A tranquil park. Immaculate Tequisquiapan offers that and much more to visitors.
Tzintzuntzan "Place of the Hummingbirds"
Beautiful Lake Patzcuaro in Michoacan is ringed by many indigenous lakefront communities. One of the most lovely and interesting of these is the village of Tzintzuntzan with its colonial monastery complex, its unusual archaeological site, and its plethora of colorful and locally produced crafts.
Uruapan More Than Just Avocados
Uruapan is the state of Michoacan's second largest city. Although located well inland, the city and surrounding area has a decidedly tropical feel to it. Known as the "World Capital of Avocados," Uruapan is much more than that and I don't mean just the macadamia nuts that it also produces.
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