Cost of Living Update: Baja

A Mexican peso coin from 1982.

How much will it cost me to live/travel in Mexico? This query has been making our top 10 FAQ for over forty years. Sadly, the answer has changed significantly since 1972, when the first edition of The People’s Guide to Mexico hit the shelves. But take heart! We can’t complain too much with a peso/dollar exchange rate of 15.  Keep in mind that the prices below are for Baja. The mainland, barring major tourist traps, should be a little cheaper. […]

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Lewis and Lewis Policy

An old Mexico travel brochure with ttitle "Mexico in your own Car" and picture of church with agave.

Looking for a reputable insurance agency for your trip to Mexico? Lewis and Lewis have updated their offerings. Read more here. Lewis and Lewis are long-time sponsors of The People’s Guide to Mexico, but we endorsed their services long before establishing a more formal relationship.

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News Flash: Mexico City is Freaking Huge

1869 Lithograph of Mexico City

So we all know that Mexico City is sinking. Tony Burton of Geo Mexico reports that it’s getting particularly bad in Iztapalapa, where 10,000 homes are now at risk. In all, Mexico City has sunk 7 meters since 1891. More on that here. I’ve been thinking about The Big Enchilada lately because I’m reading The Interior Circuit, Franscisco Goldman’s memoir of learning to drive in Mexico City. So far I am finding it excellent, and I’ll write a full review […]

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Armchair Travel: Best of the Visual Internets

    Games up. It’s official. I’ve surveyed my budget, checked it twice, counted my pennies, and gnashed my teeth. No Mexico for me this year. This will be the sixth winter in my life that I have been reduced to languishing in the Pacific Northwest. I know I shouldn’t complain. But writing and editing for a Mexico travel site is a particularly tortuous way to spend the winter when one is addicted to real travel. Since I’m not allowed […]

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In Tequila News…

Forbes reports that tequila could be a good choice for people who want to drink AND lose weight. The study was conducted on mice. For a minute I was excited to imagine mice wearing tiny sombreros and drinking tiny tragos of Herradura, but then the author dashed my dreams: “Agavins, derived from the agave plant that’s used to make tequila, were found in mouse studies to trigger insulin production and lower blood sugar, as well as help obese mice lose […]

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No More Pemex?

Mexican gas station

Starting in 2017, foreign gas companies will be allowed to sell their gas in Mexico, which will break Pemex’s decades-long government monopoly on gas. (Mexico kicked out foreign oil companies in 1938.) Naturally, The Wall Street Journal puts a positive spin on this development and argues that it will be good for Pemex and good for Mexico. Meanwhile, in an opinion piece for Aljazeera, John Ackerman alleges that the change in policy is a Faustian bargain with the Obama administration. […]

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11 Spanish Words That Don’t Transalate to English

Mexican bingo cards on wall

My daily thoughts are peppered with Spanish words because sometimes Spanish just says it better. You can translate these words to English but they end up as phrases or weakened by qualifications. Andale pues! Cabron—Literally means a male goat and is sometimes translated as “cuckold.” That said, this word is widely used and can range from a playful greeting among friends “Hey Cabron!,” (like “Hey Fucker!”) to an insult akin to “asshole.” Chingar—Typically translating as “fuck” but meaning much more […]

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Where’s My Tacos?

A man cuts meat at a Mexico City taqueria.

Just stumbled across “36 Hours in Mexico City” from The New York Times. I enjoy this series and this installment is not half bad. The suggestions are predictably heavy on Colonia Roma and Condesa, but props to the grey lady for at least suggesting that visitors eat at a market, in this case Mercado de Medellín. That said, this is the only market on the itinerary, which seems crazy to me. Also, there’s no mention of The National Museum of […]

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