Returning to Tenacatita

Tenacatita

Have you ever loved a place? I mean really loved a place? With the same intensity that you’ve loved a person? The other night, I was  sitting in a palapa on a beach in Mexico talking to my friend Mary Ann about loving a place so much that it hurts you. Is it strange to love a place as much as you love the people in your life, I wondered. Solar-powered Christmas lights twinkled along the fringe of the thatched […]

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Traveling with Children and Water Quality

hippie family in van

A reader writes: This summer, my wife and I wish to travel and stay for a month or so to San Miguel or Guanajuato with our children ages 4 and 1 (right around 12-13 months). Our itinerary will be light:  just stay in a city and get to know it intimately. However, we’re concerned about issues like water: brushing teeth, when washing food, etc, especially with our younger child. Wondering if there’s a risk of him becoming ill even if […]

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Grand Adventure or Foolish Mistake?

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A reader writes: We have planned to rent a car in Guadalajara and to drive to Guanajuato, Leon, San Miguel, Mexico City, Patzcuaro, Ajijic and back to Guadalajara. We are monolingual English speakers. We plan to only drive during the day. We are old lesbians. Does this seem like a great adventure or a foolish mistake? Churpa responds: I’m going with grand adventure, with two caveats regarding Mexico City and Michoacan. I highly recommend driving around Mexico in general, but […]

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Moving to Vallarta?

Puerto Vallarta at night.

A reader writes: Hello Everyone, I love The Peoples Guide to Mexico! To start out my name is Robyn, I am 36 years old and I work as a Psychiatric Nurse in Denver, CO.  My husband, Michael, was in an automobile accident two years ago.  He was hit by an uninsured motorist two years ago and has not been able to work since.  He has gone through three major back surgeries and the cold Colorado weather just debilitates him 5 months out of […]

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Things to Do in Mexico City: Soumaya Museum

Mexico city museum

Billionaire Carlos Slim’s art collection is housed in a big shiny museum in Polanco. Designed by Slim’s son-in-law Fernando Romero, the ostentatiously modern building has a cool interior design that allows the visitor to ascend  or descend in a spiral of wide walkways. The Museo Soumaya is friendly to the alter-abled, with ramps everywhere, and special exhibits and guides for the hearing and sight impaired. Also, it’s totally free. The museum has a lot of Rodin, a good collection of […]

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Oaxaca Camping Update

Vinage image of fantastical trailer and camper

  The San Felipe Campground is closed yet again because the landowner wanted to put the property to other uses. Luckily, the camp proprietors found a new property and are opening the Oaxaca Campground, located just off the Pan American Highway near KM marker 17 east of Oaxaca. Their website is still in the rudimentary phase, but does give contact info. We look forward to checking it out. There are also limited spots potentially available at the Overlander Oasis in El […]

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Historical Image of the Week: John and Eve Muir

John Muir of Idiot's Guide fame with his wife Eve Muir, black and white photo

John and Eve Muir, original publishers of The People’s Guide to Mexico. John wrote, with Tosh Gregg, the cult classic How to Keep Your Volkswagon Alive, a Manual of Step-by-Step procedures for the Compleat Idiot. John and Eve were at the center of a creative group of friends who met each year for wild “beach parties” in Mexico. We remain an extended family. John died just before I was born, but Eve was an important person in my life. Fabulous, […]

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Overlanders

hippie family in van

My dad and I were not allowed to touch the van during the packing process. My mother was in charge, and we were the heavy lifters, hauling plastic tubs of spices, boxes of books, boxes of wine, tool boxes. Tina instructed us to set everything by the back doors of the van. She would crawl underneath the plywood bed, on her hands and knees, visible only by the bottoms of her sneakers. It was my job to stand waiting while […]

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Boat Insurance?

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

  Just wanted to take a moment to thank our long-standing sponsors, the excellent Lewis and Lewis Insurance. We highly recommend their services for auto or boat insurance. They are old hands at Mexico and we trust them to give us the real deal. Speaking of which, to get better deals on insurance, be sure to order ahead of time instead of waiting till you get to the border. Check out the Lewis and Lewis website or their page here at […]

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Safe to Caravan Through Sinaloa?

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reader writes: Hi there, We are planning a trip as a caravan to Navidad Mx. I’ve never driven past Monchis before. I am a little uneasy with all I have herd of driving into Sinaloa. We would leave from Nogales to Navidad. Any advice? Thank you, TLG Churpa answers: I drive this route nearly every year, and have never had any problems. Don’t drive at night, use common sense, pay attention, and try not to exude an attitude of fear. […]

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