Mexico Around the Internets

At Mexico Retold, I stumbled across this is a fun quiz about the revolution of 1910 (I got 80%—clearly I need to brush up on my Obregon). However, I did even worse on Tony Burton’s current (typically difficult) geography quiz at Geo-Mexico. Luckily, this post on Mexico’s peace index definitely cheered me up. Burton notes: Mexico Peace Index finds that peace improved 7.4% in past two years The two-year improvement in peace was primarily driven by a 30% decrease in organized […]

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Nogales or Agua Prieta? Which is Safer?

  A reader writes: Hello, This year my fiance will be released from prison and deported back to Mexico (6yrs in). He has been in the US since he was 5. All of his family is here, but he doesn’t want to chance coming back (he just served 6 for crossing twice) so he left me with the task of finding where is safer: Nogales or Agua Prieta. Here is a little about me: I’m white , green eyes, super […]

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Baja Roads, Towns, and Beaches: El Codo's Baja Travel Update

The coast of Baja.

The Baja California peninsula is more convenient to visit than ever. To many PG travelers the most important question is: “Can I still camp there on the beaches, safely?” With the exception of the northern Pacific coast beaches, (Tijuana to El Rosario) the answer is an unqualified “Yes!” More than a thousand miles of wide-open beaches await the wilderness camper.  Baja Car Permits and Tourist Cards If you want to venture much beyond Ensenada or stay longer than 72 hours […]

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Excerpts from Steve's Travel Journal: 1995

editor’s note: When I was in high school, my mom got a job and an apartment so I could go to school in town. Those winters, my dad, Steve Rogers (co-author of People’s Guide to Mexico) went down south on his own for the first time since he and my mom got together. In 1995, my mom gave him a journal to record his travels for us.  I know other people out there miss Steve as much as I do, […]

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New Data on Mexico's Homicide Rate

Geographer Tony Burton of Geo-Mexico looks at National Statistic Institute data, which seems to indicate that the homicide rate in Mexico finally began to decline in 2012. I wish we had access for data from 2013.

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Mexico Travel Advisory: Hysterical or Legit?

The US State Department recently issued its latest Mexico travel advisory. The preamble is remarkably reasonable, and contains several points that support my own point of view on the subject of Mexico travel: “Millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year for study, tourism, and business, including more than 150,000 who cross the border every day. More than 20 million U.S. citizens visited Mexico in 2012.”   “The Mexican government makes a considerable effort to protect U.S. citizens and […]

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A Rhode Islander in Mexico

Erik Loomis, who usually writes at one of Rich’s favorite blogs, is currently in Mexico and blogging about his trip. His first post  begins with a charmingly reasonable statement: “Mexico is a pleasant and safe place to be if you are not part of the drug trade. There are regions that are more safe than others, but by and large, there are no real problems for visitors, and I don’t just mean in the areas that are basically the United […]

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Historical Photo of the Week: Hats Off!

A pretty woman throws a sombrero in the air in a gesure of joy.

Hats off the the people of Tenacatita! Two years and nine months ago one of the most popular public beaches in Mexico was violently seized by a developer, the Rodenas group. Armed guards destroyed the beach’s thatched seafood restaurants and stole thousands of dollars worth of property from local people and small business owners who had been living and working at the beach for their entire lives. The road to the beach was (illegally) blocked and armed guards with dogs […]

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Violence/Awesomeness Index

  This savvy slideshow sums up 11 awesome things about Mexico that don’t get the attention they deserve. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves…Which brings me to one of my favorite subjects rants: I’m not recommending you spend your next vacation poolside in Ciudad Juarez or anything (actually, I wouldn’t recommend that ever), but if you look at the numbers, Mexico is not as violent as many other popular tourist destinations, such as the Bahamas and Puerto Rico. Also, […]

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Noticias 5/22/2013

La Migra – The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the so-called Gang-of-Eight’s immigration reform bill 13-5, which includes a path to citizenship. After surviving a flurry of amendments intended to water the bill down, the bill now goes to the Senate floor where Republican Senators face the choice of angering their base or further alienating Hispanic voters. An immigration bill is also expected to be introduced to the House of Representatives in June. Negocios – Nestle has opened a 130 million […]

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