From the Archives: An Eight-Year-Old’s Travel Journal, 1987

Map of baja drawing

Churpa writes: While researching for a memoir of my childhood on the road, I’ve been digging through old family photographs and journals, and I found this very detailed illustrated travel journal that I started when I was eight, in 1987. The journal is canvas-bound with a sweet splatter paint design on the cover, and spans from November 1987 to the spring of ’89. It covers two long trips, from Oregon to Baja to Guatemala and back again. At the time, […]

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Returning to 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. 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 roof and the air smelled like the pounding surf. “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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A Major Victory at Tenacatita: Update

  For over twenty years, the people of Rebalsito have endured fires, rampant destruction of property, the loss of home and livelihood, threats, endless meetings, and expensive legal battles. Five years ago, armed guards hired by the Rodenas corporation wrongfully took over on of my favorite places on earth. The community has been fighting back ever since, tooth and nail.  We have endured so many setbacks. And for once, things are looking up. In a time when so much news […]

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Tenacatita Open for Camping

A picture of a child running from a hut on the coast of Mexico.

Friends at Tenacatita are currently celebrating and setting up camp!  PROFEPA (the agency that enforces rules dealing with beaches) and the Marina (the armed forces that support PROFEPA) have delivered a federal order to the Rodenas guards. The order states that the guards can not legally prevent people from using the beach road. PROFEPA has also granted our friends permission to camp at their usual spot. The Tenacatita Fund has agreed to finance the lunch that was served to the […]

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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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Can I fly from Manzanillo to Zihuatanejo?

vintage cigarette card of mexican plane

A reader writes: I am trying to locate air transportation between Manzanillo & Zihuatanejo. Your book indicates there are links which I am unable to find on your website. –V editor responds: Hi V. Thanks for buying the book and my apologies for the missing link. Aeromexico offers flights between Manzanillo and Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo.

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Is Mazatlan's Ocean Palace Under Contruction?

  A reader writes: Last time I was in Mazatalan (2/2012) the Ocean Palace was under construction/remodel. I can’t seem to find any info on the project to see if it is complete.  Can you help? Thx   Churpa responds: Trip Advisor reviews as recent as August indicate that one wing of the resort was still under construction at that point. But our Mazatlan contacts inform us that it’s now done. Another reader recommends calling 6699130666 or 18003527690 to confirm.

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Read This!

Kudos to The New York Times for running Mark Sundeen’s excellent article Ignoring the Warnings for a Honeymoon in Mexico. Read it! I love the brisk pace, the honesty, and the way he captures the flavor of adventure in Mexico. Also this great advice pretty much sums up my theory of travel: “If my hosts turned out to be captors, my fear would do no good. And if they turned out to be friends, well then, my fear would be […]

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Hail Mexico, Full of Grace

Virgin mary with fish and seal

Hail Mexico, full of grace. Even though I’ve spent many years in this country, all told, I’m still in awe of the Mexico’s grace: the magic of small moments, the smile that redeems a weary journey; the stroke of strange luck that saves the day. Take today, for instance. I am homeward bound to Oregon, leaving the beach, leaving Mexico, which always makes me heartsick. We arrived in Melaque this morning to discover that (for some odd and no doubt […]

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