editor’s note: I was delighted to receive the following missive from our old friends Steve and Jo Knight, whom I met at Tenacatita when I was just a kid. Steve and Jo are seasoned Mexico travelers and now work in the travel business themselves–they are proprietors of an excellent, low key campground/cabin rental/eco-conscious swamp tour business, Okefenokee Pastimes, located at the entrance to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia. I highly recommend their place if you should ever find […]
My backpack was vintage, and not in a stylish way. A leftover from my mom’s backpacking trips through South America in the seventies, the bag had an exterior frame as large and graceless as an old lawn chair. I was happy to free my aching back from this aluminum exoskeleton, but I was having a hard time shoving the giant pack into the overhead rack of the bus. The behemoth bulged with supplies: everything from high heels to a percolator to […]
I’m a big fan of the Mexico City subway system, which is super cheap, super fast, and super easy to navigate once you get the hang of it. It’s also remarkably comprehensive. This trip we managed to avoid paying for a cab, and only took the bus once—when we traveled from our van (which we left parked on the far outskirts of the city) to a metro that would take us to our hotel. However, from the sound of it, […]
Dear Carl & Lorena, Just read your info on your trip to San Sebastian, Mascota & Talpa. We have been to Mascota (by bus) & loved it. This February are planning on going to all 3 places. Could you please tell us what Hotel you stayed at in Talpa? Thanks & happy New year, Emma Brooks Carl replies: Hello Emma Lorena and I haven’t stayed in a hotel in Talpa — and even if we had, I doubt that I’d […]
Lorena’s note: a recent email reminded me of this adventure that Karen Kulik wrote about for the original The Peoples Guide to Mexico website back in Feb 2002. Enjoy! After bumping into Lorena in Ajijic and telling her about our really special trip, she asked me write it up for the website. So here it is. Bob and I have both spent many years traveling and living in Mexico, spending time on land as well as sailing on his boat, […]
The Metro in Mexico City is a fast and fun way to get around. Using the color codes, symbols and maps found in stations and cars, you can more or less figure out where you are and where you are going. A ticket is ridiculously cheap and the Metro stations alone are worth the price. Many have interesting displays, including archaeological treasures from the excavation of the subway tunnels. The Metro closes at midnight; after that you’ll have to rely […]
Photo from the San Ignacio archives. Used with permission.
I’m impressed with the Mexican government’s creative efforts to combat Mexico’s image problem. Maybe it’s just because it reminds me of my favorite game show, Cash Cab, but I think the Mexico Taxi Project is a pretty great idea. The project’s creators use cabs with hidden cameras to capture returning tourist’s impressions of Mexico. I would love to see the outtakes from this project, in which passengers with piña colada-induced hangovers hurl out the window and little old ladies […]
Safety ruling complicates some Mexico flights If you’re traveling to Mexico soon, be aware that the FAA recently downgraded Mexico’s safety rating due to oversight concerns. U.S. carriers will still be able to fly to Mexico, but they won’t be able to do code-sharing flights with Mexican carriers. via seattletimes.nwsource.com
By ISTRA PACHECO The Associated Press MEXICO CITY — Troubled Mexicana de Aviacion, Mexico’s largest air carrier, indefinitely suspended ticket sales Wednesday but said it would continue operating flights for travelers who already bought them. The decision did not affect the company’s Click and Link airlines, which fly routes only inside Mexico. Mexicana flies to more than 65 domestic and international destinations, saying it carried 11.1 million passengers in 2009.