Abduction of Students Fuels Fires of Protest

Mexican Highway 200 with Mexican road sign that says "Guerrero"

Tony Burton at Geo-Mexico wrote a comprehensive overview of the horrifying situation in Guerrero, where the police abducted 43 student protestors, who are now presumed dead. His article contains a lot of interesting links that will fill you in on the details of the story to date. Check it out. If moving pictures are more your oeuvre, Vice News has some good video coverage of the case, including footage of the protests in Mexico City and interviews at the liberal […]

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Informative Travel Blogs–Baja to El Salvador

My friend Cornelius pointed me in the direction of his friends Matt and Emily, who are currently traveling through Central America. Their blogs have neat pictures and detailed information that could be of use to anyone interested in riding a motorcycle in Mexico, couchsurfing, crossing Latin American borders, finding cheap, reasonably safe accommodations in San Salvador and bussing across Central America. Sigh…

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Jenny Hannah Roche's Mexico Stash

Girl floats in water wearing black vintage bathing suit.

On my most recent trip to Mexico, I was lucky enough to have photographer Jenny Hannah Roche in tow. Roche camped with us near Tenacatita and was able to document significant local events such as the umpteenth annual Coco Open coconut golf tournament and a trip to Mosca and Cuca’s for fresh caught huachinango. With the enthusiasm of a kid in a candy shop, Jenny was typically exclaiming in delight, or crouching to shoot, or running off to check out […]

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How to be More Like a Local When Visiting Puerto Vallarta

Editor’s note: This is a guest spot from the enjoyable and well written expat blog Team Fuber, which is up for the “best expat blog award” at Expat Blogs. If you want to show your support for Jen and Sam, leave a comment at the contest site.   10. Take off your closed toed shoes; let your toes breathe and feel the fresh air (and get rid of that winter sock tan)! Seeing somebody walk down the beach in shoes […]

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Oaxaca Attractions

Check out Viator.com for Oaxaca travel recommendations written by an, ahem, renowned Mexico expert. Also of possible interest: the three day itinerary and an overview of Oaxaca cuisine. I’m impressed by the company’s dedication to finding writers who have actually recently visited the locations in question.

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Best of Mexican and Central American Balnearios

Van camping.

  A popular institution in Mexico and Central America, balnearios, or thermal springs, range from undeveloped pools to fancy spa resorts to elaborate water parks that are packed with screaming kids on the weekends but make ideal camp spots during off hours. Many balnearios feature attached hotels, bungalows, or camp areas. Not all balnearios allow camping, but many will allow you to camp (for a fee) even if camping is not on their main menu. El Codo just sent me […]

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Great Overview of Mexico's Rivers

The folks over at Geo-Mexico point out, “Mexican rivers are not well suited for navigation and thus have had only a minor influence on Mexico’s historical development.” For some reason, despite my propensity to nerd out on both Mexican and US history, it never occurred to me to contemplate that vital difference. So much of US commerce and culture has evolved around our rivers as major thoroughfares. For example, as J.C. Furnas writes in his excellent book, The Americans: A […]

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Is your Vehicle Illegal in Mexico?

Image of roll of red tape.

  I have received a number of questions, including a panicked message from my sainted mother, regarding the new vehicle importation laws for ex-pats. After developing a near migraine headache trying to unravel the information myself, I turned to Solomon Freimuth at mymexicanlawyer.com for advice. He very kindly wrote a post on the subject, wherein he outlines what the new importation regulations mean for foreign residents in Mexico. Incidentally, his site is a great resource for legal questions regarding living […]

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Planning for a Cheap Trip?

A picture of the 14th edition of the People's Guide to Mexico

Just discovered this comprehensive and excellent article by Tim Leffel, Budget Travel in Mexico: Planning for a Cheap Trip. Check it out for a great overview on how to travel Latin America on the cheap, including tips on food, transportation, lodging, and even liquor. And yes, I’d like his advice even if he did not happen to recommend The People’s Guide above all other Mexico guidebooks.

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Rick Steves Interview with Carl and Lorena

Rick Steves with mic and headphones.

Listen to the Rick Steves interview with Carl and Lorena. A couple months ago, Carl and I spent the afternoon visiting with an old friend, Rick Steves.  Schedules didn’t permit us to be sitting in a beach-side restaurant, eating Camerones al mojo de ajo, but we did get to talk about Mexico. We were in Rick’s recording studio at his Travel Headquarters in Edmonds, Washington, reminiscing about how we first met and discussing traveling in Mexico today.  Rick is a master […]

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