Letter from a Reader: Easy Walks in Oaxaca's Sierra Norte?

Couple stands in front of agave on hike in Oaxaca mountains.

A reader writes: I hope this is not too detailed a question, but I have not found information elsewhere so I thought I would give you a try. My husband and I are visiting Oaxaca  and had looked forward to visiting the villages and enjoying the natural beauty of the Sierra Norte for a few days. Unfortunately, my husband is recovering from a pulled muscle. He is fine to walk around, explore villages, (sit on a bench and enjoy a […]

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Exploring Oaxaca's Pueblos Mancomunados

Couple stands in front of agave on hike in Oaxaca mountains.

editor’s note: the following post is from Billy and Kaki Burruss, who have kindly capitulated to my request for chronicles of their Oaxaca adventures. If you are interested in arranging a trip in the Pueblos Mancomunados, Billy and Kaki recommend Expediciones Sierra Norte. Kaki writes: Pueblos Mancomunados are seven towns that have united to form an ecological preserve. They manage their forests for conservation and firewood, they bottle water, and provide cabins and guides for hikers. At nearly 10,000 feet, […]

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Snapshot from Mexican History: Francisco Madero

Calling the Mexican Revolution ‘a revolution’ is a bit like calling a pack of wild dingos ‘house pets’. The tumultuous period between 1910 and 1920 was more like several nominally related revolutions spiraling into a schizophrenic nightmare of continuous regime change, replete with the implied betrayals, coups, and assassinations. In essence, a particularly nasty and complicated civil war. A nightmare, but an entertaining nightmare, if you can stomach the violence and don’t think to deeply about the untold dead. The […]

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