When Xochimilco was first suggested as a day trip from my new home in Mexico City, I definitely wasn’t convinced. Ride a non-motorized boat down a canal while drinking tequila or beer? Sounds like a boozed-up version of Venice, and more than a little awkward. Tack that on to an hour’s cab ride outside […]
North America probably isn’t the first continent you’d think of when choosing a potential safari location. In fact, Africa is probably the only continent I would think of when I hear the word “safari”. But the small town of Puebla, Mexico, offers a spectacular safari experience without the expensive overseas […]
How the rest of the world tends to see the United States.
Most Latin American cities have a variety of streets named after important dates (assumably) in that country’s history. The Centro Historico district of Mexico City is no different: 5 de Mayo (even I got the significance of that one – though I still associate it more with a Corona commercial than its true meaning) and 16 de Semtiebre roads
Border crossings make me nervous. Although I’m not doing anything wrong or carrying anything illegal, I feel trepidation as I approach every single one of them. Even when I traveled to Europe, I felt the same things as I got off the plane, got my luggage and went to the customs area to cross into whatever country where I was arriving.
Today, I took a tour of a couple local Tzotzil Mayan towns near San Cristobal, which is the city in southern Mexico that I’ve been staying in for the last couple of days. Our guide for the five-hour tour was Julio, a local Mayan (from a different group than the […]
I met Tony in the TAPO bus station in Mexico City (there are four large bus stations in town). I was waiting for my bus to Oaxaca, which was scheduled to leave at 6:30 p.m. and didn’t arrive until about 1 a.m. ($388 Mexican pesos, which at 13 pesos to […]