Colibri Ecotourism Award

As part of the global celebration of World Environment Day, Planeta.com presented the Colibri Ecotourism Award from 2000-2010. Currently we’re focusing efforts on staying in contact with Colibri winners via the social web. ‘Colibri’ means ‘hummingbird’ in Spanish. Winners include Steve Bridger, Gerhard Buttner, Hector Ceballos-Lascurain,Jorge Chàvez de la Peña, Fernando Garcia Aguinaco, Verena Gerber, Marlene Ehrenberg, …

Mexico Notebook

Photo: Venus Many books have been written about Mexico under the guise of ‘guidebooks’ that, in reality, are nothing more than compilations of hotels, restaurants and nightclubs, along with a few tips about where to buy authentic handicrafts that almost look as if they came from Mexico and not Taiwan … These books don’t guide …

Biblioteca Vasconcelos Hosts Conscious, Eco Travel Seminars

Poster Mexico City – In the celebration of International Biodiversity Day, Biblioteca Vasconcelos and Conabio host events this week focusing on sustainable and conscious travel. The program provides an overview of the current status of conservation in the parks and protected areas, including the World Heritage Site Xochimilco in the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. …

Exploring El Chico National Park (Parque Nacional El Chico)

Photo: Fernando Garcia Aguinaco, Parque Nacional El Chico Higalgo, Mexico – El Chico (The Little One) National Park was Mexico’s first national forest reserve, decreed so by President Porfirio Díaz at the end of the 19th century. Deforestation began three centuries earlier, when the metal-working industry indiscriminately chopped down trees for firewood. Today the 2,739 …

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May”) is a special holiday in Mexico, primarily celebrated in the state of Puebla, with limited recognition elsewhere in the country. It’s also a popular celebration in the USA. The date commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France during the French-Mexican War. Festivities in the US include drink-based …

National Day of Botanical Gardens in México

Publisher’s note: Early version. Edits and tweets to come. For those in Mexico City April 29 is the 12th National Day of Botanical Gardens in Mexico (12avo. Día Nacional de Jardines Botánicos). Celebrations take place at the Jardín Botánico at UNAM on Saturday, 10am-5pm. Donation of 15 pesos is requested. Details online http://diadejardinesbotanicos.unam.mx Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JBUNAM Facebook Event …

Zaachila

Zaachila, Oaxaca is famous for its weekly Thursday market, its fresh meats, its key role in Mixtec and Zapotec history and its very own Guelaguetza. NATURAL WORLD Zaachila is located in a fertile valley, irrigated by the Atoyac River. The center of town is lush with walnut and mesquite trees. CULTURAL WORLD The Santa María …

Oaxaca’s 485th Anniversary

Oaxaca City celebrates its 485th anniversary, hosting the Encuentro de Cocineras Tradicionales. Celebrations include calendas on Monday afternoon. History Oaxaca’s name comes from a mangled version of the Aztec settlement Huaxyacac (“place of gourds”). Occupying the area as early as 1521, the Spanish established their new settlement in 1529. Oaxaca was first called Antequera after …