Popocatépetl and Ixtaccíhuatl National Park

Photo: Edwin Morales Clear days in Mexico City are measured by one’s ability to see the surrounding snowcapped mountains and peaks. Rumblings Outside the Capital The most impressive of mountains seen from Mexico City are the twin volcanoes, Popocatépetl and Ixtaccíhuatl, also known as ‘Smoking Mountain’ (5,452 meters) and ‘The Sleeping Woman’ (5,286 meters), respectively. The last …

Easter in Mexico

Photo: Boris’ altar for Viernes de Dolores (2005) Mexico celebrates Easter with great passion. In 2020 Holy Week is celebrated April 5-11. Easter Week (Semana de Pascua) is the week afterward. Carnival Easter season traditionally begins with Carnival, a holiday that can begin up to two weeks before the beginning of Lent (Cuaresma). Carnival is …

Mexico USA Borderlands Links

Image: Biodiversity Heritage Library Links related to the borderlands that connect Mexico and the USA presented in a somewhat random fashion: Twitter @sandradibble @nogalesnews @borderzine @borderreporter @NADB_BDAN @ScubedStudio @RioGGuardian @BorderReportcom @usbpchieftca Fact Checking Does Border Wall Construction Threaten Native American Burial Sites? – Snopes Headlines Lawmakers tour migrant camp, call wait-in-Mexico policy ‘morally unjust’ – …

Mexico City’s Coyoacán Neighborhood

Photo: Market Coyoacán (‘The coyote waterplace’ in Náhuatl) is one of the 16 delegaciones (boroughs) in Mexico City. Google Maps goo.gl/maps/9M5P2AeUhvErJcmc9 Cultural World The district’s main square is a middle-class suburb centered on two busy squares, Jardín Centenario and Plaza Hidalgo. An important street in Coyoacán is Francisco Sosa which starts in Avenida Universidad and …

El Potrero Chico

Photo: Patrick Lewis El Potrero Chico is an internationally renowned rock climbing area in the state of Nuevo Leon, 3 kilometers outside the town of Hidalgo. This is one of the friendliest climbing communities in the world. The camp is an hour northwest of Monterrey. Google Maps goo.gl/maps/SajTEXBJ25wtVm5G8 Elsewhere on the Web elpotrerochico.mx Photos Updating …

Oaxaca Chocolate

Photo: Chocoluchy Chocolate is not just a dessert in Oaxaca. Here is our updated insider’s guide for drinking, eating and buying cacao products. History Chocolate comes from the beans of the cacao tree that grows in tropical climates. The word cacao has been traced to the Olmec. The Maya continued the use and introduced this …

Oaxaca City’s Comala Restaurant

Logo Favorite places and people Oaxaca City: Comala Location: Pino Suárez #300 Key Links Facebook Videos Google Maps goo.gl/maps/Fh8wNMBexQtUXBTY9 History The earliest incarnation of the restaurant opened in 1996. It then changed to Decano on 5 de Mayo. In 2007 the restaurant changed address to Allende and became Comala again. And in 2018: Pino Suárez …

Santa Catarina Ixtepeji

Photo: Toy Trucks The Zapotec community of Santa Catarina Ixtepeji (elevation: 2,360 meters) is one of the country’s destinations lying ‘off the beaten path.’ Google Maps https://goo.gl/maps/UHw1dbacdWnT6XAXA Ixtepeji is one of the pioneers in rural tourism in Oaxaca’s Sierra Juárez. Verdant pine-oak cloud forests dominate the landscape. Community tourism is fairly new — having started …

Oaxaca’s Central de Abasto(s) Market

Photo: El Capitalista Update in progress The sprawling Central de Abastos Market (also called ‘Central de Abasto’ by some) is located about 20 blocks southwest of the Zócalo and across the street from the second class bus station.Be forewarned. This market overwhelms the senses and is as inspiring as it is chaotic. Word to the …