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 DĂ­az 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 …

National Day of Botanical Gardens in MĂ©xico

Mexico City – April 29 is the 12th National Day of Botanical Gardens in Mexico (12avo. DĂ­a Nacional de Jardines Botánicos). Celebrations take place at the JardĂ­n 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 Page Twitter: https://twitter.com/jbunam #DĂ­adelosJardinesBotánicos Included: Activities for children Activities for seniors Demonstrations …

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 MarĂ­a …

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 …

A Gathering of Oaxaca’s Traditional Cooks

Photo: Melissa Biggs, Blessing Los tesoros son la gente. The treasures are the people. April 24-25 Primer Encuentro de Cocineras Tradicionales del Oaxaca (First Meeting of Traditional Cooks of Oaxaca) Oaxaca City’s Plaza de la Danza hosted the First Meeting of Traditional Cooks of the Oaxaca (Primer Encuentro de Cocineras Tradicionales del Oaxaca). More than 50 cooks from …

ICOMOS Mexico Hosts Symposium

Poster, ICOMOS 2017 ICOMOS Mexico – http://icomos.mx – hosts a celebration of the International Day of Monuments and Sites with a 3-day conference April 18-21 in Mexico City. There will also be a field trip (technical visit) to Xochimilco. Download the program and watch the live video This first edition of the Scientific Symposium in the framework of …