Exploring the Maya World

Indigenous peoples There are an estimated 7 million Indigenous Maya living in southern Mexico and northern Central America at the start of the 21st century. Please do not ask ‘who were the Maya’ as they are very much alive today. The breakthrough we would like is one in which we learn more from the Maya …

Exploring Mexico City’s Chapultepec Park

Photo: Cascarita It is easy to see the sharp contrast between the greenery of Chapultepec Park and the surrounding gray megalopolis. This is one of the most impressive city parks in the world. Google Maps goo.gl/maps/UVc5BYTkcM3bfXKG7 Green Spaces Long before urban sprawl crept to the borders, the park was a refuge of the kings of …

Mexico City

Photo: Pablo Leautaud, Consume Local Mexico City (Ciudad de México) is one of the oldest cities in the Americas. Also beloved as the Distrito Federal, DF, and CDMX, the metropolus has an elevation of 2,240 meters or 7,350 feet). This is the political hub of Mexico. Cultural and historic landmarks are concentrated here. Google Maps …

Morelia

Photo: Salvador, Morelia Morelia is the capital of the state of Michoacán, México. Google Maps goo.gl/maps/q6y75YYwgH5arTTm9 History Founded in 1541, the original name was that of ‘Valladolid’ as the Spanish Virrey Don Antonio de Mendoza christened after the city of the same name in Spain. Later it was renamed ‘Morelia’ as tribute to Mexico’s hero …

Cuernavaca

Photo: Arches The city of Cuernavaca (elevation: 1,548 meters, 4,856 feet) boasts one of the most agreeable climates in the country and is adorned with colorful flowers year-round, earning the moniker “land of eternal spring.” Google Maps goo.gl/maps/BHUgXfGgkC7DMNvu7 History Capital of the state of Morelos, Cuernavaca has a storied past. What is today the state …

Ciudad de Oaxaca = Oaxaca City

Photo: Protoplasma K, Templo de Carmen Alto Oaxaca City is the capital of Oaxaca, Mexico. The city is located in the Central Valley of the Sierra Madre del Sur Mountains, at 17°05’N 96°45″W, elevation: 1,550 meters or 5,000 feet. Looking ahead … on April 25, 2032 Oaxaca City celebrates its 500th anniversary. Google Maps goo.gl/maps/GX91jUimGEwbzZXe8 Weather …

Favorite People and Places in Oaxaca City

Artwork Not only do ‘places of interest’ feed our souls, moreso the ‘people of interest’ – the locals and visitors. While I cannot physically be in Oaxaca de Juárez , I would like to give a Planeta.com shoutout to some of our favorite people and places in Oaxaca City, Mexico. Here’s where to meet our …

Puerto Escondido

Photo: Kyle Pearce, Sunset at Playa Zicatela Puerto Escondido is a picturesque retreat on Oaxaca’s Pacific Coast. A 19th-century shipping point for coffee plantations and later ‘discovered’ by surfers in the 1970s, Puerto Escondido is a relatively new town. The town’s official founding dates to 1928 when it took its names from rocks in the …

Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH)

Logo Mexico – The Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH, National Institute of Anthropology and History) – inah.gob.mx – is a Mexican federal government bureau established in 1939 to guarantee the research, preservation, protection, and promotion of the prehistoric, archaeological, anthropological, historical, and paleontological heritage of the country. INAH and the Instituto Nacional de …

Verena Gerber

Photo: With the governor Spotlight on Colibri winner Verena Gerber Planeta.com Presents 2010 Colibri Ecolodge Award to Verena Gerber in honor of World Environment Day Verena opened Hotel Xixim (first named EcoParaiso) in 1996. Located on one of the most fascinating Mexican biological reserves, nestled on a 3-mile virgin beach, the luxury hotel is located …