Category: Things To Do

One of Mexico’s Greatest Festivals: Guelaguetza in Oaxaca

January 23, 2015

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Mezal festival

The city of Oaxaca in Mexico is a treasure known for terrific food, a gorgeous colonial center, and by most standards the best handicrafts selection in a country where that’s really saying something. It’s the capital of a state that has 16 distinct indigenous groups, so all its attributes go into overdrive in late July each year, when the Guelaguetza Festival comes to town.

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The Oldest Writing in Mexico and the World’s Widest Tree

January 9, 2015

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Alebrijes

Most people know this region as the land of mole sauce and mezcal, but the three valleys that converge in the most populous part of Oaxaca gave birth to much older claims to fame. This is believed to be the land of the first domesticated corn plants and the first tortillas. It is probably also where written communication and an accurate calendar got their starts in Mesoamerica.

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New Year’s Eve in Mexico

December 26, 2014

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The weather is great even on New Year's Eve in Mexico! Photo courtesy of Numinosity (by Gary J Wood) via Flickr.

Down past the border things get a little crazy. As the Kenny Chesney line goes, “When the sun goes down, we’ll be groovin’,” and that is just about the theme song for vacationing over New Year’s Eve in Mexico.

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Three Kings Day in Mexico

December 19, 2014

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rosca de reyes

In Mexico, the Christmas season is a much more elaborate and evocative celebration than you may be used to. It is an extended month-long fiesta, gilded with the nation’s famously colorful Catholicism, long since syncretized with indigenous customs that bubble up through more familiar festivities.

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Christmas in Mexico

December 12, 2014

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The Poinsettia Flower is known as the Christmas Plant. Photo courtesy of KNOW MALTA by Peter Grima via Flickr.

Celebrating Christmas in Mexico? Wondering what to expect? Well, aside from the sub-tropical to tropical climates making it a bit difficult to find a pine tree, Christmas in Mexico is celebrated in much the same fashion as their neighbors to the north, with some fun exceptions.

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Spending a Day with the Mayans at Chichen Itza

December 5, 2014

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Observatory

We were headed to tour the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza from the beach town of Playa del Carmen. The contrast between the desolate stretch of pavement that was leading us there and the throbbing club music and brightly colored Viva Mexico flags that decorated Fifth Avenue, Playa’s main drag, couldn’t have been much more pronounced.

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