Category Archives: 2016

December 2016

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Editor’s Letter

“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.”

Lewis Carroll

If you look at the social media of those of us who have made Mexico our home, more often than not, it seems to good to be true; sailing on a Monday afternoon, full sun on a Wednesday morning, beaches, late night tacos and cheap beer. I hear it a lot from the two-week vacationers, ‘You’re so lucky.’ Trust me… luck has nothing to do with it! Continue reading Editor’s Letter

Out-of-the-Way Archeological Sites

screen-shot-2016-11-28-at-10-17-33-amBy Jan Chaiken and Marcia Chaiken

When we first started to explore the major archeological sites of Mexico such as Uxmal, Tulum, Chichen Itza and Palenque, each visit was an adventurous trip to an out-of-the-way destination. Few people were willing to chance the rough roads and limited places to stay. So the ruins were pretty much free of other tourists and we could explore to our hearts’ content. Today tour buses ply splendid highways bringing hundreds of tourists to the many hotels that surround the ruins, and tour guides lead crowds of people hurriedly through well-guarded sites. Continue reading Out-of-the-Way Archeological Sites

My Top 5 (ways to spend 50 pesos!)

By Jane Bauer

  1. Catch a colectivo to Pochutla for the Monday market. One-way transportation to this bustling town, 40 minutes from Huatulco, is only 25 pesos. Go to the Estrella Blanca bus station behind Soriana – many departures daily.
  2. Dinner at Tacos al Pastor. With several sidewalk locations around La Crucecita this is an easy stop to fill your stomach; fast delicious and inexpensive. Five tacos is 39 pesos, however I like to upgrade and add cheese – 5 tacos for 50 pesos.
  3. Glass of wine at La Crema. Overlooking the town square, La Crema is a fun place to stop in on a Friday night for a glass of vino. A favorite with locals and visitors alike.
  4. Rent a movie! Yes, this might sound like a throwback activity – a DVD player … what’s that? My choice is Videomar, located in the plaza behind Pemex. They have new releases- original copies- one night rental is only 20 pesos! Adios Itunes 🙂
  5. Give it away! Whether you give it to the guy panhandling outside the bank or as a tip for the pizza delivery, the highest feel-good return on your 50 pesos is to spend it on someone other than yourself.

A Visit to San Pedro de Tututepec

screen-shot-2016-11-28-at-10-18-09-amBy Geri Anderson with Marcus Wilkinson

When I visited San Pedro Tututepec about 15 years ago, I thought it strange that people would have settled in such a place. Even more puzzling to me back then was why for centuries their descendants remained, making this the longest continuously inhabited town in Mexico, perhaps in all of North America. It has existed since 357 AD, even though it has no oceanfront, lake or river. This village of about 10,000 also has no hotel, major restaurant or bank. However, it IS an important, unique and charming destination. Continue reading A Visit to San Pedro de Tututepec

My Favorite Fiction of 2016

By Carole Reedy

Instead of making a Christmas list for Santa, every year I review the books I’ve read and make a list of my favorites. Revisiting each book provokes a memory of the particular time I was reading it–in the Buenos Aires apartment adjacent to the Recoleta Cemetery where Evita’s remains finally rest in peace, in the cozy bed and breakfast in La Havana across from the Museo de la Revolución, or on a lazy afternoon on my small, peaceful, yet vibrant with street-vendor noise, terrace in Mexico City. Continue reading My Favorite Fiction of 2016

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

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Most people arrive in Huatulco by air and some by bus or car. A select few choose a slower, less direct approach, walking “El Camino Copalita” (The Copalita Trail). Long hiking trails have gained popularity around the world and two in particular have been the subject of bestselling books. The one in our region is new, virtually unknown and somewhat different from those that are longer and more established. Continue reading Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Ballet, Bucanero, Brisas, Bello ¡ARRIBA, CUBA!

screen-shot-2016-11-28-at-10-18-45-amBy Carole Reedy

As you lift off the tarmac, forget everything you’ve read or heard about the mysterious isla de Cuba. Arrive to the gentle breezes that flow across the island day and night and form your own opinion. This is mine.

I count my Mexican amigos among the friendliest people in the world, but now I have to put the beautiful inhabitants of Cuba at the top of the list. Every person we met–in shops, restaurants, taxis, and on the street–greeted us with joy in their eyes and smiles on their faces. Cautious travelers can toss their worries into the soothing breeze as there isn’t a safer travel destination than Cuba. Crime rates are low and offenders of drug and theft laws are destined for years in prison. Continue reading Ballet, Bucanero, Brisas, Bello ¡ARRIBA, CUBA!