Things to do and eat in Oaxaca, Mexico. And the Poverty issue.

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I had a hard time writing this post on Oaxaca, maybe because I have contradictory feelings about the city that I still haven’t resolved in my mind. On one hand I love the size of the city, geography, food, and relative tranquility of Oaxaca. And it has tons of colorful buildings, impressive churches, as well as some great sites of interest in the surrounding area. There are lots of things I really like about the city. On the other hand I had a hard time with the economic disparities of Oaxaca, little things that  – similar to walking around with gum stuck to the heel of your shoe –  bothered me just enough for me to say that I don’t love the city. I’ll address that in detail further below. [Read more…]

The Spectacular Archeological Site of Monte Alban, Mexico

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Above: view of complex from Platforma Sur

Monte Alban is one of the top 5 archeological sites in Mexico (the other 4 are Teotihuacan, Palenque, Chichen Itza, and Uxmal). But Monte Alban is special because of its spectacular geographic location; on a 400 meter plateau, it has 360-degree views over the valleys surrounding it including, on one side, the city of Oaxaca. [Read more…]

Photo Essay; The Colors of Oaxaca

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Above: Santo Domingo church viewed through Flame tree.

One of the many things I love about Mexico are its vibrant colors. The city of Oaxaca is not different, in fact the colours seem even warmer, more tropical than those further up north. I’ll have a detailed post on Oaxaca coming up, but in [Read more…]

The History and Highlights of Cholula, Mexico

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About half an hour from downtown Puebla, the town of Cholula (which is included in Puebla’s administrative area) is both a historical and scenic highlight in the region. Built here starting around the 3rd century BC is the Great Pyramid of Cholula (also known as Tlachihualtepetl), the largest pyramid ever built, even surpassing the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. It has a base of 450 by 450 meters (1,480 by 1,480 ft) and a height of 66 m (217 ft) and, according to the Guinness Book of Records, it is both the largest pyramid as well as the largest monument ever constructed anywhere in the world with a total volume estimated at over 4.45 million cubic meters. [Read more…]

Highlights of a visit to Puebla, Mexico

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This city was an afterthought when planning my trip to Mexico. It ended up being a highlight.

Puebla, the 4th largest Mexican city with a population of 1.5 million, is located 75 miles from Mexico City. The Historical Center (named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987) is packed with colorful colonial buildings, churches, monuments, and the most beautiful zocalo (main square) that I’ve seen in Mexico.

This city is probably the most underrated and overlooked in Mexico. In this post I’ll cover the highlights of our recent visit to Puebla (lots of photos below). [Read more…]

Top 10 lists according to AeroMexico


Above: AeroMexico magazine, April 2014 (Image credit: AeroMexico)

Inflight magazines are usually full of bland, commercial content. I rarely look at them except to study the maps and plane/airport information in the back sections. But flying back from Mexico yesterday (and I’ve got some interesting posts coming up over the next few weeks) I ended up getting absorbed by AeroMexico’s Aire April edition. Interesting, controversial and even shocking (think AeroMexico’s editors allowed something to go through unfiltered, maybe mistakenly. More on that below). [Read more…]

Visiting beautiful Guanajuato and Queretaro, Mexico – and how to lose 5 lbs in 2 days

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Mexico is the place of names I can’t remember or pronounce. Guanajuato translates (from the indigenous Indian language in this area) as “hilly place of frogs”. It was the richest Mexican city in the 18th [Read more…]

Visiting San Miguel de Allende, Mexico (and why it is not the best city in the world)

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San Miguel de Allende has a reputation as an American enclave in Mexico. Ex-pats living in other parts of Mexico (including other Americans) often malign the Americans who live here: “They have no interest [Read more…]

A visual tour of Mexico City (and why I was incredibly impressed)

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Mexico City was not somewhere I had ever wanted to go. It was actually one of those places most likely to be on my ‘avoid’ list. I had a banker friend (with Scotiabank [Read more…]