Nine Inch Nails. Metallica. Tool. Rage Against the Machine. The driving beats, shredding guitar solos and iconic howls are attention grabbing to say the least as you meander through the colorful labyrinth that is Mercado de Coyoacán. From its famous tostadas and comida corridas to spiritual cleansings using Santa Muerte magic and all things Frida (it’s located just three blocks from Kahlo’s Casa Azul, arguably the most visited site in Mexico City), the Coyoacán Market is alwa
Cuetzalan es un pueblo mágico metido adentro las montañas de la sierra oriente en el norte del estado de Puebla. Es un lugar encantador, por donde se encuentran varias especies de orquideas y muchos cafetales.
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The "Indian" blood of Mexico has long been discriminated against and is to this day, even by those who have it running through their veins. To roam the streets of an indigenous village here, where the women run barefoot selling fresh cinnamon from the trunks of their trees, is to connect with a valiant and persisting society that I hope will someday gain the recognition and respect that it deserves.
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The village of Bacalar, Quintana Roo, Mexico lies about one hour north of Belize and five hours south of Cancun. The “lagoon of seven colors” as it’s called certainly is a previous sight to behold, and its clear, fresh waters are a divine temperature. The village is showing signs of tourist development, large, luxurious hotels are under construction. But it’s not necessarily a place that’s crawling with tourists. Most tourists are national and come during the country’s main v
The golden hour in Valladolid: A sleepy town with a lot of heat. Yo: “Buenas noches.” Una señora mayor: “Buenas noches mamita chela.” Chela is usually a word for beer in Mexico but it also means “light-skinned person” in some places. Haven’t been called that since Nicaragua nine years ago. The more common Mexican word for a person of my physical features would be “güera/o.” But that may be used for anyone who is obviously not from the place where they are currently at, regard
That one time I was interviewed by a Mayan language radio station .... and got a basic lesson. This is Teresa Pool Ix, a retired teacher and volunteer at Radio Yuuyum which broadcasts live from a school building in Mérida’s centro every Monday night. The station manager sends regionally relevant news stories to a local translator who in turn translates them into an hour of news. The station plays Mayan music, like rapper @patboy_rap_mayaoficial and talks about different theme
Mérida was recently ranked the large city with the highest quality of life in Mexico, and from my experience here and elsewhere in this massive country, I’d tend to agree. It’s safe, relaxed (even with a metro area population that topples 1 million), abounds with schools and universities and it has quick access to some of the most beautiful places in the Yucatán peninsula. The food is exquisite. It also happens to be hot as a habanero most of the year. I’m not sure I’d ever g
Doña Mari at her home in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. Her son, Don Manuel, runs an animal sanctuary on their land full of animals native to the Yucatan peninsula, but which are in danger of extinction in the region, such as ocellated turkeys, deer, species of bees and the occasional jaguar. Doña Mari, sentada en su casa en el estado mexicano de Quintana Roo. Su hijo, Don Manuel, tiene un santuario de animales nativos de la península de Yucatán, que ahora está en peligro
Hanal Pixan is the Mayan celebration that means “food of the living” This tradition takes place in people’s homes, thus it’s considerably intimate. It includes regional foods such as pib, cochinita pibil, fruit and sweets. Here is the path to an altar, with copal incense lit in the foreground. The marigold leaves help the spirits find their way to the altar. In Mayan cosmology, when a person passes on from this world, they pass through various levels before finding their rest