Life in Mexico, an account by Frances Calderon de la Barca

In 1843, a collection of letters was published under the name of Life in Mexico as a sort of travelogue relating the impressions and observations gleaned and recorded by Madame Frances Calderon de la Barca during her sojourns in Mexico as the wife of Spanish diplomat. It is of special Continue Reading →

Toniná Chiapas Pyramid

Toniná Chiapas: I just came across an article stating that recent excavations (undertaken since 2010 by INAH, the Mexican National Institute of Archaeology and History) confirm that the “Acropolis” of Toniná, Chiapas, comprises one off the largest pyramids in Mesoamerica.  See the article link below.  The pyramidal structure measures 74 Continue Reading →

5 Day Trips in Zihuatanejo Mexico

Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Mexico Zihuatanejo Bay and the beaches in and around it are awesomely beautiful, but when you want a bit of a change, there are plenty of day trips to see different aspects of our tropical paradise. Exploratory day trips out of Zihuatanejo 1 Explore the Xihuacan Museum and Soledad de Continue Reading →

Waterfalls and Cascades

Waterfalls of the Huasteca Potosina The Huasteca, part of which lies along the eastern slopes of the Sierra Madre Oriental and runs down to the Gulf Coast along the basin of the Rio Panuco (Panuco River) in Mexico, is incredibly rich in water resources, and the landscape and vegetation testify Continue Reading →

Pueblos Magicos de Mexico

Mexico’s Magical Villages The Mexican Ministry of Tourism (SECTUR) collaborates with a number of state and municipal governmental entities in its Magical Villages program that seeks to recognize and make known to national and international tourists the infinitely beautiful, interesting, historical, natural, and magical towns and landscapes that give Mexico Continue Reading →

Surrealism in Xilitla, Mexico

Las Pozas, Xilitla: The Enchanted Gardens of Edward James At a place known as Las Pozas, only a few kilometers outside of the town of Xilitla, San Luis Potosí, in the heart of Mexico’s La Huasteca region, Englishman Edward James conceptualized and built an astounding showcase of surrealistic structures in Continue Reading →

The Huasteca, Mexico’s Jewel

Reading and summarizing the 1824 journal of travels made by a detachment of men sent by the Real del Monte Mining Company from the gulf coast of Mexico into the highlands, I was reminded of the beauties of the countryside in one of Mexico’s unspoiled regions, the Huasteca. The mining Continue Reading →

Part II: New York to Real del Monte, Mexico

This is a continuation of a previous post about a journey from New York to the Mexican mining town of Real del Monte (Mineral del Monte) undertaken by a detachment sent by the Real del Monte Mining Company in 1824. The men had landed in Tampico and had come through Continue Reading →

Part I: New York to Real del Monte, Mexico

How a mining company expedition in the early 1820s spawned and fueled Mexico’s passion for the sport of football soccer. A synopsis and excerpts from III. Journal descriptive of the Route from New York to Real del Monte by way of Tampico by one of the first detachment sent by the Real Continue Reading →

El Chepe Day Two

Waking with the dawn and watching the sun invade the horizon from a perch on a clifftop at the highest point of the Chihuahua Pacific railroad (El Chepe) in the Copper Canyons of Mexico was an unforgettable experience. The night before (see the previous post), we had watched the sun Continue Reading →

El Chepe : The Chihuahua-Pacific Train

Years ago, we made a three-day trip into the Copper Canyon (Barrancas del Cobre) on the Chihuahua to Pacific railway in northern Mexico. Watching a recent video (below) on YouTube brought back recollections of the trip and made me want to experience again the majesty of those canyons in northern Continue Reading →