Tuesday March 11, 2014
Creative Commons photo by Du Tran
Mexico's diverse gastronomy is one of its many attractions. The variety of cultures and communities in Mexico, as well as the country's great biodiversity accounts for the diversity of Mexican cuisine. Each region has its own specialties, ingredients and methods of preparation.
Enjoying Mexican food can be a highlight of any visit to Mexico, but some foodies travel to Mexico just for the food (not a bad reason to visit). In order to sample some of the best culinary offerings Mexico has to offer, a visit to various regions of Mexico is in order. Here is a list of destinations in Mexico that should be on any foodie's bucket list: Foodie Destinations in Mexico.
Friday February 28, 2014
People who visit Mexico City for the first time are often surprised by it. They expect traffic, pollution, and crime. What they find is a modern, cosmopolitan city and a world of cultural offerings they never imagined. It's a fascinating place with more museums than any other city in the world, a history that dates back to ancient times, and amazing food options that range from delicious street stand tacos to delectable world-class gourmet offerings. The main problem first-time visitors face is deciding where to start. Here are my picks for top 10 Mexico City sights. The easiest way for Mexico City novices to get around? Take the Turibus.
You don't have to spend a lot of money to enjoy Mexico City. You can enjoy it on a limited budget: find cheap accommodations and see our list of free things to do in Mexico City.
Start planning your trip with our Mexico City travel guide.
Thursday February 27, 2014
We often think of Mexico's beach destinations, but Mexico's colonial cities offer rich cultural experiences, exuberant festivities, excellent cuisine and superb handicrafts all with a beautiful backdrop of colonial architecture and a fascinating history. Mexico's colonial history marked the collision of two very distinct cultures. It was a time of great upheaval and destruction, but this period also gave rise to a flourishing of art and architecture. Many cities in Mexico conserve their colonial town plan, cobblestone streets and beautiful colonial architecture. Several of Mexico's colonial cities have been recognized by the UNESCO as forming part of the heritage of humanity. Find out which cities are on UNESCO's list and learn more about them: Mexico's World Heritage Cities.
Photo of Puebla's Cathedral © Suzanne Barbezat
Wednesday February 26, 2014
Monte Alban and Mitla are Oaxaca's best known archaeological sites, though Oaxaca State has many, many more, including one important site that was opened to the public fairly recently. Atzompa was a satellite city of Monte Alban, and is located on a hilltop adjacent to it. This is a large and stunning site that, like Monte Alban, offers lovely views of the valley. Several important finds have made headlines during the the recent excavation. The finding of a large kiln, which is very similar to those still in use in the area today shows that pottery specialization in this area dates back to ancient times. The site also has a temple which contains a tomb with multiple chambers; apparently the building was constructed for the express purpose of housing the funeral chambers. This is very unusual for the area, where tombs were generally located below residences and temples.
Explore the ancient site in this series of photographs of Atzompa archaeological site.