Category archives: Mexico

The Leading Ladies of Dia de los Muertos

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Mexico’s Day of the Dead is a complex holiday full of colour, morbid humour, deep sentimentality, celebration, and heartache. On the eves of November 1 and 2, the dead are welcomed with open arms into the land of the living. Not only are the dearly departed invited back, but they are the guests of honor. In preparation, and to entice them to the party, tr[...]

Top 5 Maya Ruins in the Yucatán Peninsula

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I’d been dreaming of visiting Mexico – the Yucatán Peninsula and its intriguing Maya ruins to be precise – since I was a little kid and couldn’t be happier when I hit the ‘Book’-button on one of those flight search engines in order to confirm my trip in December 2012. After spending a vast amount of my free time in the following months with planning and arra[...]

Utila, Honduras - living the island life

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An island perched on the edge of the Mesoamerican barrier reef (the second largest reef system in the world), encircled by crystalline waters and with an exotic history peppered with pirates, gold and sunken treasure… So far, so very Caribbean. But Utila’s unique selling point in this region where ritz, glitz and cruise ships reign is that it embraces the ba[...]

Cosas Mágicas: A Guide to Tepoztlán, Mexico

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What makes a destination truly magical? It is a combination of many things: natural beauty, culture, history, climate, locals, and that feeling that you just can’t put a name on. Tepoztlán, a small town south of Mexico City, is all of these things and more. The Mexican government recognized this and, rightfully so, bestowed  upon Tepoztlán  the title of “Pue[...]

The Ruins of Xochicalco, Mexico

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"Xochicalco" can be translated from the ancient language of Nahuatl to mean "In the House of Flowers," and I am so happy I was able to visit it at the end of the rainy season, when flowers were blooming, and the grass was green. There is something very magical about ancient ruins, and that magic is only heightened when they are slightly overrun by the elemen[...]

Ariel’s Revenge - Cancun's Underwater Movie Set

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So, the story of The Little Mermaid involved, erm, a little mermaid who found herself on land surrounded by humans and being expected to blend right in with her pretty little feet and seashell bra. Right? Well, although growing a tail and flipping about with the dolphins was probably just a pipedream for many of you, there is a person who has flipped the e[...]

Puerto Escondido - Mexico's No. 1 surf spot

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"Let's leave the Caribbean Sea behind and go suuuuurfing". My friend and I spent some beautiful relaxing days at the turquoise Caribbean Coast and thought it was time for some action. To no surprise we found ourselves on a two-days trip towards one of the most famous surfer towns in all of Mexico: Puerto Escondido. It is located at the Pacific Coast in the [...]

Sleeping in tubes - recycled hotels

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With fancy and expensive design hotels popping up all across the world, it's nice to hear that every now and then, there is a hotel that has the unique appearance of a design hotel but really is sustainable and based on a simple idea. This is what happened in Mexico, when the architects behind T3arc got together and came up with the idea of using old concret[...]

Dear Caribbean Sea

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It has not even been a year and my heart already longs for you again. You are beautiful, you are calm, you have a lot to offer, you gave me warmth and confidence. Thinking of you, fills me with wonderful thoughts of sunny days, turquoise water miracles, long white sandy beaches and never-ending romantic summer nights. I fell in love with you the very seco[...]

Playa del Carmen - holidaying by the book

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Imagine this scene: you've been backpacking all over, you've gone to pittoresque little towns, signed up for 3-day hiking tours to see indigenous people and unique rock formations, you took a million photos of mountains and waterfalls and nature and you've had all the street food one can possibly try. And now imagine that after all these adventures you arriv[...]