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Mexcaltitan, Nayarit: an island city in the swamp Sophie Annan Jensen

The mangrove swamps of Mexico’s Pacific Coast shelter a seldom-visited jewel of a day-trip destination. Legend has it that the man-made island city of Mexcaltitan, was Aztlan, the ancient home of th... read more

Candelaria's Cookbook Reviewed by Sophie Annan Jensen

Candelaria is back, with her special logic, folk wisdom and Mexican home-style recipes in the bilingual ‘Las Recetas de Candelaria,’ or ‘Candelaria’s Cookbook.’ Readers of Dane Chandos... read more

La Paz, Baja California Sur Sophie Annan Jensen

For a city named Peace, it has a rather grim history. A Spanish expedition sailed into the bay in 1533; the leader and several of his soldiers were killed by the indigenous residents soon after, by som... read more

Oases on the Sea of Cortez Sophie Annan Jensen

The rugged Baja California peninsula and the Sea of Cortez, or Gulf of California, have been bewitching hardy visitors for decades. Some of the early fans were John Steinbeck and Earl Stanley Gardner, ... read more

Nayarit: San Blas, Tepic and in between Sophie Annan Jensen

The fog of hallucination that occasionally seems to envelop Mexico hovers over San Blas most of the time. The amiable residents talk of their future as the next Puerto Vallarta while they wave towels t... read more

Chaya, the Maya miracle plant Sophie Annan Jensen

Chaya plant © Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization, 2009 Updated in October, 2009 "Here is a contribution of the unforgettable Maya Indians, whom we have abandoned," is the wistful introd... read more
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