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Hanal Pixan, Maya Day of the Dead in Pac Chen, Quintana Roo Jane Ammeson

The monkeys, they tell me, are asleep in a cave across the lagoon. But other than that disappointment, my trip to Pac Chen, a micro sized Maya village in the jungle of the Yucatan Peninsula, is the per... read more

Colonial charm, Talavera and shrimp ice cream in Dolores Hidalgo Jane Ammeson

Someone has mistakenly put shrimp into the ice cream or else I'm reading the sign incorrectly — always a possibility as my Spanish certainly needs some work. But then again, when I order camarones a... read more

Guadalupe in Zacatecas: masterpieces of colonial art Jane Ammeson

Guadalupe's real treasure is the magnificent Church of the Virgin of Guadalupe with its three chapels and a convent, home to Franciscan monks. Part of the convent has been turned into the Museo de Guadalupe. It is one of the largest collections of religious art in North America. read more

The magic of Bernal, Queretaro: wine, opals and historic charm Jane Ammeson

A century is just a moment ago in Bernal. I have come to Bernal because it is one of Mexico's Pueblos Mágicos. These magical towns are designated such because of their historic charm, peaceful atmosphere and closeness to a major city, in this case, the state capital, Querétaro read more

Jerez, Zacatecas: a magical town Jane Ammeson

Though most of the town is lovely, it's the historic section, dating back to when the town was founded in 1536 and centered around the Rafael Paez Garden, that creates a feel of wandering back into tim... read more

La Valencia - one of Guanajuato's richest silver mines Jane Ammeson

The stairs that take me down hug the curves of the mine as it twists and turns. The walls are coarse with cut stone. I have followed the narrow Carretera Panoramica (Panoramic Highway) that winds up f... read more

Visiting Zacatecas, a UNESCO World Heritage City Jane Ammeson

We follow a meandering street that twists and turns like the best of any Medieval European city. But that, in a way, is what Zacatecas is. A soft dusk has settled over the cobblestone streets of... read more
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