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Mexico City's Templo Mayor connects Mexicans with their past Anthony Wright

Despite years living in Mexico City, I had never been to the archeological zone of Templo Mayor — once the heart of the Aztec empire of Tenochtitlan, now located in the heart of the Historic Centre n... read more

Magnificent Maya ruins in Mexico Marvin West

El Castillo pyramid in Chichen Itza
On our first serious visit to Mexico, back in the old days, the touristy thing to do, after Cancun, was to catch a bus, take a tour, or rent a Volkswagen bug, drive to Chichen Itza and scale the magnificent pyramid, El Castillo, featured attraction at the most famous Maya ruins in the Yucatan. Back then, climbing the pyramid was permitted and it was an awesome experience. read more

The Magic Circle: Mexico's five ecosystems meet around Guadalajara John Pint

For a while I've been asking myself how it's possible that I keep finding new natural wonders to write about after 25 years of living near Guadalajara. So, one day I sat down with a map and drew a circ... read more

Obsidian in Mexico: gift of the gods John Pint

The third-largest deposits of obsidian in the world are found west of the city of Guadalajara and are superseded only by the deposits of Africa's Rift Valley and the Oregon Plateau. Obsidian forms when... read more

Guachimontones: unearthing a lost world near Teuchitlan, Jalisco John Pint

Just outside the unassuming little town of Teuchitlán, Jalisco, 40 kilometers due West of Guadalajara, lies one of the most impressive archeological sites in all of western Mexico. read more

Did you know? Mexico has more World Heritage sites than any other country in the Americas. Tony Burton

The status of World Heritage site is a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) denomination. The status is conferred on selected sites under the terms of "The Conventi... read more

Did you know? Mexico's ancient astronomers had sophisticated calendars Tony Burton

Several ancient civilizations developed astonishingly accurate calendars. Even so, occasional adjustments were needed to bring the calendar back in line with solar events. Archaeologists studying the s... read more

Did you know? Mayan architects built world's oldest sound recordings Tony Burton

The Pyramid of Kukulkan, Chichen Itza Photo by Tony Burton Modern sound recordings usually involve tiny disks which can hold dozens of tracks, specially designed to be easily portable an... read more

Did You Know? Archaeologists have found fifteen-hundred-year-old kitchens Tony Burton

Mexican cuisine has been one of the country's most successful cultural exports over the past twenty years or so and most large towns in North America and Europe now boast at least one Mexican restauran... read more

Hats off to Sombrerete in the state of Zacatecas Tony Burton

Several small towns in northern Mexico offer a welcome respite and interesting overnight stop for tourists bored by the long and monotonous stretches of desert driving on their way south. One such dest... read more

Did you know? Mexico has five of the world's most endangered heritage sites Tony Burton

Five places in Mexico are on the list of the world's 100 most endangered heritage sites. "The World Monuments Fund (WMF) is the foremost private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation o... read more

Did You Know? Mayan pyramid in Tabasco, Mexico, has possible Roman links Tony Burton

ROMANS in Mexico? I've always tried to maintain an open-minded attitude towards history, but even I was incredulous when I first heard this suggestion. And you certainly won't find it in most history ... read more

Ruins in the rain forest: An excursion to La Selva Lacandona Carson Brown

Many visitors in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, realize that the quaint mountain town, aside from being a destination in itself, is a perfect jumping-off point for dozens of side-trips. Surround... read more

Excavating Mexico's archaeology: web sites Ron Mader

Sorting through the rubble, archaeologists work to piece together Mexico's impressive history, and new discoveries are made all the time. For example, at the end of last year a tomb beneath Teotihuacá... read more

Mexico's Pyramid Power - Chichen Itza, El Tajin and Teotihuacan Teresa Kendrick

Consider El Tajin's famous pyramid of the Niches, built by inheritors of the Olmec culture. Thousands of small stone blocks came together just so, like a Chinese block puzzle, to produce a structure th... read more

The cuisine of the Yucatan: a gastronomical tour of the Maya heartland Karen Hursh Graber

The Mexican state of Yucatan, located on the peninsula of the same name, is the home of one of the most distinctive regional cuisines in the country. A long tradition of fine dining, going back to the ... read more

Papantla: El Tajin archaeological zone

Background The Tajin belongs to the Totonaca culture. It took shape during the late Classic period and reached its peak development during the transition to the Post-Classic, between 800 and 1150 A.D.... read more

Mexico, a Higher Vision: Excerpts from the Prologue by Carlos Fuentes Reviewed by Allan Cogan

To see Mexico from the air is to look upon the face of creation. Our everyday, earthbound vision takes flight and is transformed into a vision of the elements. This book is a portrait of water and fire, of wind and earthquake, of the moon and the sun. For it is we - you and I - who see and touch and smell and taste and feel today, even as we witness the perpetual rebirth of the land here and now. We are the witnesses to creation, because of the mountains that watch us and in spite of their warning: "we will endure, you will not." read more

Paquime: Casas Grandes, Chihuahua Richard Ferguson

Paquimé, sometimes called Casas Grandes, is probably the most important ruin in Northern Mexico. It was the center of trade and activity for a large area during it's peak. The period of maximum const... read more

Central Valley of Oaxaca: Oaxaca city, Monte Alban Tony Burton

Clickable interactive map of Central Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico: Oaxaca city, Monte Alban read more

Mexico, a Higher Vision: An Aerial Journey from Past to Present by Michael Calderwood Reviewed by Allan Cogan

This is the first coffee-table book I ever reviewed and I have to say right off the bat that it's a winner. It is made up of some 200 photographs from all parts of Mexico - all of them taken from a high elevation, either an aircraft or mountaintop or, occasionally, a tall building. At first it sounds like a rather limited concept but in execution the "godlike" perspective works beautifully to highlight the uniqueness of this country. What this handsome volume delivers is a treasure trove of striking views of deserts, cities, villages, volcanoes, mountain ranges, desolate beaches, crowded beaches, jungles, individual buildings and other striking images. We look down on huge elaborate temple ruins in the midst of lush jungle or on abandoned haciendas in arid desert country, as well as on vast populated modern cities and luxury resorts. read more

Cholula: Traveling the Central High Plains of Mexico Charles E. Moritzky

On a huge hill, covered with weeds, small trees and debris, was built a church overlooking the city, the Sanctuary de los Remedies. It is a beautiful site, with the towered church silhouetted against t... read more

Rolfe Schell at the gates of Tulum Reviewed by Anthony Wright

"The great landscapes all belong to a tomorrow we have already lived." Fernando Pessoa, Livro do Desassossego   I collect old books. There's no more fun for me than to forage through secondh... read more

Chihuahua: on the trail of Pancho Villa, Mormons, Mennonites, waterfalls and turkeys... Tony Burton

Click for interactive map "Ay Chihuahua!" Have you ever heard this time-honored phrase of amazement uttered by some dumbstruck or exasperated Mexican? Whatever its origins, it is p... read more

The Maya civilization, cities of the Maya Luis Dumois

The material splendor of the Maya culture is appreciated, more than in any other field, in the architecture and ornamentation of their cities. These city-states were the center of power for the king-pr... read more
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