Latitude 38’s First Timer’s Guide To Mexico – Boating

The Boat. If you’re going to sail to Mexico, the size of your boat isn’t nearly as important as the quality. Make sure the boat was designed, built and has been maintained for open-ocean sailing. While Mexico usually has lighter winds than sailors prefer, every couple of years we have to report on a group […]

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Citlaltépetl, as painted by Velasco, 1897

Did you know? An early ascent of Mexico’s highest peak, El Pico de Orizaba

Scientists first explored El Pico de Orizaba, Mexico’s highest peak, as long ago as 1838. El Pico de Orizaba, or Citlaltépetl (= star), is Mexico’s highest peak, with a summit 5,746 meters (18,853 feet) above sea level. The third highest peak in North America, it is also that region’s highest volcano, responsible for major eruptions […]

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Mexico’s peace and beauty: Roaming the hills around Morelia

Roberto, one of my Mexican neighbors once asked if he could hike with me. He had heard rumors that I roamed the hills around Morelia. I, of course, said: “Yes.” It is good to have company when you hike – and safer too! Then Roberto said: “What weapons do you carry?” When I answered “Absolutely […]

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