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Mexico by Motorcycle: An adventure Story and Guide Reviewed by Rita Pomade

Mexico by Motorcycle: An adventure Story and Guide - cover image
Although the book is by a biker for bikers, I was drawn into his insights and reflections on Mexico when he made his first trip down to the Yucatan in 1991.  This section is alive with rich detail and genuine appreciation for the people, culture, and physical beauty of the region. I was immersed in his story of the isolated stretch of road along the jungle when his bike died – the description of the experience was visceral and brought me there. read more

Amazing medical mission to Mexico Reviewed by Marvin West

Mr. Alexander Dumas

Stan Brock, an unusual Englishman made semi-famous by his role in the TV series Wild Kingdom, had founded something called Remote Area Medical and was soliciting volunteers for a three-week mission to one of the Tuxpans somewhere in the mountains of Mexico.

He described the poverty, misery and misfortune that plagued the small village. He talked of deadly disease and infant mortality. His plea for the primitive Indians, the Huichols, may have actually triggered a few tears among the tough military trainees...

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Guide to the Birds of the Primavera Forest Reviewed by John Pint

The Illustrated Guide to the Birds of the Primavera Forest by Oscar Reyna is available from the Primavera Park Service in Guadalajara, Mexico
© John Pint, 2014
The Primavera Forest is a protected area of oak and pine trees covering over 36,000 hectares, located due west of Guadalajara, Mexico's second largest city. In 2010, the administrators of the forest published "Aves del Bosque La Primavera-Guía Ilustrada" (Illustrated Guide to the Birds of the Primavera Forest) by Oscar Reyna Bustos. Nature photographer Jesús Moreno described the book as "The fruit of many years of hard work and a great deal of time spent in the field..." read more

Wildlife of the Yucatan Peninsula: The Explorer Family's Guide and Journal Reviewed by James Tipton

This little book is just the right size to tuck into your glove compartment or even into a large shirt pocket. Wildlife of the Yucatan Peninsula: The Explorer Family's Guide and Journal is a collection, divided into three color-coded sections, of fifty photos of marine life, mammal life, and bird life that you may encounter in the Yucatan Peninsula... read more

Riding off the Edge of the Map Reviewed by James Tipton

Riding off the Edge of the Map by David Bryen

Do you remember that best seller several decades ago, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, in which author Robert Pirsig details (but gets lost in digressions) a motorcycle trip from Wisconsin to California?

David Bryen's new book, Riding off the Edge of the Map, is a much better book, detailing (and reflecting upon) a far more fascinating motorcycle trip — through Mexico's Copper Canyon.

What began as a pleasure trip metamorphosed into something else: "The highway had deteriorated from asphalt to terror..."

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Lancandon Journal - 1969 Reviewed by James Tipton

In July of 1969, Bulgarian born artist-adventurer Dimitar Krustev, almost 50 years old, and his inexperienced young companion named Gary set off, in their folding kayak, to explore, traveling on its waters, the jungles of southern Chiapas, the still largely unknown land of the Lancandon Maya.

In 1969, this culture was already in decline, undermined by the relentless forces of what some still call progress.

Jungle adventures are always challenging. This trip was a very difficult one for Gary, his young companion, and although difficult as well for Krustev, the artist was generally of a calm and philosophically disposed spirit... read more

The Mango Orchard: The Extraordinary True Story of Family Lost and Found Reviewed by James Tipton

All of his life, Bayley had listened to the stories told to him by his beloved grandmother, stories that usually were about her father, Bayley's great-grandfather Arturo (Arthur Greenhalgh, born 1874 in Tottington, England) who managed a cotton mill in western Mexico in those challenging years immediately preceding the Mexican Revolution.

Worried about life passing him by, in 1898 Arturo "kissed his sweetheart Mariah goodbye and set off on his Mexican adventures."

Bayley, over one-hundred years later, "was plagued by the same fear about life passing me by." read more

San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato & The Bajío Reviewed by James Tipton

I like the Moon Handbooks and I own several of them — well used, I might add. They are sturdy, easy to read, compact and therefore easily packable whether in luggage or purse or large pocket. This latest, a first edition, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato & The Bajío, covers one of Mexico's most popular tourist destinations.

A resident of San Miguel de Allende for several years, the author, Julie Doherty, writes both with affection and enthusiasm about the Bajío — a vast central plain that includes the states of Guanajuato and Querétaro.

She concentrates on two lovely towns, San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato, but she also offers us a glimpse of Querétaro City, Tequisquiapan, San Sebastian Bernal, Dolores Hildalgo, Mineral de Pozos, and the large manufacturing city of León. read more

Outdoors in Western Mexico Reviewed by James Tipton

For decades now, the Pints — who live in Zapopan, Jalisco — have wandered off-the-beaten paths in search of the beautiful and the mysterious and the interesting.

And in this book they have gathered articles they have written about rivers and canyons, caves, volcanoes (both active and inactive), hot (and cold) springs, waterfalls, petroglyphs, pre-Columbian tombs, circular pyramids, boiling mud pots, even poltergeists, and exotic flora and fauna… all within a few hours of Guadalajara. read more

Medtogo: Mexico Health and Safety Travel Guide Reviewed by James Tipton

The authors tell us that "Since 2000, MedToGo's team have been touring hospitals and developing relationships with highly-recommended, skilled, board-certified, English-speaking doctors all over Mexico." One of the results, certainly to be of interest to many travelers to Mexico as well as to the large expatriate community, is the Mexico Health and Safety Travel Guide. In addition to its "Comprehensive Directory of the Best Hospitals and English-Speaking Doctors," this well-organized and highly detailed (some 640 pages) reference is filled with lots of other useful information. read more

Book reviews in Mexconnect

Since 1995, Mexconnect has featured books about Mexico, new and old. Here are links to the growing list.

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John Keeling's 2009 Restaurant Guide (Chapala, Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta) Reviewed by James Tipton

John Keeling's 2009 Restaurant Guide (Fifth Annual Edition) is not just for residents of the north-shore towns along Lake Chapala.

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Traveler's Guide to Mexican Camping, 3rd Edition by Mike and Terri Church Reviewed by James Tipton

This indispensable guide for campers exploring Mexico (and Belize) - using RV or tent - and now in its third edition is loaded with practical information.

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Dane Chandos Books Reviewed by Dane Chandos


Review of Oaxaca, in the heart of Mexico - a multimedia CD Reviewed by Al Stevens

Unlike a lot of guides, which seem to be written in a somewhat distant, slightly formulaic manner, this multimedia CD reflects the positive feelings that its authors have for their state. read more

Oasis of Stone: Visions of Baja California Sur Reviewed by James Tipton

Although the Baja coast has attracted thousands of visitors, among them some fine photographers, few have really journeyed to the interior

This exquisite coffee table book is a collaboration between two friends, both of whom are award-winning artists: photographer Miguel Angel de la Cueva and essayist (and poet and musician) Bruce Berger.

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Visions of San Miguel. The Heartland of Mexico Reviewed by Tony Burton

Here is San Miguel de Allende - the town, its people, its fiestas - celebrated through the eyes of thirty talented photographers, in a visually exciting book published by Dean and Luna Enterpris... read more

Traveler's Guide To Mexican Camping - A Review Reviewed by Richard Ferguson

As far as I can tell, there is only one campground guide for Mexico, and this is it.  Luckily, it is a good one, recently revised in 2001.

I have seen one other book on camping in Mexico, but it did not have information on specific campgrounds.  We used this book for a recent RV trip and found it useful and accurate.

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Drama & Diplomacy In A Sultry Mexican Beach Town Reviewed by James Tipton

I like this book, but I don't like the title: Drama & Diplomacy in a Sultry Mexican Beach Town. The book is not about "drama & diplomacy." It's about one person's life in Puerto Vallarta... read more

Encyclopedia Of Modern Mexico Reviewed by James Tipton

When you open Encyclopedia of Modern Mexico, the first thing you realize is that it is not what it claims to be, an "Encyclopedia." For example, assume you want to look up the popular resort cit... read more

The People's Guide To Mexico Reviewed by James Tipton

"Por favor (please) and gracias (thank you) are the most important words you'll use in Mexico." If I could own only one guide about getting to know Mexico, it would be The People's Guide t... read more

Mexico Travel Books and Retirement / Living Guides

Reference article about Mexico travel and retirement books

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Sombrero Books - books about Mexico

specializing in books about western Mexico, in English and Spanish   Lake Chapala Through the Ages; an anthology of travellers' tales by Tony Burton. (First edition, Sombrero Books, 2008). Join ... read more

Patzcuaro - Recommended Reading Reviewed by jennifer j. rose

PATZCUARO …Recommended reading By jennifer j. rose "The Conquest of Michoacán. The Spanish Domination of the Tarascan Kingdom ... read more

In the Shadow of the Volcano: One Family's Baja Adventure by Michael Humfreville Reviewed by Allan Cogan

This was not to be your usual sight-seeing trip, moving from one convenient accommodation to another. Their desire was to be isolated from civilization and to live as simply as possible. An element of self discovery was also a definite part of the program. Thus it was that they found themselves a week or two later on an empty beach on the remote west coast of the Baja constructing a tiny hut that was to be their home for an indefinite period. Pacific breakers pounded the beach a few steps away. The specific area where they set up camp was between El Rosario and Guerrero Negro where a number of tiny fishing villages were located. read more
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