Monthly Archives: January 2012

Merida-Matronly Madame of the Yucatan

By Jeanine Lee Kitchel: As a longtime resident of the Riviera Maya it’s easy to be lulled into thinking that Mexico is a mirror-image of its well-heeled neighbor to the north. Just take a look at Cancun’s elegant high-rise hotels, … Continue reading

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Cenotes of the Yucatan

From Wikitravel: Cenotes of the Yucatan is a route through the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. It follows a network of secondary roads through the interior of the peninsula which the Mexican government has dubbed La Ruta de los Cenotes (The … Continue reading

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Snorkeling the cenotes

By Steve Gerrard: You don’t need to be a diver to enjoy the crystal clear cenotes. These incredible windows to the underground can easily be explored by snorkelers. Proper equipment allows the snorkeler not only to see, swim and breathe … Continue reading

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Conchero’s sanctuaries and pilgrimages

Yolotl González Torres INAH, Mexico Pilgrimages in Mexico are very common ritual practices which generally take place in Catholic sanctuaries with a strong pre-Hispanic syncretism as we shall explain later. According to written texts by the chroniclers there were many … Continue reading

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Pitaya

From Wikipedia: A pitaya or pitahaya is the fruit of several cactus species, most importantly of the genus Hylocereus (sweet pitayas). These fruits are commonly known as dragon fruit – cf. Chinese huo long guo “fire dragon fruit” and long … Continue reading

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San Juan de Ulua

From Wikipedia: San Juan de Ulúa, also known as Castle of San Juan de Ulúa is a large complex of fortresses, prisons and one former palace on an island overlooking the seaport of Veracruz, Mexico. History It was built in … Continue reading

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Restoration of San Juan de Ulua

The 9th Encounter for Revitalization of Historical Centers was inaugurated with the presence of Pedro Martinez Avial, representative of the Spanish Embassy in Mexico; Paloma Ibanez Villalobos, dean of Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana Campus Azcapotzalco, Fernando Peon Escalante, general director of Fomento Social Banamex, and Salvador Aceves, advisor for the INAH General Direction Continue reading

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